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    Portions of Franklin Road closed tomorrow

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    Portions of Franklin Road will be closed tomorrow allowing crews to repair potholes. The work will take place on Franklin Road between the I-581 bridge and Elm Avenue. Portions of that stretch of Franklin Road will be shut down from 7am-3pm. Detours will be in place. Valley Metro buses will be running on normal schedule. After a rough winter, potholes More>>

    First Fridays kicks off tonight in downtown Roanoke Video included

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    The first concert in the First Fridays outdoor concert series kicks off tonight in downtown Roanoke. Organizers are trying to start with a bang this year by opening the event with one of their biggest performers of the season, Clare Dunn. More>>

    What's News Today, Friday, April 18th Video included

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

    Operation Easter Bunny's kid organizer reflects on growth Video included

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    “Operation: Easter Bunny” is in its fifth year in Botetourt County. Last week we introduced you to the 10-year-old who is the brain child behind the effort. Sarah Hamblin will make her final delivery Friday morning to Eagle Rock Elementary School as part of "Operation: Easter Bunny." As her 5th year winds down she reflects on the growth she's seen. Sarah started this when she was just five. She's gotten pretty good a... More>>

    WSLS investigates flaws in South Peak wall Video included

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    After wall repairs this February, the South Peak construction site is a focus of many. WSLS viewers have raised concerns over cracks in the retaining wall. We wanted to find out if there is cause for concern. WSLS met with Virginia Western Dean and geologist John Anderson at the site to get his expert opinion. He says a crack over time can weaken the retaining wall. "The force of the material behind it pushing i... More>>

    South Peak Engineer addresses crack on one of the walls

    South Peak Engineer addresses crack on one of the walls Video included

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    One of the walls on the South Peak development may look like a crack but engineers say it's something else. It is two walls joined together providing support for the ground. However even though the terrace is intentional on another wall there is an unintentional fracture. The engineer of the project Michael Circeo says the crack has been there since they first worked on the wall. Since the walls are about 40 feet tall, cracks can happen because of sediment and distress.Circeo says even though... More>>

    VCOM Makes a Difference Video included

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    The economy and rural communities are benefiting from more than 10 years since the first class began at the VCOM in Blacksburg. According to research from National Center for Rural Health Works, the total VCOM economic impact for Virginia from June 2011 to June 2012 was $119,971,273. Here's a break down $1,312,650 in visitor spending $35,842,137 in student spending $ More>>

    Charges against Michael Heller dropped Video included

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    Michael Heller had been charged with being an accessory after the fact in the murder of Virginia Tech student Samanata Shrestha. At a court hearing in the New River Valley today, the charges against him were dropped .Charges are still pending against Virginia tech student Jessica Ewing and graduate Keifer Brown in the case.CLICK HERE FOR EARLIER COVERAGE More>>

    Sex offender arrested after being found at child day care center

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    A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an... More>>

    3 Blacksburg companies raise major capital Video included

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    Three Blacksburg companies have raised major capital recently. More>>

    Roanoke County Schools job fair Video included

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    Roanoke County Schools is holding a job fair hiring for school bus drivers and aides, cafeteria staff and school nurses. The biggest need is bus drivers although they wouldn't say how many positions they are hiring for. In the first two hours of the job fair they had more than 30 people stop by. The job fair ends at 7 p.m. And is at the central office (5937 Cove Road) More>>

    Transitional Living Center to celebrate 25 years of service Video included

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    Over the last 25 years, the Transitional Living Center has provided thousands of homeless people with temporary shelter while they look for work and a permanent home.

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    UPDATE: Sheryl Crow tickets sell out for Elmwood Park concert Video included

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    Tickets are on sale today for Sheryl Crowe's performance at Elmwood Park. Tickets are $15 at the Jefferson Center or online. More>>

    Audible Egg Hunt coming to the Roanoke Valley this weekend Video included

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    The kids will hunt for beeping eggs developed by the Virginia State Police, a unique twist on a popular holiday tradition. More>>

    Roanoke Arts Commission to plan for future public art Video included

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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>>

    What's News Today, Thursday, April 17th Video included

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

    Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

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    The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials... More>>

    Pakistani madrassa names library after bin Laden

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    A controversial Pakistani cleric who runs an Islamic seminary for girls in the capital of Islamabad has named the school's newly built library in honor of Osama bin Laden, his spokesman and a school administrator said... More>>

    Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

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    Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns. More>>

    12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

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    An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. 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>>

    Transcript shows ferry captain delayed evacuation

    Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. More>>

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

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    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

    Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion Video included

    Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight." More>>

    Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

    A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data... More>>

    Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

    Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian... More>>

    Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

    Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist... More>>

    Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

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    Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast. More>>

    Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

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    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern. More>>

    Schools tweak strategies for weather days

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    Future bouts of unpredictable weather could produce a hodgepodge of solutions for making up lost school days, similar to what happened this year. More>>

    Ukraine: More stringent border checks for Russians

    Ukraine is introducing stringent checks for Russian citizens who want to cross the border into Ukraine. More>>

    New emails released in IRS scandal

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    An activist group has released new e-mails in the IRS targeting scandal. More>>

    Let the games begin: It's NBA playoff time

    Finally, the NBA playoffs are set. 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>>

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      A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an...
      A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an...
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