Trump, Pence to hold first post-convention campaign appearance in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning to make a campaign stop in Virginia. Trump’s campaign and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, are expected to hold a town hall event on Monday at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Trump’s visit to the crucial swing state comes on the heels of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s announcement Friday that she chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine, a former Virginia governor and mayor of Richmond, joined Clinton on the campaign trail pick on Saturday in Florida for the first time as her vice presidential pick. Clinton said Kaine is “everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.”
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Clinton chooses Kaine as running mate

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket. In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.” Kaine himself tweeted, “I’m honored to be her running mate.” The two will make their first appearance together as a ticket Saturday at a rally in Miami. Clinton’s decision caps a highly secretive, months-long process to find a political partner. It’s also the final puzzle piece for the general election, pitting Clinton and Kaine against Republican Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence, the Indiana governor. Clinton called Kaine by phone around 7:30 p.m. Friday to offer him the job, and he accepted, according to a campaign aide. She then called President Barack Obama to inform him of the decision.

 

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DMV announces TSA partnership and other initiatives

DMVIn addition to a new partnership that’s the first of its kind, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles yesterday announced several new initiatives. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details.

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Roanoke Valley home sales, prices at highest levels in years

wfir-defaultRoanoke Valley home sales are off to their best start in a decade. More than 2,400 homes sold in January through June, and the average sales price last month neared $219,000, the highest for any month in years. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Festival of New Works features budding playwrights

WFIR-arts-and-cultureIts billed as a chance to get familiar perhaps with plays and playwrights before they become famous. The Festival of New Works returns to the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre this weekend as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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More from Todd Ristau about the Festival of New Works this weekend:

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Second Kroger “Clicklist” location opens in Salem

KrogerThe launch of an on-line grocery ordering service in May at the Bonsack Kroger store has meant 25 new jobs there according to regional e-commerce manager George Anderson. He was at West Main Street in Salem today, where the second Kroger in the valley to offer “Clicklist” has just launched that service. Clicklist customers arrange a time when their bagged groceries will be brought out to the curb. 10 stores in Virginia and 127 Kroger locations nationwide now offer the Clicklist service. Anderson also says most orders are being placed in the evening for next-day pickup:

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