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    Amherst County early morning shooting

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    The Amherst County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened early this morning. Investigators say they got a call shortly after 5 a.m. regarding a domestic shooting on Ewers Lane in Madison Heights. More>>

    Local officials to participate in HAZMAT drill in Rockbridge County

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    More than 80 safety officials from our area will take part in full-scale a hazardous material drill today in Rockbridge County. The Roanoke Valley's Regional HAZMAT team, Rockbridge County Emergency Responders, and local hospital officials are a few of the many that will be in attendance. This type of drill is very important for our area. Numerous tractor trailers travel on I-81 each day and some carry dangerous chemicals. With accidents happening on the interstate multiple times each mo... More>>

    Future of New River Valley customs agent unclear Video included

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    Senator Tim Kaine said he's working to get the New River Valley customs agent position filled. However, it's an uphill battle due to the sequester cuts. More>>

    NRV residents asked to 'Give Big' today Video included

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    People throughout the New River Valley are expected to give big today in the first ever GiveBigNRV giving day. More>>

    Wildfire spreading in New River Gorge

    Wildfire spreading in New River Gorge Video included

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    FAYETTEVILLE (WVVA) - Crews are continuing to battle a wildfire in that is spreading in the New River Gorge.National Park Service officials said Tuesday morning that the fire had now burned 130 acres.Crews were working Tuesday to build a fire line to stop the fire's spread. The forecast for increased cloud cover and higher relative humidity will aid in firefighting efforts, according to a news release from Park Ranger Leah Perkowski-Sisk.In addition to NPS staff, crews from the Mount Hope Fir... More>>

    What's News Today, Wednesday, April 23rd Video included

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    The stories that will make headlines today in Southwest Virginia and nationwide. More>>

    Another McDonald's headed to the Roanoke Valley

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    The Roanoke Valley will soon have another fast food restaurant. On Tuesday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors approved plans to build a new McDonald's along the 220 corridor. The site is located near Clearbrook Elementary School. Construction on the project is expected to begin by the summer. & More>>

    Roanoke Co. Board of Supervisors plan to dissolve local environmental group Video included

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    This week, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors discussed the county's involvement with environmental programs. More>>

    29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

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    29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction. More>>

    Roanoke County updates new storm water ordinance Video included

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    Roanoke county leaders hope to one day make these water ways clean enough to drink from. But who will pay for it? A new ordinance which will help the county clean up storm drains is the first step. WSLS wanted to know how much change you can expect. Arnold Covey has worked with Roanoke County community development for 33 years. Covey says this changes the way new homes and businesses will be built in the county. “I ... More>>

    12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co. Video included

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    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday at 11:46 a.m. More>>

    Roanoke Mother stands up against bullying after son's suicide

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    A Roanoke County mother is standing up against bullying after her 16-year-old son committed suicide. Maxx Poff was found dead on February 20th from a gunshot wound. "Maxx was a lover. He wasn't a fighter and it just kills me to know the pain he was going through for somebody bullying him," Maxx's mother Dianna Poff says. Roanoke County Assistant Police Chief Chuck Mason says detectives heard information was being circulated through social media that suggested bullying was the mean reason fo... More>>

    Dining Out for Shelter helps a homeless shelter in the New River Valley Video included

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    BLACKSBURG -Restaurants in the New River Valley are teaming up to help a men's homeless shelter in the area.A handful of businesses in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Radford are donating a portion of their sales to To Our House, ashelter that provides men in the area a place to stay and resources to help them get back on their feet.Hereare the participating restaurants:BlacksburgBollo's Cafe BakeryCeritano's Ristorante (5pm-9pm)Dairy Queen (4pm-7pm)Frosty ParrotGillie'sMoe's Southwest Grill (... More>>

    Virginia Tech launches centers to study big data and entrepreneurship Video included

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    BLACKSBURG - Virginia Tech is renewing their focus on two new centers in the Pamplin College of Business to help support research, teaching and outreach in business intelligence and analytics. The faculty leaders say that companies are seeing a trend across the country of high volumes of data, and it is important to help them utilize this information. Customer feedback through social media is an example of this kind of data, and the new centers will work with businesses, nonprofits and govern... More>>

    Google challenges nonprofits on ideas to use Glass

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    Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. On Tuesday, the tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work. More>>

    Signs of Change at Smith Mountain Lake Video included

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    Willard Companies welcomes Warren Buffett's brand to Smith Mountain Lake. Wednesday Prudential Waterfront Properties officially becomes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate. "The fact that Warren Buffett is now in the home services and the real estate market with his expertise in his research that's telling me that the real estate homemarket is getting More>>

    UPDATE: Man found dead on Appalachian Trail in Bedford County identified

    UPDATE: Man found dead on Appalachian Trail in Bedford County identified

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    The man's body was found Monday morning at the Matts Creek Shelter. More>>

    UCLA report finds same-sex marriage could generate $60 million for Virginia

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    A UCLA think tank report estimates Virginia could generate up to $60 million over the next three years by legalizing same-sex marriage.  More>>

    Blue Ridge Marathon Runners Make the Most of the Mountains Video included

    Ultra-Marathoner Sean Workowski Ultra-Marathoner Sean Workowski
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    Running "the double" is becoming a tradition for some runners in the Star City. More>>

    Easter Sales Big for Candy Store in Downtown Roanoke

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    Lawson Jaeger the owner of "The Candy Store" in downtown Roanoke says his sales jumped 35-40 percent from Easter. He owns a specialty shop and he says people are coming in and buying pop rocks. Jaeger hopes his sales remain consistent . More>>

    Natural Bridge works to "Go Green" Video included

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    The new owners at Natural Bridge are working to keep the property picture perfect. They’re working to keep the property clean, not only to preserve the scenic beauty, but to have less of an environmental impact on the area. WSLS met with Natural Bridge Executive Director Richard Dane who says new priorities for the property came with the new owners. "The new ownership and the new partnership for the property is v... More>>

    Alexander Black House in Blacksburg nears completion Video included

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    BLACKSBURG - The Alexander Black House is now weeks away from its grand opening in Blacksburg, where it will become a cultural center and event venue for the town. The home originally belonged to Alexander Black, the grandson of the man for whom Blacksburg is named. Now, it will be used for things like lectures, workshops and weddings. The first floor renovations cost about $800,000 in donations from the community, and workers have been careful to preserve as much as they can.Project manager ... More>>

    UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

    UPDATE: Police say no indicators Greenway shooting victim knew suspect

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    According to Roanoke City Police a shooting suspect is at large after one person was shot on the Roanoke River Greenway near the Ramada Inn on Franklin Road. Police say the victim has non-life threatening injuries. The call came in around 8:55. More>>

    Radford Police Report Attempted Abduction Video included

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    Radford City Police responded to an attempted abduction on the 700 block of 12th St. in the West end of Radford. Police say a parent reported it around 6 Saturday evening, Saying 3 children between the ages of 7 and 8 years old said 2 males inside a compact car offered them money to get into the vehicle. Police believe it is an older model red and black Mitsubishi Eclipse or Camaro with a spoiler on the back. The bottom of the vehicle is believed to be red with a black hood and black on the s... More>>

    Roanoke Police release pictures of suspects in armed robbery

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    Roanoke City Police continue to investigate the armed robbery that took place at Check into Cash on Valley View Boulevard last Tuesday, April 15th. More>>

    Former UVA Dean pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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    Michael G. Morris, 50, of Crozet, pled guilty to three charges related to the trafficking of images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. More>>

    More details on sex offender arrested after being at Roanoke child day care Video included

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    A man whose record stems back from 2010 as a violent sex offender was arrested after being at the Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.    More>>

    Yeardley Love's mother develops relationship violence app

    Yeardley Love's mother develops relationship violence app

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    The mother of a slain UVA student is using technology to help victims of domestic violence, according to NBC affiliate WBAL in Baltimore.
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    Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death

    Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office investigating juvenile death Video included

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    Deputies were called to Double Oaks Lane in the Burnt Chimney community, where they found a seven-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. More>>

    Dominion to promote tree plantings at Va. schools

    Dominion to promote tree plantings at Va. schools

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The philanthropic arm of energy company Dominion is involving Virginia students in a tree-planting project leading to Arbor Day.

    Called "Project Plant It!," the program will be busy through Friday with Dominion and its forestry team leading tree-planting programs at schools across Virginia. First stop is Tuesday at Woodville Elementary School in Richmond.

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    Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy

    Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy

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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A report by a think tank at UCLA says legalizing gay marriage in Virginia could generate up to $60 million in spending in three years.

    The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law estimates that about 7,000 same-sex couples may choose to get married in Virginia within three years of a change in law.
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      The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.
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    • 29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

      29 Virginia High Schools on Personal Finance Top-100 List

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-04-23 01:32:06 GMT
      29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction.
      29 schools in the Commonwealth, including many in our area, ranked the the nation's top 100 best high schools for personal finance instruction.
    • 12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co.

      12-year-old accidentally kills little brother in Franklin Co.

      Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:24:35 GMT
      The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday, April 21 stat 11:46 a.m.
      The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a 12-year-old year boy accidentally killed his 7-year-old brother. Deputies received a 911 call about shots fired on Tuesday at 11:46 a.m.
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    • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

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      Wednesday, April 23 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-04-23 14:14:50 GMT
      Justin Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer.
      Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.
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      To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian.
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