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It was only a test — and it was not supposed to go out to 30,000 Roanoke County land line telephones. But a warning about an escaped inmate had many county residents wondering what was going on. It is part of a “reverse 911” system Roanoke County plans to implement within the next month.WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the story.

Here is the entire telephone test message:

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Elmwood Park’s long-planned makeover is set to begin later this year. The $5 million project is scheduled to start in October and should take about a year. The new additions include a entertainment venue with a stage house. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the story.

Anthony Flaccavento

The Democrat running for Congress in the 9th District has spent this week focusing on health care. Anthony Flaccavento disagrees with Rep. Morgan Griffith, who has joined his fellow Republicans in the House in repeatedly voting to repeal the Obama Administration’s health care bill. Flaccavento says the health care law addresses important needs, extending coverage to most uninsured Americans and putting a focus on primary and preventative care. Flaccavento, a farmer and entrepreneur from Abingdon, says he also disagrees with Griffith on a number of other issues, from tax policy to coal industry regulations.

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Several events, including the President’s appearance, will have streets closed and parking restricted in downtown Roanoke today and tonight. If you’re attending this evening’s campaign event, there are some things you’ll want to know. WFIR’s Velvet Hall has more: