Decorating the safe way this holiday season

Christmas decorations will start going up in many homes this weekend.  Roanoke Fire-EMS has some tips on how to keep your Christmas lights working and ...
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Hotel Roanoke hosts Christmas tree competition

The annual "Fashions for Evergreens" Christmas tree competition is underway at the Hotel Roanoke.  WFIR's Jim Kent reports the competition runs from Thanksgiving Day to ...
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Community Christmas Store to help more than 1,200

Organizers of The Community Christmas Store say they plan to help more than 1,200 people and their families this holiday season. Low-income people in Roanoke ...
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Preparations underway for 6th Annual StellarOne Drumstick Dash

Thousands of runners and walkers will be in downtown Roanoke this morning to raise money for the Roanoke Rescue Mission.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...
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Looking beyond print: newspapers increase cyber-business

This morning's newspaper is always as thick as you'll see it all year, loaded with ads hoping to lure shoppers. But in this digital age, ...
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Airport awaits decision that could impact non-stop NYC flights

Roanoke air travelers are still awaiting word on future non-stop service between Roanoke and New York service. There seems little question it will continue, but ...
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Somber Thanksgiving ahead for family of missing Franklin County woman

Thanksgiving won't be the same this year for a Franklin County woman still searching for her mother.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has an update on the ...
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Bowers: re-election decision made, to be announced soon

Roanoke has two election days next year: the first one is in May for races that include Mayor and three members of City Council. Mayor ...
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Snow guaranteed in Roanoke December 16

There's a guarantee of snow in downtown Roanoke for Friday, December 16th -- tons of it. And as WFIR's Evan Jones reports, this forecast looks ...
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Former Ice House seen as centerpiece new “urban neighborhood”

Work on renovating the former "Ice House" building is well underway, and Roanoke is now taking steps designed to make it the centerpiece of a ...
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Police change traffic pattern at Valley View Mall

With the holiday shopping season here, there's a different traffic pattern around Valley View Mall.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...
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New law can delay utility shutoffs to some Virginians

Virginians with serious medical conditions can now get brief hold on utility shutoffs -- if they follow the procedures under a new state law. It ...
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Training inmates with mental health disorders for IT jobs

Federal funds will soon pay to train inmates for careers in computer technology. The Tech Careers program is targeted at non-violent offenders with mental health ...
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VA Tech gets $100,000 grant to help eliminate polio

VirginiaTech has received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to work on the elimination of polio throughout the world. If progress is ...
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Holiday travel is up even if economy is not

For the fourth consecutive year, Virginia roads will see an increase in travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. About 1,300,000 Virginia residents will travel at ...
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GasBuddy.com: gas prices to go down in next week

There's something unusual going on with gas prices. They're hardly low, but as crude oil prices rise sharply once again, pump prices may actually fall ...
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Cellphones donated for domestic violence victims

The Roanoke County Sheriff's cellphone donation program is off to a good start. The program asks Roanoke Valley residents to donate their cellphones that in ...
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Help for companies, non-profits to save energy costs

There's a local program available to help companies and nonprofits save money on the use of energy. Volunteers for Energy is available to help large and ...
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911 center workers wanted — but the screening is tough

Roanoke County hopes a day-long event on Saturday will help them find qualified candidates for its 911 center. Only a small percentage of applicants typically ...
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Vinton goal: convince more people to shop locally

A new program to encourage shopping locally in Vinton is underway. The campaign goal is to encourage shoppers to keep their business local this holiday ...
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