9-11 Stair Climb at Wells Fargo next Saturday

Rke Fire-EMS LogoA nationwide event to commemorate the events of 9-11 comes to Roanoke for the first time -next Saturday morning all are invited to participate in the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb – by walking up the Wells Fargo Tower at least four times to simulate the height of the fallen World Trade Center Towers … the thirty-dollar entry fee goes to the National Fallen Fightfighters Foundation … see the Roanoke Stair Climb Facebook page or register on-site next Saturday until 8-45 am… there’s an opening ceremony at 9. Tiffany Bradbury is the Roanoke Fire-EMS “fire prevention specialist”:

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Women’s run to support Alison Parker and Turning Point

Salvation-ArmyA group of local women will get together for a run in support of the Salvation Army’s Turning Point program. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.

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Buckeyes, Hokies will both honor WDBJ-7 victims

Hokies-BuckeyesFrom Virginia Tech Athletics: The Ohio State football team will join Virginia Tech in honoring the memory of two local television journalists who were tragically killed in a shooting on Aug. 26. The Buckeyes asked for permission to wear the same helmet stickers as the Hokies on Labor Day night, and that request was quickly granted. A 30-second moment of remembrance for both victims will be observed prior to the national anthem on Monday. “Ohio State expressed a desire to show its solidarity with Virginia Tech in remembering the vibrant lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward,” Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “Coach Beamer and I both agreed it was a wonderful gesture on the part of Gene Smith (Ohio State AD), Urban Meyer (head coach) and the Buckeyes. We hope fans of both teams join us in hopefully providing some solace to the friends, families and co-workers who continue to miss Alison and Adam.

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Technology Council chief looks back at first year

wfir-linkJonathon Witt has been on the job one year as President and C-E-O of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council … during that time he’s learned that collaboration is key … more from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Science Festival set to return

Virginia Science Festival

The second annual Virginia Science Festival is just a few short weeks way. WFIR’s Bob Clark reports.

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Gov. McAuliffe announces new energy efficiency program

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a new Virginia program will help businesses reduce their energy consumption and save money. The Democratic governor announced the launch of the VirginiaSAVES program on Wednesday. The loan program is designed to lowering financing costs for energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and alternative fuel projects. The state is using $20 million in federally-allocated Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds to fund VirginiaSAVES. McAuliffe says helping the public and private sectors save on energy costs is “critical for building a new Virginia economy.” He says the program will encourage investments that will attract new jobs and advanced industries. Local government, institutional, commercial and industrial entities can qualify for the program.

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Funds sought for pet project of on-air shooting survivor

WFIR-LOGO-1MONETA, Va. (AP) _ The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce in Moneta is raising funds for a community center envisioned by the survivor of last week’s on-air shooting. The project was first reported Wednesday by WDBJ7, the Roanoke television station that employed two journalists killed by the gunman. Chamber Executive Director Vicki Gardner is recovering from being shot in the back. Chamber Chairman Troy Keaton says Gardner had been working to establish a lakeside center for conferences, classes and community events. Keaton says the building would include an area for reflection on the lives lost and damaged by the shooting. He says the project will help the resort community move beyond the tragedy. Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed Aug. 26 by former co-worker Vester Flanagan, who then killed himself.

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Va. Democrats unveil gun background check petition

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Days after two journalists were fatally shot during a live broadcast at a Virginia resort, several Democratic legislators have produced a petition with nearly 28,000 signatures supporting expanded background checks for gun buyers. The northern Virginia lawmakers unveiled the petition Thursday at a news conference in Arlington, signaling a likely push for universal background checks in the next legislative session. Currently, private sales _ including those conducted at gun shows _ are not subject to background checks. However, even the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 did not lead to tighter gun laws. To the contrary, lawmakers have worked to loosen gun regulations _ including the repeal of Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month purchase limit in 2012.

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9/11 memorial gets new home

SalemThe 9/11 memorial that once stood at Old Virginia Brick on West Main Street is getting a new home. The 16,000 pound steel beams from the World Trade Center are being refurbished and placed in front of Fire Station One on Market Street in downtown Salem. City officials are holding a ceremony on Friday, September 11 at 11 a.m. at the new site of the monument. Citizens are invited. In 2016, Salem will permanently dedicate the memorial on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a formal plaza around the monument.

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Registration open for 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Roanoke-LogoRoanoke Fire-EMS and Roanoke City are hosting a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb next Saturday at the Wells Fargo Tower. Participants will climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center to commemorate the fallen firefighters of 9/11. Proceeds benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the families of the nation’s fallen firefighters. To register, click here.

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