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Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

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A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted 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>>

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

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The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much... More>>

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>>

Randy Taylor receives murder & abduction sentence on Wednesday

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>>

Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term... More>>

US pushes for truce as Gaza battle rages

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The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to... 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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40 bodies from jet solemnly returned to Dutch soil

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Victims of the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine returned at last Wednesday to Dutch soil in 40 wooden coffins, solemnly and gently carried to 40 identical hearses, flags at half-staff flapping in the wind. More>>

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>>

Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47

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A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground.

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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>>

Virginia Crossroads: Trains, rivers and oysters in the Chesapeake Bay

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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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Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

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Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Despite sanctions call, UK approves arms to Russia

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Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said in... More>>

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

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Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country's Defense Ministry. More>>

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 on Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots... More>>

In international flight, volatile conflicts abound

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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... More>>

Senate, House on collision course on border money

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Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to... 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 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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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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  • 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
  • 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...
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  • Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

    Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:44:48 GMT
    Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.
    Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.
  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:43:57 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...
    At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled...
  • Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:26:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas.
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.
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