On air and at outside memorial, WDBJ7 remembers Alison and Adam one year later

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Flowers outside the WDBJ7 studios, and inside, on-air remembrances today — one year after Reporter Alison Parker and Photojournalist Adam Ward were fatally shot during a live broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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McAuliffe on $1.5B shortfall: ‘Tough decisions ahead’

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning Virginia lawmakers to brace for “tough decisions ahead” to address a roughly $1.5 billion budget shortfall. The Democratic governor told the General Assembly’s money committees Friday that budget woes are being driven by lower income and sales tax revenue collections than anticipated. The projected shortfall for the current-two year budget is $1.2 billion. That’s in addition to shortfall of about $280 million carried over from the budget year that ended June 30. McAuliffe said the state will fill some of the gap in the current fiscal first year with about $125 million that was supposed to cover raises for state employees, teachers and other state-supported workers. He proposed using another roughly $378 million from the state’s rainy-day fund; lawmakers would have to approve that.

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Streetpub features Deschutes and local craft brewers

Deschutes BreweryDeschutes Brewery and local craft beer makers including Soaring Ridge and Parkway Brewing will pour for a good cause tomorrow afternoon. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano

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All are invited to downtown Roanoke for Soul Momentum

wfir-defaultAn event in downtown Roanoke tomorrow tonight is designed to be a place for locals to gather and share positive stories, songs and poems about diversity. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details about Soul Momentum.

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VWCC unveils president portraits

VWCC portraitsAs part of its 50th anniversary celebration Virginia Western Community College unveiled photo portraits of the four presidents that have been at the helm since it became the state’s first community college. Current president Dr. Bobby Sandel spoke before the unveiling this morning. Also on hand outside the Whitman Theater was Charles Downs, who ran the school for 20 years before Sandel came aboard in 2001. Sandel also mentioned a 60 million dollar expansion plan that will start this fall

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Garage fire shows it’s a good idea to let lawn mower cool down before bringing it inside

wfir-defaultRoanoke County fire officials say a lawn mower brought into a garage just after use sparked a costly fire earlier this week, and officials say it serves as a good example to let your lawn mower cool down before bringing it in. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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