Employment rate for disabled not improving

A new state report says people with disabilities continue to struggle to find employment, particularly in rural areas. A report released recently by the Virginia Board of People with Disabilities said the employment rate for people with disabilities has not improved noticeably. The employment rates are lower than the Great Recession and only about a third of the state’s disabled population was employed in 2015. The employment rate gap between the disabled and those without disabilities is greater than it was pre-recession. The board had a number of recommendations the state could do to help boost employment for people with disabilities, including a public awareness campaign.

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AMBER ALERT CANCELLED: 4-year-old Smyth County girl found safe

UPDATE From State Police: Virginia State Police has just been notified that Kimberly Long was safely located in the Rockingham County/Harrisonburg area…and Joel Long taken into custody without incident. For any additional information, you will have to contact the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office – as they are the lead investigative agency on the abduction.

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Poll: despite all those primary ads, almost 40% of Virginians say they don’t know much about the winners

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Despite the barrage of political ads that led up to last week’s primary, a new statewide poll finds close to 40% of likely Virginia voters say they haven’t heard enough about the primary winners to form an opinion on either party nominee. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Jefferson Center music programs for next season unveiled

Memphis soul, bluegrass, jazz, folk, R-and-B. The 2017-2018 season at Jefferson Center has been announced. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story:

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Roanoke man is $1 million scratch-off winner

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A Roanoke man is a million-dollar Virginia Lottery winner. Lottery officials say Jeffrey Mullen didn’t realize at first that his Golden Spades scratch-off ticket was one of the game’s three top winners. But it is, and he chose the cash option worth more than $560,000 before taxes.

From the Virginia Lottery: Jeffrey Mullen knew as soon as he scratched his Golden Spades ticket from the Virginia Lottery that he’d won something. However, the Roanoke man said he didn’t realize just how much he’d won. It turns out he’d won the $1 million top prize. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1701 Ninth Street in Roanoke. He had the choice of taking the full $1 million prize over 30 years or a one-time cash option of $561,798 before taxes. He chose the cash option. In addition, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

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Poll: With primaries now past us, Northam holds 8% edge over Gillespie

Campaign 2017 WFIRThe first post-primary statewide poll shows Democrat Ralph Northam holding an 8% lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in race for governor, 47-39%. But the Quinnipiac University Poll finds wide disparities by gender, with Northam showing a 21% among women and Gillespie leading among men by 8%.

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FDA revamped nutrition label extension could hurt consumers

The FDA is extending the deadline for revamped nutrition facts labels beyond the original 2018 deadline. Worrying one local expert as WFIR’s Ian Price reports:

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Ballast Point Daleville GM talks production, tasting room and more

Ballast Point’s General Manager for the newly-opened Botetourt County production and distribution facility joined WFIR live on the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News for a wide-ranging conversation. Mike Alvarado talked about the tasting room and restaurant, the beer production that is set to begin later this year, public response to the newly-opened facility and more. Here is the entire conversation:

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Navy: USS Ford will officially join the fleet next month

The nation’s newest aircraft carrier will officially join the fleet next month. Navy officials said this week in a statement that the USS Gerald R. Ford will be commissioned on July 22. The ceremony will take place at Naval Station Norfolk. The ship is named after the country’s 38th President, who served in the Navy during World War II. The Ford is the first of the Navy’s new Ford class of aircraft carrier. The vessel can carry more planes and operate with several hundred fewer sailors. It will also increase flying missions by a third. The ship is being commissioned after more than a year of delays, cost overruns and glitches that drew criticism from President Donald Trump. The ship will go through workups at sea before becoming operational in 2020.

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21 sites added to Virginia Landmarks Register

A city park established for African Americans during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation is one of 21 new additions to the Virginia Landmarks Register. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources says Montgomery Hall Park in Staunton was founded in 1946 as a regional facility for African Americans during the era of segregation. It included a swimming pool and a park that attracted thousands of people from nearby communities. Montgomery Hall Park was integrated in 1969. Other additions to the landmarks register include Lynchburg College’s Hopwood Hall and four rural properties in Halifax County. The department will now send the sites to the National Park Service for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. USS FORD Navy: USS Ford will officially join the fleet next month.

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