Roanoke, VAWDBJ7.com

Shooting victim speaks out, bullet still lodged in her head

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Lifelong resident Leeantine Brown says she is lucky to be alive. The 24-year-old was centimeters from a bullet in her brain when a shooting sent gunfire through the Triangle Mart on Cove Road NW around 10:30 Saturday night. “It was just completely horrible, I never would...
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No new mask mandate planned for Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - Governor Northam is not planning a new mask mandate for the commonwealth. At a news conference Thursday, he said he wants people to follow CDC guidelines, but says wearing masks is a recommendation, not a requirement. In a series of Tweets, the governor said, “All Virginians...
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Medical cannabis dispensary to open in Salem

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - A ribbon-cutting Wednesday afternoon in Salem represented a first for the Commonwealth and a new chapter for Virginia’s medical marijuana industry. Rise Salem is a medical cannabis dispensary that will open soon on West Main Street. Associated with Dharma Pharmaceuticals in Abingon, the new location is...
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Buff City Soap opens in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Buff City Soap, known for its 100-percent plant-based soap products, has begun opening its first stores in the commonwealth of Virginia in Roanoke and Lynchburg. The grand opening of the brand’s Roanoke store was Thursday, July 29 at Towers Shopping Center, beside Mission BBQ. This is...
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WATCH: Governor Northam announces aid for Virginia undergraduates

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ/Governor’s Office Release) - Governor Ralph Northam made an announcement Thursday about his administration’s budget proposal for federal American Rescue Plan funding. The announcement was made from Virginia Tech; watch the stream on the WDBJ7+ Digital News Desk at the top of this story. Northam announced Virginia plans...
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Back to School Shoes Project seeks more support

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A local project is helping students put their best foot forward. And organizers are hoping the community will pitch in to help them reach their ambitious goal. The Back to School Shoes Project hopes to provide new shoes to 8,000 disadvantaged students in the city of...
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FAST-BGC: New technology helps stroke patients

MAX MEADOWS, Va. (WDBJ) - According to medical professionals, strokes are the fifth leading cause of death in the US. But there’s a new technique to help increase the number of people doctors may be able to treat. Brenda Brewer woke up and did what she does every morning. “I...
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LIVE: Governor Northam announces budget proposal for federal funding

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ) - Governor Northam is making an announcement Thursday about his administration’s budget proposal for federal American Rescue Plan funding. The announcement is being made from Virginia Tech; watch the live stream on the WDBJ7+ Digital News Desk at the top of this story. The governor has already...
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7@four: Franklin County National Night Out

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - After a year hiatus, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled National Night Out for Tuesday, August 3 at the Westlake Cinema Parking Lot from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a showcase of several aspects of the sheriff’s office, along with FC...
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WATCH: Virginia Redistricting Commission holds virtual public hearing

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia’s Redistricting Commission held a virtual public hearing for the southwest Virginia region Thursday afternoon. The meeting was in relation to drawing state and congressional legislative districts in the region. You can watch the meeting livestream as soon as it is uploaded here. The Southwest region,...
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Chautauqua Festival is back

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The Chautauqua Festival is back in Wythe County. The Wythe Arts Council is very excited to welcome the festival back after being canceled due to COVID-19 last year. Folks can see hit air balloons fill the sky over the weekend. Throughout the week, there will...
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Country singer Denning plans appearance at Salem Star-B-Q

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - Country singer Travis Denning will headline the Salem Star-B-Q August 25 at the Salem Farmers’ Market. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Salem. Singer Corey Hunley is also on the bill. Tickets are $8 in advance at 620 Florida Street, and $12 day-of; kids 10 and...
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Solitary Confinement Coalition disputes Department of Corrections report

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - Groups opposed to solitary confinement in Virginia prisons say the state still has a long way to go to reform its policies and practices. Last week, the Virginia Department of Corrections said it had ended restrictive housing, by offering a minimum of four hours out-of-cell time each day to all inmates. But members of the Solitary Confinement Coalition said that’s not true.
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DC judge orders former Rocky Mount officer to remain in jail

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A District Court Judge in DC has ordered a former Rocky Mount police officer charged in the January 6 Capitol attack to remain in jail until his trial. Thomas Robertson had been out on a conditional release before being taken into custody earlier this month. Read...