School supplies can be donated this weekend

RoCo SchoolsRoanoke SchoolsAugust 1st through the 3rd is Virginia’s annual tax-free weekend for school supply shopping … its also a chance to donate to the less fortunate. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Floyd Fest made a strong comeback says co-founder

Floyd Fest 13Good weather … improved shuttle service from remote lots – and more elbow room … Floyd Fest made a strong comeback this year according to its co-founder. FloydFest sold fewer tickets and improved the shuttle service after some problems in 2013. WFIR’s Gene Marrano was there:

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Tauk_EcoWallet_PROOFWFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke backstage at FloydFest with the four members of Tauk, a New York City-based instrumental group. Here’s an extended conversation with AC Carter (keyboards), Charlie Dolan (bass), Matt Jalbert (guitar) and Isaac Teel (drums), plus the cut “Friction” from their new album Collisions.

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Roanokers can weigh in on proposed EPA limits

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State Senator John Edwards (left) at news conference on proposed EPA limits

State Senator John Edwards and officials from several health organizations urged Roanoke area residents this morning to weigh in the EPA website about limits being proposed for existing power plants. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Clay Goodman calling it quits as Roanoke County administrator

Clay GoodmanRoanoke County is searching for a new administrator now that Clay Goodman is stepping down next week after five years in the position. He took over from longtime county administrator Elmer Hodge. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Majority of medical bills are inaccurate says Roanoke business owner

Health-Medical-Courts8 out of 10 bills for healthcare services that are reviewed by Medical Recovery Services are inaccurate – and that’s led to growth for a local company. WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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New executive director for RSO no stranger to the area

David_Crane RSOHe’s been on the job for about three weeks now … the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s new executive director is David Crane. The Botetourt County native studied music at Virginia Commonwealth University … he was hired away from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was the General Manager. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Click below to hear an extended conversation with David Crane:

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Jefferson Center has announced the line-up for its 13th season

Jefferson-CenterJefferson Center has announced the line-up for its 13th season … following a year during which there were numerous sell-outs. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Roanoke’s first inner-city swim team will host a special meet

Barracudas swim teamIts the “Battle of the Roanoke Stars,” at the Washington Park pool this Saturday, a swim team fundraiser with city councilman Sherman Lea as Master of Ceremonies. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story.

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Roanoke Catholic School has been renovating its campus

catholic Constructioncatholic Construction 2You may have noticed renovations at Roanoke Catholic School, plainly visible from I-581…Roanoke Catholic is finishing up part of a multi-phase project that is making the K through 12th grade school more energy efficient. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Museum unveils a “new” old bus

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The Commonwealth Coach and Trolley Museum at Campbell Avenue and 18th Street – affiliated with the Transportation Museum – has unveiled a restored 1958 GMC Diesel bus.

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