Roanoke is celebrating this coming Saturday as “Dr. Pepper Day”, and it starts with a free event Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Market Square, one featuring Dr. Pepper and t-shirt handouts while supplies last. Roanokers have consistently ranked among the highest per capita consumer of Dr. Pepper for decades, and of course, there is the iconic downtown rooftop sign.
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Professional hockey will return to Roanoke next fall. The Southern Professional Hockey League will make Roanoke its 10th team, that announcement this morning at the Berglund Center. Our Greg Roberts says center officials say have turned have down other pro hockey proposals in recent years, but they feel different about this ownership group and this league:
The Berglund Center says the SPHL is a lower-overhead league that will allow for more affordable ticket prices. We will have much more today at 5:00 on Greg Roberts Live.
Click here for the full Southern Professional Hockey League announcement.
There are two weeks left now until election day, and both parties still view the 21st State Senate seat race as among the most important in Virginia, one likely to help determine which party controls the Senate. A long-time Richmond political observer says the historically-lower voter turnout in this election cycle may present more of a challenge to Democrats, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.
The Virginia Department of Elections is offering a new way to apply for an absentee ballot — on line through the department’s web site. You have until a week from tomorrow to do so, and you must still meet one of the qualifying requirements to be eligible for an absentee ballot. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
Click here for full information from the Virginia Department of Elections
A federal grant will help Goodwill Industries offer training for health care care jobs to people who might not otherwise be considered — more than 100 a year in central and southwest Virginia. One focus will be on people currently on public assistance, and another is on those in workforce who don’t earn a lot, but make too much to meet the usual assistance eligibility guidelines. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
Virginia Tech Political Analyst Bob Denton says Hillary Rodham Clinton has strengthened her chances of capturing the Democratic party’s presidential nomination after her performance in this week’s debate. Denton says Clinton did what she had to do, making no major mistakes — and with none of the other candidates attacking her, she spent little time on the defensive. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.
Roanoke City officials say they are exploring more options in efforts to complete the Roanoke River Greenway through the city. At issue is the proposed section that would run alongside Walker Foundry, where company officials say greenway construction would threaten an existing environmental permit that allows the firm to operate. Options now on the table include building a wall alongside that portion of the greenway, or even covering it. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the latest.
The region can now begin drying out after a week and a half of almost steady rains — with some astonishing totals of up to 24 inches. The National Weather Service is reporting rainfall amounts for the 11-day period through yesterday, and they include:
Roanoke Airport: 7.89″
Cave Spring: 13.26″
Rocky Mount: 12.55″
Mabry Mill, Floyd County: 24.11″
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