Roanoke family seeks city OK for backyard goats

wfir-defaultThe Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals heats a request today that would allow a Grandin-area family to raise two goats in their backyard. But a critic wonders if that could set a bad precedent. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Botetourt County plans to move forward at industrial park

Botetourt-CountyNow that no graves have been found at the Greenfield site where historic slave quarters and a kitchen are now located, Botetourt County officials plan to move forward – with an eye towards attracting new businesses. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Friend says slain Blacksburg teen talked of running away with alleged killer

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ A friend of the 13-year-old Virginia girl who was killed after climbing out of her bedroom window says the seventh-grader talked of running away and starting a family with the man now charged in her slaying. Natasha Bryant told The Washington Post that Nicole Lovell said 18-year-old Virginia Tech student David Eisenhauer was her boyfriend. She says Nicole described Eisenhauer as “funny and really nice” shortly before her Jan. 27 disappearance in Blacksburg. Eisenhauer is charged with abduction and first-degree murder. Another Virginia Tech student, 19-year-old Natalie Keepers, is charged with accessory before and after the fact and with illegally dumping Nicole’s body just across the state line in North Carolina.

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Salem Police charge man for making meth in abandoned building

Joseph Gabris

Joseph Gabris

From Salem Police: On Saturday, February 6, the Salem Police Department responded to the 1600 block of Reece Road in reference to a suspicious subject entering an abandoned structure. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a resident on Reece Road who advised them that she had observed a white male enter an abandoned building on an adjoining property. As officers approached the structure, the man immediately fled on foot. The subject was detained a short distance from the structure and at the time he was carrying a bottle containing a liquid substance. The subject advised officers that he had been manufacturing methamphetamines in the building before their arrival. Evidence of the manufacturing process was confirmed inside the structure and materials were seized. After further investigation, Joseph S. Gabris, 28, of Salem was taken into custody and charged with possession of methamphetamine, manufacturing of methamphetamine and trespassing. The suspect was transported to the Roanoke County/Salem Jail where he was released after posting a secured bond.

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House OKs bill that would allow students to switch schools

General-AssemblyRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s House of Delegates has approved a bill that would allow students in underperforming schools to switch to a different one within the same district. The bill was approved by the Republican-controlled House with a 57-42 vote on Tuesday. Under Republican Del. James LeMunyon’s bill, the state would identify 12 underperforming public schools and give students there the choice to transfer to another school in the district.  The bill heads to the Republican-controlled Senate. Virginia Education Association President Meg Gruber says it hasn’t formally taken a position on the bill but has practical concerns about it. She said she questions what would happen if a lot of students wanted to switch a school that’s already overcrowded.

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Former McAuliffe ally turns against him on gun compromise

Gun-LawsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ One of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s biggest donors and political allies has turned against him with an advertisement campaign condemning a deal he struck with GOP leaders on gun policy. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group Everytown for Gun Safety took out a full-page advertisement in a Richmond newspaper on Tuesday declaring that “Terry McAuliffe is wrong” and urging residents to pressure him into scrapping the deal. Everytown has also been running online ads comparing McAuliffe to the head of the National Rifle Association. McAuliffe’s administration is standing by the deal, which it says as a whole will make residents safer. Bloomberg has been one of McAuliffe’s biggest political patrons. His political action committee was McAuliffe’s single largest non-party donor during his successful 2013 gubernatorial bid.

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