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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | September 27, 2012
It seems Facebook is becoming a powerful tool as a way to drive voters to the polls, especially when it comes to choosing those candidates that take a backseat to the presidential race. A recent study suggest Facebook friends may have influenced close to 340,000 people to vote in the last Congressional election. The theory is simple.  When people see their friends are voting, they're likely to do it too.   "I don't think there's nothing wrong.  It should influence," says Wayne Moyer, a local voter.
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April 1, 2010
WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police is crediting tips from its Facebook fans for the arrest of a fugitive. State police had asked for the public's help in a Tuesday posting on the agency's Facebook page. On Wednesday, the agency said in a Facebook posting that information provided by fans helped troopers find and arrest a man wanted on a parole violation. The suspect faces additional charges of felony child neglect and driving on suspended license. State police say he ran and left an 11-month-old child unattended in a vehicle after a Smyth County trooper began following him.
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Melissa Gaona and Multimedia Journalist | April 30, 2012
On April 9th, Walmart announced a national campaign, "Fighting Hunger Together", which provides an opportunity for people to help feed the hungry in their community by simply shopping at Walmart or visiting the company's Facebook page through April 30th. Walmart selected two-hundred communities based on their unemployment rate. Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together Facebook campaign encourages the public to help them select one community out of two-hundred selected to receive a $1 million dollar grant.
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January 25, 2012
But how much is too much information to share? Galax Police Chief Rick Clark says he's made a commitment to keeping people informed on what's going on in town and a big part of that is using social media. The Galax Police Department recently started posting details about police activity on it's facebook page . Chief Clark says it a way to open up communication between officers and citizens. It helps keep people informed and helps dispels rumors, because people can simply post a question on the page and officers answer.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 6, 2012
A local business is using social media to raise money for Carilion's Children's Hospital. Salem Printing Company has pledged to donate $1 for every 'like' they get on their Facebook page. Manager John Mitchell says it's a way to help and get others involved. The contest runs until December 20. "Could be a lot of money but it's worth it," says manager John Mitchell, "It's something we've committed to. We do a lot, we believe in the community. Most of the things we do is for servicing the community.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 14, 2012
Drinking and driving will get you more than a ticket in Bedford. "We try to do everything we can to prevent drunk driving from happening in our city," said Bedford's police chief, Jim Day, who is starting a new initiative. "It's been a very big topic in town over the last few days," Day said. If you get arrested for driving under the influence, your mugshot will go on the police department's Facebook page . "It's just another effort to try and reduce that activity in the city of Bedford," said Day. Your face won't be the only thing posted.  The police department is also showing your arrested, along with strong language to describe your offense.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | April 20, 2012
A lot of folks will be heading out to eat tonight or this weekend.  But many others don't have enough money for food at home, let alone a dinner out. Those people could soon get big help from the nation's largest retail store. Potato chips, a sweet and a ham and bologna sandwich. That may not seem like much, but this free bagged lunch from Danville's Salvation Army helps James Wagstaff when money is tight. "Sometimes we don't even have food to eat. During the last parts of the months the two or three days you in your house and there's no food, you can come here and get you a quick meal," Wagstaff said.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 21, 2012
A Salem business is making good on its promise to help children. Two weeks ago, John Mitchell and the people at Salem Printing Company told people they would donate $1 to the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital for every 'like' they got on their Facebook page. The contest ended Thursday with 791 likes. Since the company started with 91 likes, that equals a $700 dollar donations. Mitchell has already written the check which was mailed Friday. He hopes it will inspire others to give all year long.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | March 4, 2013
Hate something about your boss, your co-workers or your job and want to vent about it?  Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter are a great place to do it. But could you get fired? The answer may surprise you. The NLRB, or National Labor Relations Board is a federal agency that makes rules and recommendations to employers about fair labor practices Recently, that board has said employees venting about the annoying boss or co-workers on facebook isn't a fireable offense.
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Justin McLeod and WDBJ7 Reporter | April 5, 2012
This story should bring back a lot of memories. Just about every high school senior buys a yearbook. But what is a popular way to capture the past may be becoming a thing of the past. We picked Salem High School because the yearbook staff recently won an award for having one of the best yearbooks in the country. Believe it or not, yearbooks are not as popular as they once were and it's because of Facebook. The yearbook: it's a time to reminisce when many of us had big hair.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 6, 2013
WDBJ7 Weekend Morning Anchor Susan Bahorich will talk about being diagnosed with cancer in a live chat Monday afternoon. Join Susan at noon Monday for a live web chat, and then tune into WDBJ7 at 6 p.m. Monday for what we're calling, "Susan's Story. " To join the web chat, click in the box above starting at noon. According to the American Cancer Society, 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Click here to read Susan's blog. "Like" Susan on Facebook by clicking here , and follow her on Twitter by clicking here .  
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | April 18, 2013
A movie filmed in West Virginia will premiere there this summer, but we're now getting a first look at the footage from "Angel's Perch. "  The movie is set in the town of Cass, in Pocahontas County. It tells the story of one family's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.  Thursday, the producers of the film released the trailer on Facebook. J.T. Arbogast wrote and produced the movie and he plays a lead role. "It's hard to wrap my head around how far we've come in two years," Arbogast told us in an interview from California.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | March 25, 2013
Virginia Senator Mark Warner (D) took to Facebook today to announce publicly he supports same-sex marriage. He said in the post: "I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do. Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this is the inevitable extension of my efforts to promote equality and opportunity for everyone. " Leaders in the gay community say they are encouraged by lawmakers changing their stance. It's just been in the past couple weeks, Robert Portman of Ohio, Claire McCaskill of Missouri also came out in favor of gay marriage," said Richard Sifton of the Roanoke Diversity Center.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | March 4, 2013
Hate something about your boss, your co-workers or your job and want to vent about it?  Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter are a great place to do it. But could you get fired? The answer may surprise you. The NLRB, or National Labor Relations Board is a federal agency that makes rules and recommendations to employers about fair labor practices Recently, that board has said employees venting about the annoying boss or co-workers on facebook isn't a fireable offense.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 21, 2012
A Salem business is making good on its promise to help children. Two weeks ago, John Mitchell and the people at Salem Printing Company told people they would donate $1 to the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital for every 'like' they got on their Facebook page. The contest ended Thursday with 791 likes. Since the company started with 91 likes, that equals a $700 dollar donations. Mitchell has already written the check which was mailed Friday. He hopes it will inspire others to give all year long.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 14, 2012
Drinking and driving will get you more than a ticket in Bedford. "We try to do everything we can to prevent drunk driving from happening in our city," said Bedford's police chief, Jim Day, who is starting a new initiative. "It's been a very big topic in town over the last few days," Day said. If you get arrested for driving under the influence, your mugshot will go on the police department's Facebook page . "It's just another effort to try and reduce that activity in the city of Bedford," said Day. Your face won't be the only thing posted.  The police department is also showing your arrested, along with strong language to describe your offense.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 6, 2012
A local business is using social media to raise money for Carilion's Children's Hospital. Salem Printing Company has pledged to donate $1 for every 'like' they get on their Facebook page. Manager John Mitchell says it's a way to help and get others involved. The contest runs until December 20. "Could be a lot of money but it's worth it," says manager John Mitchell, "It's something we've committed to. We do a lot, we believe in the community. Most of the things we do is for servicing the community.
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | September 27, 2012
It seems Facebook is becoming a powerful tool as a way to drive voters to the polls, especially when it comes to choosing those candidates that take a backseat to the presidential race. A recent study suggest Facebook friends may have influenced close to 340,000 people to vote in the last Congressional election. The theory is simple.  When people see their friends are voting, they're likely to do it too.   "I don't think there's nothing wrong.  It should influence," says Wayne Moyer, a local voter.
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September 6, 2012
Some people who work for Facebook are visiting Lynchburg Thursday. The city's Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting them from nine until ten-30 this morning. The event is at Charley's on Graves Mill Road. Registration starts at 8:15am. Visitors will learn from experts about how to use social media to help their businesses. Everyone at the event will also get 50 dollars worth of Facebook ads to help get them started.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 5, 2012
Name : John Wade Douglass Running for : U.S. House of Representatives , 5th District Party : Democrat Birthday : May 2, 1941 Official website : Click here Biography : Douglass is a retired Brigadier General from the U.S. Air Force. Douglass served under President Reagan's Strategic Modernization Program, and briefed the president on Defense and National Security Programs. After retiring Douglass served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, under President Clinton.
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