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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“Fantasyland” returns for another holiday season

A Roanoke tradition that began in the 1970's is back for another holiday season. Fantasyland features Christmas figures donated by department stores from years ago ...
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Coping with Alzheimers: experts meet in Roanoke

Over 400 persons are expected to attend today's conference on Alzheimer's disease in Roanoke. Dr.Sam Gandy, a leader in Alzheimer's research, will be the keynote ...
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Homes, history and holidays — all in one tour

There are home tours and holiday home tours and historic home tours, but you rarely get a tour offering all at once.   Franklin County ...
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Un-Christmas like weather brings good Christmas tree sales

Sales of natural Christmas trees are off to a good start in the region -- thanks to very un-Christmas like weather. At Joe's Trees in ...
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In the bag: “Cyber-Monday” lasts more than a day

Today is "Cyber-Monday", the day on-line retailers liken to "Black Friday" in stores. But for one Roanoke-based on-line retailer or handbags and related accessories, the ...
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Competing with the “Big boxes”: how these hardware stores do it

"Black Friday" was a real good day for Northwest True Value Hardware, and that was a day before the 2nd annual "Small Business Saturday" last ...
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Investigators await autopsy, toxicology reports in girl’s death

Floyd County investigators await autopsy and toxicology reports on the death of a two-year-old girl. Jocelyn Rodriguez-Guzman was found dead in her home Wednesday night.  ...
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Watch the holiday season diet — for your pets

Experts urge you to be careful about the food options at your home this holiday season -- for your dogs and cats. Lauren Trotter of ...
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Civil War expert sees similar divisions in present-day Washington

One of the country's best-known Civil War historians says the current divisions in Congress are alarmingly similar to those that preceded our country's most difficult ...
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