Bookbag Santa combines vacation and a good deed

wfir-defaultA Carribean vacation – and a good deed at the same time. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on “Bookbag Santa”:

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Unanimous Supreme Court reverses McDonnell conviction

(Associated Press)

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 WASHINGTON (AP) _ A unanimous Supreme Court has overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that makes it harder to prosecute elected officials accused of bribery. The justices ruled Monday in favor of McDonnell, who was found guilty in 2014 of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement. The former governor says he never took any official action to benefit Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams or pressured other public officials to do so. McDonnell says he simply performed routine courtesies for Williams like setting up meetings and hosting events. Prosecutors said McDonnell accepted personal benefits with the understanding he would try to take official action to help Williams.

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Dawgs name their mascot

Rail Yard Dawgs LogoPro sports teams need a nickname and a mascot … and that mascot needs a name – now the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs have unveiled that name as WFIR intern reporter Zach Staton reports:

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AARP and baseball tomorrow at Red Sox game

AARPAn event to inform people about ways they can defend against fraud takes place tomorrow night – during a Salem Red Sox baseball game. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has more.

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On-air shooting survivor honored with resilience award

Vicki GardnerSMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. (AP) _ The woman who survived a shooting that killed two journalists while they were conducting an interview on live TV is being honored for her courage.

Local media report that Vicki Gardner recently received the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives “Resilience Award.” It’s a new award the group created to give executives who successfully lead their chambers while facing difficulties.

Gardner is the executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber. She was shot in the back while giving a live interview on WDBJ last August.

Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed in the shooting. Authorities said the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan, later died of a self-inflicted wound.

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Man hopes to thank family who helped injured wife

Smith Mountain LakeROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A man whose wife was injured when her personal watercraft exploded on Smith Mountain Lake is hoping to track down the good Samaritans who helped her so he can thank them.

Sixty-one-year-old Jeanne Mosher suffered broken bones, burns and other injuries when her personal watercraft blew up Tuesday morning. Virginia fisheries officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.

Her husband, Doug Mosher, tells The News & Advance that he heard the explosion and ran to a dock, where he found his wife face-up in the water. He flagged down a family passing on a boat, and some children jumped in the water with him to keep his wife stabilized while their father called 911.

Mosher says in the chaos of the moment, he didn’t get their names.

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