Festival of New Works features budding playwrights

WFIR-arts-and-cultureIts billed as a chance to get familiar perhaps with plays and playwrights before they become famous. The Festival of New Works returns to the Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre this weekend as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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More from Todd Ristau about the Festival of New Works this weekend:

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Second Kroger “Clicklist” location opens in Salem

KrogerThe launch of an on-line grocery ordering service in May at the Bonsack Kroger store has meant 25 new jobs there according to regional e-commerce manager George Anderson. He was at West Main Street in Salem today, where the second Kroger in the valley to offer “Clicklist” has just launched that service. Clicklist customers arrange a time when their bagged groceries will be brought out to the curb. 10 stores in Virginia and 127 Kroger locations nationwide now offer the Clicklist service. Anderson also says most orders are being placed in the evening for next-day pickup:

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Roanoke Valley HOPE program announced

WFIR Health NewsThe Roanoke City Police department and community partners announced the Roanoke Valley HOPE initiative to combat substance abuse this morning -a drop-in program where people seeking help for drug addiction and alcohol abuse can be paired with a “volunteer angel” and get the counseling needed. HOPE participants can turn in drugs and drug paraphenalia with no questions asked. They can also join the program by walking in to the Roanoke City Police department headquarters – again, without fear of being charged with a crime. Every second Monday of the month those seeking help can come to the Bradley Free Clinic – where Janine Underwood is the executive director – for her, “HOPE” is also personal:

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Floyd Fest 2016 begins next Wednesday

Floyd Fest 2016Floyd Fest 2016 kicks off next Wednesday – a blend of new performers and old favorites just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Private College Week returns

Education-News1Virginia Private College Week is right around the corner again –  a chance for high school students to consider non-public school options. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Joining forces to deliver better healthcare

CHIPThree organizations that provide health care services to low income families and children have joined forces. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Delegate Chris Head will introduced vetoed bills again

Del. Chris Head

Del. Chris Head

Last year the Governor vetoed legislation by local delegate Chris Head – now he has filed it again. WFIR’s Bob Clark reports

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Dialogue on violence prevention and gun safety tonight

wfir-defaultA program designed to stem gun violence in Roanoke will be held tonight. Details from WFIR’s Bob Clark:

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CHIP, other partners announce “single point entry” health care

CHIPThe Child Health Investment Partnership, also known as CHIP, Bradley Free Clinic, and New Horizons Healthcare announced a partnership this morning. WFIR Intern Reporter Adam Johnston has more:

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IBD support group meeting every month

WFIR Health NewsA new support group for those coping with intestinal diseases is now meeting in Roanoke on the third Tuesday of every month. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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