Mill Mountain Zoo announces matching grant

Mill Mountain ZooThe Mill Mountain Zoo Board of Directors has announced a $100,000 “Renew the Zoo” challenge grant … a Roanoke couple (Ed and Barbara Keetas) and the G.E. Foundation’s matching gifts program will donate that amount if the zoo can match it by February 28th… the grant would be used to retire debt and for the zoo’s Winter Fund.  Board members pledged to solicit private and corporate gifts. Chriss Davies Ross is President of the Board…she spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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CHIP and Carilion hold deed signing ceremony

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Robin Haldeman (CHIP) at left and Nancy Agee of Carilion Clinic

CHIP of Roanoke Valley has a new asset for its balance sheet as of this morning … it now owns the building where the children’s health care provider is headquartered on Third Street. WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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Va. judge: Cellphone pass codes protected

State-NewsVIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) _ A judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot be forced give authorities the pass code to his cellphone. The Virginian Pilot reports that Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Steven Frucci issued the ruling this week in the case of David Baust, who is charged with trying to strangle his girlfriend. Prosecutors wanted to search Baust’s cellphone for a possible video of the couple’s altercation. Defense attorney James Broccoletti argued that pass codes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, which shields a defendant from self-incrimination. Frucci ruled that authorities can gain access if a phone can be opened with a fingerprint, which is akin to a DNA sample, a writing sample or an actual key. But he said a pass code requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which is protected.

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High School football coaches look out for concussions

WFIR Health NewsHigh School football is all about community, team spirit – and hopefully enough wins to make the playoffs. But concussions and watching for players that may have suffered one is also a reality. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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