“Empty the Shelter” designed for pets that need new homes

ServiceDogsThe holiday season often means more stress – and people giving up their pets in some cases … that’s one reason for today’s “Empty the Shelter” event, as cats and dogs look for new homes.  More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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200 needy families will have a better Thanksgiving

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Distributing Thanksgiving meals at Feeding America

Its a long-standing Thanksgiving tradition … Kroger Mid-Atlantic helped distribute frozen turkeys and all the trimmings to some needy families this morning. Kroger supplied the birds and other food items to Feeding America-Southwest Virginia in Salem. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Consumer sentiment remains strong across the Commonwealth

WFIR---local-businessConsumer sentiment remains strong across the Commonwealth – according to a Roanoke College phone survey … that’s usually good news for retailers  … WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with pollster and economics professor Alice Kassens:

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South Peak and Water Authority battle over water line

South Peak LogoA connection from the South Peak development in southwest Roanoke County to the Western Virginia Water Authority main line is the source of some controversy – and a lawsuit… as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Griffith says the President’s executive order indicates he’s ready for war with Congress

Griffith.jpgMany in Congress are upset with President Obama’s announced plan to use executive action that would protect more than 4 million illegal aliens from deportation … a local U.S. Representative says its a sign that the President will not work with the new Congress. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Click below for an extended conversation with Congressman Morgan Griffith (and WFIR’s Gene Marrano)

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Opera Roanoke season begins withone-night only, first-ever presentation

Opera RoanokeNever seen Mozart’s “Abduction”? … it was the Master’s first major opera hit … and its coming to Jefferson Center tomorrow night…as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Visitor’s Bureau says “Blue Ridge Standard Time,” campaign a big success

Virginia's Blue RidgeMeasureable results show a dramatic increase in the number of unique visitors to its website … the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitor’s Bureau says its 6-month “Blue Ridge Standard Time,”  campaign was a big success.More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Webb announces exploratory campaign for President

Former Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb

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U.S. Sen. Jim Webb

Jim Webb … for president? The former one-term U.S. Senator announced on-line today that he is launching an exploratory committee. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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CoLab on Kirk set to open today

WFIR---local-businessThe Kirk Avenue Music Hall is no more … in its place “CoLab on Kirk” opens today. The Kirk Colab, which is set up like a lounge with chairs and tables, is only open to members of the Grandin CoLab. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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New Roanoke County administrator talks about taking the job

Thomas Gates- Roanoke CountyThomas Gates – call him Tom – takes over as Roanoke County administrator at the end of December. He has been Deputy City Manager in Alexandria. Gates is a former journalism student at Maryland who turned to government and politics as a major.  He was announced as the choice for County Administrator yesterday – after the Board voted to hire him on Tuesday … and he spent a few minutes on the phone with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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