Ideas for the vacant Evans Spring land to be talked about tonight

Roanoke officials have some ideas about the vacant Evans Spring land that lies between I-581 and the neighborhoods of Fairland, Melrose-Rugby, and Washington Park.  WFIR's ...
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Chief Perkins: many neighborhoods working with police – but a few are...

Roanoke Police Chief Chris Perkins reaches a milestone today -- his first full year leading the force. He's says there's more to be accomplished on ...
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VA tourism grows, generating more tax $$

Tourism is proving to be a growing economic engine in Virginia, providing more jobs and tax revenue. State figures show visitors to Virginia spent more ...
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Wage gap grows between top and bottom ends of the income scale in Virginia

The gap between wages at the top and bottom ends of the income scale in Virginia has reached a 30-year high.  According to the Commonwealth ...
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Roanoke police probe daylight home burglaries

Roanoke Police are investigating ten separate residential burglaries since early September, all occurring during daytime hours. Most occurred in Raleigh Court, Grandin Village and South ...
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Appeal hearing set for 202 Market liquor license suspension

A hearing date is now set. 202 Market will appeal a ruling that suspends its liquor license for last February's striptease. WFIR's Evan Jones has ...
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New poll: VA Republicans favor Cain, Romney

A new statewide poll shows Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are the current favorites among Virginia Republicans and support plunging for Rick Perry. But the ...
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Morrill: next year’s budget may eliminate some city services

Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill says City Council members may have to decide on eliminating some city services altogether in the next budget year. This ...
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Who ya gonna call? Investigating the paranormal in Roanoke!

Is there paranormal activity happening in Roanoke?  WFIR's Timothy Martin says that question will be answered tonight at Roanoke's Main Library.  "Investigating the Paranormal with ...
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NS CEO: We’re on board to extend Amtrak to Roanoke

Norfolk Southern's Chief Executive Officer says the railroad is ready to help Amtrak and Virginia extend service from Lynchburg to Roanoke -- if the state ...
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Flu vaccines plentiful this year, clinics now open

Flu season is nearing, and state health officials say this year's flu vaccines are both in good supply and a good match for this year's ...
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Layaway making a return this holiday season

In these tough economic times, many stores are bringing back layaway.  Local BBB President Julie Wheeler says it's a good way to do your shopping.  ...
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DMV can’t process first-time VA drivers’ licenses Saturday

DMV officials  say they won't be able to process first-time Virginia drivers' licenses tomorrow. More from WFIR's Evan Jones ...
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Budget planners worry more cuts may be coming

This could turn into another challenging -- and perhaps unpleasant -- year for municipal government and school system budget planners who worry what a second ...
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Salem dedicates new dog park

Salem officially dedicates its new Dog Park today with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. Business and private donations covered the $40,000 cost of equipment, ...
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Cyclocross racing returns to Roanoke this weekend

Fallon Park in Roanoke is gearing up for the three-part Freak Out at Fallon cyclocross racing event.  WFIR's Timothy Martin with details on just what cyclocross ...
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Congress debates Griffith-sponsored bill on EPA

The House of Representatives is now considering a bill sponsored by Congressman Morgan Griffith that takes on the Environmental Protection Agency. WFIR's Evan Jones has ...
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Roanoke apartment fire leaves one person dead

One person is dead and 12 others are homeless after an overnight apartment fire in Southwest Roanoke. The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire, ...
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Roanoke County police search for “coin burglar”

Roanoke County police are asking for the public's help in finding a coin thief. He broke into a home just off Challenger Avenue in the ...
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Allen and Kaine battle on the ground and on the web

The race for U.S. Senate in Virginia is happening on the ground and on the web. WFIR's Timothy Martin looks at the social media battle ...
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