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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 19, 2012
You've been sending us your photos of acorns, and lots of them. Most come with the question: Do more acorns mean a harsh winter? So is this fact or folklore? There's always at least a little bit of truth behind some of the folklore. We've found it realy just depends on who you ask.    Long before the days of doppler radar, native Americans used the acorn crop to predict harsh or mild winters.The thought is that trees can foresee or "predict" the weather for the upcoming winter and provide enough nuts and acorns for all the animals to last them through the cold months.
HEALTH
Rod Belcher | August 24, 2012
Dr. Burton agrees that cost issues are a major difference between ER treatment and urgent care options. “There is a substantial price difference, but it depends upon the medical problem and what level of treatment is required before you can make that comparison,” Dr. Burton says. “In general, urgent care charges are less. The ER is equipped to handle much more complicated, costly interventions.” There are other reasons visiting an emergency room for a relatively minor situation may cost you significantly more than visiting your primary care physician or an urgent care facility.
NEWS
Justin McLeod and Reporter | June 30, 2011
For the first time in five years, there will be fireworks on July 4th at the Salem Fair. The Salem Fair had to stop doing fireworks after an office complex opened across the street from the Salem Civic Center.  They couldn't be done anymore because of safety reasons. City leaders kept getting complaints there were no longer fireworks.  City Council has decided to stage a fireworks show near the Salem Fair.   This is something that our Council members have wanted to do for our citizens for several years, says City Manager Kevin Boggess.
WEATHER
January 2, 2013
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SPORTS
WDBJ Web Staff | July 6, 2012
University of Virginia sports will be broadcast on News/Talk 960 WFIR (107.3 FM) in Roanoke, it was announced Friday. Virginia Sports Properties, the media rights holder for UVA athletics, says the station will air the Wahoos' footbal and men's basketball games. WFIR will also broadcast the weekly Cavalier Coaches shows. “We are delighted for WFIR at 960 AM and 107.3 FM to be the home of Cavaliers football and basketball in the Roanoke Valley,” Leonard Wheeler, president of Wheeler Broadcasting, wrote in a news release.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | July 11, 2012
You bought a generator during the recent power outage. The power is back on, so now what do you do with it? "It's mainly with first-time generator owners," says Steve Wirt , a technician at Outdoor Power Equipment in Roanoke, Virginia. "If you make the mistake once, you won't do it again. " Here's a few tips that will keep your generator running when you need it the most. MISTAKE #1 |  NOT ENOUGH POWER When looking to purchase a generator, most will make a decision based on the wallet, rather than what they need to run.  A small generator of about 3,000 watts can run a few lights, fans and a refrigerator.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 29, 2013
The Hooters restaurant in Roanoke has closed its doors. The Williamson Road restaurant, which is owned by a Richmond businessman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November. A notice posted on the restaurant door indicates that the tenant defaulted on its loans. The notice reads that the “premises are now under the control of the Landlord, Spirit Master Funding, LLC. Because of lease defaults, the Tenant has no right to possession of these premises or any furniture, fixtures, or equipment located at the premises, but remains liable for outstanding amounts payable, future charges, and damages under the Lease with the Landlord.
NEWS
Dan Dennison and WDBJ7 News Director | November 2, 2012
Our next story is one that shows the depth and strength of the human spirit. If you're a moviegoer or a reader, you may already know the story of Aron Ralston; the Colorado man who cut his own arm off after being trapped in a slot canyon nearly a decade ago. Ralston spoke at Washington and Lee University Thursday night. Actor James Franco portrayed Ralston in last year's movie “127 Hours.” "One apology, sorry to those of you who were hoping I might look a little more like James Franco,” Ralston told the crowd.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | April 6, 2011
One local bride won't just take steps to the altar this Saturday, but she'll also take steps earlier in the day that are a start to her whole new life. Hunter Flannagan's ready for her wedding all the way down to the bottom of her shoes which have stickers with the words "I" and "do" pasted on .  After all this wedding was supposed to happen months ago. " We had an original wedding date of September 25th," Hunter Flannagan explained.  " And we postponed it due to my chemo(therapy)
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
PART 2 It's something no one has seen in a generation; the old bridge that crossed the Roanoke River, before the river became part of Smith Mountain Lake. But it's getting bleak on the surface of Smith Mountain Lake. The team from the lake's Marine Fire and Rescue has searched for nearly two hours for the old Halesford bridge. “Look, we know it's laying this way,” says chief Jack Gautier, motioning with his hands where he think the bridge lies. “But we don't know if were on top of it or if it's [on the north or south side of marker buoys.]
NEWS
August 21, 2011
As the school year is set to begin, one leader says parents need to step up. Jeff Artis is a teacher with Roanoke City schools and the former Southern Christian Leadership Conference President. Artis is concerned about student performance in the classroom, especially he says with minority students. He says you can't wait until April to get kids ready for the SOLs. “We can blame schools all we want to for what the schools aren't doing, but the community is not doing everything they need to do make demands on our kids to go to school and act like they've got some sense and get their studies.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff/Susan Bahorich | September 26, 2012
Ninety-three percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited, according to numbers released Wednesday afternoon by the Virginia Department of Education. According to the VDOE, 96 percent of elementary schools and 88 percent of middle schools are fully accredited for the 2012-13 school year. Accreditation is based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2011-2012 school year. The number of fully accredited high schools rose to 90 percent, up four percent from last school year.
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