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Urban Professional League growing in Roanoke

A newly formed league in the area is gaining members and celebrating Black History Month with a concert this Friday.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has details ...
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Warm winter means early start for spring allergies

If you suffer from springtime allergies, be prepared for an earlier start this year -- perhaps in the next few weeks. Our warm winter means ...
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Another Senate tie on proposed changes to VA election law

The State Senate remains split down the middle on changes to state election law. First was the bill requiring voters to show ID at the ...
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Free eye care for the homeless in Roanoke

Vision help for the homeless is on the way!  The Rescue Mission's Free Clinic for the Homeless is launching its first on-site eye clinic tomorrow ...
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Proposed plate would help fund domestic violence prevention

Virginia lawmakers are considering a specialty license plate designed to help prevent domestic and sexual violence. It would say "Peace Begins at Home" , and ...
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New library already plans a change: creating space for “tweens”

Roanoke County's new South County Library appears to be an immediate success. It is certainly so if you measure it by the jump in visitors ...
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Roanoke Police: Facebook page is paying off

Roanoke Police say the use of Facebook has been a success so far.  WFIR's Timothy Martin has more on how the page is being used to solve crimes ...
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Apco: more lines, facilities needed to meet region’s power demand

Appalachian Power's application to build a new transmission line in Montgomery County is the latest of several area projects the company says are needed to ...
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VA set to enact law impacting gay adoptions

Virginia is now virtually certain to become the second state allowing private adoption agencies to deny placements that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs ...
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Saturday is a day for train lovers

If you love trains, tomorrow is your day.  The Virginia Museum of Transportation is hosting its second annual Train Lovers' Day.  The museum's Peg McGuire ...
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Millions of dollars on the way to Virginia after mortgage settlement

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginian and home borrowers in the state will receive about $479.6 million in relief from a $25 billion settlement between states ...
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Sabato: “Substance” to rumors Warner mulls second run for gover...

One of Virginia's leading political analyst says there is "substance" to suggestions that Senator Mark Warner may try for a second term -- as Governor ...
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Poll finds overwhelming support for drug testing for welfare recipients

The latest statewide poll from Quinnipiac University finds 76% of Virginians support requiring drug testing for welfare recipients. Peter Brown is Assistant Director of the ...
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Likely GOP candidate emerges for Roanoke Mayor

A Roanoke businessman appears poised to run as the Republican party's candidate for mayor. Mark Lucas is a former co-owner of almost a dozen Five ...
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Continued lack of snow may affect future school year opening days

The continued lack of snow may force some area school systems to open after Labor Day in future school years -- unless the General Assembly ...
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Poll: Obama edges ahead of Romney in VA

From the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute: For the first time in this election cycle, President Barack Obama inches ahead of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, ...
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Roanoke school bus operator: our buses and drivers are safe

With a recent firing of its General Manager following a DWI charge, Mountain Valley Transportation is reaffirming its commitment to student safety. Mountain Valley transports ...
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Texting while driving ban clears Virginia Senate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Senate has passed legislation to toughen the state's law against texting or emailing while driving. Sen. George Barker's bill ...
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Local Komen official: we’re not political

The fallout continues from last week's Susan G. Komen for the Cure decision to adopt criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from future grants because it was ...
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“Tebow Bill” set for decisive House vote today in Richmond

The "Tebow Bill" is up for a final vote today in the House of Delegates. It would permit Virginia home-schooled students to take part in ...
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