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Roanoke Civic Center may get new name Video included

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The Roanoke Civic Center may soon get a new name. More>>

Radford Police investigate New River drowning

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Radford City Police are investigating a possible drowning that happened Sunday.
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Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

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By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots... More>>

Randy Taylor receives murder & abduction sentence on Wednesday Video included

Randy Taylor was found guilty of the murder and abduction of Alexis Murphy. Randy Taylor was found guilty of the murder and abduction of Alexis Murphy.
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Nelson County Judge will decide the fate of convicted murderer Randy Taylor on Wednesday. More>>

T-shirts show support for Roanoke police officer who passed away

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People in Roanoke continue to mourn the loss of one of it's best cold case detectives, Lin Manning. People are showing their love and support for Manning's family by purchasing t-shirts.
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Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

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A destructive wildfire in Washington state has grown slightly but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control. More>>

Fmr. head coach Tony Dungy clarifies Michael Sam draft comments

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Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy is clarifying comments he made on NFL Draft choices, and the comments were directed at St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam.

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Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

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President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. More>>

Airlines ban flights to Israel after rocket strike

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A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canada as aviation authorities responded to the shock of seeing a civilian jetliner shot... More>>

Virginia Tech launches new Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Video included

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Virginia Tech embraces non-traditional learning with the launch of a new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. More>>

Virginia Tech researchers working on hockey helmet safety

Virginia Tech researchers present hockey safety findings Virginia Tech researchers present hockey safety findings
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A research team at Virginia Tech is one step closer to creating a safety rating system for hockey helmets.
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Christiansburg boy meets town leaders after heroic actions

Xander shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved a little boy in trouble. Xander shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved a little boy in trouble.
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A Christiansburg boy spent Tuesday morning touring the town. More>>

Blacksburg murder suspect indicted by grand jury, back in court in August

21-year-old Virginia Tech student Samanata Shrestha was found dead February 10 in Blacksburg. 21-year-old Virginia Tech student Samanata Shrestha was found dead February 10 in Blacksburg.
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The woman accused of killing Virginia Tech student Samanata Shrestha earlier this year is indicted Tuesday by the grand jury.
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Roanoke City Police taking another look at 1981 cold case

Roanoke City Police looking into 33-year-old cold case Video included

June West was 22 years old when she was murdered. June West was 22 years old when she was murdered.
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The unsolved murder case of a woman found dead over 30 years ago is getting another look by Roanoke City Police. More>>

Plane crash bodies removed from war zone

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A train bearing the dead from the downed Malaysian airliner finally reached Ukrainian government-held territory Tuesday, but the pro-Russian separatists in control of the crash site showed little willingness to allow the... More>>

UPDATE: Lynchburg man arrested for missing fundraiser money Video included

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A Lynchburg man faces charges after raising money in his murdered daughter's honor. Lynchburg police have a warrant out for Jonathan Craft's arrest for 'obtaining money under false pretenses. More>>

He Said, She Said at the Movies: Begin Again Review Video included

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WSLS 10 Producers Ryan Hunt and Michella Drapac review "Begin Again," starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

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11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

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In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say. More>>

Plans for cell tower in Roanoke move forward

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On Monday, the Roanoke City council approved plans to build a cell tower at 1809 Franklin Road.
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George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

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A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed - by beetles. More>>

Damsel in Defense: Bedford woman selling self defense products Video included

Damsel in Defense pepper spray. Damsel in Defense pepper spray.
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 A Bedford County woman is on a mission to protect other women from being attacked. Toni Orange is part of a nationwide group called ‘Damsel in Defense. More>>

Russians fed conspiracy theories on Ukraine crash

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An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens. 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>>

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>>

Body of missing S. Korean shipping tycoon found

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South Korean police said Tuesday that a badly decomposed body found surrounded by liquor bottles in a field last month was that of a fugitive billionaire businessman blamed for April's ferry disaster that killed more... More>>

Roanoke County to accept FEMA aid after 2012 derecho Video included

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The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors is expected to accept more than $120,000 to help offset cleanup costs from the 2012 storm. More>>

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

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The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to... More>>

Roanoke City Police mourn Det. Lin Manning Video included

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A Roanoke City Police detective died Saturday from cancer.
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Thomas Berger, 'Little Big Man' author, dead at 89

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Thomas Berger, the witty and eclectic novelist who reimagined the American West in the historical yarn "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, has died at age 89. More>>

Citing 'racist views,' tribe cancels Nugent show

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A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. More>>

Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

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A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza's Hamas rulers signaled they won't agree to an unconditional... More>>

Water main on Starkey Road repaired

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Expect delays on Starkey Road in Roanoke County.Crews from Western Virginia Water Authority are working on a water main break right now. More>>

Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Crews on scene of chemical spill at packaging plant

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 Roanoke County Fire Rescue crews, along with Regional and State officials remain on scene of a Hazardous Material spill that occurred about 2:30 this afternoon More>>

Roanoke County libraries see attendance growth Video included

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Libraries across Roanoke County are seeing a growth in visitors.South County Library has seen a six percent increase in visitors from May to August in 2013 compared to the number of visitors in 2011.
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Boy receives praise for saving child at Christiansburg pool Video included

Xavier shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved the boy in trouble. Xavier shows WSLS Anchor Lindsey Ward where he saved the boy in trouble.
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Praise continues for a 7-year-old boy who jumped into action to save another young kid from drowning at a Christiansburg pool. More>>

Adult Care Center of the Roanoke Valley making changes to improve participant experience Video included

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Adult Care Center of the Roanoke Valley provides services for adults 21 and older who need attention and help with day to day activities. More>>

Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

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President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the... More>>

Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe

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A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room... More>>

Solarize Roanoke program launches through September Video included

Solarize Roanoke launches Monday Solarize Roanoke launches Monday
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Roanoke launches a new campaign Monday to help homeowners be more environmentally friendly.
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New Va. mental health panel has first meeting

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Virginia lawmakers are promising a top-to-bottom review of the state's mental health system with the goal of making it a model for the rest of the country. More>>

Two bodies found at Evington home Video included

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The partially decomposed body of a woman and a man were found by a Bedford County Sheriff's Deputy Saturday.
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Clashes between rival militias in Libya kill 47

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Clashes between rival Libyan militias fighting for control of the capital's international airport killed 47 people over the last week, Libya's Health Ministry said, as violence in an eastern city killed five. More>>

New business could join Franklin County Industrial Park

Rocky Mount Town Council will discuss a new business who has shown interest in moving to Franklin County Rocky Mount Town Council will discuss a new business who has shown interest in moving to Franklin County
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Rocky Mount (WSLS)-Franklin County could be the home of a new industrial business. Monday night the Rocky Mount town council will discuss during closed session a prospective business who has shown interest in joining the facility in Franklin Counties Industrial Park.James Ervin, Rocky Mount town manager says it is still very early in the discussion about the potential.Ervin would not discuss publicly the name or any o... More>>

Air travelers will pay higher security fees starting today Video included

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Roanoke (WSLS) - If you plan on taking to the skies for your next trip, be prepared to pay higher security fees.    More>>

Watch le Tour, cheer for an American

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Recently I told you about the Americans’ chances for success in the Tour de France. Now, with the race about half over – I wasn’t too far off. More>>

Abercrombie Fuel in Danville dealing with major gas leak

UPDATE: Danville Police investigating Abercrombie Oil propane leak Video included

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A propane gas leak at Abercrombie Fuel in Danville shut down River Street for several hours this morning. More>>

Taubman architect dies at 56

Taubman architect dies at 56 Video included

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(WSLS) -- Randall Stout, the architect who designed Roanoke's Taubman Museum of Art, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 56. More>>

Salem Planning Commission approves Kroger Fuel Center request

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Salem (WSLS) The City of Salem Planning Commission approves the Kroger Fuel Center request for Ridgewood Farms Shopping Center. The fuel center would be close to Lewis Gale Medical Center, and would go near the road between Jersey Lily's and Humble Pie.The request will now go before Salem City Council July 28th. More>>

Charlottesville judge allows Harrington's civil lawsuit to move forward Video included

Morgan Harrington was murdered in 2009. Morgan Harrington was murdered in 2009.
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A Charlottesville judge allows Harrington's civil lawsuit against Regional Marketing Concepts to move forward.Judge Jay Swett filed his decision Tuesday and said RMC may have held some responsibility in the events that led up to Morgan Harrington's murder. More>>

UPDATE: Questions surround future executions in Virginia Video included

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Virginia has eight inmates currently on death row and one of the main questions facing them is how they will be executed. More>>

Police on scene of shooting at Friendship Retirement Community Video included

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Roanoke County (WSLS) Police are on inscene of an incident in the Hershberger Plantation area inRoanoke County. Crews are on their way to the scene. We will keep you updated as more information comes into the newsroom. More>>

More stores calling Valley View Mall a permanent home Video included

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Roanoke (WSLS) - By the end of 2014, permanent occupancy will be at it's highest level at Valley View Mall in at least 15 years.    More>>

Failed retaining wall forces Giles Co Rt. 460 lane closures

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GILES COUNTY (WSLS)-- A failed retaining wall in Giles County has forced VDOT crews to close lanes on Route 460 between Route 61 and Route 643 (Stateline Road).The left westbound lane and left eastbound lane are closed through the one mile stretch known as "The Bluffs," between Rich Creek and Narrows. Crews are performing repairs on the damaged wall before the lanes can reopen.There's no exact time in place to reopen the lanes, but it is expected to be a long-term closure lasting at least sev... More>>

Goetze scores late to give Germany the World Cup

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Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster. More>>

Salem fair goers share memories of year's past Video included

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The 27th Annual Salem Fair wraps up this weekend. Event organizers said they expect attendance numbers to be up this year in comparison to recent years. This year's event features new rides and attractions.Crowds lined up on Friday. Some came to the Salem Fair for the rides. "I like the roller coasters but I don't like the Tornado because I got sick on it last year" said Siera Blake, fairgoer. Roanoke Valley resident, Angela Price, comes to the annual event year after year."I come every year ... More>>

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  • Fireworks Recall

    Fireworks Recall

    Friday, July 4 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-07-04 20:59:15 GMT
    Roanoke (NBC NEWS) - If you are celebrating the Fourth of July in your own backyard there are some fireworks recalls you need to know about. One recall is for "Big Fireworks Mock Swords." Turns out they can explode unexpectedly.MORE DETAILS HEREAnd "Winco Contraband 24 Canister Shell Fireworks kits" can blow up in the tube. If you have either of these, do not use them. Return them to the store for a refund. MORE DETAILS HERE
    Roanoke (NBC NEWS) - If you are celebrating the Fourth of July in your own backyard there are some fireworks recalls you need to know about. One recall is for "Big Fireworks Mock Swords." Turns out they can explode unexpectedly.MORE DETAILS HEREAnd "Winco Contraband 24 Canister Shell Fireworks kits" can blow up in the tube. If you have either of these, do not use them. Return them to the store for a refund. MORE DETAILS HERE
  • IRS phone scam back in our area

    IRS phone scam back in our area

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:22:29 GMT
    The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe. The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe.
    The better business bureau is cautioning residents here in southwest Virginia about a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents.The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe and are told to send the funds via a prepaid card or wire transfer. These impersonators even have a computer program that wil...
    The better business bureau is cautioning residents here in southwest Virginia about a phone scam involving con artists pretending to be IRS agents.The BBB says they’ve received several reports that irs impersonators are calling residents and demanding that they pay taxes they don’t actually owe and are told to send the funds via a prepaid card or wire transfer. These impersonators even have a computer program that wil...
  • Door-to-door meat company flagged by BBB in Salem

    Door-to-door meat company flagged by BBB in Salem

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:58:44 GMT
    Charles Finney and his daughter were not happy with their purchase from USA Gourmet. Charles Finney and his daughter were not happy with their purchase from USA Gourmet.
    Black mystery meat, with no labels, freezer burned in poorly sealed packaging. Discolored covered in ice and sticky to the touch.This is the meat that daughter Brenda Reynolds found in her 81 year-old-fathers freezer when she came over to make him dinner."We cooked two steaks and it didn't taste like steak at all, it was like a mystery meat," Brenda said.Charles Finney bought one hundred dollars worth of meat from a U...
    Black mystery meat, with no labels, freezer burned in poorly sealed packaging. Discolored covered in ice and sticky to the touch.This is the meat that daughter Brenda Reynolds found in her 81 year-old-fathers freezer when she came over to make him dinner."We cooked two steaks and it didn't taste like steak at all, it was like a mystery meat," Brenda said.Charles Finney bought one hundred dollars worth of meat from a U...
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  • Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Flight bans show skittishness over trouble spots

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:15:04 GMT
    By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.
    By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...
  • New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:53:36 GMT
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a college police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
    A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the...
  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

    In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:11:21 GMT
    In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense...
    In Libya, militias armed with shoulder-launched missiles are battling for control of the country's main airport. In Africa, the entire Sahel region is awash with weapons that include portable air defense systems...
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