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Roanoke Treasurer Evelyn Powers worried about postal service delays

The City of Roanoke has sent out personal property taxes.  WFIR's Timothy Martin says while your payment is due next month, Roanoke's Treasurer has some concerns ...
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Appalachian Power looking to raise rates

ROANOKE, Va. (AP)   Appalachian Power is seeking to increase the assessment it charges Virginia customers to recover higher costs of coal and other fuel.  The ...
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River House: now leasing with hopes of a new lease on life for Wasena

Roanoke developer Ed Walker expects his newest project to open some time this summer -- and in time, help revitalize the Wasena neighborhood. The "River ...
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Lucas: my experience as a job creator can help bring them to Roanoke

Roanoke voters go to the polls one week from today to select their next mayor and three City Council members. We are profiling each of ...
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VA holds job fair tomorrow for vets in Salem

A special job fair is scheduled at the Salem Veterans Medical Center tomorrow from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. About 40 employers and service providers ...
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Snow in higher elevations, high winds in the Roanoke Valley

A wind advisory is in effect through Monday, then a freeze warning replaces it overnight as the Roanoke Valley faces another blast of cold weather ...
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Bowers: What’s with the ribbon-cutting campaign criticism?

Roanoke voters go the polls one week from Tuesday to elect a mayor and three City Council members. We will look at all the candidates ...
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Computer voice now delivering dispatch calls in Roanoke

Roanoke Fire-EMS recently rolled out some new technology aimed at reducing response times.  WFIR's Timothy Martin reports ...
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Growing idea: more community gardens sprout in Roanoke

There is now a third "community garden" up and running in Roanoke -- common spaces for people and organizations to grow produce.  There's been one ...
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UFO talk at Smith Mountain Lake

A group will convene tomorrow at Smith Mountain Lake to talk about UFO sightings.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details. Click here to submit suspicious sightings.  ...
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New brand name for Roanoke region: Virginia’s Blue Ridge

The Roanoke region is now "Virginia's Blue Ridge" -- at least for tourism purposes. As WFIR's Evan Jones reports, the idea is to make people ...
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Accidental death rate declines for Virginia children

Fewer Virginia children and teenagers are dying from accidental injuries than in the past.  Details on a new report from WFIR's Timothy Martin. Click here ...
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Two events to keep computers, electronics out of landfills

As Earth Day approaches, there are two upcoming area events designed to keep computers and other electronic equipment from heading to landfills. It starts with ...
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$125,000 boost for VWCC tuition assistance program

Advance Auto Parts is providing a $125,000 boost to Virginia Western Community College and to its students who benefit from a tuitition-free education. The Community ...
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Public hearing tonight on proposed Botetourt budget that raises tax rates

Botetourt County residents face tax increases next year: seven cents in the real estate tax rate and eight cents on personal property. Supervisors hold a ...
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Roanoke College readies Relay for Life

It's a campout for a good cause. Roanoke College is holding its 11th annual Relay for Life beginning Friday evening. WFIR intern reporter Christine Sullivan ...
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Missing more than one week — and still no trace

A Franklin County woman has been missing for more than a week now despite many efforts to find her. 22-year-old Heather Hodges is the mother ...
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Proprosed Roanoke budget calls for 3% pay hike for city workers

Roanoke City Council has four weeks to decide on a final budget for the next fiscal year. City Manager Chris Morrill and his staff presented ...
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Remote Endarterectomy now offered at LewisGale

LewisGale Medical Center is now offering a new way to treat blocked arteries.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...
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Lawmakers to vote again on budget; outcome uncertain

State lawmakers return to Richmond Tuesday to vote on a new Virginia budget, but approval still appears uncertain in the evenly-divided State Senate. One of ...
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