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Morning News 5-19-22
Officials with the Roanoke City School district are discussing protocols following the discovery of unloaded guns near a school building. A longer at the fate of a 200-year-old cottage in Roanoke’s Fishburn Park. If you ate at one Roanoke County restaurant the health department is advising you to get a Hepatitis A vaccine. 
May 19, 2022
Morning News 5-18-22
State Democrats believe a task force recently announced by Governor Youngkin fails to address, what they believe, is the number one reason behind violent crime. Parents react after two unloaded guns are found at an Roanoke City  elementary school. A Lynchburg restaurant is accused of not paying workers close to 200 thousand dollars in overtime.
May 18, 2022
"Ukraine Lives" is a stirring music piece by Boones Mill composer
At the start of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra season finale for its classical music series late last month, an original, 2-minute composition called "Ukraine Lives," was played for the Berglund Center audience. David Stewart Wiley talks more about that with WFIR's Gene Marrano, "In Depth."
May 17, 2022
Morning News 5-17-22
A Roanoke-based organization is calling for additional funding to help address violence in the community. A local fire chief will start overseeing fire programs for the entire state. There's a new police chief in "town"
May 17, 2022
Morning News 5-16-22
We hear from Roanoke County Police Chief Howard Hall about increased efforts to cite drivers who use hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. For a 2nd weekend, an abortion rally brings hundreds to downtown Roanoke. An expert weighs in on the prescription drug supply chain in the US, and how there's some "sleight of hand"
May 16, 2022
Morning News 5-13-22
A proposed housing complex by one of Roanoke’s most powerful developers has become an unlikely campaign issue in the race for City Council. Another person in our region is facing charges related to the U.S. Capitol Riot on January 6th. A 67-year-old student is a commencement speaker at tonight's Virginia Western Community College graduation after overcoming school segregation-related delays.  
May 13, 2022
The “Experience Conference” is back in-person for 2022
The “Experience Conference” is back in-person for 2022, a full-day conference at Hotel Roanoke on June  13th, where attendees are invited to collaborate, socialize, learn and grow professionally. Taylor Johnson, the Director of Talent Attraction for the Roanoke Regional Partnership, was live in-studio yesterday; she wants more people to “Get 2 Know ‘Noke.” See "Get 2 Know Noke" or a link on our website for more information. Tickets are limited for the Experience Conference at Hotel Roanoke on June 13th and the price goes up next Monday.
May 12, 2022
Opera Roanoke present's Verdi's "Requiem"
Opera Roanoke's season final is coming up this Friday night and Sunday afternoon, when Guiseppe Verd's "Requiem," is on stage at Jefferson Center. Artistic director Steven White will conduct the musicians and singers, including the Opera Roanoke Chorus. This "Requiem" will also honor and remember those lost during the pandemic, as WFIR's Gene Marrano explains "In Depth":
May 12, 2022
Morning News 5-12-22
After being voted down, a lawmaker says the Women's Health Protection Act may return. A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by 12 women against Liberty University for mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment. We hear from an employee as a local Target holds a union vote. 
May 12, 2022
Morning News 5-11-22
Agencies serving the disadvantaged discuss local impacts of the ongoing nationwide baby formula shortage. Virginia's AG criticizes abortion rights walkouts. Details on the re-patriation of a WWII soldier. A nearby Target takes steps to form a union. 
May 11, 2022
6th District Congressman Ben Cline live in studio
6th District Republican Congressman Ben Cline joined us this morning to touch on a number of issues including the leaked Supreme Court draft decision that could overturn Roe V. Wade, inflation and border security.
May 06, 2022
Morning News 5-6-22
The family of a Roanoke woman is reacting after an arrest is made in her murder. A 20-year-old is charged with murder. There's a local rabies case after a person is bitten by a fox. 
May 06, 2022
Morning News 5-5-22
An area Republican US Congressman believes a leaked Supreme Court draft decision will help the GOP in the fall. Virginia's Democratic U.S. Senators discuss the decision and possible steps. Downtown Roanoke will be the site of a "Rally for Abortion Rights" this weekend.
May 05, 2022
Wytheville author and Russian immigrant writes novel about her homeland
A Wytheville resident who emigrated from Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain and "perestroika" took hold has written her first novel. It's a coming of age story that also offers a glimpse into the Russian mindset as well. More with the author of "The Orchard" in this "Longer Listen" segment with WFIR's Gene Marrano:
May 04, 2022
Morning News 5-4-22
We have team coverage after a leaked draft from the US Supreme Court suggested possibly overturning Roe V. Wade after 50 years. 
May 04, 2022
Morning News 5-3-22
State officials are reacting to a leaked draft decision that suggests the US Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe V Wade. A former postal worker accused of marijuana mail theft is sentenced. A new balance center will be a first for the Roanoke region. 
May 03, 2022
Morning News 5-2-22
Residents braved the elements and attended the wrap-up of the 30th annual Roanoke Pride Festival. Two people head to the hospital after a home invasion in Roanoke County. The 2nd highest monthly sports wagering activity month in Virginia. 
May 02, 2022
Morning News 4-28-22
Democrats killed Governor Youngkin's proposal to suspend Virginia's 26-cent gas tax this summer. Two Southwest Virginia lawmakers were at the center of the debate over whether to put a Northern Virginia school board on the ballot this year. A look at the journey to the first-ever championship series for the five-year-old Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs hockey franchise. 
April 28, 2022
Morning News 4-27-22
A group of Roanoke City firefighters is speaking out against a pay scale being discussed by the city council. Mystery surrounds the sudden death of a 20-year-old college softball player. A man pleads guilty after the death of an 18-year-old. 
April 27, 2022
Morning News 4-22-22
On Friday's Podcast!! A Roanoke City parent voices frustration after leaders hold a summit that focused on improving school safety.  State police are investigating after a vehicle crash in Franklin County claimed the lives of two people. Roanoke County police are searching for a person who has been seen looking into apartments
April 22, 2022
Morning News 4-20-22
Officials at Roanoke Blacksburg regional airport are reacting to a judge’s ruling that has led to airlines removing mask mandates. Updates on efforts on Governor Youngkin's gas tax proposal. A look at why Virginia could have new misdemeanor penalties for simple adult marijuana possession. 
April 20, 2022
Morning News 4-19-22
A Franklin County man is charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend and killing her husband in New York. The newest face on Roanoke City Council is actually no stranger to the job. The case between the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center and neighbors heads to the Virginia Supreme Court. 
April 19, 2022
Morning News 4-18-22
A shoplifting suspect is arrested after crashing a car into a Roanoke home. A woman is killed after getting out of her wrecked car. Today a Roanoke City Council person is expected to be appointed to a vacant seat. 
April 18, 2022
Morning News 4-14-22
A Republican vying for the party’s nomination in the 9th District is speaking out after being disqualified. A look at Sam Roman’s two-year anniversary as Roanoke’s top cop. Roanoke City crews have reportedly cleared the homeless encampment we first told you about last month.
April 14, 2022
Morning News 4-13-22
A former Vice President used a speech at UVA to inspire conservatives to stand up to what he calls “woke America”. We have a closer look at an uptick in overdose deaths in our region. The Washington Commanders Team President discusses the optics of a Maryland or Virginia bidding war over a new stadium.
April 13, 2022
Morning News 4-12-22
A former candidate for Roanoke City Council is making another bid for one of three seats up for grabs this fall. A jury has convicted a former police officer for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Doctors are warning you to keep your marijuana edibles somewhere safe.
April 12, 2022
Morning News 4-8-22
An area Republican U.S. Congressman is calling on the Biden administration to strengthen its immigration policy and not repeal Title 42. Virginia's Senior Senator says we must continue to hit Russia financially, but a steady flow of weapons is also needed. A Virginia man is charged with murdering the older brother of a Cleveland Browns linebacker. 
April 08, 2022
Morning News 4-7-22
Friends of a 2019 Roanoke County murder victim react to an arrest being made this week. There's a new police chief in town. Governor Youngkin announced that he will donate his first-quarter salary. 
April 07, 2022
Morning News 4-6-22
Roanoke City School officials are discussing an upcoming summit that will focus on improving student safety. Jurors have heard conflicting explanations for why a former Rocky Mount police officer entered the U.S. Capitol during last year's riot. Former Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak about his policy agenda in Virginia. 
April 06, 2022
Morning News 4-5-22
Roanoke City Council heard from candidates who are looking to replace former councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. Governor Youngkin signs legislation that strengthens animal cruelty laws. The General Assembly Special Session is delaying possible rate increases at Virginia Tech. 
April 05, 2022
Morning News 4-4-22
Virginia lawmakers return to Richmond today for a special session. Thefts from vehicles occur in two localities in our region. A former officer agrees to cooperate with federal prosecutors against his colleague charged in the U.S. Capitol Riot. 
April 04, 2022
Morning News 4-1-22
A protest last night was held by those seeking to make the area a safer place from sexual and domestic violence. We have a close look at how Roanoke's population has changed this year with The Roanoke Rambler. Virginia's Attorney General joins efforts aimed at regulating Tik Tok and Snapchat.
April 01, 2022
Morning News 3-31-22
Roanoke City leaders address those calling for metal detectors to be installed in schools after a recent shooting. One local police department is cracking down on speeding in school zones. We hear from the organizer of the inaugural Floydfest Comedy Showcase. 
March 31, 2022
Morning News 3-30-22
A Roanoke City student was taken into custody after a gun was fired in a school bathroom. An expert discusses the deadly African Pit Viper bite a man is recovering from. Will Smith's Oscar slap is used to defend a man in a double murder trial.
March 30, 2022
Morning News 3-28-22
Virginia U.S. Senator responds after President Biden says Russia's President "Can't Remain in Power." Details about a conservative climate change conference. A jury has acquitted a police officer charged with firing a stun gun at a Black man. 
March 28, 2022
Morning News 3-25-22
Roanoke City leaders come together to celebrate the opening of a center looking to help students at Fallon Park Elementary. Two different incidents of guns on school grounds -- someone was arrested in both instances. Police are trying to decide whether any adults will face criminal charges after seven children ended up in the hospital after taking prescription medicine.
March 25, 2022
Morning News 3-24-22
Roanoke City leaders say a school bus being struck by a bullet is creating new concerns regarding gun violence. A VT swimmer is criticizing the NCAA for allowing a transgender swimmer to compete in the women's division. Hear it here first -- new non-stop service coming to Roanoke Blacksburg Regional Airport. 
March 24, 2022
Morning 3-23-22
Roanoke City school officials are reacting after a school bus was struck by gunfire. Two former Northside High School students are suing the Roanoke County School Board, district leaders, and a former soccer coach for more than 19 million dollars alleging sexual harassment, grooming, and abuse. A homeless camp appears to be growing not far from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.
March 23, 2022
Morning News 3-22-22
Roanoke City Council is discussing how they plan to carry out a search for Robert Jeffrey Jr’s replacement. No suspects in one shooting but a suspect is apprehended after a 'shots fired' call. A local Republican Congressman is using President Biden's words against him. 
March 22, 2022
Morning News 3-21-22
Hundreds of residents came together to remember a police officer killed in the line of duty. A former police officer pleads guilty to storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. A look at why a pandemic-related shortage of microchips means an increase in taxes. 
March 21, 2022
Morning News 3-17-22
Virginia U.S. Senator discusses the US continuing to support Ukraine. The Cancel MVP movement takes to the sidewalks hoping to stop the natural gas pipeline. Trials continue for convicted Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr. 
March 17, 2022
Morning News 3-16-22
The Covington police officer killed while responding to a domestic incident is remembered. A new report recommends closing the current VA medical facility in Salem. A local missionary group is on the ground in Ukraine helping people that other organizations can't always get to.
March 16, 2022
Morning News 3-15-22
A City of Covington police officer was among those killed during a shooting at a gas station. COVID-19 weekly updates are coming to an end in our region. Governor Youngkin works his way around the cabinet appointee process. 
March 15, 2022
Morning News 3-11-22
It looks like raw and blustery conditions may greet us for tomorrow's planned St. Patrick's Day activities in Roanoke forcing changes to some, and at least one cancellation. Democratic leaders are calling on Governor Youngkin to declare a state of emergency activating the state's anti-price gouging law as gas prices continue going up. After 77 years a WWII soldier killed in the line of duty will finally have a funeral. 
March 11, 2022
Morning News 3-10-22
Rising gas prices and energy policy sparked debate between Virginia Republicans and Democrats in the House of Delegates. In conjunction with the online news source the Roanoke Rambler, we have a look at the future of Roanoke's bus service.  The weather forecast is wreaking havoc on this weekend's St Patrick's Day events. 
March 10, 2022
Morning News 3-9-22
An area GOP Congressman says the Biden administration must have a plan to increase domestic oil production to ease gas prices. Analysts discuss gas prices with the average in the Roanoke region now topping $4.00 a gallon. A Virginia Tech expert says it's also bound to have a noticeable impact on what we pay for many of the things we eat. 
March 09, 2022
Morning News 3-7-22
Roanoke City Council set to meet today about possibly ending sister-city ties with Pskov, Russia. Two very different demonstrations related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict -- one supporting Ukrainians while another says the U.S. should not be involved. Carilion Clinic is lowering its level of restrictions for all hospitals. 
March 07, 2022
Morning News 3-4-22
A Virginia US Senator is raising concerns that Russia may use cryptocurrency to evade sanctions. A bill is introduced by a Virginia U.S. Senator to prohibit importing Russian crude oil. Analysts find that inflation is contributing to 53% of Virginians having a hard time paying for their usual household expenses.
March 04, 2022
Morning News 3-1-22
Roanoke's mayor says he does NOT want to sever ties with Russian sister city. A Botetourt County woman wins $400,000 from the VA lottery without leaving her house There will be no legislation to start allowing retail sales of recreational marijuana later this year in Virginia
March 01, 2022
Morning News 2-28-22
A Ukrainian American with ties to southwest Virginia weighs in on the ongoing conflict in his home country, inflation impacts a recent consumer sentiment poll, and the Roanoke Country Public school's backpack run is returns for a 9th year. 
February 28, 2022
Morning News 2-24-22
A former Virginia Governor says Russian operations in Ukraine must be met with heavy sanctions. Roanoke police accidentally destroyed computer records for a city councilman facing embezzlement charges. While in pursuit of a suspect, deputies get help from a goat.
February 24, 2022
Morning News 2-23-22
A former Regan White House staffer discusses the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. A gun is found at one Roanoke City school prompting a 'hold and secure' alert. A popular fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant is coming to Roanoke.
February 23, 2022
Morning News 2-21-22
An area Republican delegate announces his intention to run for a newly created state Senate district. Details about a restaurant chain owner planning to buy the former Roanoke Times press building on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke. At least one wireless provider is shutting off 3G service tomorrow. 
February 21, 2022
VCT4TEENS tackles youth suicide via a play next weekend
For many years now Virginia Children’s Theatre has paused every season from the lighter fare it stages to present a play that tackles a serious subject impacting today’s youth. With suicide the third leading cause of death for those between 10 and 24 years of age, this year it is teen suicide. “Apologies” is on stage at North Cross School next Friday and Saturday for three free performances. Brett Roden is the  producing artistic director for VCT; he was live in studio this morning, along with Kathleen Thorell from Tudor House, speaking with WFIR's Gene Marrano and Ian Price:
February 18, 2022
Morning News 2-18-22
The trial for a Marine accused of killing his step-father in 2019 has begun in Franklin County. Criminal charges will not be filed in the case of a kindergartener who drowned at a YMCA pool last year. Teachers and firefighters in Roanoke are taking steps - slowly - to possibly form unions. 
February 18, 2022
Morning News 2-17-22
Governor Youngkin has signed legislation that will make masking in Virginia schools optional effective March 1st.  Roanoke County Police are searching for a missing 29-year-old man. Only one bill remaining in the General Assembly would legalize adult recreational marijuana use in Virginia this year, but it faces an uphill battle. 
February 17, 2022
Morning 2-16-22
State lawmakers worked through several bills as they approach a key deadline of the legislative session -- including legislation to authorize marijuana retail sales in Virginia. A man is facing murder charges after the death of a 7-year-old. A review is underway on critical race theory in Virginia schools.
February 16, 2022
Morning News 2-14-22
Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor is blaming President Biden for what she calls a sense of lawlessness across the country. We hear from the Gun Violence Prevention Commission as we learn about several shooting incidents in Roanoke City. Governor Youngkin has apologized after mistaking one Black legislator for another in a text message.
February 14, 2022
Morning News 2-11-22
A state Senate Committee has rejected legislation that looked to prohibited abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in most circumstances. A Radford University professor discusses the cultural phenomenon around the Super Bowl. A deputy Virginia attorney general has resigned after The Washington Post raised questions about social media comments the newspaper reported she made about the 2020 election, the January 6 Capitol riot and other matters.
February 11, 2022
At the Movies: Death on the Nile
Now here's Brent Stevens from Hollins University "At the Movies," with what's new at the historic Grandin Theatre: "Death on the Nile":
February 10, 2022
Morning News 2-10-22
Area lawmakers were part of the debate in the General Assembly about whether to ban school systems from imposing mask requirements. Several officer-involved shootings happen in our region within a couple of days. The US Geological Survey has confirmed a small earthquake occurred last night in Bedford County.
February 10, 2022
Showtimers Community Theatre presents "She Loves Me"
After more than 2 years, a musical returns to the Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke, starting tomorrow night for a two-week run. Its the two-time Broadway musical "She Loves Me." Stevie Holcomb is the director, Brad Craft plays the salesman Sipos(see-pos) and Gary Reid is the show's producer. They joined WFIR's Gene Marrano earlier this week for a preview.
February 09, 2022
Morning News 2-9-22
The General Assembly is set to discuss legislation that would create a parental opt-out from local school mask mandates. Two people were taken to the hospital after a shooting last night in Roanoke. Roanoke County is acquiring property to build a new fire and rescue station. 
February 09, 2022
Morning News 2-8-22
Roanoke City leaders express frustration after gun violence in Blacksburg and in the star City. Lawmakers look at bringing the Washington Commanders back to Virginia, while other lawmakers look at allegations against the NFL team's owner.
February 08, 2022
Morning News 2-7-22
Blacksburg residents react to a shooting that claimed the life of a Roanoke high school student and injured four others. Details after two shootings in Roanoke over the weekend -- one of the incidents was fatal. Governor Glenn Youngkin's campaign sparks controversy for lashing out at a high school student on Twitter.
February 07, 2022
Morning News 2-4-22
The only Black Republican in the Virginia House took to the chamber floor to criticize the legislative Black caucus for rejecting his application for membership. Members of area law enforcement gather to hold a procession along I- 81 North for Officers “JJ” Jefferson and John Painter who were killed during Tuesday’s shooting at Bridgewater College. A state Senate committee has killed two key pieces of education legislation sought by Governor Youngkin, including one that was designed to eliminate the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools.
February 04, 2022
Radford U. Professor on SCOTUS vacancy
Dr. Chapman Rackaway is the chair and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Radford University. He's also a "subject matter expert" on the Supreme Court. With the upcoming retirement of Stephen Breyer he weighs in on the choices for President Biden.
February 03, 2022
Dr. Pepper Park 2022 Lineup
We're still several months away from the start of the outdoor music season but Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges has already put together a strong lineup for 2022. Park president Waynette Anderson joined us for a live in-studio preview.
February 03, 2022
Morning News 2-3-22
Members of the Bridgewater community are coming together following a shooting that killed two law enforcement officers. That shooting stirred some painful memories for Virginia U.S. Senator Tim Kaine. A judge is holding off for now on deciding whether local school boards or Governor Youngkin have the final say on if students must wear masks in school to protect against COVID-19. 
February 03, 2022
Morning News 2-2-22
A suspect is facing capital murder charges after two Bridgewater College officers were shot dead. Dueling lawsuits over Governor Youngkin's executive order allowing parents to opt-out of school mask mandates. This comes as a new poll indicates a majority of parents support the steps teachers and administrators are taking to keep COVID out of classrooms.
February 02, 2022
Morning News 2-1-22
Is it necessary for some employers to stick to 10-day isolation for employees with COVID-19 symptoms? Carilion Clinic hospitals set a more strict visitation level. Two nearby universities drop their COVID-19 vaccine mandate for in-person instruction. 
February 01, 2022
Morning News 1-31-22
Virginia’s new Republican attorney general has issued an opinion regarding college vaccine mandates. A U.S. Supreme Court subject matter expert with Radford University discusses the upcoming vacancy. Republicans eye significant changes to marijuana legislation with at least eight bills. 
January 31, 2022
Morning News 1-27-22
A state tip line allows parents to report concerns in the classroom -- like Critical Race Theory being taught. A well-known figure is running against Republican Congressman Bob Good. Gun legislation in Virginia remains uncertain with a split between Democrats and Republicans in Richmond. 
January 27, 2022
Morning News 1-26-22
A Bedford County man is in custody for suspected hoarding and animal cruelty after nearly 30 dogs are rescued. The latest after several Roanoke-area shootings including a suspect apprehended in North Carolina and a warning from Roanoke's Mayor that punishment for shooting crimes should be "quick, decisive, and strong"
January 26, 2022
Morning News 1-25-22
Governor Youngkin responds to school boards that have filed lawsuits challenging his executive order that calls to make masking optional in the classroom. A group of Roanoke County parents pushes back against its local mask mandate. Health officials weigh in on when mask mandates might go away altogether. 
January 25, 2022
Morning News 1-24-22
The road to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris for the U.S. Women's Cycling team will come through Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Governor Glenn Youngkin has asked the Virginia Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging his executive order allowing parents to opt-out of mandates requiring children to wear masks in school. The CEO of 'Mentor' discusses national mentoring month. 
January 24, 2022
Morning News 1-21-22
Legislation allowing use of unapproved medicines on patients diagnosed with COVID has been rejected by a state senate committee. Governor Glenn Youngkin toured Carilion Clinic and then visited the new testing center that opened yesterday outside the Community Vaccination Center at Valley View Mall. He also rolled out his COVID Action plan. Starting Monday you can file your taxes but there are several changes to the tax code you may want to know about.
January 21, 2022
Morning News 1-20-22
Roanoke, VA residents express concerns about parking due to leftover snow. A mask manufacturer discusses N-95. Tips from AAA on how to avoid going to the gas pump as often. 
January 20, 2022