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    What's News Today, Thursday, July, 24, 2014 Video included

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    Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia.

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    Roanoke Co. man in court for credit card scam Video included

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    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - 43-year-old William Gomez is charged with six felonies after police found 370 illegal credit cards in his apartment. More>>

    Deadly heroin overdoses on the rise in Southwest Virginia Video included

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    According to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, a total of three fatal heroin overdoses were reported in Southwest Virginia communities in 2010. Last year that number went up to 14. More>>

    Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' in Mali

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    An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said. France deployed fighter jets to search for... More>>

    As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21

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    Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president. More>>

    Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

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    Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the... More>>

    UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

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    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian... More>>

    Roanoke Valley company looks for overcharges on medical bills

    Chris Salmon with his mother, Sharon. Chris survived a brain aneurysm. Chris Salmon with his mother, Sharon. Chris survived a brain aneurysm.
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    Chris Salmon survived a brain aneurysm but his mom, Sharon, was left with more than $60,000 in medical bills.
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    GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs

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    Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes. More>>

    'Kim Jong-un Dance' video upsets Kim Jong-un

    'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube) 'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube)
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    North Korea's supreme leader and The Onion's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive is quite upset about a video making the rounds. A YouTube viral hit out of China features Kim Jong-un's head pasted to several clips of people dancing and breaking out karate moves.

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    Transformation plan underway for troubled Roanoke neighborhoods Video included

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    Roanoke (WSLS) - The Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority will unveil it's plan to transform one of the most troubled sections of the city at an event tonight. More>>

    Roanoker Restaurant excited over national biscuit recognition Video included

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    If you're craving a biscuit for breakfast, one of the top 10 places to get one in the south is right here in Roanoke. More>>

    Your Storm Team 10 Forecast

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    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. More>>

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

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    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. More>>

    Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

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    The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.

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    Funeral held for man who died in NY police custody

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    An overflow crowd packed a church and sang songs on Wednesday at the funeral of a man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. More>>

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life Video included

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    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

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    Alexis Murphy's family speaks about Taylor sentence Video included

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    Randy Taylor was sentenced to two life sentences today in a Nelson County court. More>>

    Localities hesitant for the fiber optic cable project Video included

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    Progress for the multi-locality broad brand initiative slows as local officials determine they need more information. More>>

    Roanoke pastor offers free haircuts, clothes and food

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    A local church is providing free haircuts to men, women and children in Roanoke.
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    Kroger: Food safety is top priority Video included

    Kroger says food safety is their top priority. Kroger says food safety is their top priority.
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    When we check those items off of our grocery lists we may be more concerned with saving time and money than whether that product may be on a recall list. More>>

    GM issues 6 more safety recalls

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    General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles. More>>

    Roanoker biscuits named top 10 place for Southern-style biscuits

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    The Roanoker Restaurant has been named one of the top 10 places to find Southern-style biscuits by USA Today. More>>

    Virginia Crossroads: Trains, rivers and oysters in the Chesapeake Bay Video included

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    Much of the water that starts out here in the mountains, eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay, which environmentalists have been trying to “save” for decades. This especially applies to the declining Oyster population. More>>

    FloydFest 2013 feedback surveys used to plan 2014 event Video included

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    After FloydFest 12 in 2013, people who attended the event were asked for the feedback and this year's organizers used the responses in this year's planning.
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    NRV mall shooter sentenced to 38 years Video included

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    CHRISTIANSBURG (WSLS) - The man accused of shooting two people at the New River Valley Mall last year is sentenced to 68 years behind bars, and will serve 38 years.Neil MacInnis plead guilty to malicious wounding and firearms charges, after he walked into the New River Community College mall campus in Christiansburg and shot two women.Both victims spoke in court Wednesday. More>>

    Confederate flag rally in Lexington

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    The debate continues over the Confederate flag at Washington and Lee University. More>>

    Solarize Blacksburg participants enjoy green benefits Video included

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    Dozens of people in Blacksburg took part in its Solarize Blacksburg campaign earlier this year. Some are getting solar installed right now while others are reaping the benefits now that they're using it. More>>

    Floydfest 13 gets underway today Video included

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    FLOYD (WSLS) - Thousands of people will arrive in Floyd today for the start of Floydfest.    More>>

    Roanoke Police dealing with more fatal cocaine overdoses Video included

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    134 deaths were linked to cocaine overdoses in 2013, nearly 50 percent more than in 2010. More>>

    Roanoke County proposes water tower to fix water pressure problems

    Roanoke County proposes water tower to fix water pressure problems Video included

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    Roanoke County (WSLS) - Some residents in Roanoke County could see their water pressure improve by next year. More>>

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    • Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' in Mali

      Air Algerie flight 'probably crashed' in Mali

      Thursday, July 24 2014 1:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:43:31 GMT
      The official Algerian news agency says an Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has disappeared from the radar.
      An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said. France deployed fighter jets to search for...
    • As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21

      As Iraq gets new president, car bomb kills 21

      Thursday, July 24 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:41:35 GMT
      Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
      Iraqi officials say a double car bombing in central Baghdad has killed 21 people and wounded 33, hours after lawmakers elected the country's new president.
    • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

      Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

      Thursday, July 24 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:28:28 GMT
      After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.
      After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.
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