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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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Fire officials warn of holiday cooking dangers

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and with it come safety warnings when it comes to cooking. Fire officials say if you are using a turkey ...
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New Appalachian Power ad counteracts political season ads

Appalachian Power is running a TV ad aimed at correcting what it calls distortions perpetuated during the election season. And WFIR's Velvet Hall says the ...
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House to vote this week on Goodlatte balance budget proposal

A balanced budget amendment introduced by Congressman Bob Goodlatte goes up for a House vote this week. Goodlatte says he is seeking bi-partisan support, but ...
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First renovations complete at Center in the Square

A ribbon-cutting celebration is planned this morning in Downtown Roanoke; the first phase of Center In The Square's renovation in complete. The three-story Phelps and ...
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Roanoke airport to be really, really busy this week

Heavy travel travel is expected later this week at the Roanoke Regional Airport. College students will be leaving for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, and this ...
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All Christmas, all the time: mixed reactions to Roanoke radio

There are almost six weeks to go until Christmas, but two Roanoke radio stations are already in full holiday mode, playing Christmas music around the ...
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A new license plate for tree awareness

A new Virginia specialty license plate is now available for pre-order. The new plate will support education, outreach and partnerships to enhance Virginia's community trees ...
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Former deputy will return soon to VA to face abduction charge

The Associated Press reports the former Bedford County deputy accused of running off to Kentucky with a 16-year-old girl has waived extradition. The report quotes ...
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It’s in the bag: Roanoke leaf collection begins

The collection of bagged leaves is underway in Roanoke City. Residents need to place their biodegradable paper bags at the curb this week or the ...
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Public meeting tonight on Postal Service consolidation

The U.S. Postal Service holds a public meeting in Roanoke tonight on a proposal to move mail processing operations from Roanoke to Greensboro, North Carolina ...
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Don’t be confused by mammogram articles, surgeon says

A Roanoke Valley  breast surgeon says women should not let medical journal articles confuse them about the need for annual mammograms over the age of ...
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