Public meetings this week on controversial pipeline project

Mountain Valley PipelineThe Blue Ridge Land Conservancy has voted to oppose construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline through national forests, wilderness areas and the Blue Ridge Parkway … meanwhile there are public meetings this week on the controversial project as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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County Administrator requests marching orders

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Even before he starts his new job as County Administrator on December 29th, Tom Gates had a request granted by a Board of Supervisors resolution last week …WFIR’s Gene Marrano explains:

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RoCo Parks & Rec wins four awards

Roanoke-CountyThe Virginia Recreation and Park Society has recognized Roanoke County for some of its work outdoors and in the gym this year … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story:

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Ex-felons find jobs after “ban the box” decision

VirginiaCares-logoIn October Roanoke City agreed to remove a question about a job applicant’s criminal history from its initial application forms … WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke with someone who urged the city to “Ban the Box.”

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Enroll assisters help with health care signups

WFIR Health NewsA student volunteer branch of the Enroll Virginia program that’s based in Roanoke is stepping up visibility for the Affordable Care Act… more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Roanoke Railhouse tasting room is back

RailhouseOne of Roanoke’s oldest craft brewers is back in business again after at a new location. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on Roanoke Railhouse Brewing Company:

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Legislator sponsors bills on reporting assaults

UVA-LogoA UVA graduate who is also a state legislator says he is moving ahead with plans to introduce a bill that would require colleges to report incidents of sexual violence and other violent felonies. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has the story:

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Brambleton Ave merchants banding together

WFIR---local-businessAfter two meetings to date, businesses along Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke City and in Roanoke County are forming a new merchant’s association that is starting to take shape. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano

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Excelis employees donate bikes to Salvation Army

Salvation-ArmyWhen a holiday drive that delivered hundreds of bicycles to the Salvation Army in the past didn’t come together this year, Excelis worker and Local 82-62 member Jack Roland went to work … today Roland will help hand over 57 bicycles and helmets that the Salvation Army in Roanoke will give to needy children as Christmas presents. Roland says it’s the start of a long-term relationship between his union, Excelis and the Salvation Army. Roland spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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STEM Tavern – microbrews for a good cause

Soaring RidgeHow do you make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math more fun? Perhaps with a micro-brew or two … as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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