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Rachel Lucas

Home is where the heart is, and for Rachel Lucas her heart is right here in Southwest Virginia. No stranger to the Appalachian Mountains, Rachel grew up on a farm in Giles County and is thrilled to be providing news coverage for the place she calls home.

After graduating from Giles High School in 2006, Rachel pursued her dream of journalism at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. While a Mountain Lion, she competed for Concords All Girl Division II cheerleading squad and represented her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha as Concords 2009 Homecoming Queen.

She got her start in news at her college news station and landed her first job at WVVA News in Bluefield, West Virginia shortly after graduation. While in the Mountain State, Rachel launched WVVA's first news bureau in Greenbrier County. There she covered everything from the storm damage after Derecho, to the excitement of the PGA Tours Greenbrier Classic.

While reporting on the frontlines at Virginia Tech, Rachel helped her news team receive Best Spot News Award from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association for their coverage of the tragic shooting of a Virginia Tech Police Officer. 

While working in the stations home base nestled in East River Mountain, it wasn't out of the ordinary for a bear or any other wild critter to pay a visit to the newsroom – one of Rachel's favorite memories from working in Bluefield.

An avid Hokie and Redskins fan, Rachel is excited to be back in the commonwealth with her two dogs Gibbs and Phoenix where a nice Sunday family dinner is just a short drive away.

Rachel loves hearing from viewers! For news tips or just to say hello email Rachel at rlucas@wsls.com

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  • Partnership works to monitor innovation in Roanoke

    Partnership works to monitor innovation in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:24 GMT
    When speaking of innovation, typically what comes to mind are advancements in social media, cell phones and software. "it's really more diverse than what people realize." John Hull with the Roanoke Regional Partnership, however, translates innovation into dollar signs. He's been monitoring how it's impacting economics in the area. "A lot of times innovation is the impetus of future success. It's a future product,"...
    When speaking of innovation, typically what comes to mind are advancements in social media, cell phones and software. "it's really more diverse than what people realize." John Hull with the Roanoke Regional Partnership, however, translates innovation into dollar signs. He's been monitoring how it's impacting economics in the area. "A lot of times innovation is the impetus of future success. It's a future product,"...
  • UPDATE: Evacuation lifted at VMI

    UPDATE: Evacuation lifted at VMI

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:19 GMT
    The Barracks building at VMI was evacuated Tuesday morning after a "suspicious object" was found behind the building.Stewart MacInnis, spokesperson for VMI tells WSLS that around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning a staff member found the object, and reported it to his supervisor.No details about the object have been released, however MacInnis says a bomb squad was called to the scene for investigation.MacInnis says the Barracks building has since been cleared, and is now open.Emergency personnel rema...
    The Barracks building at VMI was evacuated Tuesday morning after a "suspicious object" was found behind the building.Stewart MacInnis, spokesperson for VMI tells WSLS that around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning a staff member found the object, and reported it to his supervisor.No details about the object have been released, however MacInnis says a bomb squad was called to the scene for investigation.MacInnis says the Barracks building has since been cleared, and is now open.Emergency personnel rema...
  • Roanoke Police K9 passes, honored by department

    Roanoke Police K9 passes, honored by department

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:11 GMT
    The Roanoke Police Department sadly announced Wednesdaythe death of one of their four legged officers.K9 Odin proudly served the Department since June of last year. Police tell WSLS that K9 Odin passed away in the early morning hours on May 13th. K9 Odin's partner, Officer Randall Cox, was there by his side. The results of a necropsy performed later that same day revealed Odin died of an intestinal torsion. K9 Odin was a two-year-old male German Shepherd. K9 Odin was trained and fully certifi...
    The Roanoke Police Department sadly announced Wednesdaythe death of one of their four legged officers.K9 Odin proudly served the Department since June of last year. Police tell WSLS that K9 Odin passed away in the early morning hours on May 13th. K9 Odin's partner, Officer Randall Cox, was there by his side. The results of a necropsy performed later that same day revealed Odin died of an intestinal torsion. K9 Odin was a two-year-old male German Shepherd. K9 Odin was trained and fully certifi...
  • Scientist says rainfall intensifies oil spill in Lynchburg

    Scientist says rainfall intensifies oil spill in Lynchburg

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:01 GMT
    While much of the cleanup is over in Lynchburg after a CSX train derailment scientists tell WSLS that thousands of gallons of crude oil remain in the James River; contamination that is now spreading because of heavy rainfall across the area.Read more about what contaminates Smith foundin tt he river here.Thursday WSLS reached out to Chief Scientist of Water Defense Scott Smith, an expert in bakken oil spills who has ...
    While much of the cleanup is over in Lynchburg after a CSX train derailment scientists tell WSLS that thousands of gallons of crude oil remain in the James River; contamination that is now spreading because of heavy rainfall across the area.Read more about what contaminates Smith foundin tt he river here.Thursday WSLS reached out to Chief Scientist of Water Defense Scott Smith, an expert in bakken oil spills who has ...
  • Blacksburg considers storm water utility fee

    Blacksburg considers storm water utility fee

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:00 GMT
    Over the years the town of Blacksburghas been proactive in managing stormwater issues, but new state and federal mandated regulations are requiring more resources. A stormwater utility fee to address the town’s stormwater funding needs is being considered. This utility will preserve water quality in streams and waterways, keep the stormwater system operating as designed, and improve local and regional drainage problems.Blacksburg Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed stormwate...
    Over the years the town of Blacksburghas been proactive in managing stormwater issues, but new state and federal mandated regulations are requiring more resources. A stormwater utility fee to address the town’s stormwater funding needs is being considered. This utility will preserve water quality in streams and waterways, keep the stormwater system operating as designed, and improve local and regional drainage problems.Blacksburg Town Council will hold a public hearing on a proposed stormwate...
  • New delivery service "Fetches" good business

    New delivery service "Fetches" good business

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:55 GMT
    Here at Fetch in downtown Roanoke, the calls come in, the food orders get taken, then picked up fresh from the restaurant and minutes later your favorite food is delivered to your door. An idea that's spreading in popularity as the cities only delivery service is booming only three months after opening. "Things have been incredible lately." Jonathan Kelly is the young entrepreneur behind the business, and is quick...
    Here at Fetch in downtown Roanoke, the calls come in, the food orders get taken, then picked up fresh from the restaurant and minutes later your favorite food is delivered to your door. An idea that's spreading in popularity as the cities only delivery service is booming only three months after opening. "Things have been incredible lately." Jonathan Kelly is the young entrepreneur behind the business, and is quick...
  • The resurgence of Mountain Lake Lodge

    The resurgence of Mountain Lake Lodge

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:51 GMT
    The view from Mountain Lake is breath taking. Scenery like this is why for decades Mountain Lake has been a treasure for Giles County. But for the world, the lodge's claim to fame began in the 1980's with music, dancing, iconic poses and catch phrases like, “I carried a watermelon.” Dirty Dancing defined an era for Mountain Lake. Reminisces you can still find in the gift shop. Thirty years later, still some of the...
    The view from Mountain Lake is breath taking. Scenery like this is why for decades Mountain Lake has been a treasure for Giles County. But for the world, the lodge's claim to fame began in the 1980's with music, dancing, iconic poses and catch phrases like, “I carried a watermelon.” Dirty Dancing defined an era for Mountain Lake. Reminisces you can still find in the gift shop. Thirty years later, still some of the...
  • Updated:Swift water teams dispatched after boat overturns on the James River

    Updated:Swift water teams dispatched after boat overturns on the James River

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:50 GMT
    WSLS 10 Breaking NewsWSLS 10 Breaking News
    Swiftwater rescue teams are on scene in Rockbridge County after a 911 call came in about an overturned boat.911 dispatchers confirm that swiftwater teams were dispatched to the James River.Dispatchers say that several people are stranded. No word on injuries if any. WSLS will continue to keep you updated as information is available.
    Swiftwater rescue teams are on scene in Rockbridge County after a 911 call came in about an overturned boat.911 dispatchers confirm that swiftwater teams were dispatched to the James River.Dispatchers say that several people are stranded. No word on injuries if any. WSLS will continue to keep you updated as information is available.
  • Swiftwater teams in Rockbridge County save 11 lives so far in 2014

    Swiftwater teams in Rockbridge County save 11 lives so far in 2014

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:42 GMT
    The James River is one the most popular ways to cool down during the summer in Southwest Virginia, Each year the it is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. But with heavy rainfall and high water levels, this year the James isn't something to play around with. John Hill, Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department Chief and swift water rescue team member knows all about the dangers of the river first hand. "We could strike ...
    The James River is one the most popular ways to cool down during the summer in Southwest Virginia, Each year the it is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. But with heavy rainfall and high water levels, this year the James isn't something to play around with. John Hill, Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department Chief and swift water rescue team member knows all about the dangers of the river first hand. "We could strike ...
  • Roanoke City announces Parks and the Arts program Summer 2014

    Roanoke City announces Parks and the Arts program Summer 2014

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:34 GMT
    Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.
    The City of Roanoke announced Wednesday, that after a successful series in 2013, Parks and Arts will return to six different neighborhood parks this summer. The Parks and Arts program is designed to celebrate Roanoke's neighborhoods by takingperforming and visual arts directly to communities all across the city. This year's Parksand Arts program is funded through a grant from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley.Working...
    The City of Roanoke announced Wednesday, that after a successful series in 2013, Parks and Arts will return to six different neighborhood parks this summer. The Parks and Arts program is designed to celebrate Roanoke's neighborhoods by takingperforming and visual arts directly to communities all across the city. This year's Parksand Arts program is funded through a grant from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley.Working...
  • Giles Animal Shelter; New and improved

    Giles Animal Shelter; New and improved

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:34 GMT
    There is new life at the Giles Animal Shelter, and more than just spring kittens.Now thanks to the county's re-focus on animal control, new staff, volunteers and remodeling the facility, the shelter is able to save more cats and dogs than ever "It makes you feel good. It makes you feel good inside. You go home at the end of the day and you know that you've done something."That's Deputy Sheriff Jeff Spicer, the new a...
    There is new life at the Giles Animal Shelter, and more than just spring kittens.Now thanks to the county's re-focus on animal control, new staff, volunteers and remodeling the facility, the shelter is able to save more cats and dogs than ever "It makes you feel good. It makes you feel good inside. You go home at the end of the day and you know that you've done something."That's Deputy Sheriff Jeff Spicer, the new a...
  • Two men arrested for credit card theft

    Two men arrested for credit card theft

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:30 GMT
    Salem police have arrested and charged two men for stealing a college students credit cards. On April 9, Salem Police received a report that a female’s wallet had been stolen from an office on the Roanoke College campus. Police say further investigation revealed that the victim’s stolen debit and credit cards were used at a retail business in Salem to purchase an exorbitant amount of gift cards. Surveillance images from the retail establishment provided Salem Police with descriptions of two ...
    Salem police have arrested and charged two men for stealing a college students credit cards. On April 9, Salem Police received a report that a female’s wallet had been stolen from an office on the Roanoke College campus. Police say further investigation revealed that the victim’s stolen debit and credit cards were used at a retail business in Salem to purchase an exorbitant amount of gift cards. Surveillance images from the retail establishment provided Salem Police with descriptions of two ...
  • VDOH advises against recreation in the James River after oil spill

    VDOH advises against recreation in the James River after oil spill

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:23 GMT
    About 12 to 14 CSX train cars derailed Wednesday. Three were leaking crude oil. (Source: Donn Hullings)About 12 to 14 CSX train cars derailed Wednesday. Three were leaking crude oil. (Source: Donn Hullings)
    Even though it's been weekssince theCSX train derailment, concerns linger about the thousands of gallons of crude oil which leaked into the James River.Government groups including the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as non-profits like the James River Watch Association and Water Defense are still analyzing test results from the water.Until further testing is performed, the Virginia Department of Health has issued an advisory against all recreational activities in the James River."As ...
    Even though it's been weekssince theCSX train derailment, concerns linger about the thousands of gallons of crude oil which leaked into the James River.Government groups including the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as non-profits like the James River Watch Association and Water Defense are still analyzing test results from the water.Until further testing is performed, the Virginia Department of Health has issued an advisory against all recreational activities in the James River."As ...
  • Scientist finds acetone in the James River after explosion

    Scientist finds acetone in the James River after explosion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:20 GMT
    The images of the 80 foot flames in Lynchburg aren’t easily erased from the minds of those who saw the explosion after the CSX train derailment on April 30th. As WSLS has reported, the evidence of the remains of that explosion hasn't’t been erased from the James River either.Read previous WSLS stories here.But this incident isn't the first. In fact, this is the fourth bakken oil train explosion in the past 10 ten mont...
    The images of the 80 foot flames in Lynchburg aren’t easily erased from the minds of those who saw the explosion after the CSX train derailment on April 30th. As WSLS has reported, the evidence of the remains of that explosion hasn't’t been erased from the James River either.Read previous WSLS stories here.But this incident isn't the first. In fact, this is the fourth bakken oil train explosion in the past 10 ten mont...
  • Swiftwater rescue costs thousands for local departments

    Swiftwater rescue costs thousands for local departments

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:13 GMT
    One of Southwest Virginia's favorite ways to celebrate memorial day is by getting out on the water and with more boat traffic, means more patrols, and more strain on volunteer rescue groups throughout the area. And it's been a busy year so far for Rockbridge County. Robert Foresman, Emergency Management Coordinator says they've saved 13 people already this year from the water. "Which is more than normal prior to m...
    One of Southwest Virginia's favorite ways to celebrate memorial day is by getting out on the water and with more boat traffic, means more patrols, and more strain on volunteer rescue groups throughout the area. And it's been a busy year so far for Rockbridge County. Robert Foresman, Emergency Management Coordinator says they've saved 13 people already this year from the water. "Which is more than normal prior to m...
  • Salem Red Sox welcomes biggest crowd in four years

    Salem Red Sox welcomes biggest crowd in four years

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:01 GMT
    On the field the Salem Red Sox have been knocking it out of the park. Consequently, fans are coming back in. After winning the Carolina League championship last year, and a new marketing strategy. The 2014 season has seen long lines at ticket booths and as General Manager Ryan Shelton would say there are significantly "More butts in seats" than in years past at Memorial Stadium. "We needed to earn some credibility...
    On the field the Salem Red Sox have been knocking it out of the park. Consequently, fans are coming back in. After winning the Carolina League championship last year, and a new marketing strategy. The 2014 season has seen long lines at ticket booths and as General Manager Ryan Shelton would say there are significantly "More butts in seats" than in years past at Memorial Stadium. "We needed to earn some credibility...
  • Mark Ruffalo, founder of Water Defense speaks about Lynchburg train derailment

    Mark Ruffalo, founder of Water Defense speaks about Lynchburg train derailment

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:51 GMT
    More research and experimentation with bakken crude oil, the same type of oil the CSX train was carrying that derailed, and exploded in Lynchburg shows that bakken is more dangerous than other forms of crude. In the a ten month span, there have been four bakken train oil explosions in the United States and Canada. The first of which killed 47 people last summer in Quebec on July 16th, 2014. Another incident in Alaba...
    More research and experimentation with bakken crude oil, the same type of oil the CSX train was carrying that derailed, and exploded in Lynchburg shows that bakken is more dangerous than other forms of crude. In the a ten month span, there have been four bakken train oil explosions in the United States and Canada. The first of which killed 47 people last summer in Quebec on July 16th, 2014. Another incident in Alaba...
  • VA Railroad Safety and Security Task Force to meet on Wednesday

    VA Railroad Safety and Security Task Force to meet on Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:23 GMT
    The investigation continues on what caused the fiery disaster in Lynchburg. Government leaders are now taking a closer look at the oil that was inside of the rail car that ruptured during the derailment. Sen. Mark Warner is calling for more research on bakken crude. "It appears to me that the toxicity or flammability of this bakken crude seems to be higher than other oil that's been transported," Warner said. But...
    The investigation continues on what caused the fiery disaster in Lynchburg. Government leaders are now taking a closer look at the oil that was inside of the rail car that ruptured during the derailment. Sen. Mark Warner is calling for more research on bakken crude. "It appears to me that the toxicity or flammability of this bakken crude seems to be higher than other oil that's been transported," Warner said. But...
  • Lynchburg man pledges 100 holes of golf for good cause

    Lynchburg man pledges 100 holes of golf for good cause

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:01 GMT
    A local man will golf 100 holes in honor of his grandfather through the Hundred Hole Hike program. The Hundred Hole Hike challenges participants to walk and play 100 holes of golf in one day. Todd Ramsey's goal is to walk roughly 24 miles and play golf in memory of his grandfather. Ramsey is a middle school science teacher and tennis coach living in Lynchburg, Virginia. On his 100 Hole Hike golfer blog, Ramsey says...
    A local man will golf 100 holes in honor of his grandfather through the Hundred Hole Hike program. The Hundred Hole Hike challenges participants to walk and play 100 holes of golf in one day. Todd Ramsey's goal is to walk roughly 24 miles and play golf in memory of his grandfather. Ramsey is a middle school science teacher and tennis coach living in Lynchburg, Virginia. On his 100 Hole Hike golfer blog, Ramsey says...
  • Salem Council considers pay increases for fire fighters and city employees

    Salem Council considers pay increases for fire fighters and city employees

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:47 GMT
    When it comes to competitive hiring, Salem Fire and Rescue Crews face financial strain due to the lower pay levels as compared to surrounding areas.Salem Fire Chief John Prillaman says it's been five years since the staff has seen a pay raise -- and consequently the department has had some turnover. "There's a large amount of money and time that goes into each person in our department," Prillaman says. "They go thro...
    When it comes to competitive hiring, Salem Fire and Rescue Crews face financial strain due to the lower pay levels as compared to surrounding areas.Salem Fire Chief John Prillaman says it's been five years since the staff has seen a pay raise -- and consequently the department has had some turnover. "There's a large amount of money and time that goes into each person in our department," Prillaman says. "They go thro...
  • Police investigate heroin trafficking issue in Roanoke

    Police investigate heroin trafficking issue in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:38 GMT
    Roanoke City authorities are now investigating what they believe to be a heroin trafficking problem in the star city. The investigation began in January when Roanoke Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime unit learned that several people were trafficking heroin from out of state to sell in Roanoke. As WSLS has reported, heroin is a growing problem here in our area and across the state. As of now police a...
    Roanoke City authorities are now investigating what they believe to be a heroin trafficking problem in the star city. The investigation began in January when Roanoke Police Department’s Narcotics and Organized Crime unit learned that several people were trafficking heroin from out of state to sell in Roanoke. As WSLS has reported, heroin is a growing problem here in our area and across the state. As of now police a...
  • More details surface in Roanoke money laundering scheme

    More details surface in Roanoke money laundering scheme

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:38 GMT
    More details in a Roanoke City money laundering scheme now show that the businesses buying stolen goods may have played more of an organizing role to the crime. Last week we told you about the busts at seven Roanoke City convenient stores after police say someone from those businesses were buying stolen goods from various shoplifters.READ THE ORIGINAL STORY HERE.Police were originally tipped off about these seven bu...
    More details in a Roanoke City money laundering scheme now show that the businesses buying stolen goods may have played more of an organizing role to the crime. Last week we told you about the busts at seven Roanoke City convenient stores after police say someone from those businesses were buying stolen goods from various shoplifters.READ THE ORIGINAL STORY HERE.Police were originally tipped off about these seven bu...
  • RCACP happy with results after free adoption day

    RCACP happy with results after free adoption day

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:33 GMT
    The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection took part in a nationwide effort to adopt out more animals, rather than euthanizing them.
    The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection took part in a nationwide effort to adopt out more animals, rather than euthanizing them.
  • Summer lunch program feeds hungry kids on break

    Summer lunch program feeds hungry kids on break

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:32 GMT
    Kids enjoy free lunch during the summerKids enjoy free lunch during the summer
    Although school is out of session in Roanoke City, most kids favorite subject, lunch is still being served.
    Although school is out of session in Roanoke City, most kids favorite subject, lunch is still being served.
  • Community rallies behind teen siblings injured in car crash

    Community rallies behind teen siblings injured in car crash

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:07 GMT
    For siblings 17-year-old Conner and 15 year-old Drew McCauley, swimming has been a lifelong passion that for now must be put on hold.
    For siblings 17-year-old Conner and 15 year-old Drew McCauley, swimming has been a lifelong passion that for now must be put on hold.
  • HIV rate on the rise in Southwest Virginia

    HIV rate on the rise in Southwest Virginia

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:59 GMT
    According to Community Outreach Roanoke, HIV rates have tripled in the Roanoke Valley over the past ten years.It's been more than thirty years since the aids epidemic, and while rates are much lower than what they were then, HIV diagnosis are slowly rising once again.In our region, Roanoke County/Roanoke City has the highest HIV diagnosis rate. According to the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, there are more than 500 cases in Roanoke to date.That only accounts for the cases who have...
    According to Community Outreach Roanoke, HIV rates have tripled in the Roanoke Valley over the past ten years.It's been more than thirty years since the aids epidemic, and while rates are much lower than what they were then, HIV diagnosis are slowly rising once again.In our region, Roanoke County/Roanoke City has the highest HIV diagnosis rate. According to the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, there are more than 500 cases in Roanoke to date.That only accounts for the cases who have...
  • Salem scores national championship, a big win for local economy

    Salem scores national championship, a big win for local economy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:30 GMT
    One of the biggest softball tournaments for teens in the country is once again coming to Salem, and it’s bringing along thousands of sports fans with it.
    One of the biggest softball tournaments for teens in the country is once again coming to Salem, and it’s bringing along thousands of sports fans with it.
  • Violent crimes drop after Roanoke rapper and drug dealer taken off the streets

    Violent crimes drop after Roanoke rapper and drug dealer taken off the streets

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:30 GMT
    A Roanoke rapper most famously known by police for dealing drugs in the city was found guilty in federal court Monday.
    A Roanoke rapper most famously known by police for dealing drugs in the city was found guilty in federal court Monday.
  • Alexis Murphy murder suspect files motion to relocate trial

    Alexis Murphy murder suspect files motion to relocate trial

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:08 GMT
    Murder suspect Randy Taylor.Murder suspect Randy Taylor.
    The man charged with the murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Lovingston has filed for a motion to change the venue of his trial.Randy Allen Taylor, 48 is set to be tried for first-degree murder, murder during commission of abduction and abduction with intent to defile after the disappearance of the Nelson County teen who was last seen on August 3rd, 2013.His trial date is set for May 14th 2014 according to the Virginia court system records in Nelson County.Taylor's lawyer Michael Hallahan ...
    The man charged with the murder of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy of Lovingston has filed for a motion to change the venue of his trial.Randy Allen Taylor, 48 is set to be tried for first-degree murder, murder during commission of abduction and abduction with intent to defile after the disappearance of the Nelson County teen who was last seen on August 3rd, 2013.His trial date is set for May 14th 2014 according to the Virginia court system records in Nelson County.Taylor's lawyer Michael Hallahan ...
  • Appomattox man wanted for murdering his wife

    Appomattox man wanted for murdering his wife

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:08 GMT
    Appomattox County Sheriff Barry Letterman says the department is investigating a murder. It happened at 4:30 p.m. at the Quik-E gas station on Court Street in Appomattox County. According to Sheriff Letterman they are looking for Aubrey Evans III, 69 for shooting his estranged wife 45-year-old Laura Woody Evans. Laura Woody Evans was sitting in her car at the Quik-E mart when she was shot. Right now they aren’t sure ...
    Appomattox County Sheriff Barry Letterman says the department is investigating a murder. It happened at 4:30 p.m. at the Quik-E gas station on Court Street in Appomattox County. According to Sheriff Letterman they are looking for Aubrey Evans III, 69 for shooting his estranged wife 45-year-old Laura Woody Evans. Laura Woody Evans was sitting in her car at the Quik-E mart when she was shot. Right now they aren’t sure ...
  • VT Students speak out about murder victim

    VT Students speak out about murder victim

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:10 GMT
    Police have arrested two Blacksburg residents in connection with a homicide case.
    Police have arrested two Blacksburg residents in connection with a homicide case.
  • Salem fire victims hope to move back home soon

    Salem fire victims hope to move back home soon

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:10 GMT
    Three days later crews are still cleaning up the ashes left behind from the fire that forced more than forty people from their homes. Only charred remains are left of the roof, and burnt family possessions Tanika Barnes, a single mother of three lives here. Her home escaped the blazes but was badly flooded. She spoke to us over the phone from the hotel room her family has been living in ever since what she describ...
    Three days later crews are still cleaning up the ashes left behind from the fire that forced more than forty people from their homes. Only charred remains are left of the roof, and burnt family possessions Tanika Barnes, a single mother of three lives here. Her home escaped the blazes but was badly flooded. She spoke to us over the phone from the hotel room her family has been living in ever since what she describ...
  • Layoffs Announced in Lynchburg

    Layoffs Announced in Lynchburg

    Thursday, June 6 2013 11:13 AM EDT2013-06-06 15:13:05 GMT
    Genworth Financial, Inc, one of the largest employers in Lynchburg announced Thursday that it will be laying off 39 local employees. Tom Tompinka says the layoffs are apart of the companys reduction plan. "It
    Genworth Financial, Inc, one of the largest employers in Lynchburg announced Thursday that it will be laying off 39 local employees. Tom Tompinka says the layoffs are apart of the companys reduction plan. "It
  • Closing of the Virginian causes families to find new homes

    Closing of the Virginian causes families to find new homes

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:01:11 GMT
    The Virginian, one of the largest low income housing developments in Lynchburg, closed this weekend after its Section 8 housing permit ran out.
    The Virginian, one of the largest low income housing developments in Lynchburg, closed this weekend after its Section 8 housing permit ran out.
  • Chick-fil-A gets a second chance in Roanoke County

    Chick-fil-A gets a second chance in Roanoke County

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:52:34 GMT
    Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to reconsider allowing this fast food chain.Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to reconsider allowing this fast food chain.
    The Roanoke County board of supervisors will revisit plans to build a Chick-Fil-A along route 460 near the Bonsack Walmart.
    The Roanoke County board of supervisors will revisit plans to build a Chick-Fil-A along route 460 near the Bonsack Walmart.
  • Glenvar students return to school under renovation

    Glenvar students return to school under renovation

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:35 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:35:41 GMT
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) -Roanoke county schools head back to class Monday and students at Glenvar high school can expect some major changes.
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) -Roanoke county schools head back to class Monday and students at Glenvar high school can expect some major changes.
  • Another Bedford school to be closed down

    Another Bedford school to be closed down

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:30:02 GMT
    School leaders are forced with several tough decisions over the next few weeks in Bedford County.
    School leaders are forced with several tough decisions over the next few weeks in Bedford County.
  • Liberty University dedicates new medial and health sciences building

    Liberty University dedicates new medial and health sciences building

    Friday, August 22 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-08-22 22:31:53 GMT
    The new, $41 million Center for Medical and Health Sciences was dedicated at Liberty University Friday.
    The new, $41 million Center for Medical and Health Sciences was dedicated at Liberty University Friday.
  • $41 million medical center now open at Liberty University

    $41 million medical center now open at Liberty University

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:08:43 GMT
    Liberty university dedicated the forty one million dollar center for medical and health sciences today. The university broke ground on the 144 thousand -square-foot facility in November 2012 and moved into the building this past June. This is the first semester the building will be open. It is home to the new liberty university college of osteopathic medicine and the master of public health program under the school of health sciences. Liberty university has the la...
    Liberty university dedicated the forty one million dollar center for medical and health sciences today. The university broke ground on the 144 thousand -square-foot facility in November 2012 and moved into the building this past June. This is the first semester the building will be open. It is home to the new liberty university college of osteopathic medicine and the master of public health program under the school of health sciences. Liberty university has the la...
  • Liberty University tests students for Ebola virus

    Liberty University tests students for Ebola virus

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:12:17 GMT
    International students take surveys to assess risk of Ebola.International students take surveys to assess risk of Ebola.
    Liberty University in Lynchburg is screening its international students for the Ebola virus.
    Liberty University in Lynchburg is screening its international students for the Ebola virus.
  • Postal workers protest consolidating Roanoke processing center

    Postal workers protest consolidating Roanoke processing center

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:55:18 GMT
    Dozens of postal workers protested in Roanoke Wednesday after the united states postal service proposed to take away the overnight commitment for first class mail.
    Dozens of postal workers protested in Roanoke Wednesday after the united states postal service proposed to take away the overnight commitment for first class mail.
  • Hunger a growing problem in Southwest Virginia

    Hunger a growing problem in Southwest Virginia

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:31:16 GMT
    A new report from Feeding America shows that hunger is a growing problem in Southwest Virginia.A new report from Feeding America shows that hunger is a growing problem in Southwest Virginia.
    Although the economy is slowly improving, many still struggle to make ends meet.
    Although the economy is slowly improving, many still struggle to make ends meet.
  • VH-1 donates more than $500,000 to Roanoke City music programs

    VH-1 donates more than $500,000 to Roanoke City music programs

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:37:35 GMT
    VH-1 has donated over $500,000 to Roanoke City Schools.VH-1 has donated over $500,000 to Roanoke City Schools.
    This year students at Roanoke city schools can expect a big addition to their music classics thanks to a network music program.
    This year students at Roanoke city schools can expect a big addition to their music classics thanks to a network music program.
  • Roanoke City returns to classes with some changes

    Roanoke City returns to classes with some changes

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:31:30 GMT
    Roanoke City starts their 2014-2015 school session Monday, August 18th.Roanoke City starts their 2014-2015 school session Monday, August 18th.
    The hallways of Roanoke City public schools are once again filled with students.
    The hallways of Roanoke City public schools are once again filled with students.
  • Concern grows over proposed pipeline in Floyd

    Concern grows over proposed pipeline in Floyd

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:20:53 GMT
    There were over 100 angry or concerned people gathered to discuss an oil pipeline Thursday night.
    There were over 100 angry or concerned people gathered to discuss an oil pipeline Thursday night.
  • Doctors see drastic rise in suicide rates in Virginia

    Doctors see drastic rise in suicide rates in Virginia

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:30:12 GMT
    Mental illness continues to be a growing concern in the Commonwealth and Virginians are three times more likely to die from suicide than from homicide.
    Mental illness continues to be a growing concern in the Commonwealth and Virginians are three times more likely to die from suicide than from homicide.
  • Two men plead guilty for illegal tire dumping in Salem

    Two men plead guilty for illegal tire dumping in Salem

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:18:00 GMT
    William Andrew Early pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegally dumping more than 500 tires. (source: Virginia Court Systems) William Andrew Early pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegally dumping more than 500 tires. (source: Virginia Court Systems)
    Two men pleaded guilty in Roanoke County Thursday to illegally dumping tires in Salem.
    Two men pleaded guilty in Roanoke County Thursday to illegally dumping tires in Salem.
  • Child poverty rate rises in Virginia

    Child poverty rate rises in Virginia

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-08-13 22:46:33 GMT
    Child poverty rate at it's highest point since 1998.Child poverty rate at it's highest point since 1998.
    As children begin to fill up school classrooms, teachers across our area prepare for more than the standard curriculum, but a new approach to reach low-income children, and students who come from generations of poverty.
    As children begin to fill up school classrooms, teachers across our area prepare for more than the standard curriculum, but a new approach to reach low-income children, and students who come from generations of poverty.
  • Robin Williams death opens the discussion about depression

    Robin Williams death opens the discussion about depression

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-12 22:16:08 GMT
    The death of actor Robin Williams has more people opening up and talking about depression.
    The death of actor Robin Williams has more people opening up and talking about depression.
  • More than half of homeowners say they are planning to renovate

    More than half of homeowners say they are planning to renovate

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:41:50 GMT
    More than half of homeowners say they are planning to renovate in the next six months.More than half of homeowners say they are planning to renovate in the next six months.
    If you've been thinking about remodeling your home, you aren't alone.
    If you've been thinking about remodeling your home, you aren't alone.
  • Lynchburg's largest low-income housing to close

    Lynchburg's largest low-income housing to close

    Monday, August 11 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-08-12 00:20:03 GMT
    The Virginian, one of the largest low-income housing developments in Lynchburg is set to close.
    The Virginian, one of the largest low-income housing developments in Lynchburg is set to close.
  • New phone app could save your life if you're attacked

    New phone app could save your life if you're attacked

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:27:17 GMT
    Lifeline Response has saved 4 lives since it's debut in February.Lifeline Response has saved 4 lives since it's debut in February.
    New technology could save your life in the event of an attack.
    New technology could save your life in the event of an attack.
  • Softball tourney means big business for local economy

    Softball tourney means big business for local economy

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:34:39 GMT
    Excitment on the field means more celebration dinners after the game.Excitment on the field means more celebration dinners after the game.
    There's a lot of excitement on the field at Moyer Stadium, as 140 teams from around the country battle it out in the biggest tournament in the league, played in the Roanoke Valley.While there is a lot of action going on in the field, it's also adding an extra buzz around town, especially when it's meal time for the more than three thousand people the tournament brings in.Locally owned Chick-fil-a is only one of many b...
    There's a lot of excitement on the field at Moyer Stadium, as 140 teams from around the country battle it out in the biggest tournament in the league, played in the Roanoke Valley.While there is a lot of action going on in the field, it's also adding an extra buzz around town, especially when it's meal time for the more than three thousand people the tournament brings in.Locally owned Chick-fil-a is only one of many b...
  • Boones Mill train depot on wheels, set to move Friday

    Boones Mill train depot on wheels, set to move Friday

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:29:55 GMT
    Friday is the day that the town of Boones Mill has been working towards for almost three years now, the big moving day for the Boones Mill train depot.
    Friday is the day that the town of Boones Mill has been working towards for almost three years now, the big moving day for the Boones Mill train depot.
  • Boones Mill train depot moves for the first time in over 100 years

    Boones Mill train depot moves for the first time in over 100 years

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:27:15 GMT
    Boones Mill train depot is attached to wheels and moved 600 yards to final resting place.Boones Mill train depot is attached to wheels and moved 600 yards to final resting place.
    After three years of waiting crowds gathered Friday morning in Boones Mill by the railroad tracks to watch their towns most important piece of history start a new beginning.
    After three years of waiting crowds gathered Friday morning in Boones Mill by the railroad tracks to watch their towns most important piece of history start a new beginning.
  • Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:42:30 GMT
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
    This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors.
  • Natural Bridge benefiting from future state park status

    Natural Bridge benefiting from future state park status

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:28:40 GMT
    New ownership is paying off for the natural bridge park and hotel.
    New ownership is paying off for the natural bridge park and hotel.
  • Firefighters: "We aren't capable of handling another train explosion"

    Firefighters: "We aren't capable of handling another train explosion"

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:30:09 GMT
    Virginia fire fighters say they aren't equiped to handle these type of train explosions.Virginia fire fighters say they aren't equiped to handle these type of train explosions.
    U.S. senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced they support measures by the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday to improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments.
    U.S. senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced they support measures by the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday to improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments.
  • VDOT plans repair of I-64 bridges in Rockbridge County

    VDOT plans repair of I-64 bridges in Rockbridge County

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:16 GMT
    Bridges in I-64 in Rockbridge County are scheduled to be repaired this summer.Bridges in I-64 in Rockbridge County are scheduled to be repaired this summer.
    The Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County are being renovated to repair the bridges' structural steel frames.
    The Interstate 64 bridges over the Maury River and Kerrs Creek in Rockbridge County are being renovated to repair the bridges' structural steel frames.
  • Moving day begins for Boones Mill historical train depot

    Moving day begins for Boones Mill historical train depot

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:57 GMT
    It has been years in the making, but Monday is the day so many people in the town of Boones Mill have been working towards.
    It has been years in the making, but Monday is the day so many people in the town of Boones Mill have been working towards.
  • Stormwater fees go into effect in the Star City

    Stormwater fees go into effect in the Star City

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:48 GMT
    While the star city is now dedicated to cleaning up local streams, and managing drainage systems , it is going to take a lot of money to do it.
    While the star city is now dedicated to cleaning up local streams, and managing drainage systems , it is going to take a lot of money to do it.
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