Green Valley Elementary honored for academic excellence

Roanoke County SchoolsFrom Roanoke County Public Schools: ROANOKE – U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today announced the 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016.  Green Valley Elementary School was recognized as one of the 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools.  The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

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Healthcare survey ranks Roanoke high

wfir-defaultA personal finance company scored the “Best Cities to be a healthcare professional” in and the Roanoke Valley fared very well. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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VTC launches new LGBT tourism marketing efforts

va-is-for-loversThe Virginia Tourism Corporation has launched its new LGBT tourism marketing efforts, which are part of the recommendations offered by Governor Terry McAuliffe’s LGBT Tourism Task Force. The details from WFIR’s Starr Anderson.

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The Odd Couple debuts at Mill Mountain Theatre

Mill Mountain TheaterNeil Simon’s 1965 Broadway smash “The Odd Couple” – later a movie with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau – then the classic Tony Randall/Jack Klugman TV show – debuts on stage tonight at Mill Mountain Theatre. It runs through October 9th. We all know the story – the fussy “Felix” character is thrown out by his wife and moves into a Manhattan apartment with his unkempt friend Oscar. Its a love-hate relationship and very funny. WFIR’s Gene Marrano spoke to the director and the actors playing Felix and Oscar. Here’s a Longer Listen – beginning with director Jay Briggs:

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Roanoke County to develop residential land for industrial use with Salem and Roanoke City

Roanoke-CountyRoanoke County approved its participation yesterday in the process of buying 106 acres of residential land near I-81 and I-581 for future industrial development. WFIR’s Ian Price has details:

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Virginia voters like Trump on jobs and veterans but prefer Clinton on temperament, experience, policies

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From Wason Center: NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Hillary Clinton’s strong lead in Virginia over Donald Trump appears to be rooted solidly in voters’ opinions that she is more qualified to be president than Trump on temperament, experience, and key issues, including military and foreign policy issues, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

Twice as many voters, 58-28 percent, say that Clinton, not Trump, has the right temperament to be president, and twice as many (60-26 percent) say that she, not Trump, has the right experience. By a close margin, voters say that Trump is more trustworthy and honest than Clinton, 35-32 percent.

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Heavy numbers slow state voter registration processing system

Voting CheckboxThis presidential election year is leading many Virginians to register to vote, but the state’s system to process that increased number is experiencing some slowdowns and occasional outages. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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RU professor offers debate post-mortem

WFIR Election 2016A communications professor who keeps on eye on politics offers his take on Monday night’s presidential debate. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Healthy cooking classes for Head Start parents

wfir-defaultThe Virginia Cooperative Extension wants Head Start parents to set good examples for their kids via healthy cooking classes. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Fashionista Roanoke hosts Roanoke Fashion Week 2016

fashionista-roanokeFashionista Roanoke kicks off Fashion Week 2016 on Thursday, continuing the non-profit’s goal to provide charity through fashion. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details.

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