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    Fire at Saw Mill in Bedford County is under investigation

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    A fire ata saw mill in Bedford County is under investigation. It happened thisafternoon around 5 at Central Virginia Pallet and Stake on Centerville Road.Bedford County's Fire Chief says there were no injuries, but the owner estimates the damages at about $75,000The chief says thefire is still burning, and it will likely burn for a few days, but it is contained.The cause of the fire is unknown, butit's believed to be accidental. More>>

    NRV Habitat ReStore challenges artists to repurpose

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    Earth Week is coming to an end but some New River Valley artists are making a lasting effort to reduce waste. Dozens of people are hoping to win Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley ReStore's repurposing contest. More>>

    What's News Today, Thursday, April 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. More>>

    Golf Course Dog Chases Geese Video included

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    That dog running in front of the golf cart doesn't have much to do any more. She likes it well enough -- running in front of the cart. But it's not why they brought her here some seven years ago to the Waterfront Country Club. Back then instead of carts -- she chased geese. Dan Robertson/Golf Course Superintendent: “We had as many as 40 to fifty here at one time. And they dig into the grass in the golf course and wh... More>>

    UVA Cavalier Marching Band selected to perform in 2015 Macy's Day Parade

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    The University of Virginia Cavalier Marching Band received the news that it has been selected to perform in the 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Cavaliers will join the line of march and begin its performance to the sound of “Let’s Have a Parade,” the iconic phrase that has signaled the start of every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1924. The band will join nine other marching bands from across the count... More>>

    Roanoke Co. Board of Supervisors plan to dissolve local environmental group Video included

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    This week, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors discussed the county's involvement with environmental programs. More>>

    Blue Ridge tourism has record breaking year Video included

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    2013 was a record breaking year for tourism here in the Blue Ridge. According to the progress report in 2013 the Virginia Blue Ridge saw more than six hundred thousand visitors from online advertising alone.. On average each person spends 90 dollars a day. In total that's $56,000,000 spent locally. That’s a record for the area. The Blue Ridge made another $800,000 from motor coach tours and had a record breaking y... More>>

    Virginia Tech Enrollment Numbers Growing Video included

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    Officials say the number of students attending Virginia Tech is increasing because more students see it as a place to get a good education.Students the reason they come to Virginia Tech is because of the community. Officials say more students is because there are more facilities to teach them like Lavery Hall.They also say retooling some course offerings also created a push for more students wanting to come the school. "We introduced our meteorology degree we introduced a degree in real estat... More>>

    Free Weekend Parking in Downtown Roanoke

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    With Multiple Events Going on in Downtown Roanoke, City Makes Parking Easier. More>>

    Liberty High School holds first Bedford County Special Olympics Video included

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    55 students participated in the events.     More>>

    Hazmat drill important for southwest Virginia Video included

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    A hazmat training drill is going on today and tomorrow in Rockbridge County. More>>

    Governor signs child identity theft measure into Virginia law Video included

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    A proposed measure to protect children from identity theft is now officially law. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed HB543 in Richmond Thursday morning.According to a study from Javelin Strategy and Research one in 40 families with children under the age of 18 have at least one child with compromised information.The new bill means that parents can essentially freeze their child's credit so thieves can't use it and potentially rack up thousands of dollars in debt. Virginia State Police Captain Ro... More>>

    VDOT to spend $78 million to fix Route 220 in Botetourt County Video included

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    The proposed project would improve Route 220 between Eagle Rock and Iron Gate in Botetourt County. More>>

    Techpad partners with town of Blacksburg for faster Internet Video included

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    BLACKSBURG - Techpad has officially entered into a contract with the town of Blacksburg to use a portion of the town's fiber optic cable network. Techpad workers say this will cut upload and download speeds from hours to seconds.The contract is part of a pilot program in Blacksburg to attract businesses and technology to the downtown area.The new Brownstone building in downtown Blacksburg, which is still under construction, will also provide its residential and commercial occupants with acces... More>>

    Amherst County early morning shooting

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    The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened early this morning. Investigators say they got a call shortly after 5 a.m. regarding a domestic shooting on Ewers Lane in Madison Heights. More>>

    Future of New River Valley customs agent unclear Video included

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    Senator Tim Kaine said he's working to get the New River Valley customs agent position filled. However, it's an uphill battle due to the sequester cuts. More>>

    NRV residents asked to 'Give Big' today Video included

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    People throughout the New River Valley are expected to give big today in the first ever GiveBigNRV giving day. More>>

    Wildfire spreading in New River Gorge

    Wildfire spreading in New River Gorge Video included

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    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - Crews are continuing to battle a wildfire in that is spreading in the New River Gorge.National Park Service officials said Tuesday morning that the fire had now burned 130 acres.Crews were working Tuesday to build a fire line to stop the fire's spread. The forecast for increased cloud cover and higher relative humidity will aid in firefighting efforts, according to a news release from Park Ranger Leah Perkowski-Sisk.In addition to NPS staff, crews from the Mount Hope Fir... More>>

    What's News Today, Wednesday, April 23rd Video included

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    The stories that will make headlines today in Southwest Virginia and nationwide. More>>

    Another McDonald's headed to the Roanoke Valley

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    The Roanoke Valley will soon have another fast food restaurant. On Tuesday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved plans to build a new McDonald's along the 220 corridor. The site is located near Clearbrook Elementary School. Construction on the project is expected to begin by the summer. & More>>

    29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

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    29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction. More>>

    Roanoke County updates new storm water ordinance Video included

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    Roanoke county leaders hope to one day make these water ways clean enough to drink from. But who will pay for it? A new ordinance which will help the county clean up storm drains is the first step. WSLS wanted to know how much change you can expect. Arnold Covey has worked with Roanoke County community development for 33 years. Covey says this changes the way new homes and businesses will be built in the county. “I ... More>>

    12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co. Video included

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    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday at 11:46 a.m. More>>

    Roanoke Mother stands up against bullying after son's suicide

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    A Roanoke County mother is standing up against bullying after her 16-year-old son committed suicide. Maxx Poff was found dead on February 20th from a gunshot wound. "Maxx was a lover. He wasn't a fighter and it just kills me to know the pain he was going through for somebody bullying him," Maxx's mother Dianna Poff says. Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason says detectives heard information was being circulated through social media that suggested bullying was the mean reason fo... More>>

    Dining Out for Shelter helps a homeless shelter in the New River Valley Video included

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    BLACKSBURG -Restaurants in the New River Valley are teaming up to help a men's homeless shelter in the area.A handful of businesses in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford are donating a portion of their sales to To Our House, ashelter that provides men in the area a place to stay and resources to help them get back on their feet.Hereare the participating restaurants:BlacksburgBollo's Cafe BakeryCeritano's Ristorante (5pm-9pm)Dairy Queen (4pm-7pm)Frosty ParrotGillie'sMoe's Southwest Grill (... More>>

    Virginia Tech launches centers to study big data and entrepreneurship Video included

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    BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech is renewing their focus on two new centers in the Pamplin College of Business to help support research, teaching and outreach in business intelligence and analytics. The faculty leaders say that companies are seeing a trend across the country of high volumes of data, and it is important to help them utilize this information. Customer feedback through social media is an example of this kind of data, and the new centers will work with businesses, nonprofits and govern... More>>

    Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass

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    Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. On Tuesday, the tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. More>>

    Signs of Change at Smith Mountain Lake Video included

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    Willard Companies welcomes Warren Buffett's brand to Smith Mountain Lake. Wednesday Prudential Waterfront Properties officially becomes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate. "The fact that Warren Buffett is now in the home services and the real estate market with his expertise in his research that's telling me that the real estate homemarket is getting More>>

    UPDATE: Man found dead on Appalachian Trail in Bedford County identified

    UPDATE: Man found dead on Appalachian Trail in Bedford County identified

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    The man's body was found Monday morning at the Matts Creek Shelter. More>>

    UCLA report finds same-sex marriage could generate $60 million for Virginia

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    A UCLA think tank report estimates Virginia could generate up to $60 million over the next three years by legalizing same-sex marriage.  More>>

    Blue Ridge Marathon Runners Make the Most of the Mountains Video included

    Ultra-Marathoner Sean Workowski Ultra-Marathoner Sean Workowski
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    Running "the double" is becoming a tradition for some runners in the Star City. More>>

    Easter Sales Big for Candy Store in Downtown Roanoke

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    Lawson Jaeger the owner of "The Candy Store" in downtown Roanoke says his sales jumped 35-40 percent from Easter. He owns a specialty shop and he says people are coming in and buying pop rocks. Jaeger hopes his sales remain consistent . More>>

    Natural Bridge works to "Go Green" Video included

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    The new owners at Natural Bridge are working to keep the property picture perfect. They’re working to keep the property clean, not only to preserve the scenic beauty, but to have less of an environmental impact on the area. WSLS met with Natural Bridge Executive Director Richard Dane who says new priorities for the property came with the new owners. "The new ownership and the new partnership for the property is v... More>>

    Alexander Black House in Blacksburg nears completion Video included

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    BLACKSBURG - The Alexander Black House is now weeks away from its grand opening in Blacksburg, where it will become a cultural center and event venue for the town. The home originally belonged to Alexander Black, the grandson of the man for whom Blacksburg is named. Now, it will be used for things like lectures, workshops and weddings. The first floor renovations cost about $800,000 in donations from the community, and workers have been careful to preserve as much as they can.Project manager ... More>>

    UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

    UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

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    According to Roanoke City Police a shooting suspect is at large after one person was shot on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Police say the victim has non-life threatening injuries. The call came in around 8:55. More>>

    Radford Police Report Attempted Abduction Video included

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    Radford City Police responded to an attempted abduction on the 700 block of 12th St. in the West end of Radford. Police say a parent reported it around 6 Saturday evening, Saying 3 children between the ages of 7 and 8 years old said 2 males inside a compact car offered them money to get into the vehicle. Police believe it is an older model red and black Mitsubishi Eclipse or Camaro with a spoiler on the back. The bottom of the vehicle is believed to be red with a black hood and black on the s... More>>

    Roanoke Police release pictures of suspects in armed robbery

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    Roanoke City Police continue to investigate the armed robbery that took place at Check into Cash on Valley View Boulevard last Tuesday, April 15th. More>>

    Former UVA Dean pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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    Michael G. Morris, 50, of Crozet, pled guilty to three charges related to the trafficking of images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. More>>

    More details on sex offender arrested after being at Roanoke child day care Video included

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    A man whose record stems back from 2010 as a violent sex offender was arrested after being at the Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.    More>>

    Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

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    The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says three doctors killed by an Afghan security guard at a Kabul hospital are American citizens. More>>

    Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters

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    Police have cleared the city hall in a southeastern Ukrainian city of the pro-Russia protesters who had been occupying it for over a week, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Thursday as government forces appeared to be... More>>

    Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

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    Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming. More>>

    FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

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    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. More>>

    MH370: Object found on coast not related to lost plane

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    The object, found Wednesday, was described as a torn and misshapen piece of sheet metal with rivets, coated with fiberglass. More>>

    SKorea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

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    Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the... More>>

    Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

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    Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. More>>

    Material on Australian shore not from Malaysia jet

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    Australian officials said Thursday that after examining detailed photographs of unidentified material that washed ashore in the southwestern part of the country they are satisfied it is not a clue in the search for the... More>>

    Boy says he sang gospel song, abductor freed him

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    A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him. More>>

    Amid Russia warning, Ukraine is in a security bind

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    Russia's foreign minister warned Wednesday that attacks on Russian citizens or interests in Ukraine would bring a firm response and drew a comparison to the circumstances that opened the war with Georgia in 2008. More>>

    Soldier convicted in WikiLeaks case gets new name

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    An Army private convicted of providing classified documents to WikiLeaks won an initial victory Wednesday toward living as a woman when a Kansas judge granted a petition to change her name to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning. More>>

    'Call of Duty' player becomes victim of 'swatting'

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    A New York teenager becomes the victim of 'swatting' after the loser of a video game calls authorities.
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    Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

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    A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. More>>

    Your Week in Music: Beyonce teams up with Boots in 'dreamy' new song

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    Beyonce's new surprise guest appearance, the Austin City Limits lineup and a '90s flashback in Your Week in Music.
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    Yeardley Love's mother develops relationship violence app

    Yeardley Love's mother develops relationship violence app

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    The mother of a slain UVA student is using technology to help victims of domestic violence, according to NBC affiliate WBAL in Baltimore.
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    IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 who owe back taxes

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    The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. More>>

    The most 'scandalous' politicians are family men

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    Politicians are no longer known just for their 'cookie cutter' image and great family values. They are also known for living out the biggest scandals on television. More>>

    Activity at NKorea site hints at nuke test preps

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    Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. More>>

    Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death

    Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death Video included

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    Deputies were called to Double Oaks Lane in the Burnt Chimney community, where they found a seven-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. More>>

    Dominion to promote tree plantings at Va. schools

    Dominion to promote tree plantings at Va. schools

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The philanthropic arm of energy company Dominion is involving Virginia students in a tree-planting project leading to Arbor Day.

    Called "Project Plant It!," the program will be busy through Friday with Dominion and its forestry team leading tree-planting programs at schools across Virginia. First stop is Tuesday at Woodville Elementary School in Richmond.

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    Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy

    Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy

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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriage in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.

    The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law.
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    • April Mugshots

      April Mugshots

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      The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
      The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
    • March Mugshots

      March Mugshots

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      This photo gallery features mugshots of individuals arrested in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. 
    • Roanoke Mother stands up against bullying after son's suicide

      Roanoke Mother stands up against bullying after son's suicide

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:05 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:05:18 GMT
      A Roanoke County mother is standing up against bullying after her 16-year-old son committed suicide. Maxx Poff was found dead on February 20th from a gunshot wound. "Maxx was a lover. He wasn't a fighter and it just kills me to know the pain he was going through for somebody bullying him," Maxx's mother Dianna Poff says. Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason says detectives heard information was being circulated through social media that suggested bullying was the mean reason fo...
      A Roanoke County mother is standing up against bullying after her 16-year-old son committed suicide. Maxx Poff was found dead on February 20th from a gunshot wound. "Maxx was a lover. He wasn't a fighter and it just kills me to know the pain he was going through for somebody bullying him," Maxx's mother Dianna Poff says. Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason says detectives heard information was being circulated through social media that suggested bullying was the mean reason fo...
    • Smart Investment? Roanoke city considers $250,000 investment in arts programs

      Smart Investment? Roanoke city considers $250,000 investment in arts programs

      Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 02:24:09 GMT
      Arts and culture programs have become Roanoke Valley money makers. For instance, this summer's sold-out Sheryl Crow concert is expected to bring thousands of dollars in revenue. Although, concerts and performances continue to attract tourism dollars, several of the organizations involved have struggled financially. During Roanoke City council budget talks funding for those programs have taken center stage. The recommended budget included $250,000 to help fund local organizations. However, cou...
      Arts and culture programs have become Roanoke Valley money makers. For instance, this summer's sold-out Sheryl Crow concert is expected to bring thousands of dollars in revenue. Although, concerts and performances continue to attract tourism dollars, several of the organizations involved have struggled financially. During Roanoke City council budget talks funding for those programs have taken center stage. The recommended budget included $250,000 to help fund local organizations. However, cou...
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    • Crusades fought, eBay bids sought for relics

      Crusades fought, eBay bids sought for relics

      Thursday, April 24 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:15:13 GMT
      Wars have been fought to obtain them. Medieval monks and modern-day bandits have pilfered them. Two millennia after the first Christian martyrs' blood stained Rome, the temptation of, and fascination with,...
      Wars have been fought to obtain them. Medieval monks and modern-day bandits have pilfered them. Two millennia after the first Christian martyrs' blood stained Rome, the temptation of, and fascination with, religious...
    • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

      Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors

      Thursday, April 24 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-04-24 09:15:08 GMT
      Police in Afghanistan say a security guard has opened fire in a Kabul hospital, killing three foreigners and wounding one other person.
      The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan says three doctors killed by an Afghan security guard at a Kabul hospital are American citizens.
    • Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

      Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

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      Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
      Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.
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