TAP back to school event also focuses on domestic violence

TAP LogoTotal Action for Progress will hold a back to school event this Saturday. The event will offer free school supplies and an opportunity to talk about domestic violence. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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EMS traveling memorial is coming to Roanoke

Ambulance EMSA memorial honoring the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty while working as EMS employees will make a stop in Roanoke tomorrow afternoon. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the details.

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Virginia Western seeks more women students for STEM-related fields

New-Western-LogoNew students can begin to register today for fall classes at Virginia Western Community College. VWCC is offering new programs that include Medical Lab Technology and Bioetechnology, and as WFIR’s Bob Clark reports, it is seeking more women for STEM-related fields.

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NS Foundation gives money to Mill Mountain Theater

Mill Mountain TheaterNorfolk Southern Foundation has stepped to to help Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Theater. Bob Clark has the story:

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Six area police departments to receive more bulletproof vests

WFIR-LOGO-1Six police departments including Rocky Mount Police are in line to get bulletproof vests for members that don’t have them. It is part of funds from a $1.5 billion Medicare fraud settlement with Abbott Laboratories. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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Appalachian Power crews at work to restore service to areas hit by ice storm

AEP-LOGOAppalachian Power company workers are busy restoring power to homes, work resulting from the ice storm of the past 24 hours. With the help of crews from elsewhere, Apco expects to be able to complete their job fairly quickly. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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Alzheimer’s Association urges family members to look for early signs of dementia

The holiday season brings family members together and the Alzheimer’s Association says to be on the lookout for early signs of dementia. Some of the signs to be aware of include forgetting dates and appointments, having a challenge handling legal and financial matters and asking for the same information over and over. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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VA state foresters urge homeowners to check trees in advance of expected ice storm

Winter-Weather-WFIRAn ice storm is forecast for the immediate area this Sunday, and the Virginia Department of Forestry reminds homeowners to inspect their property for tree limbs that ice could bring down. John Campbell with the Forestry Department recommends using an Certified Arborist to make sure the job is done right. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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New law will reduce license plate fees for many Virginians in 2014

VA DMV LogoA new law that takes effect in January first will save many Virginia residents money. The DMV reports the law allows the owners of seasonal vehicles and active duty military on deployment to deactivate their license plates for a portion of the year. The DMV reminds anyone that does this needs to reactivate the plates before using them. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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Blue Ridge Marathon makes changes for 2014, still bills itself as “America’s toughest”

Blue Ridge Marathon2There will be many changes to the 2014 Blue Ridge Marathon. Because of flooding on the Roanoke River in previous years, the course in that area will follow less of the greenway. In other changes,, the half marathon has been made tougher and a new 10K run has been added. Registration is open for the marathon that will run next April 26th. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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