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    UPDATE: Crash on Interstate 81 in Montgomery Co.

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    All lanes on I-81 southbound are closed due to a tractor trailer crash near mile marker 120 More>>

    What's News Today, Friday, July 25, 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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    Mark Warner, Ed Gillespie to meet for the first time this weekend Video included

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    (WSLS) - Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie will go head-to-head on stage for the first time this weekend. With a little more than three months until November's election, Warner holds a sizeable lead in the polls. The latest Roanoke College poll released this week shows the first term senator 25 points ahead of Gillespie. More>>

    Accident causing lane closures on Interstate 81-North

    UPDATE: Interstate 81 lane reopens after Botetourt Crash

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    Two lanes are still closed but traffic is now passing on the right shoulder. More>>

    5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

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    The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled unrest in the West Bank,... More>>

    Australia, Netherlands ready to secure crash site

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    A small group of Dutch and Australian investigators combed the sprawling, unsecured site where Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 went down, taking notes and photos as their governments prepared police detachments they hope can... More>>

    Black box found at Air Algerie wreckage site

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    French soldiers recovered a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, officials said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the... More>>

    Virginia keeping drug used in botched executions

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - One of the drugs used in three recent botched executions will remain part of Virginia's lethal injection protocol.
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    Washington and Lee Univ. closing Lee Chapel over "safety concerns"

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    The Lee Chapel and Museum at Washington and Lee University will be closed Friday at 3 p.m. through Sunday over safety concerns ahead of the Sons of Confederate Veterans rally planned for Saturday.
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    Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

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    Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home. More>>

    Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

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    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants. More>>

    10 Things to Know for Today

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    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

    Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

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    Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road overnight Friday, an official said. More>>

    Your Storm Team 10 Forecast

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    US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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    The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. More>>

    Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

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    An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. More>>

    Traveler catches epic lightning strike on flight

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    Traveler Gina Hyams caught a massive cloud-to-ground lightning strike while on a flight Thursday.

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    FloydFest artist Michael Franti, uses voice to inspire others Video included

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    The music and fun continued at FloydFest Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's event. This music festival obviously has a positive economic impact on the local economy but people are also using a love for music to positively impact the lives of others.Artist Michael Franti said FloydFest is a way for fans and artist to experience different types of music. He said he hopes his songs inspire others and leave people with a more positive outlook on life."When you watch ... More>>

    The Blue Ridge Independent Living Center Celebrates 25 Years Video included

    Comedian Brett Leake spoke at the event, providing a light-hearted insight into the struggles those with special needs face. Comedian Brett Leake spoke at the event, providing a light-hearted insight into the struggles those with special needs face.
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    Since 1989, the nonprofit group Blue Ridge Independent Living Center has helped thousands of community members with disabilities remain in their homes. 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>>

    '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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    Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

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    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst... More>>

    Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

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    Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and... More>>

    Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' of Israel-Gaza firefight

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    Astronaut Alexander Gerst took a photo of the fighting in the Middle East from the International Space Station, calling it his "saddest photo" yet.

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

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    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and... More>>

    New details in Roanoke County credit card conspiracy Video included

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    We are learning more details about a massive conspiracy to forge credit cards in Roanoke County.   More>>

    Progress being made on 611 locomotive in North Carolina Video included

    611 Locomotive getting renovations done in North Carolina. 611 Locomotive getting renovations done in North Carolina.
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    The 611 locomotive is now stripped down and being taken apart for a big makeover.
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    Roanoke unveils plans to revitalize troubled neighborhoods Video included

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    Roanoke city leaders unveil their plan Thursday to transform one of the most troubled sections of the city.
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    Boones Mill train depot on wheels, set to move Friday

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    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. More>>

    House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

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    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait... More>>

    'Coolest Cooler' Kickstarter set to break crowdsourcing record

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    Don't get bored with those 20th century coolers - buy into the technologically-savvy, new millennium version of Ryan Grepper - the Coolest Cooler, and it's set to break a Kickstarter record. 

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    UPDATE: Deadly heroin overdoses on the rise in Southwest Virginia Video included

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    According to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner there were 14 fatal overdoses in Southwest Virginia last year. More>>

    Firefighters: "We aren't capable of handling another train explosion"

    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.
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    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. More>>

    Teens from 7 states wrap up service work in Roanoke Video included

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    More than 200 teens from seven states are in Roanoke this week for Catholic Heart Work Camp. They are working at more than a dozen sites across the area including a Habitat for Humanity house.
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    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

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    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed... More>>

    Wytheville man charged with murder of sisters

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    A suspect has been charged with two counts of felony homicide for the deaths of two women in Wytheville. More>>

    Roanoke Valley company looks for overcharges on medical bills Video included

    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>>

    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>>

    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>>

    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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    • 5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

      5 killed in West Bank, amid new Gaza truce efforts

      Friday, July 25 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:25:31 GMT
      An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.
      The U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state made a new attempt Friday to nail down a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, as Israel's 18-day military operation in the Gaza Strip fueled unrest in the West Bank,...
    • Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

      Russian execs fear lasting damage from plane crash

      Friday, July 25 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:17:24 GMT
      Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the crash of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause...
      Having for months dismissed Western sanctions on Russia as toothless, business leaders here are now afraid that the downing of the Malaysian jetliner will bring about an international isolation that will cause serious and...
    • Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape

      Judge says Texas man should be exonerated in rape

      Friday, July 25 2014 1:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:16:52 GMT
      A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.
      A Dallas man who prosecutors say did not commit a 1990 rape for which he served 12 years in prison should be exonerated based on recent DNA testing he did not request, a judge recommended Friday.
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