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Former Va. governor's corruption trial begins

Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond. More>>

Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed Video included

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Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the... More>>

NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

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The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football,... More>>

Friendship Retirement Community shooter may have been intoxicated

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The man who walked into the Friendship Retirement Community with a gun may have been intoxicated according to a nurse. More>>

Temporary Park and Ride lot to open in Christiansburg

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Beginning Friday, Aug. 1, a new temporary Park and Ride lot in Christiansburg will open to replace the existing lot off Interstate 81 at exit 118 near Falling Branch Elementary School. More>>

Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors

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More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. More>>

Sources: EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia

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Frustrated by the apparent ineffectiveness of previous sanctions and outraged by the deaths of 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over eastern Ukraine, the European Union adopted tough new economic... More>>

Sons of Confederate Veterans demand apology from Washington & Lee Video included

These are the items the 15-year-old says he wore to Lee Chapel and was asked to remove. These are the items the 15-year-old says he wore to Lee Chapel and was asked to remove.
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Lexington (WSLS) - The Stonewall Brigade, Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #1296 is calling upon Washington Lee University President, Kenneth P. Ruscio, to apologize for what it calls the school's mistreatment of a 15-year-old boy over the weekend. More>>

Downtown Roanoke's new Ponce de Leon apartments fill up fast

The new Ponce de Leon Apartment building. The new Ponce de Leon Apartment building.
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The grand opening for downtown Roanoke's new Ponce de Leon apartment building is on Wednesday. Space has gone quickly since construction started 9 months ago with only 12 of the 90 apartments units still available.  More>>

China reports deadly attack in northwest

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A mob armed with knives rampaged through part of China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang and police responded with gunfire, leaving dozens of people dead in the latest violence blamed on Islamic militants,... More>>

Former Roanoke congressman Caldwell Butler dies

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Former Roanoke congressman Caldwell Butler has passed away at 89-years-old. More>>

Facebook forces separate chat app on mobile users

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Facebook will stop the messenger function within its iPhone and Android apps, pushing a new app for mobile users that want to chat. More>>

What's News Today, Tuesday, July 29th 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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Valley View interchange construction closes I581

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ROANOKE (WSLS)-- Construction on walking platforms along the Valley View interchange bridge will lead to road closures on I581 throughout the week.Two lanes of the three lane section of I581 will be closed during the work from 10 p.m. each night until 6 a.m. the following morning.Northbound closures will be in place Tuesday, July 29 and Friday, August 1. Southbound lane closures will be in place Wednesday and Thursday July 30-31.Shoulder closures may also be in place throughout the week Monda... More>>

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward... More>>

Be ready for 'prolonged' Gaza war, Netanyahu says Video included

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Signaling an escalation of Israel's Gaza operation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis Monday to be ready for a "prolonged" war, and the military warned Palestinians in three large neighborhoods to leave... More>>

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

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In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with... More>>

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

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Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. More>>

City council gives the green light to add fuel station in Salem

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People in Salem will soon have another place to fill up on food and gas. On Monday, the Salem City Council approved plans for a Kroger fuel station in the Ridgewood Farms Shopping Center. Once built, the fuel station will be located close to Lewis-Gale Medical Center not far from Jersey Lily's and Humble Pie. City officials said the design plan includes 5 multiple dispensing pumps. NO word on when construction will begin. More>>

Bedford Sheriff Department searches home on Nemmo Road Video included

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There was a flurry of police activity Monday in Bedford County. More>>

Floyd community members fight against pipeline proposal Video included

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Natural gas companies EQT Midstream and Next Era want to build a 330 mile pipeline across local counties. More>>

McDonell corruption trial begins

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Jury selection began Monday in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife. More>>

Wytheville to build veteran housing Video included

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Wythe County veterans will soon have housing designed specifically for them.
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Fourth Circuit ruling could impact local clerk's offices, marriage licenses Video included

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The 4th Circuit court in Richmond ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional Monday. More>>

Slain family of 5 was murder-suicide, police say

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A maintenance worker with financial problems killed his wife and three children with a shotgun, then committed suicide, over the weekend in what state police called one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Maine... More>>

Man's obituary: 'Please don't email me, I'm dead'

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When a Pennsylvania man died, he left behind a now-viral reminder of his life and his quirky sense of humor. 

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Burglars take money raised by seniors for back-to-school program Video included

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Roanoke County Police are searching for two robbery suspects who stole money being collected by residents of Edinburgh Square Retirement Community.
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Hamas, Israel trade blame for deaths of 9 children

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Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians - including nine children playing on a swing - in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians... More>>

Floydfest wraps up 'Revolutionary' festival

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This weekend wrapped up Floydfest 2014, an event thirteen years in the making that WSLS proudly sponsors. More>>

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. More>>

Traffic delays continue after I-77 tunnel fire

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Periodic lane closures are scheduled for the coming weeks as repairs continue following Friday's tractor-trailer fire inside I-77 East River Mountain Tunnel. More>>

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department... More>>

Medicare's own health looking better, report says

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Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. More>>

Healthcare career supply and demand balances out in Roanoke Video included

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Carilion Clinic and Jefferson College of Health Sciences have a relationship that fills gaps in healthcare and allows people to study and work near home.

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Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

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The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. More>>

Eco-friendly green funerals growing in popularity

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If you’re interested in America’s hottest new burial trend, you should start planning now. Even if you’re not, you should plan ahead, said a spokesman for the National Funeral Directors Association. Green burials, which the burial site is as natural as possible and limit pollution, now constitute about 2 percent of funerals in the U.S.

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Roanoke Police search for bank robbery suspect

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Roanoke Police say a man robbed the Carter Bank Trust Monday. Employees told police the suspect walked into the bank around 9:20 a.m. and displayed what appeared to be a firearm.
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Pedestrian struck by vehicle airlifted to Roanoke Memorial

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A 23-year-old woman was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital after she was hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk Monday.
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What a difference a year makes -- Redskins Training Camp 2014 Video included

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It’s year two of Redskins Camp in Richmond at the still seemingly new and certainly beautiful Bon Secours training camp. Last year the vibe was all about Robert Griffin III and the previous season’s successes. More>>

Father & son hit by car in Roanoke get special donation Video included

Acoya and Chris Spencer were hit by a car in November. Acoya and Chris Spencer were hit by a car in November.
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A father and son hit by a car in Roanoke are finally getting some good news. More>>

Roanoke County forensic lab expands to meet crime growth

Roanoke County forensic lab expands to meet crime growth Video included

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Roanoke County (WSLS) - Virginia's Department of Forensic Science will celebrate the expansion of it's Western Laboratory this afternoon. More>>

Corruption trial of former gov. Bob McDonnell starts today Video included

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The former first couple of Virginia is facing more than a dozen corruption charges over their relationship with former Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams. More>>

DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

DUI accident in Roanoke closes part of I-81 North

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ROANOKE (WSLS) - Part of Interstate 581 in Roanoke was shut down early this morning following what police say was a DUI crash.The accident happened around 3:10 a.m. Police say a man was driving a truck when he lost control and flipped.He was arrested for driving under the influence.All northbound lanes will be reopened to traffic momentarily. More>>

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

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When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps. More>>

Man dies after lightning strike affects 14 Video included

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A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said. More>>

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

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Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. More>>

The Big Hurt and Joe Torre headline HOF class

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Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. More>>

Miss Virginia at Park Grove Retirement Community Video included

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Miss Virginia Courtney Garrett sang an opera selection from the movie "The Godfather" for people at the Park Grove Retirement Community. It was part of the annual ice cream social that every Miss Virginia has been involved with for about 20 years. Garrett says the reason she's at the retirement community is to spread her platform of defying disabilities. "Its about educating the community about different disabilities that are affecting many Americans today and how we can better accommodate th... More>>

Salem Red Sox Seeing an Increase in Attendance Video included

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The Salem Red Sox's new general manager Ryan Sheltonis already hitting a home run for the team. Since he's been on the job attendance has increased and fans are more engaged. Last year the average attendance was a little over 2,700 much lower compared to just a couple years prior. In 2011, it was more than 3,400. The Salem Red Sox general manager says attendance has increased about 30 percent from last year. They completely sold out two games, a first time in six years which is due to their m... More>>

Love Week Starts Video included

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One church in Roanoke is helping others get a head start on back to school supplies. About 25 volunteers packed 250 back packs full of pencils, notebooks and tissues for "Straight Street." It's all part of Elevation Roanoke's second annual Love Week where volunteers give their time all week to help organizations. One organization they helped is Straight Street which is a place where teens can hanged out make friends and find someone who will listen to their problems. "We're excited that we ge... More>>

It's 'Jeff Gordon Day' at Indy for record 5th time

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With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. More>>

Danville malicious wounding

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Officers responded to the 100 block of Macon Street in Danville Saturday evening in reference to someone being shot. More>>

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  • Roanoke region manufacturing companies meet to talk about challenges

    Roanoke region manufacturing companies meet to talk about challenges

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:11 GMT
    Local manufacturers met Wednesday at Virginia Western to talk about the need in our area for specific skills. The group of seventy said there are several challenges facing the industry including critical thinking and problem solving, a misperception of manufacturing and a lack of programs available. They agreed there needs to be a clear career path for manufacturing jobs and changing perception is important. "Every day is more and more complex. Requirements get tighter, deliveries get shorter...
    Local manufacturers met Wednesday at Virginia Western to talk about the need in our area for specific skills. The group of seventy said there are several challenges facing the industry including critical thinking and problem solving, a misperception of manufacturing and a lack of programs available. They agreed there needs to be a clear career path for manufacturing jobs and changing perception is important. "Every day is more and more complex. Requirements get tighter, deliveries get shorter...
  • New delivery service "Fetches" good business

    New delivery service "Fetches" good business

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:55 GMT
    Here at Fetch in downtown Roanoke, the calls come in, the food orders get taken, then picked up fresh from the restaurant and minutes later your favorite food is delivered to your door. An idea that's spreading in popularity as the cities only delivery service is booming only three months after opening. "Things have been incredible lately." Jonathan Kelly is the young entrepreneur behind the business, and is quick...
    Here at Fetch in downtown Roanoke, the calls come in, the food orders get taken, then picked up fresh from the restaurant and minutes later your favorite food is delivered to your door. An idea that's spreading in popularity as the cities only delivery service is booming only three months after opening. "Things have been incredible lately." Jonathan Kelly is the young entrepreneur behind the business, and is quick...
  • VIDEO: Homemade air conditioner in 10 minutes

    VIDEO: Homemade air conditioner in 10 minutes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:18 GMT
    Summer is officially here! Hot weather means high bills for air conditioning, but one man gave us an easy solution.
    Summer is officially here! Hot weather means high bills for air conditioning, but one man gave us an easy solution.
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  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:02:22 GMT
    The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing...
    The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football,...
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:01:28 GMT
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...
    House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would...
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 17:01:11 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.
    Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the...
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