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Notice to all leaf rakers – leaf collection begins Nov. 9

Monday, October 20, 2014

Roanoke will begin collecting bagged leaves starting the week of Nov. 9. Residents can put bagged leaves at the curb on the same day as their paper recycling/brush day is normally picked up. There will be no bagged leaf collection in the alleys. NOTE that regularly scheduled brush collection will occur only for large piles of brush (4′x4′x4′) during […]

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Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses budget shortfall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe addresses budget shortfall

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that reductions of 7% for fiscal year 2016 to balance the budget will be necessary to close an $882 million deficit.  “Making these budget reductions has been the most difficult experience of my term so far. Toward the end of the fiscal year, we started to see revenues not meet the […]

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4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K set for October 25th

Monday, October 13, 2014

4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5K set for October 25th

The West End Center for Youth will be holding its 4th Annual Spooky Sprint 5k on Saturday, October 25th. The event will be held at the Wasena Picnic shelter near the Iron Bridge and the race course will take part on along the Roanoke River Greenway. There will be a race after party held immediately […]

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PATH and West End Center for Youth hold neighborhood walk

Monday, October 13, 2014

PATH and West End Center for Youth hold neighborhood walk

The West End Center for Youth will be partnering with PATH Coalition to hold a “Walk Safely in your Neighborhood” event in the West End neighborhood of the City of Roanoke on Tuesday, October 14th. The walk will start at the West End Village at the new Freedom First Credit Union located at 1210 Patterson […]

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Planned Parenthood says Ed Gillespie’s healthcare plan hurts women

Friday, October 10, 2014

Richmond, VA-Today, Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie unveiled his long awaited alternative to the Affordable Care Act. As expected, Gillespie’s plan is nothing more than a veiled attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the critical protections put in place by the law such as ensuring women are not charged more than men for […]

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U.S. Western District Court cases for the coming week

Friday, October 10, 2014

Next Wednesday, October 15, 2014, US Attorney Heaphy, along with officials from Homeland Security Investigations and other agencies, will hold a press conference to announce the sentencing of Elin Coello-Ordonez. Coello-Ordonez was previously convicted of human trafficking charges for bringing an 18-year-old woman from Honduras to the United States to work as a prostitute. The […]

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Roanoke receives funds from Homeland Security Grant

Friday, October 10, 2014

Roanoke City is one of 79 Virginia localities to receive more than $4.8 million in federal funds to enhance emergency preparedness throughout Virginia. The funds, administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, are from the fiscal year 2014 State Homeland Security Grant program. Roanoke City received over $156,000 for Tactical Response Team Personal Protective Equipment. “These critical […]

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Gillespie’s healthcare plan is flawed says Sen. Mark Warner

Friday, October 10, 2014

Gillespie's healthcare plan is flawed says Sen. Mark Warner

Senator Mark Warner says that “Ed Gillespie’s plan would take us back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for the same care and impose caps that cut-off coverage just when you need it the most. Senator Warner is working to keep what’s good in the […]

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Ed Gillespie’s repeal and replace healthcare alternative

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie's repeal and replace healthcare alternative

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Virginia U.S. senate says that the Affordable Care Act increases health costs, federal spending, and gives government control over peoples healthcare choices.  “It reduces job growth, patient choice, and the quality of care.”  Today as promised in recent debates Gillespie repleased his alternative to the ACA after it is […]

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Three Roanoke Elementary schools receives $400 thousand grant

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Roanoke City will split almost $400 thousand start-up grant to three elementary schools that include Fallon Park Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary and Westside Elementary. The grant were awarded to offset cost for year-round programs scheduled to begin in 2015-2016: In total Governor Terry McAuliffe today awarded more than $1.6 million in state extended school year grants […]

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Robert Sarvis on court decision to strike down 3rd district boundary

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7 — In the wake of Tuesday’s federal court decision striking down Virginia’s Third Congressional District boundaries, Robert Sarvis has called for nonpartisan redistricting for state and federal elections. (Congressman Bobby Scott represents the district.) “Even absent a racial motivation, gerrymandering for partisan advantage and incumbent protection is also wrong. It is specifically designed […]

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Ed Gillespie’s support for over-the-counter contraceptives called misleading

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Richmond, VA-Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie reiterated his support for over-the-counter access to birth control during tonight’s debate with U.S. Senator Mark Warner. This disingenuous platform, which has been used by Republican candidates across the country, would strip the no co-pay birth control benefit from the Affordable Care Act. “Gillespie’s support for this policy is […]

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