Joe Dashiell, WDBJ7

Joe Dashiell

WDBJ7

Roanoke, VA, United States

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COVID hospitalizations continue to climb in region

COVID hospitalizations continue to climb in our part of Virginia. The latest numbers in the Near Southwest Region now exceed 500. → Read More

Montgomery County Sheriff appointed to Virginia Parole Board

Montgomery County Sheriff Hank Partin has been appointed to the Virginia Parole Board by Governor Glenn Youngkin. In a phone interview Tuesday afternoon, Partin said he expects to fill a part-time position on the parole board and continue to serve the citizens of Montgomery County as Sheriff. → Read More

Salem inn hosts movie production

The history of The Inn at Burwell Place, more than 100 years and counting, includes time as a single family home, a place of business and now a movie location. For two days this week, Director Dylan Vox and his crew took over the Salem Bed and Breakfast. → Read More

Skill games back online in Virginia

Skill Games are going back online across the Commonwealth, after a judge granted a temporary injunction Monday. → Read More

Northam proposes teacher pay raise during visit to Roanoke

Governor Ralph Northam is proposing a 10% pay raise for Virginia teachers over the next two years. Northam outlined his plan during a visit to the Roanoke Valley Monday. → Read More

Transportation conference highlights Hyperloop

Representatives of the company HyperloopTT briefed state lawmakers Thursday afternoon. They described a transportation system that could redefine the way Virginians travel and move freight across the Commonwealth. → Read More

Kaine says government shutdown unlikely

Senator Tim Kaine says he’s optimistic Congress will avoid a government shutdown. In a conversation with reporters Thursday afternoon, Kaine said Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate agree on the need to fund government operations. → Read More

Virginia Department of Health establishes sentinel monitoring network

The Virginia Department of Health has established a network of testing sites across the state that will monitor wastewater for evidence of COVID-19 and give public health officials another tool to assess the spread of the virus. → Read More

Final campaign swing brings Democratic ticket to Roanoke

The Democratic candidates for statewide office made a final campaign swing across Virginia Monday, starting their day will a rally in Roanoke. → Read More

Historian considers the life and legacy of former Governor Linwood Holton

Linwood Holton was practicing law and living in Roanoke when he made a second run for Governor in 1969. He would win the election, and in the process, says Virginia Tech History Professor Peter Wallenstein, usher in the modern era of two-party politics in Virginia. → Read More

Compromise on congressional map eludes redistricting commission

Virginia’s redistricting commission deadlocked on new congressional maps Wednesday, dimming hopes for a compromise before Monday’s deadline. → Read More

Partisan squabbles continue as commission prepares to punt state maps

Members of the Virginia Redistricting Commission appear ready to declare a stalemate on state maps. During a virtual meeting on Monday, they indicated they will continue working on new congressional districts. They also picked up where they left off with a new round of finger-pointing. → Read More

Herring pledges to defend abortion rights

Virginia Democrats continue to make abortion rights a central issue of their statewide campaigns. Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Mark Herring held a virtual news conference with Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, and Virginia State Sen. Jennifer Boysko. → Read More

Virginia nurses make emotional plea as they confront another COVID surge

Virginia nurses on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 made an emotional plea for help Tuesday morning. With critical care units filling up again, and nurses increasingly stressed by the continuing pandemic, they asked Virginians to do what they can to prevent the spread of the virus. → Read More

Judge declines to move skill games lawsuit to Richmond

A judge in Greensville County has denied a change of venue for a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on skill games. → Read More

Candidates for governor to debate Thursday in Grundy

Statewide attention will be focused on southwestern Virginia later this week, when the candidates for governor face off in their first debate. → Read More

Wing working on drone delivery expansion

The company that makes drone deliveries in Christiansburg has its eyes on another U.S. city. A representative of Wing briefed members of a state technology panel Monday morning. → Read More

Roanoke’s Festival in the Park returns after COVID delays

Roanoke’s Festival in the Park was delayed twice because of COVID-19, but not any longer. Now in its 53rd year, the popular event returns to Elmwood Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. → Read More

Non-profit news site Cardinal Press to launch in late September

Southwest and southside Virginia will soon have another source of news. On Thursday, a new non-profit announced it will launch Cardinal Press later this month. → Read More

Recent polling reflects competitive race for Governor

With the election just over two months away, recent polling reflects a very competitive race for Virginia Governor. → Read More