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Vigil for the WDBJ victims brings hundreds to WDBJ parking lot

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vigil for the WDBJ victims brings hundreds to WDBJ parking lot

Martin Jeffrey, Life Coach, led the 200 people in prayer that was preceded by a chorus of uplifting song to get the vigil for the victims of gun violence started. The victims included Alison Parker, WDBJ reporter, and Adam Wade, WDBJ cameraman. The memorial at the entrance to WDBJ was brightly colored with fresh flowers … [Read more…]

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Video of WDBJ7 news conference held late Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Video of WDBJ7 news conference held late Tuesday afternoon

A heartbreaking day that started before 7:oo a.m. as Alison Park and Adam Ward interviewed Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce on the Lake’s 50th anniversary. Bryce Williams, his on-air name, but who’s name was Vester Lee Flanagan II was fired from WDBJ7 for erratic behavior in February of 2013. … [Read more…]

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Long list of condolences come in from across Virginia for WDBJ7 shooting victims

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Long list of condolences come in from across Virginia for WDBJ7 shooting victims

Colin Goddard, Senior Policy Advocate for Everytown for Gun Safety a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting said seeing this horror caught on camera opened new wounds for me.  I am stunned at the news out of Virginia this morning. Two young journalists were shot and killed during a live TV broadcast. The woman … [Read more…]

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Gov. Scott Walker picks political operative Chris Leavitt for Virginia

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Presidential Republican primary candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced the hire of veteran political operative Chris Leavitt today. Leavitt will serve as a political consultant to the organization, leading the campaign’s charge in Virginia and in other states critical to winning the Republican nomination for president. “It is a privilege to join Gov. Scott Walker’s … [Read more…]

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Christopher Mayo sentenced for stealing disability Railroad Retirement Board benefits

Monday, August 24, 2015

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – The former owner of Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles, a restaurant located in downtown Roanoke, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke for stealing disability benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board. Christopher Mayo, 46, of Roanoke, previously pled guilty to one count of … [Read more…]

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Sen. Kaine is briefed on functional imaging research at VTC – video

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sen. Kaine is briefed on functional imaging research at VTC - video

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited the Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute Friday to learn about the institute’s neurological and addiction research and tour the facilities. “Nobody in Congress is on an anti-research campaign,” said Kaine. Though he believes the reality is  many in Congress are focused on the $17 trillion debt and are steadfast in their … [Read more…]

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Virginia Senate adjournment is not unconstitutional

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Much has been made of the Virginia Constitution and the section on Legislative Sessions. The argument that Virginia Republicans legislators are making is in this sentence “Neither house shall, without the consent of the other, adjourn to another place, nor for more than three days.” However, they fail to realize or don’t want anyone else … [Read more…]

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Sen. Dick Saslaw radio audio on Virginia GOP’s temper tantrum

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Senate Minority Leader Dick Saslaw joined the John Fredericks Show yesterday to discuss the Virginia GOP’s political temper tantrum in trying to fire Supreme Court Justice Jane Roush. Some key quotes: Saslaw: “I can tell you for a fact that George Allen never consulted me, and I’m pretty darn sure given the relationship at the … [Read more…]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner on his Iran nuclear deal indecision, the budget deadline and Richmond standoff

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

U.S. Senator Mark Warner on his Iran nuclear deal indecision, the budget deadline and Richmond standoff

The Washington Post is keeping a running tally of who is a “yes” vote on Iran nuclear deal, who is leaning “yes”, who is a “no” vote or leaning “no” and the camp of Senate Democrats that are undecided. President Obama is counting on them. Democrat Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is in the undecided … [Read more…]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner meets with entrepreneurs to help spur innovation

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

U.S. Senator Mark Warner meets with entrepreneurs to help spur innovation

Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner defined himself as a failed entrepreneur, at first that is. He himself had student debt like many of the 20 entrepreneurs that came to the Grandin CoLab to share their experiences with the Senator. Eventually Warner hit it big with a telecommunications-related venture. He founded the firm Columbia Capital.  Warner … [Read more…]

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Democratic U.S. Senators tell McConnell to start budget negotiations, avoid fiscal crisis

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON – Virginia Democrats, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule the first round of bipartisan budget negotiations immediately to prevent a predictable fiscal crisis as the federal budget year draws to a close on Sept. 30. The call was formally made in a letter to … [Read more…]

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Tremayne Rontae Kirby of Franklin County pleads guilty of human trafficing

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Franklin County man, who forced a local woman to engage in prostitution through the use of physical violence and threats, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney Anthony P. Giorno announced. Tremayne Rontae Kirby, 25, of Franklin County, Virginia, pled guilty … [Read more…]

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