Lane closures, detours all weekend at Williamson & Orange as crews replace troublesome water line

Western Virginia Water AuthorityOne of Roanoke’s busiest intersections will see significant disruptions all weekend as crews replace an old water main. The goal is reduce future traffic disruptions along Orange Avenue, but from Friday night through Sunday, the work will require lane closures and detours at Orange and Williamson Road. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Dental Day: care for children in low-income households

wfir-defaultPediatric dentists from Virginia Commonwealth University will provide dental services today to hundreds of Roanoke-area children. It’s part of an ongoing local program that also seeks to educate parents on the importance of child dental care. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Fruit growers face long nights, big worries when April freeze warnings are in effect

wfir-defaultMany area fruit growers were expecting little, if any sleep overnight, monitoring temperatures and wind speeds in efforts to protect their crops. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Report: Virginia industries release fewer toxic chemicals into environment

DEQ-LogoState environmental officials say Virginia industries are treating and recycling more toxic chemicals then ever before — instead of releasing them into the air, water or land. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Click here to read the full report.

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Diesel fuel prices: much closer to regular gas than normal, but experts don’t expect that to last

wfir-defaultGas prices are making their annual march upward during the spring months, but there is something unusual going right now on with diesel fuel. WFIR’s Evan Jones reports while it may be welcome, it may not last.

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Priest: don’t think sex trafficking doesn’t happen here

Rev. Chris Vorderbruggen

Rev. Chris Vorderbruggen

A priest who has made awareness of human sex trafficking a central part of his mission is speaking tonight at Sweet Briar College, hoping his efforts help lead to more action against those responsible — and more hope for the victims. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Vorderbruggen speaks tonight at Sweet Briar College. Click here for full event information.

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Ospreys return to SML nest, so why can’t you watch them raise chicks this year?

Osprey-Cam-6-5An osprey pair is back in the nest at Smith Mountain Lake State Park — a nest with a camera trained on it. But this year, you won’t be able to watch on line as the parents raise their young. WFIR’s Evan Jones reports on one main reason why:

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NW 611 prepares for second season of excursions

(Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo)

(Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo)

The Norfolk and Western 611 locomotive begins this year’s excursion schedule two weeks from tomorrow, excursions that are turning into an important fund-raiser for the Virginia Museum of Transportation. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for excursion and ticket information.

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Denton: even with little shot at nomination, Sanders could influence fall campaign

WFIR-campaign-2016The Democratic presidential race takes center stage this coming weekend, with caucuses in three western states. Our political analyst says Bernie Sanders might still impact the fall campaign, even with no apparent shot at winning the party’s nomination. WFIR’s Evan Jones with more.

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Deschutes announcement expected to provide big boost to region in many ways

Deschutes BreweryThe news that Deschutes Brewery is coming to Roanoke is a big boost to the region in several ways —  and it enhances Virginia’s growing role as a home to craft brewers. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for Deschutes’ web site on its future Roanoke location

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