Roanoke City has plan in place for “active shooter”

Roanoke-CityWhat if someone walked into a downtown building and started shooting? A Roanoke City department has a plan in place.  so says Emergency Management Coordinator Marci Stone … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Suicide comes “Out of the Darkness” at walk tomorrow

Health-NewsSuicide Prevention is in the spotlight tomorrow morning … its an issue few people want to talk about – but tomorrow it comes “Out of the Darkness.” More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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4th annual Open Studios tour in Botetourt this weekend

Open Studios BotetourtTaking their cue perhaps from a similar event in Roanoke, Botetourt County artists created their own “Open Studios” tour … it returns for a fourth year this weekend … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Greenbrier Nurseries farm-to-table market now year-round

Greenbrier farm to tableGreenbrier Nurseries opened its farm-to-table market in March, planning to offer fresh food and produce on a seasonal basis … but now owner Jim Monroe is taking it year-round…more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Click below to hear more from Greenbrier owner Jim Monroe on farm-to-table:

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Botetourt County announces a “Pink Effect”

Susan G KomenVirginia Tech football has its Orange and Maroon Effect games … now Botetourt County announces a “Pink Effect” in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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“Where are you Bobby Browning?” is shooting on location in Vinton

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Bobby Browning film shoots on location in Vinton

The producers of the small-budget independent film “Where are you Bobby Browning?” have started shooting on location in Vinton and at Roanoke College … meanwhile the writer and producer of “Kicked by Grace” – filmed locally last month – has good things to say about the area.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Click below to hear more from “Kicked by Grace” writer-producer Rick Garside on filmmaking in the Roanoke area:

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Health care roundtable is all about “21st Century Cures”

Morgan Griffith (R-VA 9th District)

Morgan Griffith
(R-VA 9th District)

“21st Century Cures” is a bi-partisan Congressional effort designed to help accelerate the approval pace for new medicines and treatments … Salem Congressman Morgan Griffith says the two-hour roundtable he is co-hosting is looking for solutions… WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Libertarian runs for 6th District Congressional seat

Will Hammer6th District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte doesn’t have a Democratic challenger on November 4th … but the Libertarian Party is fielding a candidate … 27-year-old Will Hammer says the success Libertarian Robert Sarvis had in garnering votes when he ran for Governor last year helped convince him to take the plunge….more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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5-K race will support non-profit educational programs

WFIR-LOGO-1Another 5-K race this weekend will support a local non-profit that provides educational programs … this one is a bit “spooky. ” The West End Center for Youth will holds its 4th annual “Spooky Sprint 5K,” at Wasena Park this Saturday. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Roanoke encouraging residents to use rain barrels for stormwater runoff

Fishburn park rain barrelsRoanoke City’s new stormwater manager wants more residents to save money on their monthly utility fee … and some local elementary school students are showing how … City residents who collect rain runoff from their gutters can save ten percent on that utility fee.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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