Salem High School students can now bring personal electronic devices to class

SalemPublic Schools open in the City of Salem today … and for the first time students at the high school can bring their phones and other personal electronic devices to class.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Yesterday was “International Overdose Awareness Day”

Health-NewsYesterday was “International Overdose Awareness Day” and people that have been impacted by drug use met at a local park. Garst Mill Park in Roanoke County was the gathering spot … there was a candlelight vigil for those lost to a drug overdose. WFIR’s Gene Marrano was there:

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“Driftwood Tides” is latest novel from a Roanoke writer

Driftwood TidesA Roanoke writer’s fourth novel makes its official debut today. best-selling author Gina Holmes set her latest, “Driftwood Tides,” at Nags Head.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with the author:

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Click below to hear more of Gene Marrano’s conversation with author Gina Holmes:

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More good publicity for the Roanoke Valley

Virginia's Blue RidgeMoneycrashers-dot-com claims Roanoke is a top-ten place to live…and Forbes says the valley is part of an ideal weekend getaway. The website and the magazine both released favorable stories about the region in the past few days. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Hollins professor researches TV’s effect on toddlers

HollinsSpending time with your toddler at home? Then turn off the television in the background … a Hollins professor says her study shows that noise can affect their language development. WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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“The Roanoker” magazine is 40 years old

Roanoker-40th Anniversary coverThe Roanoker” magazine is 40 years old … its latest semi-monthly issue, on newsstands today, offers a retrospective on the valley. The 40th anniversary issue includes features on movers-and-shakers. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Click here for Gene Marrano’s extended conversation with Roanoker magazine editor-in-chief Kurt Rheinheimer:

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the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic add department of orthopaedic surgery

Health-NewsIt could be the start of a trend … the Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic have both added a department of orthopaedic surgery – and will share the resources. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Close background check loopholes says coalition

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Sam Rasoul speaks at gun violence prevention rally

Gun violence prevention advocates gathered in downtown Roanoke this afternoon, urging Congressman Bob Goodlatte and State Senator John Edwards to support more extensive background checks before someone is able to buy a firearm. Delegate Sam Rasoul was on hand as well … he spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Froth coffee shop thinking bigger

WFIR---local-businessFirst he kept the Froth coffeehouse in Southwest Roanoke County from closing down altogether … now owner Michael Carroll is thinking bigger. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has this business update:

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Slots are filling up for hikes Roanoke City will sponsor next month

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Renee Lavin – Roanoke City Parks and Rec.

Beginning on September 11th a series of free hikes in places like Mountain Lake, Devil’s Marbleyard and Brush Mountain labeled as the “Epic Wilderness Hike Series” will lead to Roanoke’s Wilderness Weekend in late September. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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