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You can catch Jim Bresnahan’s local, regional and state news updates weekdays on Classic 96.7, 3WZ and AM-1450. Jim’s news reports focus on Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County on AM-1450. On the news updates on Classic 96.7, 3WZ, Jim focuses on the Rockbridge County area, along with other localities throughout the region, including Lynchburg and Campbell County as well as Bedford, Amherst, Botetourt County, Appomattox and Farmville. Local news reports can be heard weekday mornings at 6:50, 7:50, 8:50 and 11:50 on Classic 96.7, 3WZ and mornings and afternoons on AM-1450, WREL. Follow Jim Bresnahan on Facebook


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Shenandoah National Park Fire Contained
A fire that burned thousands of acres in Shenandoah National Park has been fully contained. Sections of Skyline Drive that were closed due to the blaze have been reopened. The fire was one of the largest fires in the park's 80-year history. ... more >>
Fatal Shooting Saturday in Roanoke
No arrests have been made after a man was fatally shot on Saturday in downtown Roanoke. Police identified the shooting victim as 35-year-old Kendall Wallace of Roanoke. The shooting happened early Saturday on Campbell Avenue. The suspect in the... more >>
New President for EMU
Susan Schultz Huxman will take over next January as the new president of Eastern Mennonite University. She was named the university’s ninth president recently by the Eastern Mennonite University board of trustees and the Board of Mennonite... more >>
Increase in Tuition and Fees at VMI
Tuition and fees will be on the rise for the next academic year at VMI. The VMI board of visitors recently approved a 4% hike in tuition and fees increases for Virginia residents. Tuition and fees would increase by 5.2% for out-of-state students. ... more >>
Gas Price Update, May 2
The latest average gas price in the U. S. is $2.21 per gallon, 39 cents per gallon less compared to this same date last year. That same gallon of gas cost $2.05 on average in Virginia. AAA officials estimate that U.S. drivers have saved nearly $12... more >>
Search for Missing Boater on Staunton River
Authorities Sunday continued to search for the body of a man lost on the Staunton River on Saturday. One man was unaccounted for after a boat containing three men tipped over on Saturday. The rescue crews involved in the search for the missing man... more >>
Changes from State Board of Elections
The State Board of Elections on Thursday voted to overhaul Virginia’s voter registration form to make it easier for Virginians to vote. The board approved the changes to the form, despite objections by some registrars throughout the state who said... more >>
Pipeline Timetable Delayed
The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline project has announced it anticipates delaying until the summer of 2017 the start of construction of the $5.1 billion pipeline. The project is a joint venture whose partners include Dominion Resources and Duke... more >>
I-81 Off-Ramp Work May 8
The Virginia Department of Transportation will close the Interstate 81 Exit 205 northbound off-ramp, at Raphine and Steeles Tavern in Rockbridge County, Sunday, May 8 from 10 p.m. through 8 a.m. on Monday, May 9, for milling and paving. VDOT... more >>
U. S. Supreme Court Reviewing McDonnell's Conviction
The U. S. Supreme Court may soon overturn the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on political corruption charges. Chief Justice John Roberts said it was extraordinary that dozens of former White House attorneys from Democratic and... more >>
Route 705 Closing
Part of Route 705, Mountain View Road in Rockbridge County will be closed for about two weeks beginning Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m. while VDOT crews replace a bridge deck. The work zone will be located east of Lexington at the Marl Creek crossing,... more >>
Tornado Relief Center Open Through May
The Evergreen Baptist Church Tornado Relief Distribution Center in Appomattox County will be open for just a few more weeks. The center, which was set up to help Appomattox tornado victims, will cease operations at the end of May. The center was... more >>
Mark Riley Lexington's Interim Police Chief
Captain Mark Riley has been named the interim police chief for the city of Lexington. Riley will be taking over for Al Thomas, who is leaving to become the new Charlottesville police chief on May 6. Riley, a native of Rockbridge County, has worked... more >>
Section of Blue Ridge Parkway Closed
A 15.8 mile-section of the Blue Ridge Parkway has closed for paving repairs. The Blue Ridge Parkway is closed from milepost 90 at the Parkway’s intersection with Route 43 to near milepost 106. Both lanes in the 15.8 mile section will be closed... more >>
New Property Rules in Buena Vista
Buena Vista is getting ready to enforce a newly revised ordinance that attempts to crack down on property-owners that allow their properties to become eyesores, with abandoned vehicles, tall grass and trash on the property. Starting May 6,... more >>
New Exhibit at Brownsburg Museum
Grain into Gold, Milling and Distilling in the Dividing Waters, a new exhibit at the Brownsburg Museum, will open May 14 at 10:00 a.m. The exhibit features the economic importance of the production of grain in the upper Shenandoah Valley. ... more >>
Tim Kaine at VMI May 16
U. S. Senator Tim Kaine will speak at VMI’s commencement ceremony May 16. Kaine was elected to the U. S. Senate in 2012. He was also elected governor of Virginia in 2006 and served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to... more >>

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