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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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Delta Dental honors First Tee of Roanoke Valley with $5,000 donation

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Delta Dental honors First Tee of Roanoke Valley with $5,000 donation

On Wednesday the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia was held at Ballyhack Golf Club that included a First Tee of Roanoke Valley Youth Clinic. First Tee of Roanoke Valley is celebrating its 10th anniversary of instilling core values through golf. As golfers prepared to tee off at the 2015 Delta Dental State Open of Virginia, … [Read more…]

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DPVA Chair touts Democratic candidates fundraising

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The latest reporting period fundraising totals show the strength of the Democratic effort this November. In every key Senate matchup, the Democrat outraised the Republican. Democrats have the momentum, support, and infrastructure that sets them up to win in November. The Democratic Party of Virginia outraised the Republican Party of Virginia by a factor of 15:1. In SD06, Senator Lynwood Lewis outraised Richard Ottinger by … [Read more…]

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Charles Withers resigns as chair of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Charles Withers resigns as chair of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee

A press release was issued by the Roanoke City Democratic Committee after questions arose in the media on where chair Charles Withers lives – in the city or in the county. Withers will resign effective at Thursday’s Democratic City Committee meeting. His address on Franklin Road turned out to be a UPS post office box … [Read more…]

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Happy’s Flea Market owners appeal falls flat

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy's Flea Market owners appeal falls flat

This afternoon the Building and Fire Code Board of Appeals (BFCBA) affirmed the long list of safety and code violations that the Roanoke City Code Enforcement staff avowed in their decision to force closure and vacate vendors from the building. On a unanimous vote of seven members the city’s findings were affirmed. The chair, Jeffry … [Read more…]

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Virginia looking at a $533 million surplus says Governor McAuliffe

Monday, July 13, 2015

Virginia looking at a $533 million surplus says Governor McAuliffe

While localities and school districts struggle with their budgets forcing them to raise taxes and fees, the Commonwealth of Virginia is seeing a half billion dollar surplus for fiscal year 2015. As housing assessments have stagnated and in some cases continue to decline in Roanoke City the net worth for these homeowners creates a bit … [Read more…]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner says OPM director should step down over security failures

Thursday, July 9, 2015

U.S. Senator Mark Warner says OPM director should step down over security failures

UPDATE: U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, responded to the news that Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta has resigned. “This is the right move for the agency and all those affected by the breach. The focus now needs to be on fixing the problem and … [Read more…]

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