Fred Echols

WVTF/RADIO IQ News Host, Producer and Reporter

Fred Echols is a long time member of the WVTF/RADIO IQ news department and produces news content as well as public affairs programs. Fred's career in broadcasting began in North Carolina's Triad before switching from commercial radio where he'd held numerous positions including program director to hosting public radio programming at WVTF.

 

Organizers and shoppers at one of Virginia's biggest gun shows make their feelings known in the wake of a mass shooting in Oregon....and a new sport looking for room to grow is meeting some resistance from a more established one in Virginia. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at vpap.org.

Amherst County supervisors have some decisions to make about allowing gunfire in residential neighborhoods...and a futuristic solution is being offered to ease highway congestion in traffic-choked Arlington. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

A Northern Virginia lingerie shop has upset some residents who don't believe its window displays make a proper impression....and bicycle riders will no longer get a free pass when they run stop signs in one Virginia city. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link at vpap.org.

MillerCoors LLC

More than 500 people in Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina will be losing their jobs next September when MillerCoors Brewing shuts down beer production in Eden, North Carolina. In an announcement the company blamed loss of sales to craft brewers among other factors.

Average compensation for jobs at the MillerCoors Brewery is around $100,000  a year. That's far above almost anything else along the Virginia/North Carolina state line. Eden mayor Wayne Tuggle says job losses won't stop there, given that other  industries in the region exist to support the brewery.

The courts will soon decide whether a Virginia law that prohibits objects that might block a driver's view of the road to be attached to rear view mirrors is constitutional.....and paramedics in Alexandria are unhappy at being asked to cross train as firefighters.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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