Allen-Kaine debate: structured at times, lively at others

Virginia got a likely preview of next year's US Senate race when George Allen and Tim Kaine debated in Richmond yesterday head-to-head. The debate followed ...
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VA launches on-line health registry

Virginia is launching a registry for residents to let friends a families know their health care wishes if they are unable to make their own ...
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Give the gift of Scratchers if you wish, but not when it’s illegal

The Virginia Lottery thinks its tickets make great gifts -- but not when it's against the law. Under Virginia law, anyone who gives a lottery ...
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Bowers to seek fourth term as mayor

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers made it official last night: he will seek another four years in next May's municipal election. Bowers has been elected mayor three ...
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AAA: more elderly drivers behind the wheel

Americans will see more and more elderly drivers on the roadway in the next few years.  AAA says in less than 10 years, one out ...
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202 Market striptease appeal goes to full ABC Board

Lawyers for 202 Market are going before the full Alcohol Beverage Control Board this afternoon, appealing a ruling that would suspend the restaurant’s liquor license ...
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Medicare open enrollment ends Wednesday night

The Medicare open enrollment program for seniors ends tomorrow.  Eligible seniors wishing to change their programs must do so by tomorrow at midnight. If they ...
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Local postal workers are critical of service slowdown plans

The U.S. Postal Service says it must most quickly to stop losing billions of dollars a year. It wants to slow first-class delivery times next ...
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Travel agents waste no time with Sugar Bowl packages

Sugar Bowl packages for Virginia Tech's game with Michigan are already available. The Hokies will be making their fourth trip to New Orleans when they ...
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Smart Way ridership to Lynchburg Amtrak remains on the rise

Ridership continues to increase on the Smart Way Bus between Roanoke and Lynchburg.  The bus leaves from parking lot C at the Roanoke Civic Center ...
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Census: fewer Roanoke area commuters go it alone

Census figures show that more Roanoke area people are using alternate ways to get to work -- ways other than driving alone. And local advocates ...
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How to control your energy costs when using Christmas lights

Christmas lights are starting to go up at homes across the Roanoke Valley.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has some cost saving measures before you plug everything in ...
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Battle for GOP 2013 nomination for governor begins

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's decision to run for governor in 2013 has already forced the state's top Republican to take sides in a nomination battle ...
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Franchised urgent medical care comes to the valley

Franchising takes a new direction this weekend in the Roanoke Valley -- the region's first franchised urgent care center. Doctor's Express wants to fill some ...
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Peanut butter in high demand as prices soar

The peanut crop in Texas and Georgia took a hit this year and peanut butter prices are on the rise as a result.  WFIR's Timothy ...
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Uranium motherlode 50 miles from Roanoke — and health concerns here

A state-ordered study of uranium in Southside Virginia concludes the region would receive substantial benefits. Opponents say the study is inconclusive -- especially on health ...
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Holiday DUI enforcement effort begins today

A campaign to remove impaired drivers from Roanoke County highways during the holiday season begins today. It is part of an effort to continue a ...
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“New Year’s Millionaire Raffle” is back — with past...

The New Year's Millionaire Raffle is back at the Virginia Lottery, one with a winning history in our region. Two Roanoke groups have each won ...
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McDonnell proposes elimination, mergers of VA boards, agencies

Governor McDonnell will propose eliminating two state agencies and nine boards and commissions to streamline Virginia state government. The governor also proposes merging many agencies, ...
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Changes coming to Martinsville Speedway

New construction is set to begin soon at Martinsville Speedway. The project will result in new and larger restrooms and a wider concourse area at ...
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