Joe Dashiell, WDBJ7

Joe Dashiell

WDBJ7

Roanoke, VA, United States

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Church construction complete, but congregation must wait

EastLake Community Church near Moneta has completed work on its new building, but the congregation will have to wait until the health emergency is over to gather in the facility. → Read More

Using their driveways as a canvas, Salem neighbors send a message of hope

During challenging times, a simple message of encouragement can make a big difference. And in one Salem neighborhood, residents are taking that to heart. → Read More

Virginia businesses now eligible for federal disaster loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that Virginia is eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. That means businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for loans of up to two million dollars. → Read More

Lawmakers weigh state response

As Virginia responds to the growing coronavirus outbreak, lawmakers from our region say they believe the Northam administration is acting with urgency to address the problem. → Read More

Gun measures clear legislature, while budget negotiations continue

The General Assembly approved more gun measures Saturday, including universal background checks on all gun purchases, and a one-handgun-a-month requirement. But work continued on other legislation, including a new two-year state budget. → Read More

Weighing the impact of Wednesday's Democratic debate

Was Senator Bernie Sanders the big winner in the Democratic debate Wednesday night? Sanders came in as the front runner, stayed on message and answered attacks, says Virginia Tech Professor and WDBJ7 Political Analyst Bob Denton. → Read More

Transportation safety legislation clears House committee

Legislation that would ban the use of handheld devices while driving, require everyone in a car to wear seatbelts and prohibit open containers of alcohol inside a motor vehicle cleared a House of Delegates committee Thursday → Read More

Early-morning fire put out at Shakers Restaurant in Roanoke

Roanoke Fire EMS responded to Shakers Restaurant near Valley View Mall early Saturday morning. → Read More

Ban on assault weapon sales advances in Virginia

The legislation now moves to the Senate, where moderate Democrats have indicated they are unlikely to support the measure. → Read More

Minimum wage hike passes in Virginia House

The minimum wage bill passed in the House on a party line vote. → Read More

General Assembly committee advances assault weapons ban

Gun control measures continue to advance in the House of Delegates, despite vocal opposition. On Friday, legislation banning the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high capacity magazines cleared a House committee. → Read More

Bowers announces Independent bid for Roanoke Mayor

Former Roanoke Mayor David Bowers wants his old job back. Tuesday afternoon, he said he will run for Mayor as an Independent in November. → Read More

A new owner for newspapers in our region

On Wednesday, Lee Enterprises said it's acquiring 30 newspapers from BH Media Group. The list includes the Roanoke Times, the Lynchburg News & Advance, the Martinsville Bulletin and the Danville Register and Bee. → Read More

Colonial Downs says local presence to spur millions in economic impact

A new study commissioned by Colonial Downs and conducted by a professor at George Mason University says ongoing operations in Vinton will generate 60 million dollars of economic activity, and create more than 500 permanent jobs. → Read More

Northam's budget includes funds to fight maternal, infant mortality

2020 is a budget year, and Governor Northam is beginning to reveal his spending priorities. On Monday, he outlined funding to reduce pregnancy-related deaths, and the racial disparity in Virginia's maternal mortality rate. → Read More

Roanoke lands new program to help public housing residents become more self-sufficient

Roanoke will soon have a new program to help residents of public housing become more self-sufficient. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the new EnVision Center that will open early next year. → Read More

Roanoke Parks and Recreation offers new outreach

The City of Roanoke Department of Parks and Recreation held its first 'Meet us at the Park,' event Tuesday night. → Read More

Six months after gaming center opened, Vinton leaders cite positive impact

Rosie's Gaming Emporium has been open for six months at its Vinton location, and town leaders say they believe it has had a positive impact. → Read More

November brings 50th anniversary of Holton's landmark election

Monday is the 50th anniversary of Linwood Holton's landmark election. On November 4, 1969, he became the first Republican elected Governor of Virginia in 100 years. → Read More

Stakes are high in Tuesday's legislative elections

Virginia Republicans hope to hold their majority, while Democrats believe they are within striking distance of taking control. What happens Tuesday will have a significant impact on Virginia politics and policy for years to come. → Read More