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Power restored to Roanoke after outage

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: Power has been restored, according to AEP’s outage map. ORIGINAL STORY: According to Appalachian Power, 2,300 customers are without power Friday night in the Roanoke area. The power went out around 9 p.m. and is estimated to be restored by 5 a.m. Saturday. Crews are...
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More than 2,000 customers without power in parts of Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. – Some Roanoke residents are experiencing power outages in the city Friday night. Officials with Roanoke’s E-911 Center said the widespread power outages affecting areas east of Peters Creek Road between Hershberger Road and Melrose Ave NW. As of 9:40 p.m., Appalachian Power is reporting 2,296 customers are...
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More than 2,000 without power in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) — More than 2,000 people are without power in Roanoke Friday night. According to Appalachian Power's outage map, a total of three outages are affecting customers in west Roanoke. The combined outages affect 2,303 customers and began just before 9 p.m., according to Appalachian Power. A spokesperson...
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Roanoke Times

Southwest Virginia landowners still fighting pipeline's use of eminent domain

Nearly four years after the Mountain Valley Pipeline began a legal process to take private land for the project, the controversial practice is still being challenged in court. A federal appeals court ruled this week that arguments from a group of landowners “are not so clear” as to merit the immediate reversal of an lower-court opinion that favored the pipeline.

Grape harvesting: the ‘super bowl’ of wine making

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Hidden along the rolling hills overlooking the New River Valley, you’ll find the beautiful estate of Beliveau Farms. During the late summer days, Yvan Beliveau and his volunteers are hard at work harvesting this year’s crop. We took a visit to his tranquil winery near Blacksburg...
Lynchburg News and Advance

Appalachian Power asks state for another rate increase

ROANOKE — Appalachian Power Co. is seeking another rate increase, this one to recover the rising prices of coal and natural gas, which generate more than 80% of its electricity. If approved by the State Corporation Commission, the increase will add another $3 to the monthly bill of an average...

Roanoke man celebrates his dad’s 86th birthday by witnessing first all-civilian SpaceX launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Four private citizens are set to launch into orbit Wednesday in what will be the first mission to space without any professional astronauts on board. The all-civilian crew will ride to space aboard a rocket and capsule developed by SpaceX. The mission, dubbed Inspiration4, is just the latest milestone flight in what has been a busy year for private spaceflight companies, following joyrides to suborbital space by billionaire entrepreneurs Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos over the summer.
Franklin News Post

Westlake solar farm plans scrapped by energy company

Renewable energy company Energix US has scrapped plans to build a solar farm in Westlake, the company told the county this month. Energix first announced plans in April to construct a solar farm on 220 acres in the Westlake area between Virginia 122 and the Bettys Creek section of Smith Mountain Lake.

How you can see the SpaceX Inspiration4 launch Wednesday evening

ROANOKE, Va. – Every now and then, rockets launch off Wallops Island and Cape Canaveral are visible this far inland. Wednesday evening may be one of those opportunities for southwest and central Virginia. [WATCH LIVE: SpaceX’s Inspiration4 to circle Earth in first private launch]. SpaceX plans to launch its Inspiration4...

Diesel price update: Roanoke's cheapest station

(ROANOKE, VA) The price of diesel varies by as much as $0.34 in the greater Roanoke area, according to a recent price survey. The survey looked at prices across the greater Roanoke area, and found that the cheapest gallon of diesel as of Tuesday was $2.85, at BJ's at 1419 Hershberger Rd Nw. By comparison, the most expensive was $3.19, listed at Pure at 701 13Th St Sw.

Roanoke Gas expects home heating bills to rise 20% this winter

It may not be very cold outside right now, but the home heating season is not all that far away, and if you heat with natural gas, be prepared to see noticeably higher bills this winter. At Roanoke Gas Company, President and CEO Paul Nester says early estimates project overall rates rising 20% per cent over last winter. The main reasons include higher prices for natural gas supplies, lower national inventories, and significant continuing hurricane impacts. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport to conduct live burn emergency training

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport will be conducting aircraft rescue and firefighting live burn training. The training will be taking place from Sept. 13-17 using an aircraft rescue training simulator. The live burn schedule will be:. Sept., 13, 14, 16 and 17: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sept....