Local Government, Civic Affairs and Education

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Its just two days short of the date 13 years ago when the remains of murdered Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington were found in a field outside of Charlottesville, where she disappeared after attending a concert on the UVA campus. Morgan’s death was also the inspiration for a fundraiser involving basketball. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Call it a “beagle reunion” – the 100-plus beagles rescued by Angels of Assisi from the Envigo lab facility last summer and placed with local families are invited to a get-together at the Highland Dog Park in Roanoke tomorrow afternoon. Angels of Assisi executive director Lisa O’Neill also sees it as a support system for the beagle families. That beagle reunion and “celebration” as O’Neill puts it, starts at 1-pm tomorrow at the Highland Dog Park:


Gordon Luther Smith is an executive director with JP Morgan Chase in New York City – but he’s in Roanoke at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture this Friday evening to talk about “The Legend of the Tuskegee Airmen.” His father Captain Luther Smith was a pilot in the ground-breaking World War 2 squadron. Its free this Friday at 5:30 – with a suggested donation of 25 dollars to support the all-volunteer Harrison Museum, at Center in the Square. Gordon Smith spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano about his father and the Tuskegee Airmen recently – and here is a “Longer Listen.”