Off-track betting sites may return to Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) РOff-track betting may soon be coming to the Richmond area.  The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that  the Virginia Equine Alliance recently won approval from the Virginia Racing Commission to open a satellite wagering facility in Henrico County. The alliance says it also hopes to open an off-track betting site as part of a planned brewpub in downtown Richmond. The facilities would be the first to operate in the state since Colonial Downs closed its track and off-site betting sites in 2014. Debbie Easter is president of the equine alliance, which will operate the new sites. She says they could bring in $5 million or more per year in gross revenue. The alliance hopes that will revive the industry in the state.

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“HOG” Rally coming to Roanoke next June

HOG RallyVisit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced this morning that they’re hosting a regional rally here in 2017. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Take the plunge for a good cause this weekend

JDRFA 200-foot water slide will be set up at Hidden Valley County Club this weekend, giving people a chance to take the plunge for a good cause. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details.

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Remembering Lewis and Clark’s Virginia travels — and there were many

William Clark (NPS photo)

William Clark (NPS photo)

Meriwether Lewis (NPS photo)

Meriwether Lewis (NPS photo)

Efforts to create a Virginia Lewis and Clark historic trail in Virginia are changing direction — away from the National Park Service toward a state-supported version. The goal is create a marked route that remembers the Virginia travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark before and after their historic expedition to the Pacific. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Wildlife Center in high demand

wfir-defAt the end of a leafy residential road in southwest Roanoke County all sorts of wild animals are being treated and released by a facility that’s looking for some more help. WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US government

wfir-defaultHUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs in eight Appalachian states and Texas are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia, on Wednesday. The funding comes from a job-creation organization involving multiple federal agencies, including the U.S. Commerce and Labor departments and the regional commission. Officials say the investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and other industries. Appalachian states involved in the projects are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The commission says about 23,000 Appalachian coal jobs were lost between 2011 and 2015.

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