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Rep. Morgan Griffith denounces “sanctuary cities” sheltering illegal immigrants

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rep. Morgan Griffith denounces

In his weekly newsletter Virginia’s 9th congressional district Republican Morgan Griffith said he was heartbroken by the tragic death of 32-year-old Kate Steinle, who was murdered earlier this month while on a walk with her father, Jim, in San Francisco.  Accused of committing this crime is Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had previously … [Read more…]

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Poll shows divide for Confederate Flag – state top officials fare well

Monday, July 27, 2015

Poll shows divide for Confederate Flag - state top officials fare well

Virginia voters are divided 46 – 45 percent on whether the Confederate flag should be removed from state license plates, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today. Both Virginia and Maryland have been under court order to offer specialty plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans featuring the flag insignia. Gov. Terry … [Read more…]

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Autism Speaks now offers Spanish-language tool kits

Monday, July 27, 2015

In a new partnership with Autism Speaks, Carlos Slim Foundation (CSF) will translate a wealth of autism information, tools and resources into Spanish and make them freely available online to the Spanish-speaking world. The collaboration brings together Autism Speak with CSF, the nonprofit organization founded by Mexican telecom executive and philanthropist billionaire Carlos Slim. The … [Read more…]

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Virginia U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine introduce historic nondiscrimination bill

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Virginia U.S. Senators Warner and Kaine introduce historic nondiscrimination bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) today joined 38 of their Senate colleagues and 158 House members to introduce historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. “We’ve made tremendous strides in the journey towards equality, but work still remains,” said Sen. … [Read more…]

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Steven Nelson, independent candidate in the 19th senate district interview

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Steven Nelson, independent candidate in the 19th senate district interview

Steven Nelson,  60, lives in Roanoke County caring for his aging mother. He also took time out of his career to care for his father, now deceased. Nelson is a graduate from Cave Spring High school with a degree in political science and public administration and a minor in economics from Appalachian State University. He … [Read more…]

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First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe receives “Child Advocate of the Year” Award

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe receives “Child Advocate of the Year” Award

RICHMOND — First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe accepted the “Child Advocate of the Year” award at the 2015 Virginia PTA Annual Conference on July 17, 2015. This award honors someone who has made a significant, statewide impact for Virginia’s children through their advocacy efforts. “Each year, the 270,000 members of the Virginia PTA present their Child … [Read more…]

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Norfolk Southern Office Building hits the market

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Norfolk Southern Office Building hits the market

Replacing the jobs and activity for downtown is a top priority for Roanoke City. The loss of jobs and the economic activity it brought to downtown businesses was hard to swallow when Norfolk Southern moved their headquarters. Roanoke’s history as a railtown took a blow. The city hopes new life will come to the building … [Read more…]

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U.S. unemployment rate drops to 5.3% in June – Virginia gains jobs

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Virginia’s unemployment rate remains steady at 4.9 percent with job gains of 13,400. Virginia’s employment has increased by +49,600 from June 2014 to June 2015 … [Read more…]

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Why the presidential candidate shoutdown at Netroots Nation 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Two of the activists, Tia Oso and Patrisse Cullers of Black Lives Matter explain in a press release “Why We Shut Down the Presidential Forum at Netroots Nation 2015.” PHOENIX—The Netroots Nation conference is the largest gathering of progressive voices in the United States. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, thousands of people gathered at the … [Read more…]

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Mayor Bowers reads a statement on the recent violence in Roanoke

Monday, July 20, 2015

Mayor Bowers reads a statement on the recent violence in Roanoke

Mayor David Bowers at the 2:00 p.m. Roanoke City Council meeting today read a statement addressing the spike in violence in the city over the last couple of weeks. Bowers referred to the 2 year-old killed while with her mother who was also shot seven times by an assailant. Bowers asked for a moment of silence … [Read more…]

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Gov. McAuliffe, VT President Sands witness first drone to transport medication

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe, VT President Sands witness first drone  to transport medication

ABINGDON, Va., July 17, 2015 – Industry and government partners today joined forces to use unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, to deliver medical supplies to a health clinic in Wise, Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership led by Virginia Tech oversaw the groundbreaking research flights. “Unmanned aerial systems are an emerging technology that can make people’s lives … [Read more…]

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Comedian Paula Poundstone coming to the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Comedian Paula Poundstone coming to the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount

The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount, VA welcomes comedian Paula Poundstone on Friday, August 14th.  Thirty two years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country — stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went.  A high school drop-out, she went on to become one of the … [Read more…]

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