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Virginia school system eyes post that mocked George Floyd

Apr. 05, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia school system is investigating a social media post in which supporters of a high school football team used a photo of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck to celebrate a victory. Roanoke County...

Hopeful entrepreneurs forge ahead with business openings

Mar. 28, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The day after London Ray-Dykstra obtained a building permit to begin renovations on the boutique fitness studio she planned to open in downtown Roanoke, the COVID-19 pandemic began shutting everything down. Ray-Dykstra turned to her investors for...

Police remove 2nd Mountain Valley protester from tree stand

Mar. 25, 2021 13:25 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The second and last protester who's been blocking construction of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia has been removed from a tree stand. The Roanoke Times reports that the man from Massachusetts was taken down Wednesday by law...

Police extract 1 Mountain Valley protestor from tree stand

Mar. 24, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have removed one of two protestors from tree stands that have been blocking construction of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Roanoke Times reports that a woman from Vermont was extracted Tuesday with the help of a...

New novel explores jazz through a pioneering woman composer

Mar. 21, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A song played on a shuffle led to Roanoke author Mitchell James Kaplan’s newest novel. Kaplan’s father, a professor of cardiology at University of California, Los Angeles, played the clarinet. “My father was a cardiologist, but he was a jazz...

Police charge 13 in February melee at Virginia house

Mar. 18, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Thirteen people have been charged in connection with a fight at a house in February in which students from Radford University were said to be involved, authorities said. Radford police said that of the 13, 10 have been arrested and three are still...

Pipeline developer awards grants to promote conservation

Mar. 18, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline have awarded nearly half a million dollars in grants to promote conservation and recreation along parts of the Appalachian Trail. The Roanoke Times reported Sunday that the money came from a $19.5 million...

Volunteers are key at vaccine sites. It pays off with a shot

Mar. 09, 2021 19:14 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — When Seattle's largest health care system got a mandate from Washington state to create a mass COVID-19 vaccination site, organizers knew that gathering enough volunteers would be almost as crucial as the vaccine itself. “We could not do this without...

Schools can opt for remote learning during inclement weather

Mar. 04, 2021 17:39 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers insisted there will still be snow days for public school students, though the General Assembly recently passed legislation allowing unscheduled remote learning during inclement weather. “I have heard this bill referred to as...

Police ID body of man who was swept away in Roanoke River

Feb. 25, 2021 08:34 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say that a body found in the Roanoke River belonged to a man who was seen swept away by high water late last year. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that Dolph Edward Dellinger, 60, had been missing since Dec. 5. ...