City hopes Sheryl Crow concert can lead to other big-name acts coming to Elmwood Park

Sheryl CrowOne of music’s big names in the last 20 years performs tonight at Elmwood Park, and Roanoke City officials hope Sheryl Crow’s concert will demonstrate that the renovated park — and its new amphitheater –  can work well for big-name acts. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Water rate hikes will impact bills in Vinton

Vinton-WFIRThe second of three utility rate hikes to pay for water system upgrades will impact bills in Vinton starting next month. The Town of Vinton and some eastern Roanoke County customers that use Vinton’s water and wastewater system will see an increase as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ It was strictly business. That’s what the former CEO of a dietary supplements company is saying about his relationship with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who are on trial on corruption charges. The McDonnells are accused of taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products.

Williams is testifying for the prosecution under immunity. He said Wednesday that he sought to cultivate a business relationship with the McDonnells because he believed their influence would lend credibility to his products and help him obtain research studies at Virginia medical schools.

He testified about a $20,000 Manhattan shopping spree for Maureen McDonnell and two checks he wrote totaling $65,000 to help them deal with financial problems and pay for catering of a daughter’s wedding.

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Trial turns to trips for former Va. first family

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The former assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife is testifying for the prosecution. Jerri Fulkerson told a jury Wednesday about her involvement in arranging trips for members of the McDonnell family and writing checks for two loans totaling $70,000. She said she did so at the direction of her boss, Jonnie Williams.  Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams, then the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for promoting his products. Williams is expected to testify under immunity as the prosecution’s star witness. Defense attorneys said Tuesday that Maureen McDonnell had developed a “crush” on Williams.

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