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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>>

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

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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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    Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president

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    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the... More>>

    Israeli fire hits UN facility in Gaza, killing 15

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

    France: Air Algerie flight vanishes over N 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 after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane's owner and... More>>

    Roanoker Restaurant excited over national biscuit recognition

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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>>

    GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs

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    Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, cutting its net income by 85 percent. More>>

    Planes with Malaysia Airlines bodies leave Ukraine

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

    Transformation plan underway for troubled Roanoke neighborhoods

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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>>

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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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    • Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president

      Iraq elects Kurdish politician as president

      Thursday, July 24 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:34:55 GMT
      Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
      Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician as the nation's new president on Thursday, hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the...
    • Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

      Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

      Thursday, July 24 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:34:47 GMT
      Europe's top human rights court has ruled that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to imprison two alleged terrorists on Polish soil.
      Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under...
    • Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

      Pope meets Christian sentenced to death for faith

      Thursday, July 24 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:32:58 GMT
      A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy along with her family, including an infant born in prison.
      Pope Francis met privately Thursday with a Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence, blessing the woman as she cradled her infant born just weeks ago in prison.
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