Winter-Weather-WFIRWhen the temperatures go way down, the demands on home furnaces and heat pumps go way up — and older ones in particular are more likely to fail. Experts say the one thing you can do more than any other to reduce your chances of a service call are to simply turn your thermostat down three to five degrees. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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When temperatures go way down, the numbers at shelters go way up

Rescue-MissionWith frigid temperatures on the way the next two mornings, shelters like the Roanoke Rescue Mission expect to serve more people than normal. The Mission typically has about 300 people staying overnight this time of year, but the number this week has been closed to 350, and it may be even greater the next two nights, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Selling donuts at school fund-raisers may become legal again in Va.

General-AssemblyThe General Assembly is a step closer toward passing a law that would permit public schools to hold some food fund-raisers that are currently banned. Federal law requires all foods sold during the school day must meet nutrition standards, but the law allows states to pass exemptions for fund-raisers. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Lawmakers consider exempting older Virginians from boating safety course

Smith Mountain LakeEfforts are underway in the General Assembly to exempt older Virginians from a boating safety law enacted after fatal accidents on Smith Mountain Lake. The bill’s sponsor says older boaters don’t need the course, but supporters of the current law say it makes boating safer in the commonwealth. WFIR’s Evan Jones has both sides of the Richmond debate.

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State lawmakers pass budget amendments, but some Democrats lament continued lack of Medicaid expansion

General-AssemblyThe House of Delegates and Senate have both approved their amendments to the state’s two year budget. Both versions include pay raises for teachers and state employees. Democrats are unhappy the Senate budget does not include language that would enable Medicaid expansion as they and Governor McAuliffe have sought the last two sessions. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on that side to the story.

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Unusual transformation: turning former Ukrop’s supermarket into two-floor medical building

CarilionClinic_MASTER_posThe former Ukrop’s supermarket in Roanoke is in the middle of an unusual transformation into a medical center. Carilion will locate its orthopaedic and neruosurgery practices in the building once the work is complete by early next year. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more on the project.

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Lawmakers approve ethics reform bills, but with some deep reservations

General-AssemblyThe House and Senate have both passed ethics overhaul bills, but many senators who voted “yes” expressed plenty of reservations. They’re concerned that the myriad of new proposed ethics standards could trap many honest colleagues in unwitting violations. WFIR’s Evan Jones reports on the ethics debate.

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Delegates debate: must Virginia’s Attorney General defend state laws and constitutional provisions?

General-AssemblyA bill making its way through the House of Delegates would require Virginia Attorneys General to defend state laws and constitutional amendments in appeals courts — even if they disagree with them. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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New media campaign begins today in efforts to safe babies’ lives

Safe Babies AllianceA new media campaign begins today in the Roanoke region with the hope of saving babies’ lives. You’ll see ads on billboards and buses and hear them on the radio, all with the goal of reducing the number of infant deaths that happen while the babies are sleeping. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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New Microsoft ad features VT computer science professor

Wu FengA new Microsoft advertising campaign features a Virginia Tech computer science professor and his efforts to spur important medical discoveries.  It highlights Wu Feng’s work using high-speed computing to help researchers find cures for cancers and other important advances. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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