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Roanoke sees increase in requests for recycling bins

The City of Roanoke is making changes to its voluntary recycling program in hopes of increasing citizen participation. The latest from WFIR's Steve Mabry: Roanoke ...
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Proposed VA “personhood” bill enters US Senate debate

This year's debates in Richmond on social issue legislation are turning into campaign material in the race for U.S. Senate. Virginia's proposed "personhood" bill in ...
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Green Academy starting up soon

Roanoke's popular Green Academy returns next week. Classes begin on March 1st at Fishburn Park Elementary and will be held on consecutive Thursday evenings from ...
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UPDATED: Missing teen found

Roanoke Police say a teen missing since last night was found safe earlier today at the intersection of 22nd Street and Cove Road.  16-year-old Nathan ...
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Report: VA foreclosures falling, but vacant homes remain a big problem

A report from HOMES -- Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia -- says while foreclosure numbers are starting to level off and even decline across ...
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Wounded Eagle Fund to help FCHS students involved in January crash

Students involved with Future Farmers of America at Franklin County High School have created a Wounded Eagle Fund to help those involved in a January car ...
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Elton John tix selling well, but this time, no immediate sellout

Elton John has twice sold out at the Roanoke Civic Center  -- and done so almost as soon as tickets went on sale. It is ...
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No sign of break in Senate budget impasse

The State Senate appears headed for a budget impasse  as Democrats in the evenly-split chamber seem ready to use their leverage. Republicans call the process ...
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Deadline nears for business licenses

The law requires businesses to have a license in order to operate, and the deadline for applying for that license is just ahead. March 1st ...
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Pet ID tags can help reunite lost pet with anxious owner

Animal control officers say purchasing pet ID tags is more than just the law -- in many cases, they can help reunite pet and owner ...
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Budget time in Richmond; all eyes on Senate

The General Assembly takes up Virginia's next budget this week -- and all eyes are likely to be focused on the State Senate, where the ...
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Registrars work to keep the dead off voting rolls

A Pew Center study has reported that over 20 million US voter registrations have significant errors, ranging from wrong addresses to out-of-state moves to a ...
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Popular Salem restaurant still closed after early February fire

The Pizza Pasta Pit in Salem is still closed after a basement fire back on February 1st.  WFIR's Timothy Martin spoke with one of the owners ...
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VA teachers wear black in “Statewide day of mourning”

Many public school teachers across the state say they are wearing black today in what the Virginia Education Association calls a "statewide day of mourning."  ...
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Police hope surveillance photos help nab ATM holdup suspects

Roanoke Police hope these surveillance photos will help them find the people wanted for robbing a man outside an ATM.  Police say it happened in ...
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Consumer Reports CEO: digital age helps consumers fight back

The CEO of Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, says the digital age is empowering consumers to more effectively battle well-funded corporate interests. Jim Guest ...
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VA Catholics urged to contact DC on mandated birth control coverage

Virginia Catholics will receive a letter from their Bishop when they attend services this weekend, part of the Chuch's ongoing battle over federally-mandated birth control ...
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Black Student Leadership Conference starts tomorrow at Virginia Western

High school and college students from around the state will gather this weekend at Virginia Western for the 5th annual Black Student Leadership Conference.  WFIR's ...
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House GOP hopes teacher tenure bill gets second chance in Senate

House Republicans in Richmond are still holding out hope that the Senate will approve a bill to end tenure job protection for Virginia public school  ...
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“Personhood” bill advances to State Senate

The House of Delegates has given final approval to what's been called the "Personhood" bill, despite dire predictions from its opponents. The bill's real test ...
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