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Accident causing lane closures on Interstate 81-North

Accident causing lane closures on Interstate 81 North

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BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS) -- All four lanes of I81 northbound are closed in Botetourt County this morning at mile marker 167.8 due to a vehicle accident. 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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10 Things to Know for Today

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant

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Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to meet later in the day to decide whether to... More>>

Taliban kill 14 Shiites in Afghanistan road attack

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Taliban insurgents halted minibuses in western Afghanistan, identified 14 Shiite passengers and shot them dead by the side of the road overnight Friday, an official said. More>>

Mark Warner, Ed Gillespie to meet for the first time this weekend

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(WSLS) - Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie will go head-to-head on stage for the first time this weekend.The two men will have their first debate at the Greenbriar during the summer meeting of the Virginia Bar Association.With a little more than three months until November's election, Warner holds a sizeable lead in the polls.The latest Roanoke College poll released this week shows the first term senator 25 points ahead of Gillespie.Despite being the ... More>>

Ukraine reports overnight rebel attacks on border

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The Ukrainian army on Friday claimed that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east. More>>

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. More>>

Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali

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An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. More>>

Traveler catches epic lightning strike on flight

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Traveler Gina Hyams caught a massive cloud-to-ground lightning strike while on a flight Thursday.

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FloydFest artist Michael Franti, uses voice to inspire others Video included

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The music and fun continued at FloydFest Thursday. Thousands of people are expected to attend this year's event. This music festival obviously has a positive economic impact on the local economy but people are also using a love for music to positively impact the lives of others.Artist Michael Franti said FloydFest is a way for fans and artist to experience different types of music. He said he hopes his songs inspire others and leave people with a more positive outlook on life."When you watch ... More>>

The Blue Ridge Independent Living Center Celebrates 25 Years Video included

Comedian Brett Leake spoke at the event, providing a light-hearted insight into the struggles those with special needs face. Comedian Brett Leake spoke at the event, providing a light-hearted insight into the struggles those with special needs face.
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Since 1989, the nonprofit group Blue Ridge Independent Living Center has helped thousands of community members with disabilities remain in their homes. More>>

Planes with Ukraine bodies arrive in Netherlands

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Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the... More>>

'Kim Jong-un Dance' video upsets Kim Jong-un

'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube) 'Kim Jong-un' shows some fancy footwork in a viral YouTube video. North Korean officials were not amused. (Source: YouTube)
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North Korea's supreme leader and The Onion's 2012 Sexiest Man Alive is quite upset about a video making the rounds. A YouTube viral hit out of China features Kim Jong-un's head pasted to several clips of people dancing and breaking out karate moves.

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Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

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Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst... More>>

Ohio State marching band chief fired after probe

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Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and... More>>

Astronaut tweets 'saddest photo' of Israel-Gaza firefight

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Astronaut Alexander Gerst took a photo of the fighting in the Middle East from the International Space Station, calling it his "saddest photo" yet.

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UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

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A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and... More>>

New details in Roanoke County credit card conspiracy Video included

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We are learning more details about a massive conspiracy to forge credit cards in Roanoke County.   More>>

Progress being made on 611 locomotive in North Carolina Video included

611 Locomotive getting renovations done in North Carolina. 611 Locomotive getting renovations done in North Carolina.
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The 611 locomotive is now stripped down and being taken apart for a big makeover.
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Roanoke unveils plans to revitalize troubled neighborhoods Video included

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Roanoke city leaders unveil their plan Thursday to transform one of the most troubled sections of the city.
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Boones Mill train depot on wheels, set to move Friday

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Friday is the day that the town of Boones Mill has been working towards for almost three years now, the big moving day for the Boones Mill train depot. More>>

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

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With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait... More>>

'Coolest Cooler' Kickstarter set to break crowdsourcing record

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Don't get bored with those 20th century coolers - buy into the technologically-savvy, new millennium version of Ryan Grepper - the Coolest Cooler, and it's set to break a Kickstarter record. 

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UPDATE: Deadly heroin overdoses on the rise in Southwest Virginia Video included

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According to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner there were 14 fatal overdoses in Southwest Virginia last year. More>>

Firefighters: "We aren't capable of handling another train explosion"

Virginia fire fighters say they aren't equiped to handle these type of train explosions. Virginia fire fighters say they aren't equiped to handle these type of train explosions.
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U.S. senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced they support measures by the U.S. Department of Transportation Wednesday to improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments. More>>

Teens from 7 states wrap up service work in Roanoke

(source: http://heartworkcamp.com/) (source: http://heartworkcamp.com/)
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More than 200 teens from seven states are in Roanoke this week for Catholic Heart Work Camp. They are working at more than a dozen sites across the area including a Habitat for Humanity house.
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Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

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Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed... More>>

Wytheville man charged with murder of sisters

(source: Wytheville Sheriff's Office) (source: Wytheville Sheriff's Office)
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A suspect has been charged with two counts of felony homicide for the deaths of two women in Wytheville. More>>

Roanoke Valley company looks for overcharges on medical bills Video included

Chris Salmon with his mother, Sharon. Chris survived a brain aneurysm. Chris Salmon with his mother, Sharon. Chris survived a brain aneurysm.
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Chris Salmon survived a brain aneurysm but his mom, Sharon, was left with more than $60,000 in medical bills.
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GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs

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Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes. More>>

Transformation plan underway for troubled Roanoke neighborhoods Video included

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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>>

Roanoker Restaurant excited over national biscuit recognition Video included

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If you're craving a biscuit for breakfast, one of the top 10 places to get one in the south is right here in Roanoke. More>>

Roanoke Co. man in court for credit card scam Video included

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ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - 43-year-old William Gomez is charged with six felonies after police found 370 illegal credit cards in his apartment. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Taiwan airline suspects bad weather caused crash

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An airline said Thursday it suspected typhoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Taiwanese island, killing 48 people. 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>>

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>>

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>>

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 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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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

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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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  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:05 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:05:05 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
  • Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant

    Israel hits 30 Gaza homes, kills senior militant

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:45:25 GMT
    An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.
    Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of his sons, as Israel's Security Cabinet was to meet later in the day to decide whether to...
  • Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

    Black box found at site of Air Algerie crash

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:25:15 GMT
    French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.
    French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed with the loss of 116 people. France's interior minister said Friday that terrorism cannot be...
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