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Lowest Virginia unemployment rate since May 2008 at 3.8 percent

Friday, June 17, 2016

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percent in May and is now at 3.8 percent—the lowest rate since the May 2008 rate of 3.8 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which fell 0.3 percentage points in May to 4.7 percent. In May, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was […]

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Legislation passes U.S. Senate that improves DNA testing to protect the wrongfully convicted

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) co-sponsored the legislation to reauthorize programs within the Department of Justice to improve the accuracy and integrity of the criminal justice system, and ensure public confidence in our legal system by investing in cutting-edge DNA testing and forensic technology. These programs have not been updated or strengthened in twelve years, […]

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Roanoke man, Brandon Scott Thomas, pleads guilty to sex-trafficking

Friday, June 17, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who conspired with others to distribute drugs and engage in sex-trafficking, pled guilty this afternoon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Brandon Scott Thomas, a.k.a. “Gambino,” age 25, of Roanoke, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least […]

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Maurice Jones leaves McAuliffe’s Cabinet to be CEO of LISC

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Maurice Jones leaves McAuliffe's Cabinet to be CEO of LISC

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement congratulating Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones on his selection as the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, an organization that works with low-income communities to create new opportunities for businesses and residents to thrive. “Secretary Jones took on one of the toughest jobs […]

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Road closures around River’s Edge for July 4 fireworks – what you should consider

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Roanoke, VA – Celebrate an evening of red, white and boom with the City of Roanoke’s annual fireworks show at River’s Edge Sports Complex on July 4 beginning at 9:30 p.m. This year’s fireworks show is presented by the City of Roanoke, The Roanoke Times, WFXR, and Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Before the fireworks, enjoy patriotic […]

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NRA blames President Obama’s political correctness

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

By Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Americans were shocked and disgusted to learn of another act of terrorism on our soil – this time in Orlando, Florida. In the aftermath of this terrorist attack, President Obama and Hillary Clinton renewed their calls for more gun control, including a […]

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Nofsinger indicted on eight counts of production of pornography

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon has charged a Galax man with eight counts of producing child pornography, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today. In an indictment returned yesterday, the grand jury in Abingdon has charged […]

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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26 billion – video

Monday, June 13, 2016

Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn for $26 billion - video

Have a LinkedIn account? Have LinkedIn stock? Microsoft today announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will remain. Chairman of the board, Reid Hoffman, co-founder and […]

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Delta Dental of Virginia Annual Golf Tournament raises funds for Boys & Girls Clubs

Monday, June 13, 2016

Delta Dental of Virginia Annual Golf Tournament raises funds for Boys & Girls Clubs

The 17th Annual Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids, which took place on May 26, raised more than $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia (BGCSWVA). Since it began in 2000, the event has contributed more than 1 million dollars to the non-profit.  This unique golf tournament and auction pairs three amateurs with a Virginia golf professional, and […]

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Virginia State revenue behind forecast going into June

Monday, June 13, 2016

May revenue collections for the Commonwealth increased 6.4 percent from a year ago. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 1.9 percent but is behind the annual forecast of 3.2 percent growth. Governor McAuliffe stated “Although collections were positive for the month, payroll withholding and sales tax collections continue to underperform estimates, underscoring […]

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Waste Management brush/bulk pickup rules are not working

Monday, June 6, 2016

Waste Management brush/bulk pickup rules are not working

It has been almost a year since Roanoke residents were introduced to Single Stream recycling. Citizens had a learning curve on which week the 96-gallon Hawaiian blue recycling container would be picked up – “A” or “B” week. That seems to be working. What is not working are the new rules for picking up brush […]

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Two appointed to Roanoke City School Board

Monday, June 6, 2016

At the 2:00 p.m. Roanoke City Council meeting Annette Lewis and Lutheria Smith were appointed to Roanoke City School Board. Council member Ray Ferris said it was a tough decision with so many qualified applicants. Sue Reese was the only applicant that attended the council meeting to hear the verdict. Reese is a regional director […]

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