Laurence Hammack, The Roanoke Times

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Past articles by Laurence:

U.S. Senate confirms Ballou as federal judge for Western Virginia

Robert Ballou, who has served as a magistrate judge based in Roanoke for the last 12 years, will succeed U.S. District Judge James Jones of Abingdon, who took senior status → Read More

Visitors to Blue Ridge Parkway topped 15 million last year

Of the country’s 464 national parks, only three had more than 10 million visitors last year. → Read More

John Edwards decides not to seek another term as Roanoke senator

The Democrat's decision not to run for re-election follows 28 years in Virginia's Senate. → Read More

$14 million settlement reached in Famous Anthony's hepatitis A outbreak

A $14 million settlement has been reached in lawsuits filed by more than 40 people who claimed they or their loved ones were exposed to a deadly viral outbreak while → Read More

Victims of hepatitis A outbreak to expand claims against Roanoke restaurant

The victims of a hepatitis A outbreak at a Roanoke restaurant — which killed four people and sickened more than 40 — were allowed Thursday to broaden their legal claims. → Read More

Roanoke's 'Slumlord Millionaire' accuses Netflix of copyright infringement

Roland "Spanky" Macher accuses Netflix of taking his idea for a television show based on his book. → Read More

Sen. Joe Manchin's maneuvers for Mountain Valley Pipeline not necessarily certain to succeed

An attempt to legislate which federal court will decide challenges to the Mountain Valley Pipeline, included in the Inflation Reduction Act to secure the centrist senator's support, does not necessarily → Read More

Judge to decide insurance dispute in hepatitis A outbreak at Roanoke restaurants

More than 50 patrons of two Famous Anthony's locations were sickened by the virus, and four of them died. → Read More

Mountain Valley Pipeline asks for another four years to complete the project

The company says ongoing lawsuits were the reason for its request made Friday to federal regulators. → Read More

Chris Kavanaugh appointed U.S. Attorney for Western Virginia

The U.S. Senate confirmed the former assistant U.S. attorney Tuesday. → Read More

Protester who blocked work on pipeline gets suspended jail sentence, probation

A man who chained himself to an excavator, preventing construction workers from using it to work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline for half a day, was placed on probation Tuesday. → Read More

Stop-work order does not go far enough, pipeline opponents say

A stop-work order on a 2-mile section of the Mountain Valley Pipeline doesn’t stop the widespread environmental problems along the remaining 301 miles of the project, opponents said Tuesday. → Read More

State regulators question Roanoke Gas Co.'s need for new pipeline

Potential new business for Roanoke Gas Co. is not strong enough to support an investment by its sister company in the Mountain Valley Pipeline, an analysis by state regulators has → Read More

Former VMI employee charged with possessing child pornography

The former military store manager at Virginia Military Institute has been charged with storing images of child pornography on his school-issued computer. → Read More

Child abuse reports ignored by Rockbridge social services, report finds

Reports of child abuse and neglect did not just fall through the cracks at the Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services, an internal review has found. Some of the reports were fed into a paper shredder, never to be investigated by the agency. → Read More

Former Rockbridge Fire and EMS director indicted on fraud charges

A grand jury has added new fraud and forgery indictments to the list of charges in two states against the former director of Fire and EMS in Rockbridge County. → Read More

W&L graduate shaped by what she learned off campus

LEXINGTON — When Emma Swabb is handed a diploma on Thursday, it will document far more than what she learned within the white-columned, picturesque campus of Washington and Lee University. → Read More

Dinosaurs make a comeback at Rockbridge County amusement park

NATURAL BRIDGE — These dinosaurs obviously are not real. For one thing, they evolved. → Read More

Charges of fraud, forgery and a missing Porsche confront Rockbridge Fire and EMS head

LEXINGTON — Since authorities began looking into the personal finances of Rockbridge County’s director of Fire and EMS a month ago, their investigation has spread like wildfire. → Read More

Hot air balloons over Lexington to be grounded this July 4

For the first time in 20 years, hot air balloons will not take to the skies above Lexington this Fourth of July holiday weekend. → Read More