Trump, Pence to hold first post-convention campaign appearance in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is planning to make a campaign stop in Virginia. Trump’s campaign and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, are expected to hold a town hall event on Monday at the Hotel Roanoke & Convention Center. The event will begin at 3 p.m. Trump’s visit to the crucial swing state comes on the heels of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s announcement Friday that she chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate. Kaine, a former Virginia governor and mayor of Richmond, joined Clinton on the campaign trail pick on Saturday in Florida for the first time as her vice presidential pick. Clinton said Kaine is “everything that Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.”
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Clinton chooses Kaine as running mate

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TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket. In a text message to supporters, the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I’m thrilled to tell you this first: I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate.” Kaine himself tweeted, “I’m honored to be her running mate.” The two will make their first appearance together as a ticket Saturday at a rally in Miami. Clinton’s decision caps a highly secretive, months-long process to find a political partner. It’s also the final puzzle piece for the general election, pitting Clinton and Kaine against Republican Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence, the Indiana governor. Clinton called Kaine by phone around 7:30 p.m. Friday to offer him the job, and he accepted, according to a campaign aide. She then called President Barack Obama to inform him of the decision.

 

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DMV announces TSA partnership and other initiatives

DMVIn addition to a new partnership that’s the first of its kind, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles yesterday announced several new initiatives. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details.

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Roanoke Valley home sales, prices at highest levels in years

wfir-defaultRoanoke Valley home sales are off to their best start in a decade. More than 2,400 homes sold in January through June, and the average sales price last month neared $219,000, the highest for any month in years. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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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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Sales tax holiday coming August 5-7; school supplies, emergency preparedness, appliances

wfir-defaultFrom the Virginia Department of Taxation: Legislation enacted by the 2015 General Assembly combined Virginia’s three sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday beginning the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m. This year’s sales tax holiday is August 5-7. During the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone. In addition to the specific items exempted, retailers may also choose to offer other items “tax-free” by paying the sales tax themselves during the holiday.

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Construction continues on what will be Virginia’s longest indoor shooting range

SafeSide TacticalSafeSide Tactical has spent nearly 2 years and more than $4 million renovating the former Noland Plumbing warehouse in downtown Roanoke for its new indoor shooting range. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has an update on the project.

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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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As gypsy moths make a return, Forest Service considers plans to combat them

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Gypsy moths are back in force, at least in some parts of southwest Virginia, and the U.S. Forest Service is already working on plans to control the damage come next year. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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