Valley Metro and Amtrak join in new reservation system

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Valley Metro and Amtrak are joining forces to offer a new, seamless process for reserving seats for travel on the Smart Way Connector bus from Roanoke and Blacksburg to Lynchburg, and on Amtrak to Washington, D.C. and points North. Persons traveling to Roanoke and Blacksburg via the Amtrak connection to Lynchburg may also reserve seats for continued ground transportation service […]

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Terry McAuliffe would love to bring 5000 jobs to Roanoke VIDEO

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Terry McAuliffe would love to bring 5000 jobs to Roanoke VIDEO

FLASH BACK March 7, 2011 – McAuliffe talks about Greentech and Virginia not bidding on it – new plant will have 5000 jobs – love to bring it to Roanoke. Former Democratic National Committee chair and candidate Terry McAuliffe dropped in on Roanoke City council Monday morning interrupting their budget briefing. In typical showman style […]

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Lt. Gov. candidate E.W. Jackson at Roanoke meet and greet

Monday, July 29, 2013

Lt. Gov. candidate E.W. Jackson at Roanoke meet and greet

At a meet and greet early this morning at Froth (Coffee and Tea) located in the Forum on Starkey Road about 35 people gathered to listen to the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, E. W. Jackson. His fiery speaking style did not disappoint and held even the unaware Froth customers captive as he spoke for […]

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Countryside Park takes shape sort of (Video)

Monday, July 29, 2013

Countryside Park takes shape sort of (Video)

It is a mystery to us/me the Countryside neighborhood just what and why all this excavation for the park is necessary. The excavation has been going on for 2 months now. The million dollar project is suppose to be a pavilion with a park and some kind of field, trails and wildflowers. There is drainage […]

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Rocky Mount police officer indicted on straw purchase of guns

Friday, July 26, 2013

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA — A police officer employed by the Rocky Mount Police Department and another man have been indicted by a Federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke on charges related to the straw purchasing of firearms. Following an investigation headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, […]

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Cuccinelli’s transparency election promise at the 2009 VCOG annual conference

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cuccinelli's transparency election promise at the 2009 VCOG annual conference

If I didn’t remember anything about the 2009 Virginia Coalition for Open Government conference I remember this. Then Senator Ken Cuccinelli’s promised transparency. In today’s Roanoke Times Lawrence Hammack, another open government wonk, has an article about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion on the appropriation of public funds to nonprofits without proper contracts. The purpose […]

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Southeast City neighborhoods rally to oppose Inergy propane/butane terminal – Councilman against it

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Southeast City neighborhoods rally to oppose Inergy propane/butane terminal - Councilman against it

Neighborhoods in Southeast Roanoke are rallying to oppose the application for rezoning property at 1745 Progress Street next to the Roanoke River in the 9th Street industrial park from light industrial to heavy industrial to accommodate a proposal for an Inergy LPG Transhipment Terminal. Besides the Southeast Action Form, Riverdale-Grandview, Kenwood and Morningside neighborhoods – […]

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New Virginia election law may cause conflict of interest

Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Virginia election law may cause conflict of interest

A new law passed in the 2013 General Assembly session grants the Attorney General enhanced authority in the prosecution of alleged violations of the election laws and the independent authority to conduct investigations and prosecute violations. Before that it took a unanimous vote by the State Board of Elections to refer an election violation to […]

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Elmwood Park completion delayed for at least a month

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Elmwood Park completion delayed for at least a month

A one month delay in completion of Elmwood Park has been announced by Roanoke City. The delay is a result of the heavy rains that prevented MB Contractors from working at the site. The date set for the first event has been rescheduled  for Saturday, October 19 barring any further weather delays. On October 19, the […]

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Amendment to halt NSA tracking of U.S. citizens fails – video

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Amendment to halt NSA tracking of U.S. citizens fails - video

The Conyers-Amash amendment vote on an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill failed Wednesday night in a vote of 217-205. The amendment would have effectively ended the National Security Agency’s (NSA) blanket surveillance of American citizens. The NSA has created a database of U.S. citizens phone numbers for tracking calls from suspected terrorists. Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith and […]

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I-581 interchange alert for Elm Avenue commuters

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I-581 interchange alert for Elm Avenue commuters

The Virginia Department of Transportation has issued the following news release: As part of the construction project to improve the Interstate 581/Route 220 Expressway interchange at Elm Avenue in Roanoke, drivers traveling in the area will notice new traffic patterns and lane closures on Elm Avenue and Interstate 581 beginning this week. The contractor will be working from 8 […]

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Governor McDonnell repays loans and asks for forgiveness

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell announced that he has paid back loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams made to his wife and business. “Being Governor of Virginia is the highest honor of my 37 years in public service,” said McDonnell. “I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain member so my family and I brought […]

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