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Roanoke begins process to remove Lee memorial from downtown

Jul. 7, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Officials in the Virginia city of Roanoke have started a process to remove a memorial marker to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Roanoke Times reports that the city council on Monday unanimously approved a resolution to remove the 60-year-old granite shaft from a downtown plaza. ...

Man gets 3 years in prison for spiking ex's tea with meth

Jul. 1, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spiking his ex-girlfriend's pitcher of tea with methamphetamine. The Roanoke Times reports that Elvis Jarrett Mullins, 41, of Troutville, was sentenced on Friday. Authorities said he broke into his ex's Roanoke house. The...

Virginia health officials warn against coronavirus scams

Jun. 30, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health is warning residents that scammers might call them posing as COVID-19 contact tracers in order to take their money. A news release from the department on Monday says its contact tracers will not ask for money or for a Social Security number, bank...

Virginia seeks more fines against Mountain Valley Pipeline

Jun. 30, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Regulators in Virginia want to fine Mountain Valley Pipeline $86,000 for what they say are continued environmental violations. The Roanoke Times reported Monday that the fine would be for alleged violations that occurred after Mountain Valley paid a $2.15 million settlement last year...

Virginia police shoot man accused of firing at officers

Jun. 26, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia shot and wounded a man accused of exchanging gunfire with officers, according to authorities. Roanoke Police officers were trying to question two men on Thursday afternoon about a separate shooting when the men began running away, Chief Sam Roman said. Roman said one...

Roanoke College plans layoffs, spending cuts due to virus

Jun. 23, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Roanoke College plans to lay off 14 workers and make other cuts to reduce spending by $6 million in response to financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school announced Tuesday. A news release from the school said the budget cuts, which begin July 1, also will include leaving...

Roanoke County seeks proposals to expand broadband access

Jun. 22, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Officials in Roanoke County are seeking proposals to expand broadband access to unserved residents and businesses. About 20% of the county does not have broadband access, The Roanoke Times reported Sunday. Internet providers have until July 16 to present their proposals to expand access...

Police: Deputies shoot man suspected of killing woman

Jun. 12, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say that a woman is dead and that the man who shot her was then shot and wounded by sheriff's deputies. The Roanoke Times reports that the incident occurred in Pittsylvania County on Thursday. Virginia State Police said in a news release that the woman's killing was...

Movie screen company switches focus to protective equipment

Jun. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — As much of Virginia prepares to enter the second phase of reopening, a local movie screen manufacturer is poised to help businesses take precautions. When movie theaters began closing because of the coronavirus, officials at Harkness Screens knew that the company’s Botetourt...

Virginia paid $60K to settle suit against Radford University

Jun. 4, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia has paid $60,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit that was filed by a former administrator at Radford University. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that the suit was filed in 2019 by Ebenezer Kolajo. The 67-year-old is a former assistant provost for...