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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.
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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)
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Elizabeth Harrington/WDBJ7 Web Staff and WDBJ7 Reporter | January 18, 2013
2:25 p.m. update : There are about Appalachian Power 95,000 customers without power. -------------------------------- Noon update : There are still 107,000 Appalachian Power customers without power in Virginia. Appalachian Power says the outages peaked at 128,000 customers. Click here for Appalachian Power's outage map. The Central Virginia Cooperative has 200 outages remaining, scattered over nine substations. -------------------------------- 9:50 a.m. update : Power is slowly beginning to be restored to Appalachian Power customers.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | October 18, 2012
One day in the late 1970's two young girls vanished from school. No sightings, few leads,they're just gone. It's one of the oldest cold cases in the Roanoke Police files. They think they have their man and they believe the girls were murdered. The prime suspect was a convicted killer, but he took any clues to his execution. Those clues might just be buried in rural Bedford County. ***************** "I've come up with a hypothesis of my own," claims Linda Owens. She says a small parcel of land in Bedford County holds the bodies of her kid sister and one of her friends.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | November 23, 2011
He was beaten unconscious and paralyzed trying to arrest two suspects. Now former Roanoke police officer Bryan Lawrence has suffered another injury. Lawrence fell on Sunday at the church were he's now a minister, breaking several bones including his neck. It's an injury he says could have easily killed him. It was just before the service at Cave Rock Baptist Church was about to start. He was walking in a hallway when he tripped and fell. "I got up close and personal with a metal doorframe," he says.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | April 17, 2012
Dewayne Cox does not want sympathy. He is currently serving sentences totaling six and a half years in prison for DUI and probation violations. But he does want justice from a brutal attack that still causes him pain one year later. He claims corrections officers at Western Virginia Regional Jail inadvertently ratted him out over concerns about a small gang that was terrorizing his living pod. "I was tired of it and the only way to do something about something like that is to go to the officials about it," he said in an interview from his current facility, Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 15, 2013
Neil MacInnis, the teenager accused of opening fire Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, was taken into custody with a 12-gauge shotgun that he legally purchased two days before the shooting, investigators say. MacInnis wounded two women inside New River Community College's satellite campus, which is inside the mall. MacInnis' shotgun was bought legally on Wednesday from a licensed dealer in the New River Valley. Nine spent shell casings were recovered inside New River Community College.
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
A new shuttle bus connecting riders from Roanoke to the Amtrak train in Lynchburg debuts on Tuesday. The Smart Way Connector will run twice a day departing from the Roanoke Civic Center.  One-way tickets are $4.  Click here for additional pricing and parking information. Eventually, the connector buses will be 16-seaters and Amtrak passengers will have priority.  Soon, train riders will be able to reserve their seat on the bus online when booking their train tickets.  For now, it's first come first serve.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | October 11, 2011
If you grew up in this area, chances are you visited Lakeside Amusement Park in Salem.  Located at the intersection of East Main Street and Electric Road, the park was a favorite summer retreat for residents of Roanoke and Salem through the 1970s and early 1980s.  "I still see the train tracks back there.  I think about the train that went around the back with the Indians who popped up with the Cowboy," said Josh May.  And most...
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LaRell Reynolds and WDBJ7 Blogger | July 7, 2012
It is time to meet our new hamsters that we will watch for the next 3 months of our lives. A good group of contestants makes the season legendary. We want heroes, villains, people that make us laugh and people who are easy on the eyes. This season's crop seem very promising Ashley Locco On the outside she seems like a dumb-blonde. She claims that she is smart and will out-charm her contestants because she can read people's lies. It looks like she is a fan of the show so kudos to casting who picked fans not recruits.
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News 7 Web Staff | April 13, 2011
We've known for awhile Roanoke City schools will start next year before Labor Day. Now we know the exact date. The Roanoke City School board voted tonight to begin the school year August 29th. The General Assembly recently passed a law allowing Roanoke City Schools to start before Labor Day. Virgnia's Department of Education must now give the final ok. The school board also voted tonight to give educators a one-time bonus. The city is using nearly two and half million dollars in federal stimulus money to pay for it. Teachers and principals will receive a bonus of 1500 dollars.
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Karen Kiley/David Seidel and NEWS7 | May 13, 2011
A new company will take over operation of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in September. BAE Systems won the Department of Defense conrtact to run the plant, according to Lt. Col. Andy Munera, the plant's commander.  Alliant Techsystemshas operated the arsenal since 1995. About 1,200 people work at the facility along the New River.  Munera said employees were notified about the new contract at the end of the day Thursday.  Representatives from BAE have not visited the site to speak with employees and Munera says decisions about hiring and benefits have not yet been made.  Munera said in other similar changes, most employees are taken on by the new company.  Upper level management is most often affected and changed.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | March 15, 2013
Timber Truss Housing Systems started in a carport more than 50 years ago, and grew into a business with two Virginia plants and a worldwide reach. This week, the housing downturn that began six years ago finally claimed the company and 51 jobs. "Every year we kept saying it was going to get better," said Timber Truss President Gary Saunders, "and then with the election it was going to get better. You know nothing has helped it," he told us. Saunders spent 38 years with the company.
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