Alicia Petska, The Roanoke Times

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Past articles by Alicia:

NAACP sit-in at Goodlatte's Roanoke office ends with 2 arrests

Two national NAACP officials were charged with trespassing and refusing to sign a summons at the end of a six-hour sit-in at Rep. Bob Goodlatte's district office in downtown Roanoke to call attention to changes to the Voting Rights Act. → Read More

NAACP stages sit-in at Goodlatte's Roanoke office to call for Voting Rights Act hearing

Some 20 members of the NAACP have launched a sit-in at Rep. Bob Goodlatte's district office in downtown Roanoke to call for a hearing on the Voting Rights Act. → Read More

Trump says he will win Virginia, derides Kaine as "weird little dude"

Donald Trump blistered U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine as a political hack who did a “lousy job” as governor Monday during an appearance at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. → Read More

Which roads will be closed during Monday's Trump-Pence event?

The Roanoke Police Department announced that the following roads will be closed Monday for the Trump-Pence town hall at the Hotel Roanoke. The roads will be closed between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. → Read More

Reps. Morgan Griffith, Bob Goodlatte, chide Democrats over sit-in seeking gun-bill votes

Two Republican House members representing Western Virginia dismissed Democrats' overnight sit-in to demand votes on gun control measures as a publicity stunt engineered to score points, not find solutions. → Read More

Goodlatte wins 6th District primary

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, emerged as the victor in today's primary — turning back a challenge from tea party-endorsed opponent Harry Griego. → Read More

Rep. Bob Goodlatte to face a rare intraparty challenge Tuesday from Harry Griego

For only the second time in more than two decades, 6th District voters will head to the polls Tuesday to settle a contested race for the Republican nomination for Congress. → Read More

Democrats pick nominee to challenge Goodlatte in 6th District race

Kai Degner, a Harrisonburg City Council member, became the new Democratic nominee for the 6th District Congressional seat Tuesday. → Read More

Degner weighs Democratic bid for 6th District

Harrisonburg City Councilman Kai Degner is strongly considering picking up the Democratic banner in the 6th District Congressional race. → Read More

Complex rules made 9th District convention a challenge for Trump backers

One of the most powerful people in the room at last weekend’s meeting of 9th District Republicans wasn’t a politician or grizzled party operative. → Read More

Governor signs Del. Chris Head's bill on marriage officiants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill making it clear that ministers and others who perform weddings can’t be required to take an oath as part of the certification process and aren’t considered agents of the state. → Read More

Roanoke-area legislators tout regional wins at chamber breakfast

Roanoke Valley legislators touted a session marked by a string of major regional victories Tuesday during a debriefing with Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce members. → Read More

Clifton Forge's Masonic Theatre gains financial boost from state

RICHMOND — Clifton Forge’s Historic Masonic Theatre, which is nearing its grand reopening, was presented with a $150,000 check from the state Thursday to contribute to the renovation. → Read More

Natural Bridge owner makes late loan payment, eases tension with state

RICHMOND — The embattled owner of Natural Bridge has caught up on its state-financed loan, easing tensions that had some alluding to the possibility of foreclosure last year. → Read More

Roanoke College poll: Trump, Clinton maintain leads ahead of Tuesday's primary

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are leading the field of presidential contenders in Virginia heading into next week's crucial Super Tuesday battle, according to a new Roanoke College Poll. → Read More

General Assembly Notebook: Railway exemption stripped from storm water bill

RICHMOND — A contentious proposal to exempt railroad tracks from local storm water fees was stripped out of a bill Wednesday after lengthy testimony from dueling experts. → Read More

General Assembly shifts bond proposal for Roanoke research institute to planning money only

RICHMOND — The bond packages moving through the House of Delegates and Senate include money for planning an expansion of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. → Read More

Panel tables Del. Sam Rasoul's bill to ban use of bullhooks on elephants

RICHMOND — A bill some animal rights activists nicknamed Asha's Bill after the African elephant kept at Natural Bridge Zoo failed in a House subcommittee Wednesday. → Read More

Bill to repeal pipeline surveying law killed in Senate committee

RICHMOND — Efforts to scrap Virginia's controversial pipeline surveying law hit a wall in a Senate committee Monday afternoon. → Read More

Frank Beamer honored by Virginia General Assembly on Hokies Day

RICHMOND — Frank Beamer, who’s retired after 29 seasons leading the Virginia Tech football team, was honored Thursday with center-aisle presentations in both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate. → Read More