First-ever “Roanoke Outdoor Circus” opens tonight

The first-ever "Roanoke Outdoor Circus" opens its gates at 5:00 pm today and runs through Sunday -- but this one is nothing like the Ringling ...
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20 new jobs already; dozens more on the way

A new Franklin County manufacturer is celebrating its grand opening today, offering the promise of another 60 jobs over the next three years. WFIR's Evan ...
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Adopt-a-pet event Saturday in Franklin County

A special pet-friendly adoption event is scheduled for Rocky Mount tomorrow. Pet-friendly cats, dogs, puppies and kittens from the Franklin County Humane Society shelter will ...
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Downtown Roanoke to look and taste Norwegian today

It's Norwegian day next to the Roanoke City Market Building. Actually, it's the final "Taste of Culture" event of the year, and today, they're celebrating ...
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Police hope surveillance photo helps nab holdup suspects

Roanoke Police say two men held up the One Stop Market this afternoon Williamson Road -- walking in, assaulting the clerk, then taking items from ...
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Roanoke adds Chevrolet Caprice to its fleet

The City of Roanoke is one of the first among local governments in the U.S. to add the Chevrolet Caprice to its fleet.  The city ...
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Report: Moammar Gadhafi DEAD

SIRTE, Libya (AP) _ Officials in Libya's transitional government say Moammar Gadhafi has been captured and possibly killed in the fall of his hometown but ...
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Moore seeks second term on Board of Supervisors

She was elected as a Democrat and is now running for a second term as an Independent. Roanoke County Supervisor Charlotte Moore faces two opponents ...
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Report: rural areas have highest home vacancy rates in VA

A recent report finds there are more than 300,000 vacant homes and apartments across Virginia, and rural areas may have it the worst. More from ...
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Task force arrests alleged sexual predator

An undercover Bedford County investigator posing as an underage girl helped authorities catch an alleged sexual predator. Authorities say James Edward Porter is 31 years ...
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Urban farm supporters say Countryside chickens would not pose problems

The natural food co-op that wants to operate an "urban farm" on part of the former Countryside Golf Course property says neighbors' concerns about chickens ...
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Roanoke officials say mulch-mowing is the way to go

Leaves are already starting to build in the yards of some Roanokers.  WFIR's Timothy Martin with more on what officials are recommending when it comes ...
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Your chance to tell Elmwood Park planners what you want

As planners develop a future vision for Elmwood Park, you have a chance this week to have your say. WFIR's Evan Jones has more ...
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These Countryside neighbors don’t want chickens

Some northwest Roanoke residents who live near the former Countryside Golf Course are uniting in opposition to one element of a proposed urban farm. As ...
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Food bank asks for more help as holidays near

Feeding America Southwest Virginia needs help with the holiday seasons approaching. WFIR"s Bob Clark reports ...
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Roanoke Co. schools offer program for teen drivers and their parents

Roanoke County public schools are urging parents to attend one of the "Partnering for the Privilege" safe teen driving programs scheduled for county's five high schools ...
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When leaves fall, wildfire danger rises

Now that leaves are falling, we're into one of the most dangerous times of the year for accidentally starting wildfires.  WFIR's Evan Jones has more ...
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Half of teen drivers in accident in first month after getting a license

A AAA study shows teenage drivers have a 50% chance of being in an accident in their first month of unsupervised driving.  Details from WFIR's ...
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Roanoke Co. Library Fall Book Sale set for Saturday-Thursday

Roanoke County expects a big line Saturday morning at the public library on Route 419. The story from WFIR's Jim Kent: ...
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Roanoke rail excursions return in early November

It's become an annual event  -- a weekend of passenger train excursions out of Roanoke each fall. They are scheduled this year on  November 5th ...
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