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    Roanoke Police investigate shots fired incident

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    On July 29, 2014 at 6:08 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Orange Avenue NE to investigate a shots fired call. Immediately upon arrival officers detained several subjects believed to have been involved in the incident. The preliminary investigation suggests the individuals involved were traveling in two different vehicles on Hollins Road when at least one of the occupants in one of the vehicles starting shooting at the other vehicle. The vehicles separated briefly and t... More>>

    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>>

    Friends share memories of Caldwell Butler

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    People across the county and along the Roanoke Valley are mourning the loss of Caldwell Butler. Friends said the former congressman was an outstanding lawyer, a real gentleman and a devoted family man. On Tuesday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. Griffith, and others in the Virginia delegation honored the life of former Congressman M. Caldwell Butler on the floor of the House. It was a fitting tribute by republicans and democrats who honored a man known to look beyond party lines. Friends said Caldwe... More>>

    China reports deadly attack in northwest

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    A mob armed with knives and axes 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 Islamic... More>>

    Smith Mountain Lake State Park expected to break record

    Smith Mountain Lake State Park expected to break record Video included

    Smith Mountain Lake State Park set to break a record in number of visitors. Smith Mountain Lake State Park set to break a record in number of visitors.
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    SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE (WSLS) - The water, the beautiful landscape, and all the activities draw hundreds of people to Smith Mountain Lake each year.The Robinsons are visiting the lake from Harrisonburg for the first time. Brothers Isaac and Andrew are enjoying their afternoon paddling on their kayaks at the state park."We've been having a lot of fun," says Aaron Robinson, visitor. "The boys have been enjoying it and the sand and water. We've been doing some of the hiking trails on the campground... More>>

    Softball tourney means big business for local economy Video included

    Excitment on the field means more celebration dinners after the game. Excitment on the field means more celebration dinners after the game.
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    There's a lot of excitement on the field at Moyer Stadium, as 140 teams from around the country battle it out in the biggest tournament in the league, played in the Roanoke Valley.While there is a lot of action going on in the field, it's also adding an extra buzz around town, especially when it's meal time for the more than three thousand people the tournament brings in.Locally owned Chick-fil-a is only one of many b... More>>

    Roanoke City says goodbye to 30 year emergency dispatcher

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    Wednesday, Roanoke City will say goodbye to an E 911 dispatcher who has answered the phone for people in need for more than 30 years. More>>

    Warren G. Harding's love letters to mistress released by Library of Congress

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    After 50 years under lock and key, the steamy love letters of President Warren G. Harding and his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, were released on Tuesday.  More>>

    NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

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    The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go... More>>

    Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

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    The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election... More>>

    Boones Mill train depot moves for the first time in over 100 years Video included

    Boones Mill train depot is attached to wheels and moved 600 yards to final resting place. Boones Mill train depot is attached to wheels and moved 600 yards to final resting place.
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    After three years of waiting crowds gathered Friday morning in Boones Mill by the railroad tracks to watch their towns most important piece of history start a new beginning. More>>

    Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

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    For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say... More>>

    Montgomery County to team up with schools for health plan Video included

    County joining forces with schools for health insurance County joining forces with schools for health insurance
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    Montgomery County and its public school system are combining their self insurance plans for health care coverage to save money.
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    US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

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    Spurred to action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, including an arms embargo and restrictions on state-owned banks.... More>>

    Former Roanoke congressman Caldwell Butler dies

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

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; 128 killed Video included

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    Israel unleashed its heaviest air and artillery assault of the Gaza war on Tuesday, destroying key symbols of Hamas control, shutting down the territory's only power plant and leaving at least 128 Palestinians dead on... More>>

    David Wilson sent to hospital for battery of tests

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    After suffering a “burner” in practice Tuesday, the Giants are going to take no chances with running back David Wilson. More>>

    Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

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    Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. More>>

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

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    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health... More>>

    Man facing drug and child abuse charges pleads guilty

    Bedford County Sheriff's Department say two year old boy was killed after being suffocated Bedford County Sheriff's Department say two year old boy was killed after being suffocated
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    A man facing drug and child abuse charges related to the death of his 2-year-old son pleaded guilty Tuesday in Bedford County court.
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    Murder for hire suspect denied bond

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    Murder for hire suspect Kevin Colgan was denied bond in court Tuesday.
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    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>>

    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>>

    Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

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    President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday. More>>

    Christiansburg Police help injured dog, looking for owner Video included

    Peeti, before and after surgery. Peeti, before and after surgery.
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    Christiansburg Police are hoping to find the owner of a dog found injured early Monday morning on Roanoke Street near Starlight Drive. More>>

    Checking the facts on Mike Hymes, Ben Chafin political ad Video included

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    Republican Delegate Ben Chafin and Tazwell County Supervisor Democrat Mike Hymes are running to fill the vacated Senate seat of Phillip Puckett, who resigned in June. More>>

    Perfect weather for Wake the World at Smith Mountain Lake

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    Dozens of volunteers helped organize boat rides for under-privileged children who live near Smith Mountain Lake Tuesday. More>>

    RG III, a year later Video included

    RG III at training camp, 2014. RG III at training camp, 2014.
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    In 2013, Redskins camp was all about Robert Griffin III.
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    Friendship Retirement Community shooter may have been intoxicated Video included

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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 Video included

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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>>

    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 Video included

    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>>

    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>>

    McDonell corruption trial begins Video included

    (source: NBC12.com) (source: NBC12.com)
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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

    Wytheville to get veteran housing Wytheville to get veteran housing
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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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    • Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

      Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:47:22 GMT
      A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of...
      A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in...
    • China reports deadly attack in northwest

      China reports deadly attack in northwest

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:37:14 GMT
      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...
      A mob armed with knives and axes 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 Islamic...
    • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

      China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

      Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:17:27 GMT
      China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.
      China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...
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