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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
  • 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.
  • 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

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:12:14 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.
  • Boones Mill train depot on wheels, set to move Friday

    Boones Mill train depot on wheels, set to move Friday

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:16:55 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.
  • 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.
  • 35 MPH speed limit posted for all unpaved roads in Virginia

    35 MPH speed limit posted for all unpaved roads in Virginia

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:54 GMT
    New law makes all unpaved roadways 35 MPHNew law makes all unpaved roadways 35 MPH
    A new, blanket speed limit has been set for all unpaved roads in Virginia. New legislation passed by the General Assembly this year makes the maximum speed limit of 35 mph.
    A new, blanket speed limit has been set for all unpaved roads in Virginia. New legislation passed by the General Assembly this year makes the maximum speed limit of 35 mph.
  • 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.
  • New business could join Franklin County Industrial Park

    New business could join Franklin County Industrial Park

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:21:28 GMT
    Rocky Mount Town Council will discuss a new business who has shown interest in moving to Franklin CountyRocky Mount Town Council will discuss a new business who has shown interest in moving to Franklin County
    Rocky Mount (WSLS)-Franklin County could be the home of a new industrial business. Monday night the Rocky Mount town council will discuss during closed session a prospective business who has shown interest in joining the facility in Franklin Counties Industrial Park.James Ervin, Rocky Mount town manager says it is still very early in the discussion about the potential.Ervin would not discuss publicly the name or any o...
    Rocky Mount (WSLS)-Franklin County could be the home of a new industrial business. Monday night the Rocky Mount town council will discuss during closed session a prospective business who has shown interest in joining the facility in Franklin Counties Industrial Park.James Ervin, Rocky Mount town manager says it is still very early in the discussion about the potential.Ervin would not discuss publicly the name or any o...
  • Angels of Assisi a top competitor in ASPCA challenge

    Angels of Assisi a top competitor in ASPCA challenge

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:38:43 GMT
    Angels of Assisi is one step closer to receiving thousands of dollars in grant money.The ASPCA is sponsoring 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, where a total of $600,000 in prize grants is up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs.Angels of Assisi is one of 50 contestants nationwide competing.The 50 contestants are working to save more animals during the months of June, July and August 2014 t...
    Angels of Assisi is one step closer to receiving thousands of dollars in grant money.The ASPCA is sponsoring 2014 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, where a total of $600,000 in prize grants is up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs.Angels of Assisi is one of 50 contestants nationwide competing.The 50 contestants are working to save more animals during the months of June, July and August 2014 t...
  • Cleanup continues after Wytheville train derailment

    Cleanup continues after Wytheville train derailment

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:35:08 GMT
    Wytheville officials plan to complete cleanup by the end of the weekend.Wytheville officials plan to complete cleanup by the end of the weekend.
    WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WSLS)– Wytheville officials say that cleanup after the Norfolk Southern train derailment will continue through the weekend.The track is fully repaired, and trains are back on schedule through that area.READ PREVIOUS STORIES ON THE DERAILMENT HERE.Traffic along US-21 is open but is still reduced to one lane. Workers say the leacleanupase will take several more days, but hope to have Grayson Road restored to normal drive times by the end of the weekend.Ikey Davidson, Wythe Coun...
    WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WSLS)– Wytheville officials say that cleanup after the Norfolk Southern train derailment will continue through the weekend.The track is fully repaired, and trains are back on schedule through that area.READ PREVIOUS STORIES ON THE DERAILMENT HERE.Traffic along US-21 is open but is still reduced to one lane. Workers say the leacleanupase will take several more days, but hope to have Grayson Road restored to normal drive times by the end of the weekend.Ikey Davidson, Wythe Coun...
  • IRS phone scam back in our area

    IRS phone scam back in our area

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:22:29 GMT
    The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe. The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe.
    The better business bureau is cautioning residents here in southwest Virginia about a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents.The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe and are told to send the funds via a prepaid card or wire transfer. These impersonators even have a computer program that wil...
    The better business bureau is cautioning residents here in southwest Virginia about a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents.The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe and are told to send the funds via a prepaid card or wire transfer. These impersonators even have a computer program that wil...
  • Door-to-door meat company flagged by BBB in Salem

    Door-to-door meat company flagged by BBB in Salem

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:58:44 GMT
    Charles Finney and his daughter were not happy with their purchase from USA Gourmet. Charles Finney and his daughter were not happy with their purchase from USA Gourmet.
    Black mystery meat, with no labels, freezer burned in poorly sealed packaging. Discolored covered in ice and sticky to the touch.This is the meat that daughter Brenda Reynolds found in her 81 year-old-fathers freezer when she came over to make him dinner."We cooked two steaks and it didn't taste like steak at all, it was like a mystery meat," Brenda said.Charles Finney bought one hundred dollars worth of meat from a U...
    Black mystery meat, with no labels, freezer burned in poorly sealed packaging. Discolored covered in ice and sticky to the touch.This is the meat that daughter Brenda Reynolds found in her 81 year-old-fathers freezer when she came over to make him dinner."We cooked two steaks and it didn't taste like steak at all, it was like a mystery meat," Brenda said.Charles Finney bought one hundred dollars worth of meat from a U...
  • Business may soon be able to deliver alcohol to your door

    Business may soon be able to deliver alcohol to your door

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:34:36 GMT
    Just six months after opening, the prepared food delivery company Fetch says business in the Star City IS up 50 percent.
    Just six months after opening, the prepared food delivery company Fetch says business in the Star City IS up 50 percent.
  • Track defect found in Wythe Co. railroad before derailment

    Track defect found in Wythe Co. railroad before derailment

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-15 20:01:42 GMT
    Norfolk Southern train derails in Wytheville Norfolk Southern train derails in Wytheville
    State Corporation Commission railroad officials say that a defect was found in the same stretch of railroad that the Norfolk Southern train derailed on Monday afternoon.Spokesperson Ken Schrad says that one defect was found during an inspection on April 22nd 2014.Schrad says that a railway that only shows one defect is typically very safe.The inspection report was then sent to the Federal Railway Association who would...
    State Corporation Commission railroad officials say that a defect was found in the same stretch of railroad that the Norfolk Southern train derailed on Monday afternoon.Spokesperson Ken Schrad says that one defect was found during an inspection on April 22nd 2014.Schrad says that a railway that only shows one defect is typically very safe.The inspection report was then sent to the Federal Railway Association who would...
  • New business offers products to cut storm water fee in half

    New business offers products to cut storm water fee in half

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:05:50 GMT
    Local governments now have the responsibility of managing storm water, a state law which went into effect the beginning of this month.
    Local governments now have the responsibility of managing storm water, a state law which went into effect the beginning of this month.
  • Ex-offenders get second chance re-entering society

    Ex-offenders get second chance re-entering society

    Friday, July 11 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-07-12 00:19:03 GMT
    With a record number of drug offenders serving time, focus has shifted to their lives after jail or prison, and how to reintegrate them back into society successfully.
    With a record number of drug offenders serving time, focus has shifted to their lives after jail or prison, and how to reintegrate them back into society successfully.
  • Car sales increase across Virginia

    Car sales increase across Virginia

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:42:11 GMT
    This summer more new cars are being driven off of the dealers lots. 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year for the auto industry in 8 years.
    This summer more new cars are being driven off of the dealers lots. 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year for the auto industry in 8 years.
  • Roanoke City police recognized by President Obama's top drug policy advisor

    Roanoke City police recognized by President Obama's top drug policy advisor

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:18:50 GMT
    Policy makers more than 200 miles away from Roanoke, in our nation’s capital, are taking note of what's happened in our backyard regarding drug abuse prevention.
    Policy makers more than 200 miles away from Roanoke, in our nation’s capital, are taking note of what's happened in our backyard regarding drug abuse prevention.
  • Renovations at Hotel Roanoke underway

    Renovations at Hotel Roanoke underway

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:59:45 GMT
    Renovation is underway for the exterior of Hotel Roanoke for the first time in almost 20 years.
    Renovation is underway for the exterior of Hotel Roanoke for the first time in almost 20 years.
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