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Elizabeth Harrington/Bryce Williams and Reporter | December 14, 2012
When Roanoke Police heard about the shooting in Connecticut they immediately increased patrols around all school zones in the city.     Those patrols continued through dismissal. It was a precaution. Roanoke City schools like many districts have tight security. First of all, you can't get inside. The doors are always locked.  That means parents, even school officials, have to be buzzed in. We talked to Superintendent Rita Bishop by phone Friday afternoon. She says security is always a top priority.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | April 9, 2012
   A one of a kind style of music filled the streets of downtown Roanoke Monday.  It's called “Taiko”, a Japanese word that means drum. A group called “The Taiko Project” from Los Angeles created a feast for the eyes and ears in front of the downtown library. Kai Perkins said the performance was amazing. “How they do the spins - it's really cool,” he said.  Taiko is the name of a genre of music as well as a drum.  Taiko goes back thousands of years, but in recent decades , hip hop, rock and jazz have all been infused.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | August 17, 2012
Students at one Franklin County school will start the new year with free school supplies thank to the Parent Teacher Organization. The PTO at Henry Elementary School bought school supplies for every student and they saved parents a bundle in the process. Members of the PTO were treated to an appreciation luncheon Friday. Ed Jamison is the school board president. “We are blessed to have as many good teachers that love kids. They love to do what's right for the children,” he said.
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Chris Hurst and WDBJ7 Anchor | March 22, 2013
WDBJ7 Anchor Chris Hurst has been doing an experiment this week. Have you noticed anything different about his appearance? The premise was simple: Could he wear a suit, dress shirt and tie bought at Goodwill and have anyone notice? So often, people forget that great items can be found at your local thrift shop, even for an anchorman who gets judged on his appearance. “No one could even tell the difference because Goodwill of the Valleys really hooked me up,” Hurst said.
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Chris Hurst and Reporter | April 24, 2011
A woman is in jail in Rockingham County after allegedly murdering her elderly mother. Investigators say 67-year old Betty Lou Armstrong's body was found at her daughter's apartment just outside Harrisonburg Saturday night. Deputies say Armstrong might have first attacked her daughter, Lori Ann Mitchell. Mitchell may have been in a fight with her mother before the death.
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May 21, 2010
E-Mail Robin Follow Robin on Facebook Follow Robin on Twitter Robin has been chief meteorologist at WDBJ7 since March of 1982.  His path to meteorology began with a passion for baseball but a major league career was not to be.  Sports reporting was the logical extension but when the opportunity to present weather came along, Robin knew he had found a career.  His degree from James Madison University did not...
SPORTS
Grant Kittelson and Sports Reporter | May 15, 2011
Roy Stanley was a longtime sportscaster at WDBJ-TV.  Roy would light up a room with his energy and bring a smile to the face of those who called him a friend.  Roy passed away in 2002 and in an effort to keep his memory alive and help out youngsters in the valley; the Roy Stanley Memorial Golf Tournament was started. The 10th year of the tournament was held on May 15th at Hanging Rock.  It was also the second year that Billy McBride Junior the longtime Pro at Hanging Rock was not around to run the tournament.  McBride, a good friend of Roy's, passed away in 2009.  Now the tournament is held to honor both Roy and Billy and raise scholarship money that will go to help area high school kids pay for their college education.  To date over 40 scholarships have been handed out through the money raised at the tournament.
NEWS
Joe Dashiell and Reporter | March 30, 2012
Imagine if you could guarantee a win in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing. The odds make that virtually impossible, but a drawing two decades ago was a different story.   In 1992, the Virginia lottery was just a few years old, and a $27 million jackpot was a big deal. During the second week of February, people were lining up to buy tickets "They told me it's just a lot, 25 million or something like that, so I just decided to play," one customer told WDBJ7.  "Yeah, I'm just hoping I'll be lucky this time.
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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
Tim Saunders and WDBJ Staff | December 4, 2012
The jury is now deliberating the case.  --------------- Closing arguments are now underway in the Wesley Earnest case. DAY NINE: November 19, 2010 Testimony ended Friday morning with the conclusion of the defense case and a surprising revelation from Earnest, who claims he entered his wife's house before her death without her permission. The admission came as Earnest re-took the stand for cross-examination.  Prosecutors asked Earnest about a time in 2006 when he entered Jocelyn Earnest's Pine Bluff home uninvited.  Wesley admitted to climbing in through a window.  At this point, Jocelyn had changed the locks on her home and Wesley was unable to gain entry through a doorway.  While in the home, prosecutors asked Earnest if he wrote on a "timeline," to which Earnest did not recall.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | March 22, 2011
New details are emerging in a legendary local murder case. Jens Soering was convicted of murder 20 years ago.  The German native was a student at the University of Virginia in 1985 when investigators say he drove to Bedford and killed Derick and Nancy Haysom, stabbing them at their Bedford County home. The Haysoms were parents of Soering's girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom. A jury found Soering guilty in 1990 of carrying out the murders.  He was sentenced to two life terms.
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Bryce Williams and Reporter | December 31, 2012
A local church took its ministry to the streets of downtown Roanoke to continue the season of giving. Members of Church of the Holy Spirit handed out coats and other winter gear to those less fortunate. Two youth groups within the congregation organized the drive--"Dowdy's Dudes" and "Da King's Girls. " We're told they had more than 100 coats to give away. Those who received one were very appreciative. Nancy Hauser helped organize the event. She said people were very pleased to receive the free coats.
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NEWS 7 Web Staff | November 18, 2011
Here's a look at some of the most heavily traveled roads in the Roanoke area: This camera is on Interstate 81 at mile marker 141 in Roanoke County.                                                                                This camera is on Interstate 81 at mile marker 144.6. That's near the Hollins/581 exit.                                                                                 This camera is at mile marker 150.                                                                             This camera is at mile marker 167.6                                                                            
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WDBJ7 Web Staff/Hollani Davis/Bryce Williams and WDBJ7 | August 27, 2012
The Blue Ridge Antique Mall in Rocky Mount will re-open at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. A tractor-trailer crashed into on Thursday, killing the driver. ----------------------- Original story from Thursday, August 23 WDBJ7 checked with Virgina State Police this morning and found out that all lanes of Route 220 are back open. ----------------------- WDBJ7 has learned that the driver of the tractor-trailer that crashed into the Blue Ridge Antique Mall in Rocky Mount has died in the accident.
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