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    Comedian Michael Winslow stops by WSLS 10 Today Video included

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    The "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" Michael Winslow stopped by the set of WSLS 10 Today on Friday for a live interview. He's performing in downtown Roanoke Friday and Saturday. More>>

    UPDATE: Williamson Road back open after bomb threat

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    Roanoke County police say an incident on Williamson Road has the northbound lanes near Plantation Road closed right now. All southbound lanes are currently open. More>>

    Rasoul drafting bill to change BPOL tax for Virginia businesses

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    A local delegate is looking to change a well known tax that's been a thorn in the side of Virginia businesses. Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) is planning to present a bill to the General Assembly that would offer a compromise on the BPOL tax. More>>

    Roanoke Police ramping up enforcement for Labor Day

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    Police across the Roanoke Valley will have extra officers out this weekend looking for signs of drinking and driving. More>>

    What's News Today, Friday, August 29, 2014

    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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    Officials say missing pilot fatally injured

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      The search continues today for the pilot who went missing after his plane crashed in Augusta County.
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    Roanoke County student's art published in book

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    A Roanoke County student is heading back to school with some exciting news for his teachers. Connor Jones is in the gifted art program and he can now say he's a published artist. More>>

    Danville nurse files EEOC complaint against Chatham residential facility Video included

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    A Danville nurse files a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Oak Grove Residential Care in Chatham. More>>

    Missing girl in Lexington found safe

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    Rockbridge County Emergency Manager Robert Forseman says search crews found the missing girl, Melody West. More>>

    Bedford County School Board considers closing two more schools Video included

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    Thaxton Elementary School and Bedford Primary schools are on the chopping block following the results of an efficiency study.
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    Dollar General request for beer and wine sales approved

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    The request from the Dollar General Store on Jamison Ave S.E. to sell off-premises beer and wine has been approved.
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    Roanoke police make arrest in overnight shooting

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    Roanoke police made an arrest in an overnight shooting in the 2000 block of Mountain View Terrace SW.

     

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    Roanoke doctor found with 40,000 images of child porn denied bond

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    The Roanoke doctor charged with possessing more than 40,000 images of child pornography will stay in jail. More>>

    Downtown Pulaski to get makeover Video included

    West Main Development announces Pulaski investment West Main Development announces Pulaski investment
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    Downtown Pulaski will soon get a makeover, thanks to investment from West Main Development. More>>

    First Rebuilt by Carilion Classic focuses on orthopaedic education and research Video included

    Mickey White had both knees replaced and is back to golfing Mickey White had both knees replaced and is back to golfing
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    Local minister recovers from two joint replacements and shares benefits he has experienced.

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    Lynchburg groups gather to talk about recent violence Video included

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    More than two dozen people gathered Thursday morning at the Hunton Randolph Community Center to call for change after the shooting death of Sean Moss.
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    Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority sees success despite cuts Video included

    Housing units multiply in Wytheville Housing units multiply in Wytheville
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    The Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority is ramping up projects despite budget and staff reductions. During the last 20 years, the organization's staff has gone from 13 to seven, and parts of their federal funding have been cut in half. More>>

    Lynchburg groups gather to talk about recent violence

    Lynchburg groups gather to talk about recent violence Video included

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    Lynchburg (WSLS) - More than two dozen people gathered Thursday morning at the Hunton Randolph Community Center to call for change after the shooting death of Sean Moss. More>>

    Study to examine registrars across Virginia Video included

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    A new study is taking a closer look at registrars in Virginia. It will focus on the changing role of registrars and electoral board members to further educate the General Assembly. More>>

    Virginia communities adjust to new optical scanning machines Video included

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    As we inch closer to elections in November, many communities in Virginia are keeping their eyes on 2016. That's when they will have to transition to optical scan voting machines instead of the touch screen. More>>

    MaggieMoos in Roanoke to shut down Video included

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    MaggieMoos, open in Roanoke for 10 years, is about to shut its doors for good.

     

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    Roanoke's first H&M opens today Video included

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    Valley View Mall will celebrate the opening of its newest store when the gates to HM open today at noon. More>>

    Federal program provides tear gas, guns and other military equipment to local police departments Video included

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    For years a federal program known as 1033 has pumped millions of dollars worth of military supplies to local police forces. In fact, Martinsville police as well as Danville police have taken part in the program. Martinsville Police Chief Sean Dunn said his agency received helmets, tear gas and a swat van through the federal program. He said the 1033 program provided military-style equipment to help better protect police and the public." I think the intent is to focus on drug and terror type ... More>>

    Roanoke's West End Center looks to offer healthier snacks

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    The West End Center for Youth in Roanoke is working to offer healthier snacks during its after school program  following success over the summer. More>>

    Roanoke's first H&M opens Thursday at Valley View Mall

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    H&M opens Thursday at Valley View Mall.It's the store's first location in Roanoke. The store is about 17,000 square feet and is on the second level near Sears.
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    No forensic evidence to link Henry Co. brothers to 2010 murder Video included

    Some of the evidence found in the 2010 murder. Some of the evidence found in the 2010 murder.
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    Henry County Commonwealth's Attorney says there was no forensic evidence to link the two brothers charged with the murder of a store clerk in 2010. Andrew Nester said surveillance video, witness testimony, and police work, all pointed to Dominque Hylton and his brother Montreal Kent, killing 57-year-old Nirmal Singh in 2010. More>>

    Bedford food pantry trying to keep up with growth Video included

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    A Bedford church that launched a new food pantry earlier this year is busier than ever and the proof is in the numbers. More>>

    Roanoke doctor arrested for possession of child pornography

    Roanoke doctor arrested for possession of child pornography Video included

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    Roanoke doctor, Steven Collins, was arrested on Tuesday on one count of possession of child pornography. More>>

    Krispy Kreme hiring for new location

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    Krispy Kreme is hiring for its new Roanoke location on Hershberger Road.
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    Roanoke County seeks public input on new school superintendent Video included

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    People in Roanoke County will have their first opportunity to speak out about what qualities they want in a new superintendent at a public hearing tonight. More>>

    Students Make New Gains on Mathematics SOLs Video included

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    Student achievement improved during 2013-2014 on challenging mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests first introduced three years ago, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today.
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    Alleghany Co school superintendent announces retirement

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    Superintendent of Alleghany County Public Schools, Dr. Sarah Campbell, announced her retirement at Tuesday night's school board meeting. More>>

    Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shooting

    UPDATE: Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shooting Video included

    Dominique Moss, 24, has been identified as a person of interest in the Lynchburg shooting. Dominique Moss, 24, has been identified as a person of interest in the Lynchburg shooting.
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    Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night. More>>

    Roanoke police and resident discuss community concerns about law enforcement

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    Roanoke City's Police Chief, Roanoke City Council Members, along with concerned citizens met to discuss issues such as harassment and profiling by police. More>>

    UPDATE: Thousands of items pile up at old William Byrd High School Video included

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    The items are being stored at the old William Byrd High School in Vinton where the gym, auditorium and almost every room is filled with unused school supplies. More>>

    Chick-fil-A gets a second chance in Roanoke County Video included

    Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to reconsider allowing this fast food chain. Roanoke County Board of Supervisors to reconsider allowing this fast food chain.
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    The Roanoke County board of supervisors will revisit plans to build a Chick-Fil-A along route 460 near the Bonsack Walmart. More>>

    Non profit helps startups in Danville Video included

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    The Launch Place received a $10 million grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to help start-ups in Danville. More>>

    Allstate plans on downsizing to a new location in Roanoke County

    Allstate downsizing to new location in Roanoke Co. Video included

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    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisor's approved a $300,000 grant, in a 4-1 vote Tuesday, for Allstate to build a new office and call center building with an estimated cost of $15 million. More>>

    $1 million Roanoke City laptop initiative passes, hopes to improve test scores

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    The Roanoke City School Board unanimously approves an initiative to give every 8th grade student a laptop in hopes of improving test scores.

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    Local non-profit collecting supplies for Iraqi and Syrian refugees Video included

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    As President Obama once again stresses to a group in North Carolina Tuesday the U.S. will not send combat troops to Iraq disaster response groups are sending aid to refugees. More>>

    Carilion CEO takes the Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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    Carilion Clinic took part in the ALS Challenge on Tuesday.
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    Coca Cola shares sustainability on college campuses Video included

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    When you think about the "Share a Coke" campaign you probably think of a can of Coca Cola with your name on it. More>>

    Delay expected after wall blow-out at Roanoke Market Garage Video included

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    Part of a wall on the Market Garage hotel under construction in downtown Roanoke blew out Tuesday morning as construction workers poured concrete, said Don Snell with Memphis based Pride Construction. No one was injured. More>>

    Lynchburg man cleared of attempted murder charges after retrial

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    A Lynchburg man is cleared of attempted murder charges after a retrial. More>>

    Roanoke woman featured in website for bone marrow match

    Roanoke woman featured in website for bone marrow match Video included

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    A Roanoke woman and K-92 receptionist was selected to help her find a match for a bone marrow transplant. More>>

    Henry Co. brothers take plea deal for store clerk's murder

    Dominique Hylton Dominique Hylton
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    Two Henry County brother stake a plea deal for the murder of a store clerk in 2010. More>>

    'Oh, the things I do for Roanoke,' Mayor Bowers takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

    Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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    Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers accepted WSLS Reporter Katie Love's 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' on Sunday. More>>

    Radford man in jail for child pornography charges

    Radford man in jail for child pornography charges

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    A Radford man is in jail, arrested on child pornography charges. 21-year-old Justin Blankenship of Radford is charged with five counts of knowingly possessing child pornography.

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    McAuliffe orders cuts to Virginia state agencies

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    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering his agency heads to cut their budgets 5 percent this fiscal year and 7 percent next year to cope with an $880 million budget shortfall. More>>

    Botetourt County announces new Fire-EMS Chief

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    Botetourt County has appointed Jeff Beckner as its first Chief of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Beckner brings more than 30 years of fire and EMS service and leadership to his new role as chief. More>>

    Second person in SML boating accident dies Video included

    Boaters Ronald Lemmons and James McCoulloch both died as a result of a boating accident. Boaters Ronald Lemmons and James McCoulloch both died as a result of a boating accident.
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    The second boater in the Smith Mountain Lake accident passed away on Sunday according to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. James McCulloch, 68, of Vinton died on Sunday. More>>

    Former Bedford County teacher charged with sexual battery against three students

    Harry Dillard is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery. Harry Dillard is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery.
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    A former Bedford County teacher is heading to court in September on aggravated sexual battery charges relating to three students. More>>

    Healthier options stocked in Virginia Tech vending machines Video included

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    Virginia Tech is now offering healthier options for people looking to snack. If you plan to hit the vending machine between classes or during a break today you'll notice the changes. More>>

    Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets tackle renovated obstacles Video included

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    Classes resumed at Virginia Tech Monday but cadets have already been at work. They've been testing out a newly renovated obstacle course. More>>

    Christiansburg works to improve Sunset Cemetery Video included

    Community input meeting for Sunset Cemetery Community input meeting for Sunset Cemetery
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    The town of Christiansburg hears from residents this week on plans to improve the town cemetery. The cost of operating Sunset Cemetery exceeds its revenue by about $60,000. More>>

    Roanoke residents hope to prevent incidents like shooting in Ferguson Video included

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    Thousands of friends and family gathered to say goodbye to Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by a Missouri police officer. The teen's death fueled nearly two weeks of sometimes violent street protests and also raised concerns about diversity on police forces as well as the actions of law enforcement agents nationwide. More>>

    Pulaski County Schools in support of county-wide tax Video included

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    The Pulaksi County School Board voted to approve a resolution in support of a county wide tobacco tax. More>>

    WSLS 10 Today's Emmy predictions

    WSLS 10 Today's Emmy predictions Video included

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    (WSLS) - The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards kick off tonight at 8:00 p.m. right here on WSLS 10 Today, and with all of the buzz about the nominees on social media, we thought it would be fun to share the morning team's picks and predictions for the big winners of the night. More>>

    Chick-Fil-A plans get another look from county planners Video included

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    The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will revisit the proposed Chick-fil-A along U.S. 460 Tuesday.
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    66th Prime Time Emmy Awards

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) - LOS ANGELES (AP) - If it walks like a drama and talks like a drama and yet calls itself a comedy, that's just fine with the Emmy Awards. More>>

    Rocky Mount Children's Clinic in danger of closing Video included

    Clinic Lead Yolonda Wetherspoon treating child. Clinic Lead Yolonda Wetherspoon treating child.
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    The Children's Clinic in Rocky Mount is in jeopardy of closing. The clinic's owner and only doctor, Dr. Rene Vamenta, is returning at the end of September. Right now, there's no one to replace him. More>>

    YMCA gives free swim lessons to Franklin Co. Schools Video included

    Franklin County School leaders take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Franklin County School leaders take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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    For the first time, Franklin County Schools and the Franklin County YMCA are partnering together to offer free swim lessons for students. The lessons started Monday and will be given to 550 second grander's. More>>

    Ice Bucket Challenges benefit Roanoke ALS research Video included

    Dr. Valdez at Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Valdez at Carilion School of Medicine.
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    Outside of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine there has been a lot of ice bucket challenge activity. More>>

    He Said, She Said Movie Review: "Sin City, A Dame to Kill For"

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    HE SAID:“Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” is a movie released about five years too late.
    SHE SAID: I was not too excited to see "Sin City, A Dame to Kill For," I will admit. This sequel stands alone.
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    UPDATE: All clear at Fort Lee after active shooter report

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    The all clear has been given at Fort Lee Army base in central Virginia after an active shooter was reported there.
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    Glenvar students return to school under renovation Video included

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    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) -Roanoke county schools head back to class Monday and students at Glenvar high school can expect some major changes. More>>

    Tractor trailer carrying turkeys overturns in Henry County

    Tractor trailer carrying turkeys overturns in Henry County

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    HENRY COUNTY (WSLS) -- Traffic is down to one lane on Rt. 220 Northbound in Henry County, after a tractor-trailer carrying turkeys overturned this morning. More>>

    Roanoke County domestic assault

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    A Roanoke County Man is being charged with domestic assault and battery. More>>

    House fire displaces family in Rocky Mount Video included

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     A fire in Rocky Mount leaves a family without home. More>>

    Lexington barn fire

    Courtesy: Lexington Fire Dept. Courtesy: Lexington Fire Dept.
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    Lexington fire crews are on the scene of a barn fire on Spring Meadow Lane.
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    Rockbridge deadly accident

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    A Buena Vista resident is dead after an accident in Rockbridge County Saturday evening. More>>

    Roanoke County football field name changed to honor longtime coach Video included

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    Hundreds of people from as far as Richmond came to Roanoke to honor a long time coach. Family, friends and former players came to Walrond Park Saturday afternoon to see Bobby Ragland coach his final game.
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    Couple moves wedding as mom is moved to hospice Video included

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    A mother who is in hospice care got her wish and saw her son get married Saturday afternoon. Nancy Trent has cancer and was admitted to hospice this week.
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    Poff family hosts first Bullying Awareness Event Video included

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    A senator is joining in a mother's fight to help stop bullying in schools. The family of Max Poff held a bullying awareness event Saturday.
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    • Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shooting

      UPDATE: Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shooting

      UPDATE: Police identify person of interest in deadly Lynchburg shooting

      Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 10:38:12 GMT
      Dominique Moss, 24, has been identified as a person of interest in the Lynchburg shooting. Dominique Moss, 24, has been identified as a person of interest in the Lynchburg shooting.
      Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night.
      Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday night.
    • Comedian Michael Winslow stops by WSLS 10 Today

      Comedian Michael Winslow stops by WSLS 10 Today

      Friday, August 29 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-29 12:10:56 GMT
      The "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" Michael Winslow stopped by the set of WSLS 10 Today on Friday for a live interview. He's performing in downtown Roanoke Friday and Saturday.
      The "Man of 10,000 Sound Effects" Michael Winslow stopped by the set of WSLS 10 Today on Friday for a live interview. He's performing in downtown Roanoke Friday and Saturday.
    • UPDATE: Williamson Road back open after bomb threat

      UPDATE: Williamson Road back open after bomb threat

      Friday, August 29 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:59:23 GMT
      Roanoke County police say an incident on Williamson Road has the northbound lanes near Plantation Road closed right now. All southbound lanes are currently open.
      Roanoke County police say an incident on Williamson Road has the northbound lanes near Plantation Road closed right now. All southbound lanes are currently open.
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