LewisGale Neurosurgeon: McCain’s confused questions were a likely tipoff to his brain tumor

Dr. Claudia Martin

LewisGale Medical Center neurosurgeon Dr. Claudia Martin says she wondered if Senator John McCain had some sort of medical issue during his confused questioning last month of former F.B.I. Director James Comey. McCain has now undergone surgery for a brain tumor that frequently affects speaking and thinking. Dr. Martin spoke with WFIR’s Evan Jones:

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Wheelchair basketball team wants to raise awareness- and funds

A first-time event featuring wheelchair basketball players tomorrow hopes to raise awareness – and funds – for a local team that wants to play competitive ball. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Goodview man charged after fatally shooting neighbor’s dog

A Goodview man accused of fatally shooting a dog this week has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm. According to the Bedford Sheriff’s Office, Fred Dooley called authorities on Wednesday and said a neighbor’s dog bit his grandson and he was requesting an ambulance. Dooley told authorities that after the dog bite, he went inside to grab a shotgun, found the dog and shot it twice.

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Repurposed school in Vinton now upscale apartments

A former century-old elementary school in Vinton is now the Roland E Cook Lofts – 21 upscale apartments, some with loft spaces and 14-foot high windows. After the ribbon cutting this morning the first few tenants will move in today. Jason Peters is the Vinton District supervisor in Roanoke County. Peters says redevelopment at the old William Byrd High School that starts next month will add another 75 to 100 apartments to the housing stock in Vinton.

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Non Profit Law Center helps those in the “Justice Gap”

People who do not qualify for free legal advice – but can’t afford a high-priced attorney either – now have another option in Roanoke. Devon Rood Slovensky has opened the Virginia Non-Profit Law Center on Church Avenue.The Law Center focuses on family legal issues. Slovensky and associates started accepting clients in April – but they cut the ribbon this morning.

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Update: Power restored after earlier outages leave thousands without power in Roanoke City, County

UPDATE: Apco’s web site says all power has been restored.

Previously: Appalachian Power reports more than 4,500 Roanoke City and County customers are currently without power, the result of four different outages. Apco officials say construction at the Mason Creek substation is responsible. The biggest service disruptions are in northwest Roanoke, where police report traffic lights out along the Orange-Melrose Avenue corridor, and the Hanging Rock-Mason’s Cove area of the county.

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Boys & Girls Club director talks about future plans

The recently-installed executive director for Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia says the Roanoke-based non-profit is thinking about future growth. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Click below to hear the complete in-studio conversation with Michelle Dykstra:

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FCC receives record responses to rolling back Net Neutrality

More than 9 million public comments have been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission on rolling back Obama-era net neutrality regulations. A record response as WFIR’s Ian Price reports:

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“The Whale” debuts at Wilson Museum with a reception

A husband and wife team from Boston have collaborated on a unique children’s book – now the artwork for that project is the subject of a new exhibit at Hollins University. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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McAuliffe invites McConnell to health clinic for poor

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is extending an invitation to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to visit a free health clinic for the state’s poor later this week. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said the Republican majority leader could hear firsthand stories from people who struggle to obtain adequate health care. The governor has been critical of Republican efforts to repeal the “Obamacare” health law. McAuliffe’s invite is his latest effort to draw attention to the issue. McConnell has said he expects the Senate to begin debate on repealing the health law next week. The Remote Area Medical’s annual clinic in Southwest Virginia routinely draws hundreds of people seeking free medical and dental care.

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