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Virginia doctor fatally shot on fishing trip in Belize

Jun. 25, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia doctor and his local guide were fatally shot while fishing in Belize. The Roanoke Times reports that the body of 53-year-old Gary Swank, a cardiologist at Virginia Tech's Carilion Clinic, was found in a lagoon in San Pedro. The paper cites screenshots of a statement from...

Roanoke to boost spending to keep recycling program

Jun. 18, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city is boosting spending so that it can keep its recycling program going. The Roanoke Times reports that the city council has approved almost doubling what the city pays a struggling company that provides recycling services. The council voted to increase city payments to...

Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Jun. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A land swap with the federal government could allow a developer to install a natural gas pipeline that crosses the Appalachian Trail. The Roanoke Times reports details of the deal were disclosed Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The U.S. Department of the...

89-year-old Rhoda Kemp builds her first banjo

Jun. 10, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

WILLIS, Va. (AP) — For just about all of her life, Rhoda Kemp has made beautiful music pour out of her banjo. But on a chilly day in March, the only sound her banjo made was the repetitive raspy scrape of sandpaper on wood. Scuff, scuff, scuff . . . At the age of 89, and after eight decades of playing...

Virginia man bit off and swallowed grandfather's fingertip

Jun. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been tried by a judge after biting off his grandfather's fingertip and swallowing it during an argument. The digit was never recovered. The Roanoke Times reports 23-year-old Aaron Michael Adams was charged with malicious wounding and aggravated malicious wounding in...

Virginia woman gets 10 years in death of 7-month-old son

Jun. 8, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has ordered a woman to serve 10 years in prison for the death of her 7-month-old son in 2016. The Roanoke Times reports 27-year-old Nicole Aurlieua Zimmerman was sentenced Friday. The Roanoke woman was convicted during a bench trial in October of felony homicide, child...

Appalachian Trail attack prompts safety website revisions

Jun. 4, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A fatal stabbing on the Appalachian Trail has led the nonprofit that manages the trail to revise its website for reporting safety issues and suspicious incidents. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy redesigned its safety and crime prevention page to include incident reporting resources...

Fishing, and hunting, for crimes is this officer's job

Jun. 2, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Mark Shaw steps out of the vehicle, and he's wearing a bulletproof vest, a full utility belt and a gun. But in Shaw's daily police work, he's less likely to bust you for robbing a store than he is for bagging too many deer. As an officer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries,...

Blue Ridge Parkway visitors had $1.3B impact last year

May. 25, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Visitors to Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway had an estimated $1.3 billion economic impact last year in the park's various communities. The National Park Service's annual survey gauged the impact of visitor spending in the Virginia prize as well in as the other U.S. parks. The...

Virginia health care firm plans $300M hospital expansion

May. 16, 2019 4:59 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia health care organization has announced a $300 million hospital expansion in Roanoke. The Roanoke Times reports that Carilion Clinic said Wednesday that it's planning a $300 million expansion to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The expansion will have two or three floors of...