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Monday 05/04/2015
Roanoke medical malpractice case settled quietly — in Botetourt
Posted: May 04, 2015

It was early April, and the trial date was looming in a $3 million wrongful death lawsuit against Carilion Clinic.

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Sunday 05/03/2015
Bill Street leads a growing James River Association
Posted: May 03, 2015

The James River is a growth industry.

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Friday 05/01/2015
Blacksburg's NuSpark director steps down
Posted: May 01, 2015

BLACKSBURG — NuSpark Director Sherry Walker stepped down  from the position she has held since the downtown Blacksburg-based shared workspace opened during the winter of 2014.

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FERC seeks input on environmental impact of Mountain Valley pipeline plan
Posted: May 01, 2015

The feds know already that the Mountain Valley Pipeline, like any major infrastructure project, will damage the environment if it gets built.

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Kaine, Warner propose tax on oil tanker cars to push railroads to upgrade
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 11:46 am

Federal officials unveiled higher safety standards on Friday for tanker cars that will go into effect Oct. 1.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Property owners puzzled by Mountain Valley Pipeline route mapping decisions
Posted: April 30, 2015

The irony rings clear for David Seriff.

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No choice for Giles veteran when doctors don't join VA Veterans Choice program
Posted: April 30, 2015

A Giles County veteran who lives more than 40 miles from the Salem VA Medical Center could see a doctor closer to home if only he could find one willing to participate in the Veterans Choice Program.

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HomeTown Bank profits dip in otherwise 'solid' period
Posted: April 30, 2015

The parent company of HomeTown Bank in Roanoke earned $790,000 during the first quarter of the year, a slight dip from a year ago.

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Carilion's profit margin hits 'sweet spot'
Posted: April 30, 2015

Carilion Clinic returned to a healthy profit margin a year sooner than it had forecast.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Virginia Forge in Buchanan plans expansion, adding 38 new jobs
Posted: April 29, 2015

Virginia Forge, a steel processing plant in Buchanan, is planning to invest $4.6 million to expand its operations and hire 38 additional employees.

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Valley AFC soccer club close to developing major soccer complex in southeast Roanoke
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 5:36 pm

After nearly two years of fits, starts and finally a stall, Roanoke’s Valley AFC soccer club is on the brink of buying a 35-acre site in southeast Roanoke where it plans to develop a $7.6 million complex with up to 16 fields.

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Norfolk Southern meets 1Q profit forecasts
Posted: April 29, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $310 million.

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InMotion officially opens Blacksburg facility
Posted: April 29, 2015

BLACKSBURG — An Italian company’s purchase of a regional maker of electrical motor parts resulted in the creation of 20 new jobs in the New River Valley.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
ABC board dismisses striptease charge against Stefano's
Posted: April 28, 2015

Downtown Roanoke restaurant Stefano’s on the Market is going to keep its liquor license.

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Forest Service OKs pipeline surveying in Jefferson National Forest
Posted: April 28, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service’s regional office received roughly 3,700 comments about whether it should allow Mountain Valley Pipeline to survey portions of the Jefferson National Forest for possible routes for a natural gas pipeline.

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Monday 04/27/2015
Bedford woman expands her yoga studio
Posted: April 27, 2015

BEDFORD — When Helen Maxwell first started practicing yoga, many people in Bedford hadn’t heard of it.

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Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority to seek builders for long-awaited broadband project
Posted: April 27, 2015

The hope is that public investment in high-speed Internet infrastructure will spur private innovation and bring down the cost of Internet access.

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Profits up at Valley Bank
Posted: April 27, 2015

The parent company of Roanoke’s Valley Bank said it earned $1.9 million during the first quarter of the year and beat last year’s January-March profit by 27 percent.

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Virginia Tech students aim to create pipeline information clearinghouse
Posted: April 27, 2015

Instructor Jordan Hill described the unconventional class as being essentially laggard free.

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Retail Roundup: Bedford Hardware to close after 118 years
Posted: April 27, 2015

From its creaky old floors to the rolling wooden ladder that reaches the highest shelves, nearly everything about Bedford Hardware is reminiscent of the old-fashioned hardware shops that were ubiquitous in small towns years ago.

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Friday 04/24/2015
Old Virginia Brick in Salem suspends operations
Posted: April 24, 2015

Old Virginia Brick has suspended operations and furloughed the majority of its workforce until further notice, according to a letter from company President C.W. McNeely posted on the door of the 125-year-old Salem business.

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Apple Watch a joy for Blacksburg tech firm
Posted: April 24, 2015

BLACKSBURG — Bob Summers has been almost unable to wipe the grin off his face these past few days.

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Thursday 04/23/2015
Restaurateurs pan Roanoke City Council's meals tax proposal
Posted: April 23, 2015

A party of six Roanoke restaurateurs pressed Roanoke City Council to take a cleaver to their proposed meals tax Thursday night.

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eBay to expand in Henry County, add 191 jobs
Posted: April 23, 2015

eBay will expand its operations in Henry County, adding 191 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of more than $4 million and investing $5.8 million in capital improvements, officials announced Thursday.

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Aumni form VT Investor Network
Posted: April 23, 2015

BLACKSBURG — They’ve long left, but a bunch of them still want a hand in some of the most ambitious and promising ventures coming out of their alma mater.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Hotel Roanoke's $616 million economic impact lauded 20 years after its reopening
Posted: April 22, 2015

The landmark Hotel Roanoke reopened 20 years ago this month, after years of being shuttered, following a $42 million renovation and the addition of a conference center.

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Apptech Solutions expands in Roanoke County, plans to hire more than 100 employees
Posted: April 22, 2015

Roanoke County’s director of economic development described the expansion of Apptech Solutions as a prime example of the fruits that regional entrepreneurship can yield.

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Shenandoah Life staying, but Brambleton Avenue building is on market
Posted: April 22, 2015

After first hoping to lease out its excess office space, Shenandoah Life Insurance Co. revealed Wednesday it now prefers to vacate its longtime home office on Brambleton Avenue for another user or use.

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Virginia Tech ramps up student entrepreneurship opportunities
Posted: April 22, 2015

BLACKSBURG — Building a website that could, umm, arrange endless deliveries of those college-staple ramen noodles to a dorm room is not all that hard to do for some computer whizzes.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Catawba Sustainability Center seeks to nurture budding farmers
Posted: April 20, 2015

On a drizzly spring afternoon with Catawba Mountain in the background and fields of bright yellow wildflowers sprouting seemingly everywhere, a group of Virginia Tech students planted trees in the Catawba Valley.

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Botetourt to host public forum Tuesday on wind turbine ordinance
Posted: April 20, 2015

The possibility of a commercial wind farm in Botetourt County will get its first public reaction on Tuesday.

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Sunday 04/19/2015
The Park dance club in Roanoke comes back stronger than ever
Posted: April 19, 2015

There was a time when everyone thought The Park was dead.

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target is gone in hours
Posted: April 19, 2015

If anyone happened to see an unusually large crowd outside of Target this morning, the ladies there were not in line for orange juice.

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Heyo positions itself to try to shake up online commerce
Posted: April 19, 2015

BLACKSBURG — As if a past investment from a Forbes-ranked billionaire wasn’t an indication of its potential, digital marketing firm Heyo now believes that it can go toe-to-toe with Amazon.com.

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Pipeline proponent: People, pipelines can coexist peacefully
Posted: April 19, 2015

CHRISTIANSBURG — Geosciences professor Bob Bodnar chose the O’Charley’s eatery for lunch, but his choice had nothing to do with the menu.

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Friday 04/17/2015
Dominion to close coal ash ponds in Virginia
Posted: April 17, 2015

Dominion Virginia Power said Friday it plans to close all of the coal ash ponds at its Virginia power stations, including the company’s Chesterfield Power Station in Chesterfield County, where a new landfill for coal ash is in the works.

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Georgia-Pacific invests $50 million in Big Island plant renovations
Posted: April 17, 2015

The Georgia-Pacific plant in Big Island is undergoing about $50 million in improvements with its biggest expense being an upgrade to its pulp mill.

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Energy commission schedules scoping meetings for Mountain Valley Pipeline
Posted: April 17, 2015

The matriarch of a Catawba Valley farm family grilled Paul Friedman during an open house held April 7 in Craig County by Mountain Valley Pipeline.

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Firearms cleaning company takes top prize in student business competition
Posted: April 17, 2015

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech students almost never run dry of neat ideas.

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Thursday 04/16/2015
New star rating system allows patients to compare hospitals
Posted: April 16, 2015

The federal government on Thursday made it easier to compare one hospital with another by instituting a new star rating system on its Hospital Compare website.

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Roanoke Law Foundation to hold legal seminar for seniors Tuesday
Posted: April 16, 2015

On Tuesday April 21st, the Roanoke Law Foundation will present its annual program aimed at clarifying legal issues of general interest, particularly for seniors.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
USPS Roanoke operations expected to begin move to Greensboro on Saturday
Posted: April 15, 2015

After years of protests and political lobbying, this week the U.S. Postal Service plans to begin moving operations from the Rutherford Avenue mail processing center in Roanoke to Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Virginia emergency workers learn to handle train chemical spills
Posted: April 15, 2015

Emergency responders strived Wednesday to master the skill of capping a leaking tank of chemicals on a rail car.

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Pulaski County candlemaker boosts production
Posted: April 15, 2015

DUBLIN — More Polish candles with a Pulaski County twist will be available in Wal-Mart stores around the country, following a ramp up of production at the Korona S.A. Candle factory.

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Tuesday 04/14/2015
Roanoke Regional Airport Commission eyes BB&T property
Posted: April 14, 2015

The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission has proposed more than $6 million in capital improvements to the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport next year, including purchasing the nearby BB&T call center.

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Group calls for Amtrak passenger service extension to New River Valley
Updated: April 14, 2015 - 1:47 pm

A new public campaign to expand passenger train service, this time to the New River Valley, is underway.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Summit targets skills gap in manufacturing
Posted: April 13, 2015

One goal: Make engineering technology sexy.

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Construction company dedicated exclusively to work at Liberty
Posted: April 12, 2015

Back in 1970, Bobby Moon was a toddler tagging along with his father as he worked to erect steel for Thomas Road Baptist Church.

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New Roanoke facility trying to turn into fitness hotbed for area athletes
Posted: April 12, 2015

Jake Roy tightly grips a waist strap with his powerful hands as he barks at the teenager in front of him to sprint down the artificial turf.

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One question with Karl Hunter
Posted: April 12, 2015

One of agriculture's greatest forces in pollination, the honeybee is on the decline. Private and commercial beekeepers are seeing a significant loss in their honeybee populations. Karl Hunter, 60, and his wife, Beth, work to contribute to bee populations with their own hives, and by rearing and shipping queen bees to other beekeepers nationwide.

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