Blue Ridge Parkway gets ready for a busy October

October is a busy month along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  As WFIR's Evan Jones reports, all facilities remain open when the leaves are turning: ...
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Roanoke seeks applicants for lead-safe program

The City of Roanoke wants to help low-and-moderate-income families get rid of lead in their homes. Details from WFIR's Timothy Martin. Click here for more ...
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Roanoke police to quadruple traffic enforcement officers on Harleys

Roanoke Police are about to increase the number of motorcycle units assigned full-time to traffic enforcement -- from one to four. Police Chief Chris Perkins ...
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VDOT planning an upgrate to its 511 system

VDOT is getting ready to beef up its 511 traffic information system. On Wednesday, VDOT awarded a five year contract to Iteris Inc. to design, develop ...
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Roanoke region rabies numbers already exceed all of 2010

The number of confirmed rabies cases in the Roanoke region is already higher this year than all of last year. As WFIR's Evan Jones reports, ...
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Missing Marine mystery in Botetourt County

A car found abandoned in Botetourt County belongs to a missing U.S. Marine, but there is no sign of the car's owner. More on this ...
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Kohl’s now “officially” open, still looking for seasonal ...

The three-day "soft opening" is over. Kohl's new Roanoke store is "officially" open as of 7:00 am today, after a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. About 50 ...
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Chicken battle bakes in Salem

The owner of the area's Bojangle's franchises says it's simply of matter of requiring all businesses to follow the same rules. That's why he's appealing ...
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What to do if you can’t pay your real estate tax bill in Roanoke

When money's tight, the last thing you want to see is a real estate bill. The first installment of the annual tax is due a ...
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UPDATED: Search suspended for missing Botetourt Co. man

UPDATED 3:55 pm: Botetourt County officials say they have suspended the search. They ask Troutville area residents to remain vigilant. ____________________________________________ State and local emergency ...
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Daughter of missing Franklin County woman prepared to search other states

It's been nearly a month now since 64-year-old Shirley Hodges disappeared from her Franklin County home. Volunteers searched the Blue Ridge Parkway this past weekend ...
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Transportation Museum works to build aviation gallery

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is trying to build -- and rebuild -- its aviation gallery as part of both a long recovery and long-range ...
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Roanoke College poll: Allen, Kaine remain neck and neck

A new Roanoke College poll shows the 2012 U.S. Senate race is a statistical dead heat, and the poll's director expects it to remain tight ...
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Renovation work underway at former Icehouse building

Roanoke developer Ed Walker is already turning his attention to his next big project, this one near Wasena Park. With little fanfare, the work is ...
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Spots for Roanoke’s second Green Academy filling up fast

The deadline to get in to Roanoke's second Green Academy is later this week. WFIR's Timothy Martin with more on the four-week environmental awareness program ...
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Patrick Henry developer says all space is now leased

The former Patrick Henry Hotel is now starting to take its final and fully occupied form. Developer Ed Walker says all apartment, retail and commercial ...
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Search for missing Franklin County woman moves to Blue Ridge Parkway

Shirley Hodges  hasn't been seen since August 31st. The 64-year-old's car was found two days after her disappearance in a motel parking lot in Crockett, ...
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Kindle users can now access local library e-books

It's been months in the making, but Roanoke Valley libraries now have their e-book collection available for Kindle readers. Details from WFIR's Evan Jones ...
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Link Museum to fully reopen Friday

The O. Winston Link Museum plans to fully reopen by late Friday afternoon, one day before you have the chance to visit for free. The ...
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Two Radford grads write winning Headline News theme song

A CNN Headline News program will soon have a new theme song written by two women with southwest Virginia connections who beat out more than ...
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