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NEWS
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | April 15, 2011
It may sound crazy but three guys plan to run Saturday's Blue Ridge marathon not once, but twice. They call themselves 'ultra marathoners'. Two runners are from Michigan and the third lives in Ohio. The group began their trek to Roanoke Friday morning. Kevin Green, Ryan Miller and J.P. Preston checked in for the marathon Friday evening along with hundreds of other runners at the Taubman Museum of Art downtown. Their plan is simple. They will start the first marathon at 2:30a.m.
HEALTH
Lesley Howard | May 3, 2011
J. Barrett began drinking mangosteen juice after a twenty-day hospital stay. It was recommended to him by a friend who was concerned about his health. He says, “A senior citizen with a number of ailments, believe me, I was past ready for some relief.” Six weeks after starting a regimen of three daily doses of one ounce of juice, he’d stopped taking six medications and today he’s medication free. “I began experiencing a positive difference in the way I felt from the very first week of drinking mangosteen juice.
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
Chris Hurst and Reporter | May 19, 2011
It never went away, but police thought they had a handle on methamphetamines in Southwest Virginia, but new ways to make it are making meth the hardest drug to fight in our hometowns. Users call it "Shake and Bake," and just like when you use the real “Shake and Bake,” meth can now be made on an incredibly small scale. A two liter soda bottle can make one batch so now, each user is their own cook. But it's where law enforcement is finding these bottles that can expose you to toxic chemicals or even explosions.
NEWS
Bob Grebe and Reporter | October 4, 2011
    With the holiday season approaching, the Salvation Army of Roanoke will begin accepting applications for Christmas assistance Wednesday, October 5.     To apply come to the Salvation Army offices at 724 Dale Avenue SE on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.     The deadline to apply is November 23.      To apply bring the following items:         Photo ID         Social security cards for everyone...
NEWS
WDBJ7 Staff Writer/Chris Hurst | May 9, 2013
Outside the court house, former Virginia State Police Sergeant Matthew Brannock said he is satisfied with the ruling handed down to Jonathan Agee on Wednesday. Agee was sentenced to serve three life sentences in prison for killing his ex-wife, and then getting into a shootout with state police. Matthew Brannock is the former Virginia State Police Sergeant who was shot and wounded by Jonathan Agee on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. "I think it would be hasty for me to celebrate the victory as this may be classified as. Many lives have been changed and Mr. Agee's family will suffer tremendously as a part of this too," Brannock said.
NEWS
Brendan King and WDBJ7 Intern | May 30, 2013
A Virginia Tech fraternity is no longer welcomed on campus. School leaders and the national board of directors decided to close the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Virginia Tech. "The members of the fraternity had been cited a couple of years now for a variety of infractions. Infractions that impinge on the safety and wellbeing of its students," Mark Owczarski, Assistant Vice President of news and information, said. According to documents obtained by WDBJ7, the chapter was found to be responsible for both hazing and alcohol beverage policy violations.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 21, 2013
When you think of personal trainers, people like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper may come to mind. How about Ben Crosswhite? His name may not be familiar, but he's earning a reputation for helping some of Lynchburg's most well known people slim down. "Since I was younger, I have loved it," Crosswhite said of his chosen career.  "I love the results it brings. " Results are something he's becoming known for.  His clients are dropping pounds, lots of pounds, and they're doing it fast.
NEWS
March 2, 2010
You've probably seen them along Norfolk Southern tracks in western Virginia: the mobile camps where maintenance crews stay while they're on the job. Tuesday in Richmond, members of a General Assembly committee considered whether the state should regulate the living conditions there. Norfolk Southern has more than 200 of the mobile camp cars. A representative of the railroad says they're especially useful in rural parts of southwest Virginia. But union members have complained of cramped quarters, inadequate sanitation and sub-standard cooking facilities.
SPORTS
Chris Miles and Sports Department | January 29, 2011
Eastern Mennonite scored over 100 points for the fourth time this season in a 116-89 victory over Roanoke in ODAC action Saturday afternoon at the Bast Center.  The Maroons dropped to 8-10 overall, 4-6 in the ODAC.  The Runnin’ Royals, ranked #18 in the country, improved to 14-4, 5-4 in conference play.   EMU, which is the pre-season favorite to win the ODAC this season, got 30 points from ODAC’s second-leading scorer, Todd Phillips.  He also contributed eight rebounds and four assists.
NEWS
Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | December 29, 2011
From iPads to iPhones, to flat screen TV's and computers, many of you are bringing in the new year with the latest technology. But do you know how you'll get rid of the old stuff?  Electronics like TV's, DVD players, computers, cell phones, microwaves, etc., are all considered E-Waste. These items also contain heavy metal components; mercury, copper, lead and even arsenic. So if your old electronics are not thrown away properly, these components become toxic. If the old electronics work, environmental experts advise you to donate these items to places like Goodwill or a church.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | June 20, 2012
Hot weather is the silent killer in the summertime, especially among small children and the disabled. It's important you know the facts about working and playing in the hot weather. HOW TO RECOGNIZE HEAT EMERGENCIES Heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are conditions caused by overexposure to heat. HEAT CRAMPS are the least severe but, if not cared for, may be followed by heat exhaustion and heat stroke. HEAT EXHAUSTION and HEAT STROKE are heat-related illnesses.
NEWS
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | August 28, 2012
If there's one group of people not welcomed in his neighborhood, Corbin Prydwen is spelling it out. "The lower sign was actually displayed Saturday morning and it was posted on this light pole with the stop sign," says Prydwen. For years, people say hookers have plagued Chapman Avenue and 12th Street, hanging out on the corners at all hours of the day and night. "I asked them nicely please don't stand on my corner and I've gotten a lot of negative response from them.  I've actually had a knife pulled on me by one of them," says Prydwen.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 26, 2012
Virginia State Police have acknowledged that there are problems with 2013 safety inspection stickers for vehicles. When exposed to intense sunlight the red safety inspection stickers fade, turning the background white. Virginia State Police say the pigment the manufacturer used is not able to endure intense sun exposure. The problem has since been corrected by the manufacturer. The Virginia State Police Safety Division Commander sent a memo to all Virginia State Police personnel, chiefs of police, and sheriffs to notify them of the problem.
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