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Tech Cadets Develop Strong Link to National D-Day Memorial

Tech Cadets Develop Strong Link to National D-Day Memorial

For the eighth consecutive year, first-year members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will travel to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford on Saturday, Sept. 6. The bonds, both past and present, between the memorial and Virginia Tech are strong and continue to grow each year as another group of cadets visits this hallowed […]

Carilion Receives Grant / Develops New Strategy To Fight Alcoholism

Carilion Receives Grant / Develops New Strategy To Fight Alcoholism

Small rewards might lead to big results in alcohol abstinence Recovery from alcoholism is notoriously difficult. The satisfaction of a quick drink often trumps the idea of a later reward, such as better health, stronger relationships, and more stability. But now, there may be a new way to help people abstain. Mikhail Koffarnus, a research […]

Search for Lange’s Successor Underway In Roanoke County

Search for Lange’s Successor Underway In Roanoke County

Dr. Lorraine Lange won’t step down as the Roanoke County public schools superintendent until July 1 officially, but the School Board and an outside consultant have already started the process of looking for a successor. Lange replaced Linda Weber more than 8 years ago, restoring calm and stability among educators and residents that did not […]

City Police Force Works To Look More Like Roanoke

City Police Force Works To Look More Like Roanoke

The unsettling events in Ferguson, Missouri – mainly the tension between a mostly-white police force and a predominately African-American public that was protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown – has led the Roanoke City police department to initiate some dialogue with residents here, including a community meeting earlier this week. Roanoke city’s police […]

Historical Disturbances Provide Foothold for Invasive Plant on Buffalo Mountain

Historical Disturbances Provide Foothold for Invasive Plant on Buffalo Mountain

Buffalo Mountain in Floyd County, Virginia, is a distinctive knob with popular trails through grassy balds, hardwood glades, and mineral-rich rocks and seeps in a 1,136-acre natural area preserve. However, Japanese spiraea, a robust member of the rose family non-native to the area, may pose a threat to the preserve’s biodiversity. Virginia Tech forestry and […]

Radical Reels Promises Evening of Outdoor Socializing and Amazing Adventure Films

Radical Reels Promises Evening of Outdoor Socializing and Amazing Adventure Films

“Bike tough trails, paddle wild waters, and ski steep slopes.” The Radical Reels Film Festival Tour runs every fall and spans North America bringing a variety of mountain sport films to a wide range of viewers from hard-core outdoor adventurers to weekend warriors. Grab your seats and hang on as the world’s best action films […]

“Commonwealth Clash” Adds To Historic Tech – UVA Rivalry

“Commonwealth Clash” Adds To Historic Tech – UVA Rivalry

The longstanding rivalry between Virginia Tech and Virginia is getting a new name— the Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529. Building on a tradition started when the two schools first competed against each other in a football game in 1895, the Commonwealth Clash is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at the University of […]

Student Team Wins NASA Design Contest For Unmanned Aircraft

Student Team Wins NASA Design Contest For Unmanned Aircraft

A Virginia Tech Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering student team won First place in a NASA-sponsored competition with its design of a twin-fuselage unmanned aircraft fueled by liquid hydrogen. The annual University Aeronautics Engineering Design Challenge was sponsored by NASA and not meant to create aircraft that will be built and flown, but to spur design […]

Indebted Virginia Economy Needs ‘Reboot’

Indebted Virginia Economy Needs ‘Reboot’

Not long ago, Virginia was considered to be in the pink of economic health. That diagnosis has turned dark red as the state and its municipalities pile up debt. On paper, Virginia maintains a balanced budget. But government indebtedness is expanding faster than any single budget category — including the much-debated cost of Medicaid. Debt-service expenditures […]

Feud Continues as Environmental Group Seeks Gag Order

Feud Continues as Environmental Group Seeks Gag Order

Claiming “trade secrets” are at stake, an environmental group wants a gag order slapped on an upcoming case involving Fauquier County farmer Martha Boneta. The inspiration for a new farm protection law that passed just this year finds herself once again embroiled in a legal battle. The Piedmont Environmental Council is seeking the protective order to squelch public […]



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