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Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | September 6, 2010
It's a day of rest for most, but work is just revving up on the campaign trail in the ninth Congressional District. The unofficial start of the political campaign season kicked off at the Covington Labor Day parade. The streets of downtown Covington were lined as marching bands and beauty queens paraded by. This hometown Labor Day celebration has been going strong here for 65 years now. "The kids are in marching band, and we come out to support them and just the community," said Mike Huffer of Iron Gate.
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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
Meteorologist Brent Watts | January 31, 2012
On the back of seed packets you'll find a map of "hardiness zones," or zones where plants are best suited to grow. The zone map is created by the United States Department of Agriculture and  has been used for decades by amateur and professional gardeners as a guide to yearly planting. So why all the changes? The USDA has found through research from the past few decades, that a general warming trend has taken place across the U.S. from 1990 to 2005. This means the new map should be more precise than the previous map published in 1990.
NEWS
David Kaplan/WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 18, 2012
Bath County investigators confirmed late Tuesday afternoong that a body found Sept. 2 is Beacher Hackney. He was the prime suspect in the killings of two of his co-workers at The Homestead resort in March 2009. Hackney's body was found about seven miles from The Homestead, near the Lower Cascades Golf Course. Hackney's remains were found after two people found a jacket in the brush. A Ziploc baggie full of ammunition was found inside the jacket. "They also found a badly-rusted .380 semi-automatic handgun and a man's watch on the ground nearby," Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker said.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 4, 2013
It's an alarming problem across the country and it is killing people every day. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2010, more than 12 million people, adults and children, used prescription pain pills without a prescription. Here's the truth, hardcore prescription pain pills are easy to get all over Southwest Virginia. Police are trying to slow it down but it's not a fight to be won anytime soon. Let's talk about a town just two hours from Montgomery County. Lebanon, Virginia, is near the Tennessee-Virginia border.
NEWS
April 2, 2010
Chef Tim Love recipes     Carolina BBQ 2 untrimmed boneless pork shoulder halves (also known as Boston butt; about 6 pounds total)                 Carolina Red Bbq Sauce 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup ketchup 1 tablespoon (packed) brow 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper Whisk all ingredients together until salt and sugar dissolve.
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.
SPORTS
WDBJ7 Sports Staff | August 24, 2012
It was an emotional night Friday night in Rockbridge County as the Wildcats retired the number 17 of Chase Prasnicki before the game. Prasnicki, who played quarterback at Rockbridge and was a former Friday Football Extra Player of the Week, was killed earlier this summer while fighting in Afghanistan. Prasnicki played his college ball at Army and the coach who recruited him to Army, Boby Ross, flipped the coin to start the game. The game itself wasn't much of a contest. Wildcats QB Porter Abell put the Cats on his back.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Nadia Singh joined WDBJ7 as an anchor/reporter in November of 2012.  She's a native Washingtonian and a proud Cum Laude graduate of The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.  Nadia comes to us with years of varied news experience which started when she was an intern for CNN's White House Unit.  From there, she was a Capitol Hill reporter and producer for The Washington Bureau.   Shortly afterwards, Singh graduated from The University of Maryland University College with an MBA. Then it was off to Miami to join the WFOR/CBS4.com web team as a web reporter and producer.
NEWS
Kimberly McBroom and REPORTER | December 14, 2010
A major drug roundup is under way in Amherst County.     Just after 5:00 Friday morning, the Amherst County Sheriff's Office began arresting up suspects who were recently indicted in Operation Silent Night.     Drug Investigators began Operation Silent Night on April Fools Day. They have charged 69 people in the area with 171 felony charges related to the distribution of a variety of dangerous drugs. Those charged are being arrested throughout the day.  Here's a list of those charged thus far.  The sheriff's office says these individuals were either already in jail on other charges or were arrested: Samantha Beckman Mitchell Larnell Bennett, Jr. Destiny Grace Gordon Roger Lee Johnson William Aaron Moore James Carroll Robinson III Gregory Jerome Slaughter Charles Dabney Snow, Jr. Kenneth Wayne Yarborough Blake Arleen Stemmer Bailey Walter Leslie Bailey IV Kimberly Grant Bennett Clifford Ronald Dugan, Jr. Ricardo Francois Johnson Ernest Lee Miller Jody Vaughn Ramsey Hollan Lacey Deal Michael Verlance Epps Allen Lordahl, Jr. Jonathan David Moon Terry Andrew Talbott David Michael East Crystal Lynn Hardy Christopher Thomas Miller ...
NEWS
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...
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | May 4, 2012
WDBJ7 has uncovered a startling lawsuit that claims a large company in Roanoke was negligent and caused a woman to be raped. It sues Cosmetic Essence Incorporated, or CEI, a makeup manufacturer, housed in the old Elizabeth Arden plant on Plantation Road. The suit claims, CEI hired a violent sex offender who sexually assaulted the woman, and then tried to cover up the attack. We've chosen not to name the woman, even though she's not anonymous in the suit, because she's the victim of a sex crime.
NEWS
Nadine Maeser and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | May 28, 2013
The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors describes one local road as "scary and dangerous. " Dry Hollow Road has been deteriorating for years, according to the supervisors. But now, residents along the road are speaking out for help again. "I think it's a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt or killed," said Gary Fautz. Fautz moved to Dry Hollow Road a few months ago and has already seen how dangerous it can be as you travel the underpass. Dry Hollow Road sits above a creek and under the Norfolk Southern Railway.
NEWS
March 22, 2010
News7's Tim Saunders is in the courtroom in Bedford.  He'll be posting updates throughout the trial. DAY TEN - April 5 UPDATED: 4:54 p.m. Wesley Earnest's mother nearly collapses after hearing her son's verdict. "I feel that the jury did what they thought that they needed to do, but I think it was done on speculation and distortion of the facts. My son is innocent. I believe that in my heart. I love Jocelyn, but my son did not murder this woman," said Patricia Wimmer, Wesley Earnest's mother.
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