Edwards downs Nutter, holds on to State Senate seat

State Senator John Edwards hadn't faced a November opponent in the 21st District since 1999,  but he's heading back to Richmond for a fifth term ...
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VDH launches new site to help with shortrage of health care professionals

Virginia is beefing up how it recruits and retains health care professionals.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details on a new website from the Virginia Department ...
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Missing teen could be with fired School Resource Officer

Virginia State Police say a missing Bedford County teen may be with a former school resource officer, recently arrested and fired for having inappropriate contact ...
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Area State Senate races may play key role in Richmond

The most widely-watched contests in our region appear to be those for several State Senate seats -- and for good reason. They may determine which ...
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Some voters must find new poll places

Most voters will head for familiar polling sites today, but a smaller number must go to new locations. In Roanoke City, there are three changes ...
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Local food bank wants you to “Go Orange”

Feeding America Southwest Virginia launched its Go Orange Hunger Awareness Call to Action Campaign this week.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has more on how you can help feed ...
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Sheriff: “Good Citizens, arm yourselves”

A South Carolina sheriff whose deputy was shot in the face says the suspect captured today in southwest Virginia has a lengthy criminal record and ...
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Appalachian Power letter aims at Democrat Ward Armstrong

House Democratic Minority Leader Ward Armstrong claims that Appalachian Power’s president is encouraging American Electric Power shareholders to vote against him in a key legislative ...
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Horseback riding across America to benefit non-profit ranch

Two people operating a non-profit ranch in Wyoming have been traveling across the country on horses for more than a year to raise money.  Today, ...
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Roanoke County: the next Silicon Valley?

Roanoke County wasted no time getting the word out on a new -- and favorable -- ranking. This one lists the county among smaller metro ...
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New director wants Market Building to become more of a destination

Now that the renovated Roanoke City Market Building is starting to fill up again, it has a full-time Building Director. Sara Guerry is no stranger ...
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Absentee vote deadline Saturday — but you need a valid reason

The deadline for absentee voting in person for next week's election is Saturday, so city and county registrars' offices will be open both today and ...
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A license plate to remember April 16th at Virginia Tech

The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is trying to get people signed up for a new license plate to remember the 32 people killed on April ...
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DMV: Roanoke office operations back to normal

A morning power outage disrupted Roanoke DMV operations, but the department says the office is once again able to handle all customer services.  The outage ...
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Rail excursions help preserve and restore Roanoke rail history

Hundreds of people will board passenger trains from Roanoke this coming weekend, excursions that also serve to help preserve and restore Roanoke's rail history.  More ...
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2nd annual Virginia’s Veterans Parade set for Saturday in Roanoke

Downtown Roanoke Saturday will host the second annual "Virginia's Veterans Parade." Organizers say the parade is to pay tribute to veterans of all services and ...
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Shenandoah Life policyholders vote on acquisition next month

A meeting date and place are now set for Shenandoah Life policyholders to vote on the company's acquisition. Information and voting materials have been sent ...
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VDOT crews work “snow-covered roads” in Salem

Equipment operators from VDOT's 12-county Salem District are receiving simulation-based snowplow training today in preparation for winter weather.  VDOT spokesman Jason Bond says operators will go ...
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VA students show gains, but less than 50% considered proficient

Nationwide standardized test results show Virginia students performing better in reading and math than the country as a whole, but most are not considered grade ...
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Big Powerball jackpot means big lottery sales

The Virginia Lottery expects a busy day at its outlets across the state now that tonight's Powerball jackpot has grown to an estimated $245 million ...
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