Stay warm – safely – says Roanoke Fire-EMS

Rke Fire-EMS LogoRoanoke City Fire-EMS wants residents to stay warm – safely – as the weather turns even colder over the next few days. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story:

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Roanoke City students participate in Homeless Awareness Day

Roanoke SchoolsA number of students in Roanoke City Public Schools are homeless, and now the district has come up with a way to help. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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For more information about the t-shirts or Homeless Awareness Day click here.

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Chamber holds candidate’s forum tonight

WFIR Election 2016As it often does the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding a public candidate’s forum tonight – just ahead of Saturday’s Democratic firehouse primary in Roanoke City. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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So why are gas station profits higher when crude oil prices are lower?

Gas-Prices1Gas prices may be at their lowest levels in years, but ironically, gas station profits may be at or near their highest.  Experts say that’s because people don’t shop around as much when prices fall a lot.WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Despite US setback, Virginia moving forward on `Clean Power’

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia is moving forward to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change amid uncertainty over the future of the Obama administration’s landmark environmental initiative. Despite a legal challenge, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the state’s largest power company and environmentalists all agreed Wednesday that work on Virginia’s share of the nation’s Clean Power Plan should continue. In fact, a group of power company executives, environmentalists and others working on the plan are to meet as scheduled Friday. A coalition of 27 primarily Republican-led states and industry opponents swayed a divided Supreme Court to grant a lower court hearing on the claim the proposed regulations are “an unprecedented power grab.” The justices issued the temporary freeze Tuesday.

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Hotel Roanoke being rebranded

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The Hotel Roanoke is getting an upgrade within the Hilton Hotels system – moving from the Doubletree brand to Hilton’s “Curio – a Collection By Hilton.” Its described as upscale properties with individual personalities and will be the first in Virginia.  The changeover takes effect February 28th – that’s when the famous Doubletree chocolate chip cookie for guests goes away as well. Hotel Roanoke is undertaking a 6-million dollar room and corridor renovation slated to be finished this summer. Gary Walton stays on as general manager of the Virginia Tech-owned hotel:

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