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HEALTH
Tricia Foley, MD, RD | May 4, 2011
Many seeking to lose weight are looking for help, guidance and support to reach their goals but aren’t quite sure where to turn.  The Weigh Station is a Physician managed weight loss facility offering an innovative approach to the growing problem of managing obesity and has two locations in South West Virginia.   Using a multi-disciplinary team, The Weigh Station is able to hold up to their motto “Creating Knowledge, Changing habits, Changing lives”,...
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.
SPORTS
News7 Sports Department | February 17, 2011
Curtis Staples is a Cavalier legend. Before playing in Charlottesville, he was a star at Oak Hill Academy and Patrick Henry High School.  These days Curtis is giving back the knowledge he once received. "I told myself I would never be a coach," said Staples. Well, the Cavalier legend lied to himself. Curtis is now the head coach at Virginia Episcopal School.   "When he came I did not know, but after a month I realized who I am playing for," said Luka Vasic.  Vasic and the other Bishops are playing for a former pro. After leaving Charlottesville, Curtis spent time with the Chicago Bulls, several professional teams in Europe and NBA's Developmental League.
NEWS
Bob Grebe and Reporter | March 24, 2011
            There's a lot to see and do this weekend at the Spring Home Show Better Living Expo at the Salem Civic Center.             The 41st annual event begins Friday and runs through Sunday.             The show is "All About the Home" with more than 180 exhibitors showcasing their products and services.             Tickets, good for the whole weekend, are $7 for adults with children 12 and under receiving free admission.  The Spring Home Show website has the full list of exhibitors and a $1 off coupon.
NEWS
Karen Kiley and Reporter | October 10, 2011
Planes and helicopters are routinely used in law enforcement, but Virginia Tech's Police Department is putting something a bit different up in the sky. It's not your typical police vehicle. “It's almost like being in a balloon,” said pilot Kevin Kochersberger.  “It's very slow and peaceful.” It's called a powered parachute.  It looks similar to a dune-buggy, with an open seat and a small motor, except there is a parachute strapped on the back to make it fly. “It's fun, without a doubt,” said pilot Kenny Smith.
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.
HEALTH
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | March 5, 2013
When you think of allergies you probably think of sneezing and wheezing, but there's another type of allergy that's relatively new. It can make it painful to swallow. This allergy can affect your esophagus which is the tube that transports food to the stomach. The allergic reaction is called eosinophilic esophagitis, a type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus) as a reaction to foods, allergens or acid reflux, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | May 7, 2013
Early this morning at the Busy B Daycare Center in Dublin off Lee Highway, we're told a little boy, whose age we don't know, was near a bookshelf inside the center. A bookshelf reportedly fell on him and broke his neck. We don't know if he pulled or pushed on it. Paramedics tried, but couldn't save him. The little boy was pronounced dead at the hospital here in Pulaski. When we contacted the daycare center, the woman who answered said it's been a long day. She didn't want to upset the little boy's parents any further so she wasn't going to say anything else.
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | October 5, 2010
A Christiansburg shopping center sits mostly vacant.     It recently lost ANOTHER business.     All of this as property managers search for a nationally known anchor store.     The most recent inquiry came from Sam's Club, but that never materialized.     Within the past year, at least five stores and restaurants have pulled out of the Christiansburg Marketplace.     The Sub Shack was the latest to fall victim.     The the restaurant closed just days ago.     Owner Leslie Paradiso said word of a Sam's Club possibly moving into the center gave her hope to stay open.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | March 13, 2012
March 13-14th, 1993, the region saw one of the largest March snowfalls in recorded history. The weather predictions grew from 6 to 12 inches early in the week,  to 1 to 2 feet just before the snow began on Friday and continued through Sunday. On top of the extreme snow, strong winds were expected to top 50 mph during the second half of the storm, creating the blizzard conditions across much of the east coast. One national forecaster commented, "this is like a hurricane, with snow.
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | January 13, 2011
Homelessness is typically associated with urban areas, but the need for a shelter has developed in the New River Valley. A Blacksburg woman has gathered a troop of organizations to take action and a new shelter will open this week. "The New River Community Action sites throughout the New River Valley, we see approximately 10 men a month seeking emergency shelter," said Terry Smusz, Executive Director of New River Community Action. "I was just overwhelmed by the professionals and interfaith congregations that wanted to collaborate," explained Blacksburg resident Rebecca Rees.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 23, 2012
We're learning more details about a hiker found murdered along the Appalachian Trial in Amherst County last June. At a news conference in Amherst Monday, FBI Investigators revealed that Scott Lilly was suffocated.  They're not saying whether Lilly was choked or strangled, but they did reveal that Lilly's body was partially buried after he was killed. The FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, National Park Service, and U.S. Department of Forestry were all at the news conference Monday at the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
David Seidel and Assignment Manager | March 22, 2011
     Three cars were involved in an accident on Bent Mountain Road near Moonlight Lane around 10:30 this morning.  Two people are dead and two others injured.     Police say two vehicles were traveling down the mountain into Roanoke County from Floyd when a car going up the mountain swerved into the wrong lane. Steven Key of Bent Mountain died at the scene.  James McNeil who's from Pilot died at the hospital.  The other two victims, Samantha Stump of Copper Hill and Daniel McNeil of Pilot, are expected to be okay.
NEWS
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 15, 2011
UPDATED 7:55 p.m 12/20/11: Authorities in Rockingham County have revealed the names of the two people arrested in the case of two girls found dead in a burned out car on December 12 in North Carolina. The two arrested are brothers John Willis and Aaron Willis. John Willis is charged with first degree murder of Jessica Walker and is being held in the Rockingham County jail without bond. Aaron Willis is charged with accessory after the fact. He's being held on $500,000 dollar bond.
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