Analyst: NH primary results may have impact on next primaries to come, including Virginia

WFIR-campaign-2016It’s primary day in New Hampshire, a relatively small state that often plays a very big role in weeding out presidential hopefuls. A Virginia Tech political analyst says several Republicans will need to do well there to have much chance in primaries to come — including Virginia’s. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Mission Possible is a safe driving campaign for teens

YOVASOA statewide organization that started here in the Roanoke Valley has launched a 4-week campaign that’s all about stressing the importance of safe driving to young people. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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State police ask for help finding missing senior

(2) 16-000081 Leonard Fox PhotoVirginia State Police have issued a Senior Alert on behalf of The Luray Police Department. 73-year-old Leonard Charles Fox was last seen on Horsepen Road in Luray on Monday evening. He has a cognitive impairment and his disappearance poses a credible threat to his health and safety. He may be driving a green 1999 Ford Ranger pickup with the registration number ZVY-3503. Fox is a 5’5″ white man with brown eyes and gray/black hair. He weighs around 233 lbs. Do not approach him. If you see him call 911 or 540-743-5343.

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Virginia Senate OKs bill nixing party’s ‘loyalty oaths’

wfir-defaultRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A bill that’s making its way through Virginia’s General Assembly would prevent political parties from requiring voters to sign a party affiliation statement in a presidential primary. The Republican-led Senate voted 34-5 to approve the bill Monday. It heads to the House.  The state Republican Party had planned to require voters in the party’s March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming they’re Republicans before casting a ballot. But it later changed its mind amid criticism from Donald Trump supporters. A judge rejected Trump supporters’ attempt to block the loyalty oath, but the party rescinded its decision to use it anyway, calling it “bad publicity.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bill applies only to state-sponsored primaries and that parties could still hold their own nominating contests with an oath.

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People gather in Blacksburg to remember slain 13-year-old at vigil

Nichole LovellBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Organizers held a vigil in Blacksburg to remember the life of a 13-year-old girl who was fatally stabbed last month. The Roanoke Times reports that more than 100 people gathered in downtown Blacksburg on Monday night to honor Nicole Madison Lovell. Light poles in the area were strung with blue Christmas lights and members of the community held candles throughout the night. Lovell’s mother, Tammy Weeks, addressed the crowd, thanking the community for their thoughts and prayers. Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam also spoke at the event, saying the community is strong and standing together. The event was sponsored by Womanspace at Virginia Tech and Take Back the Night, two organizations dedicated to student and citizen safety. Two Virginia Tech students have been charged in connection with Nicole’s death.

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No grave sites found in Botetourt County at Greenfield Center

Botetourt-CountyThe Botetourt County Board of Supervisors and staff have received an initial report from the archaeologists regarding the possible presence of grave sites around the existing location of two historical buildings at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield. According to Dovetail Cultural Resource Group, who performed the field investigation and study for the County, no evidence of burials has been found at the two locations proposed to contain grave sites. Moreover, no evidence of burials has been found in the proposed area for the road on which the buildings will be moved. A detailed report is forthcoming and will be released as available. As of Monday, February 8, no work is being performed on site regarding the move of the buildings. As a result of the archaeological findings, the final preparations for the move could be completed as soon as the end of this week, depending on weather and other environmental factors.

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