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HUD-RRHA EnVision announcement/G Marrano photo

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority announced a new program today – a “EnVision Center” for those in HUD-subsidized housing that will make it easier to access other services that can lift them out of poverty – in the areas of education, job training, health, and leadership. Roanoke City manager Bob Cowell was on hand at R-R-H-A for the announcement.  There may or may not be a physical EnVision Center established; Cowell says its more about collating resources already available. There are less than two dozen HUD EnVision Centers nationwide.

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The National Park Service is seeking public comment on closing down a 21 mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway for hours – from Peaks of Otter to mile post 112 – for the Ironman 70.3 triathlon next June 6. More on a story we first told you about last week from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Send your comments about a possible Blue Ridge Parkway closure on a 21 mile segment next June to the National Park Service via the link below:


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