Black Heritage History parade tomorrow

wfir-linkLocal elected officials, school groups, public safety departments and organizations like the NAACP Roanoke Chapter are taking part in a first-ever Black History Heritage parade tomorrow … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Vehicle and missing person recovered from river

Buchanan County 3-5-15 SRT RecoveryThe Virginia State Police Search & Recovery Team recovered both a vehicle and its passenger from the Russell Fork River yesterday afternoon in Buchanan County. On Wednesday, a car was driving on Helen Henderson Highway in the Davenport area, when it came upon water flooding the highway. As the driver tried to drive through the water, the car began to float.  The driver was able to escape, but the passenger was swept away with the vehicle into the Russell Fork River. Search efforts continued through the night Wednesday to find the vehicle and passenger. By mid-morning yesterday, the river had receded enough for divers to locate the vehicle. The missing passenger, 60-year-old Randy O’Quinn, was found deceased inside the car.

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Richmond mayor to step down as Va. Democratic chairman

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia plans to step down.  Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones has served as the party’s chairman since March 2014. Party spokeswoman Morgan Finkelstein tells The Washington Post that Jones will announce his decision during a meeting of party officials in Henrico County. The Richmond Times-Dispatch first reported Jones’ pending departure as chairman. A spokeswoman for Jones, Tammy D. Hawley, tells the newspaper that he won’t discuss his decision until the party meeting on Friday.

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Gun control “Showdown” subject of new book

Gun BookA Roanoke lawyer says guns are an emotional issue with little room for compromise in the current political climate. Lenden Eakin has written a book titled Showdown: The Looming Crisis over Gun Control. Eakin is a gun expert, licensed firearms dealer and NRA instructor. He’ll sign copies of his new book Friday evening between 4:30 and 6:30 at Billy’s Restaurant in Roanoke.

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