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    What's News Today, Thursday, April 17th

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    The stories that will be making headlines today in Southwest Virginia and across the country. More>>

    Roanoke Arts Commission to plan for future public art

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    The Roanoke Arts Commission is asking for your input tonight as it looks to update the city's public art plan. More>>

    Christiansburg mall shooter comments on mental health issues Video included

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    The man who shot two women at the New River Community College Campus' plead guilty to four felonies on Wednesday.The Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney showed four videos in court that Neil MacInnis made of himself. In the video he compared himself to the shooters at Virginia Tech, Columbine, and Aurora.MacInnis said in one video, "If people like us can get them {referring to a gun}, we need more protection." He also talked about his plan to bring a gun to the New River Community Colle... More>>

    Roanoke County Names Teacher of the Year Video included

    Dana Hoos gets her first look at her new wheels. Dana Hoos gets her first look at her new wheels.
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    Roanoke County tonightawarded Mount Pleasant Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Dana Hoos the winner of the Golden Apple Award, the highest honor presented by the Roanoke County Education Foundation. Immediately after winning the award, which includes $3,000 and the use of a brand new Hyundai Sonata for a year, courtest of First Team, Hoos told WSLS anchor John Carlin, emcee for the event, "It's the first time I've won anything since I won some fudge sauce for some ice cream when I was ten... More>>

    Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance Events Video included

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    Virginia Tech is remembering those who died 7 years ago.The day started with the lighting of the ceremonial candle at midnight. On Wednesday morning several people went onto the Drillfield and participated in the community picnic, others silently andpaid their respects at the memorial and others sat watched videos and pictures of events after the incident. Some decided to give back to their community in honor of the 32 who died. "I felt like this was a great way to um serve and also in rememb... More>>

    Solarize Blacksburg campaign getting strong response Video included

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    BLACKSBURG - People in Blacksburg are responding to the Solarize Blacksburg program, which was launched last month.The goal was to double the number of solarized homes in town by getting 70 people to sign the contract.So far, almost 300 people have signed up to have their homes assessed for a solar unit.A look back to the launch:http://www.wsls.com/story/24889220/solarize-blacksburg-set-to-launch-wednesday-afternoonThe program's organizers say this interest is fueled not only by long-term en... More>>

    Roanoke Police say crime is down Video included

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    Roanoke Police say crime is down since the department reorganization on January 7th. Overall crime is down 12.75% from January 7-March 6, 2014 compared to the same time period in 2013. -Burglary has dropped 32% (95 cases down to 65) -larceny dropped 9% (527 cases down to 479) -rape dropped 66% (9 cases to 3 cases) -aggravated assault increased 23% (22 cases up to More>>

    Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers Video included

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    Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ... More>>

    Bedford Co. Sheriff's Office investigates burglary at country club

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    Investigators with the Bedford County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary of the Boonsboro Country Club. More>>

    Roanoke Valley getting courthouse dog Video included

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    A courthouse facility dog will be joining the Children's Trust staff to assist children and their families during the investigation ad prosecution of crimes. This is Molly who has the same training as a service dog but she is a facility dog. Currently there are 60 courthouse dogs working in 23 states. Children's Trust is hopeful to have a dog placed with them in the up More>>

    UPDATE: Neil MacInnis enters guilty plea Video included

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    Neil MacInnis is facing several charges for opening fire at New River Community College in Christiansburg last year. Two women were hurt. More>>

    Virginia Tech to host Remembrance Day events Video included

    April 16th Memorial at Virginia Tech April 16th Memorial at Virginia Tech
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    The University and students continue to plan remembrance events to honor the 32 that were lost. More>>

    Bedford Water Authority looking to raise rates by 14 percent

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    The Bedford Regional Water Authority announced it will look to raise water and sewer rates for customers by 14 percent.The water authority said the average customer using 4,000 gallons per month will pay an extra $3 per month for water and $4 per month for sewer. More>>

    Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

    An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel... More>>

    Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack

    Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's interior ministry said Thursday. More>>

    Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet

    A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a... More>>

    Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking Video included

    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of... More>>

    uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN

    A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing... More>>

    Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. More>>

    Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

    The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a... More>>

    Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration. More>>

    NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts

    The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering... More>>

    Your Week in Music: So much new music, so little time

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    You'll find this week's biggest releases, an overview of the most shocking surprise performances at Coachella and a little acoustic bliss in this Your Week in Music. More>>

    Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

    They're called leggings - popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. More>>

    Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

    The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. More>>

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      31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.
    • Fugitive Friday: Central Virginia's Most Wanted

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    • Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers

      Healing Strides of Virginia needs volunteers

      Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:21:59 GMT
      Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ...
      Healing Strides of Virginia helps people with physical and mental needs using horse lessons and right now they have plenty of horses they're just short on volunteers. For the past five years they've built the number of student riders up to 125 and some lessons require up to five volunteers at a time. Nicki Breedlove started volunteering here after her autistic daughter came to summer camp. She says volunteers get to ...
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    • Pulaski father indicted for capital murder of infant son

      Pulaski father indicted for capital murder of infant son

      Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:02:03 GMT
      Corey ColeCorey Cole
      Howard Samuel Cole has been charged with the capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.Hisson Corey Cole was found dead in the woods in Pulaski.
      Howard Samuel Cole has been charged with the capital murder and illegal disposal of a body.Hisson Corey Cole was found dead in the woods in Pulaski.
    • Police say Lynchburg man stabbed inside a home

      Police say Lynchburg man stabbed inside a home

      Saturday, April 12 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-04-12 19:39:00 GMT
      Courtesy: Lynchburg Police Dept. Courtesy: Lynchburg Police Dept.
      Lynchburg Police are investigating after a man went to Lynchburg General Hospital's Emergency Room with stab wounds. On Saturday around 6:30 a.m. police were called to the hospital.Michael Payne, 33 from Lynchburg, had with several stab wounds to his chest and stomach. Payne told officers was visiting a friend in the 1200 block of Peirce Street when he was attacked and stabbed by Jamel Owen Davis, 29 from Lynchburg man. Payne was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.Police say ...
      Lynchburg Police are investigating after a man went to Lynchburg General Hospital's Emergency Room with stab wounds. On Saturday around 6:30 a.m. police were called to the hospital.Michael Payne, 33 from Lynchburg, had with several stab wounds to his chest and stomach. Payne told officers was visiting a friend in the 1200 block of Peirce Street when he was attacked and stabbed by Jamel Owen Davis, 29 from Lynchburg man. Payne was admitted to the hospital and is in stable condition.Police say ...
    • Defense Carries Knights Soccer to Undefeated Start

      Defense Carries Knights Soccer to Undefeated Start

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         Cave Spring is in the thick of the River Ridge Soccer race---and they are getting it done with defense.
             Cave Spring is in the thick of the River Ridge Soccer race---and they are getting it done with defense.
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