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A federal judge says the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors' practice of opening meetings with sectarian prayer is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski issued a permanent injunction Wednesday barring the board from opening...
WDBJ7 ReporterThe Roanoke County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a policy regarding prayer before its meetings. Roanoke County lawyer Paul Mahoney said he put in a lot of work to draft a policy that didn't discriminate or set out to cause any religious...
The individual mandate survives. The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty. The...
Anchor/ReporterA candidate who wants to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate says it's time for the federal government to pull back. E.W. Jackson toured a Christian Free Clinic in Fincastle Tuesday evening. The clinic is part of a ministry by Fincastle Baptist...
The Senate has rejected a proposal to allow localities to decide whether to allow hunting on Sundays. Sen. Richard Stuart offered the local option Wednesday as an amendment to legislation to allow Sunday hunting on private property statewide. The bill...
Tags: Politics, Religion and Belief
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Civil-liberties groups are suing a southwest Virginia school board for posting the Ten Commandments, contending that the display violates the Constitution's guarantee of separation of church and state. The American Civil...
Anchor/ReporterThe pastor of a Roanoke church is going to prison. Reverend Joseph Mayo pled guilty to not paying more than a half million dollars in taxes and illegally taking a hundred thousand dollars in Social Security benefits. He's pastor of Paradise Cathedral....
Anchor/ReporterHe was beaten unconscious and paralyzed trying to arrest two suspects. Now former Roanoke police officer Bryan Lawrence has suffered another injury. Lawrence fell on Sunday at the church were he's now a minister, breaking several bones including his...
Tags: Religion and Belief
ReporterSome say politics and religion don't mix. Virginia's Attorney General has weighed in on the topic. At a breakfast for ministers Thursday, Ken Cuccinelli offered guidance on how ministers can be involved in politics without jeopardizing the tax-...
Here are some of your emails on issues in the local news or local news coverage. *** I just watched your reporter on the 11 o'clock news interview the Mayor of Roanoke re: the U.S. Postal Service plan to eliminate 35,000 jobs. The mayor dramatically...
Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau ChiefAn Altavista man is headed to prison for killing his neighbor. A jury in Campbell County handed down six guilty verdicts for Alphonso Destin on first-degree murder, five robbery counts and for mis-using a firearm. The 23 year old was on trial for...
ReporterOn a day when the opening prayer in the House of Delegates acknowledged the separation of church and state, lawmakers reacted to the recent events in Giles County One who sponsored legislation requiring schools to post "In God We Trust" says a display of...
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