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    Deadly heroin overdoses on the rise in Southwest Virginia

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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>>

    Roanoke Co. man in court for credit card scam

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    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - A Roanoke County man charged in a massive credit card scheme will be in court today.43-year-old William Gomez is charged with six felonies after police found 370 illegal credit cards in his apartment.Court documents show the staff at Honeywood Apartments in Roanoke County did a routine maintenance check on the apartment. Staff members say they found no furniture, only computers, stacks of credit cards and forgery machines.Roanoke County Police believe the scheme could ... 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: Kurdish politician Massoum named president

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    Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq's new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as... 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>>

    Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

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    Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid international efforts to broker a cease-fire. 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: Kurdish politician Massoum named president

      Iraq: Kurdish politician Massoum named president

      Thursday, July 24 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:01:27 GMT
      Iraqi officials say militants have attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad, killing 52 prisoners and eight soldiers.
      Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq's new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country's leaders as...
    • Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

      Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

      Thursday, July 24 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:53:08 GMT
      By The Associated Press Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love - after waiting in line.
      By The Associated Press Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love - after navigating crowds and waiting in line.
    • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

      FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

      Thursday, July 24 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:53:51 GMT
      The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
      The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
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