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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 23, 2013
Some Lynchburg students are putting their words into action. Saturday, members of Liberty University's Community Care Initiative hosted its first "Love On Lynchburg" day. The outreach program helps residents in the Queen City by doing projects like this one. Students helped clear and rebuild this space which will be used to keep kids focused on their future and learning new skills. The recipients of this help, couldn't be happier. "What we're doing over here is building the big center.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 14, 2013
Getting married on Valentine's Day is a romantic age-old tradition. But does the venue matter? For seven couples in Danville it was all about becoming united in a jewelry store. Ben David Jewelers hosted free weddings for any couple who wanted to get married Thursday. The store gave each couple a cake, food, champagne and professional pictures. "They can get married, they can renew their vows, and we supply everything except for the marriage certificate and the person to get married to," said Mark David, owner of Ben David Jewelers.
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Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 11, 2013
So you're looking for a job, you know you're qualified, but can you pass the drug test? The Inn at Virginia Tech was the site of the "Putting America Back to Work" fair, Monday. It was put on by Cumulus Media. 35 of 37 different employers showed up and took resumes and filled out job applications. But behind closed doors, employers say with greater frequency, job applicants are testing dirty for illegal drugs, including prescription pain meds. Staffing agencies are using tougher drug tests.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 6, 2013
Thursday is national black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Roanoke is taking part in it. The Drop-In Center is hosting a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The Drop-In Center is located at 356 Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The effort is designed to encourage blacks across the U.S. to get educated, tested, and treated for HIV/AIDS. In 2011, an estimated 14,383 blacks were living with HIV/AIDS in Virginia. Here is a news release from the Drop-In Center: Mark your calendars and set the date!
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 2, 2013
Lace up your sneakers and grab the leash. The Roanoke Valley SPCA is hosting its first annual 5k. Every year, the SPCA takes in more than 2000 lost and abandoned animals, but the organizations doesn't get any state or federal funding. To bridge the gap, its hosting The "Tail Chaser 5k. "  "Every dime that we bring in goes directly into helping those animals and we want to make sure those services & programs that we have do continue," says Kathy Perdue of the SPCA. The "Tail Chaser 5k" is billed as event running for the lives of animals.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | January 30, 2013
The Salem High School Prom Dress Resale will take place inside the school cafeteria on Saturday, February 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dresses range from $20 to $120. Cash, credit, and debit will be accepted but no checks. If you'd like to donate or sell a dress, the Salem High School cafeteria will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 31st or Friday, February 1st. Organizers ask that the dress be cleaned and on a hanger.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | January 11, 2013
The 4th Annual Greater Roanoke Home and Garden Show kicks off Friday, January 11th, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, January 12th, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 13th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will feature Brian Santos, also known as "The Wall Wizard". Santos has traveled for nearly 20 years touring workshops and bringing the secrets to home decorating and do-it-yourself projects all over the world. Tickets for the show will be sold at the door. For more information, click here .  
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | January 11, 2013
Rare artifacts that once belonged to American legends are on display in one hometown. The Lynchburg Museum is hosting an exhibit called "An American Turning Point: Waging War. "  It's the second phase of a traveling collection that's visiting seven museums in Virginia. The pieces on display are normally kept in storage, but this is your chance to see them up close. Items include a pocket watch that was owned by Stonewall Jackson and an original letter written by Robert E. Lee.  There's also a telegraph that communicated the news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
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Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | December 18, 2012
Shoppingtherapy is just what the doctor ordered in Martinsville. A nursing home is helping its residents cope with holiday blues by bringing the store to them. Residents are given five fake dollars and pick up gifts like clothes, candy or soap. It's a different approach to help heal holiday depression. The lines are long, traffic is moving slowly and the tables are stocked. Black Friday's got nothing on this shopping trip. Julia Lucord is lucky, she got first dibs on hundreds of item for sale.
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | December 18, 2012
The Donorama Blood Drive will happen Thursday, December 20th at the Roanoke Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bob Lutjen, the marketing manager with the American Red Cross, says Donorama is the largest community blood drive each year. Last year, Donorama donated more than 200 pints of blood. Keep in mind that just one-pint of blood can save up to two lives. For more information, click here .
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