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Panera closes its Valley View eatery, plans another nearby

Crews plan to build a new Panera Bread in the vicinity of Valley View Mall with drive-through service, unlike the existing store, which has…

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At lawmakers' halfway point, Roanoke Valley, NRV senators have bills afloat

They include various topics, from public safety to education to campaign finance. Read more

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Roanoke schools' new technical and career center opening delayed

Programs and classes planned for the new space will be split among three locations: nearby William Fleming High School; Lucy Addison Middle School and the current technical education center at Patrick Henry High School. Read more

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Roanoke County real estate values increase by an average of 12%

County officials have yet to decide how to handle a large increase in its 2023 real estate value. Read more

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An extra special place: Chris's Coffee & Custard (copy)

Chris's Coffee & Custard is a spot in Roanoke where friends and family can come together over a comforting drink or a cool treat and be part of a larger mission. Read more

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Virginia Tech's Horticulture Club plant sale returns

Annual plant sale returns at Virginia Tech Read more

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Hurley: GE needs to stop turning its back on American workers

When my husband and I moved to Salem in 1983, our future was bright and endless opportunity was in front of us. Read more

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WOYM: With Roanoke's East End Shops gone silent, a movement to save the historic Old Gabriel whistle (copy)

The steam whistle that marked the work day for the railroad shops near downtown Roanoke has fallen silent and some want to make sure it is preserved. Read more

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Virginia's COVID-19 workplace rules could be up for revision or repeal

A mask mandate and other statewide rules adopted in January to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Virginia’s workplaces could be headed for revisions or possibly a repeal. Read more

Customers welcome new diner to Floyd's old Blue Ridge Restaurant building

The Blue Ridge Diner is open for business in a familiar place. Read more

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Roanoke council approves land swap and $750,000 settlement to bridge the greenway gap

Roanoke will swap an abandoned railway line and cash for the Walker Machine & Foundry property in Norwich. Read more

Around Virginia

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Pappy Van Winkle whiskey lotteries next week at Virginia ABC

The Pappy Van Winkle whiskey lotteries at back at Virginia ABC. Read more

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Bills to address contamination in Roanoke River advance in General Assembly

The legislation proposed by two Roanoke lawmakers is aimed at a "forever chemical" detected in the river and Spring Hollow reservoir. Read more

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Poplar Forest volunteer honored with national historic preservation award

The longest-serving volunteer at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest recently was awarded a national honor for her work in historic preservation. Read more

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Southwest Virginia Inland port funding remains part of General Assembly budget

State funding for a proposed inland port in Southwest Virginia made it through the weekend budget process. Read more

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Board of Education moves forward on Youngkin's history standards

RICHMOND—The state Board of Education on Thursday voted 5-3 to move forward on a version of the state’s K-12 history standards developed un… Read more

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Assembly hears calls for more oversight of power bills -- including from Dominion

Two lawmakers propose a simpler one-sentence bill to restore regulatory authority to the SCC, Read more

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Virginia Beach to consider buying oceanfront hotel

A key parcel of land may soon be included in the future development plans at Rudee Loop. The City Council will discuss purchasing the Schooner Inn hotel in a closed meeting Tuesday and could vote on the matter as early as next week, Vice Mayor Rosemary Wilson confirmed this week. City staff have been negotiating with the hotel’s owner, the Yoder family, Councilman Linwood Branch said Monday. ... Read more

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Virginia's state revenues remain strong as economic storm approaches (copy)

"We do believe this is a pretty strong downturn we need to prepare for," Secretary of Finance Steve Cummings told the House Appropriations Committee. Read more

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Caesars eyes temporary Danville casino in mid-2023

It looks like Caesars Entertainment may bring a casino to Danville sooner than expected. Read more

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Virginia to add charging stations along interstates

The initial phase will focus on installing EV charging stations along interstate routes. Read more

Names & Changes

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Lisa Lambrecht

ValleyStar Credit Union announced the promotion of Lisa Lambrecht to executive vice president.

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