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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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Caldwell Butler Dead at 89
Caldwell Butler, a former congressman from Roanoke, has died at the age of 89. Butler was first elected to Congress in 1972. In 1974, Butler voted for Richard Nixon’s impeachment. A funeral service may be held Friday at St. John's Church in... more >>
McDonnell's Trial Underway
The federal corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell started Monday in Richmond with the selection of a jury. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been accused of trading favors for gifts and loans worth nearly 160-thousand dollars. The list of... more >>
Bedford Man Killed on Route 122
A Bedford man was killed in a single-vehicle accident Monday on Route 122. The Virginia State Police say the accident claimed the life of Michael Haynes, who wrecked after he suffered a medical emergency. Haynes, who was wearing his seatbelt, was... more >>
Classes Start August 25 at Southern Virginia University
The new academic year at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista starts on Monday, August 25. New student orientation will be held August 21 through the 23rd. The university will also hold a special event, called Knight Games, Thursday, August... more >>
Sybrowsky Resignation Effective August 31
Southern Virginia University President Paul Sybrowsky will step down as president effective Sunday, August 31. Following his resignation, Sybrowsky will continue to serve the university as a senior advisor to the board of trustees. Sybrowsky has... more >>
Accident Sunday on I-81 in Rockbridge County
Several people were injured Sunday following an accident on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County, near mile marker 195. The Virginia State Police say a truck pulling a cargo trailer ran off the road and overturned. Five people, including four... more >>
Federal Panel Strikes Down Virginia's Ban on Same-Sex Marriages
A federal appeals court panel has struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. By a 2-1 vote, the panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling by a federal judge that the 2006 amendment to the state Constitution... more >>
Confederate Flag Issue at W & L
The Sons of Confederate Veterans are hoping to have replica Confederate flags returned to the upper floor of Lee Chapel around the statue of Robert E Lee, after Washington and Lee recently moved the flags downstairs to the Lee Chapel museum. The SCV... more >>
Gas Price Update, July 28
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline decreased to $3.54 per gallon last Friday and $3.34 in Virginia. The national average is the lowest price since March 29 and is 14 cents lower than one month ago. AAA officials say barring... more >>
Fatal Accident in Nelson County
A 47-year-old Maryland man was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a car Saturday morning in Nelson County at the intersection of Route 29 and 56. Michael Murphy’s motorcycle was struck by a vehicle driven by a Maryland woman, Peggy Arnold. ... more >>
Route 11 Bridge Work Nearly Complete
Repairs are nearly complete to the Route 11 Business Bridge on North Main Street over the Route 11 Bypass. Lexington officials say the work should be substantially complete by Friday, August 1. Asphalt overlay of the deck is planned for... more >>
Underground Conduit on East Washington Street
Underground conduit will be installed on East Washington Street in downtown Lexington by CenturyLink July 28-30. The conduit will be installed on East Washington between North Randolph and North Main, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day, Monday... more >>
Women's Conference Friday, August 1
Congressman Bob Goodlatte will host a Women’s Conference in Roanoke on Friday, August 1. Those attending will hear from leaders in government, business, health care and education on several topics including leadership and jobs. Missouri... more >>
Governor Won't Appeal OEI Ruling
Governor Terry McAuliffe will not appeal a ruling that deemed the state’s school takeover division unconstitutional. The Virginia School Boards Association has challenged the Opportunity Educational Institution in court. A Norfolk Circuit Court... more >>
Less Visitors' Spending in 2013
Visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway spent less in 2013. The National Park Service reports that visitors to the parkway in 2013 spent about $782 million in communities adjacent to the park in Virginia and North Carolina. In 2012, visitors spent about... more >>
Taylor Gets Two Life Terms
Randy Taylor has received two life sentences for abducting and killing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy in Nelson County. The 49-year-old Taylor was found guilty in May of first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile. Nelson County Judge J.... more >>
Covington Tops Emissions List
The Sierra Club’s list of the top 15 zip codes in Virginia with the highest levels of toxic air emissions has Covington at the top of the list. Covington had nearly 3 million pounds of emissions. Metropolitan Richmond had four of the top 15 zip... more >>
MacInnis Receives 68 Years, 30 Years Suspended
20-year-old Neil MacInnis was sentenced Wednesday to 68 years in prison, with 30 years suspended, for shooting two people in 2013 at New River Community College's satellite facility in the New River Valley Mall. MacInnis had pleaded guilty in... more >>
Interstate 81 Bridge Dedicated to Jerry Hines
A portion of Interstate 81 was dedicated Monday in memory of Virginia State Police Master Trooper Jerry Hines, who was shot and killed Feb. 20, 1989 while making a traffic stop on I-81. The I-81 bridge over the Maury River in Rockbridge County was... more >>
Concerns With Hedges and Shrubs
Lexington officials are raising concerns about hedges and shrubs on private property that are growing out over sidewalks, creating an obstruction on the walkway. City officials say properties located on corner lots with overgrown hedges also pose a... more >>
Columbia Gas Reccommends Calling 811
Columbia Gas of Virginia continues to advise homeowners and contractors to stay safe by calling 811 at least three working days before they dig. Columbia Gas officials also recommend that you pay attention to technicians marking the location of... more >>
Online Schedule: July 28-August 1
Weekly Schedule for Jim Bresnahan’s Online, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-Noon on WREL. Monday: Bob Innes with Columbia Gas, Dr. Avtar Moore Tuesday: Virginia Sports update with Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press. Wednesday: The Political Hour,... more >>
News and Sports Updates with Jim Bresnahan
Tune in weekday mornings on Classic 96.7, 3WZ and AM-1450 for Jim Bresnahan's news and sports updates! (Jim pictured below broadcasting RCHS Wildcats state tournament basketball at JMU in... more >>

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