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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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Virginia Tech remembers, honors those killed five years ago today

Virginia Tech marks a dark moment in its history today, one that is anything but forgotten five years later. The Day of Remembrance is designed ...
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Some forest areas closed to public until fires are contained

As firefighters continue battle thousands of acres of Virginia wildfires, some portions of the region's national forests are closed to all public uses until further ...
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IRS deadline looming

Time is just about up to file your federal taxes on time.  The deadline is tomorrow night.  IRS Spokesman Mark Hanson says if you need ...
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Missing Roanoke County man found dead in NYC

UPDATED 3:30 PM April 13: Roanoke County Police say Thiers' body was found this morning in the Bronx borough of New York City. Police there ...
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Have you seen this girl? Father on the run may have ties to Vinton, Bedford

Police in this region are on the alert for a missing eight-year-old girl believed kidnapped yesterday by her father in Mercer County, West Virginia.  She ...
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Wildfires have burned more than 20,000 acres in Virginia

COVINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Firefighters continue to battle five large and numerous smaller wildfires that have burned more than 20,000 acres in Virginia. The U.S ...
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Local radio station launches reality show competition

Later this morning, six contestants will be locked in a Pebble Creek apartment in Roanoke County.  The entire apartment has been wired with webcams.  WFIR's ...
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Virginia Western to induct first class into military honor society

Western Virginia Community College will hold an honor society induction ceremony later today, a society just for military veterans -- and the first of its ...
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