Harvester Center will turn a profit

The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount announced its 2017 lineup today, which includes headliners like Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Barenaked Ladies and Charlie Daniels. The town of Rocky Mount owns the Harvester; CEO Matt Hankins says the 3-year-old venue expects to turn a small profit. Hankins is also the assistant town manager for Rocky Mount. He says good word-of-mouth from artists that have played at the Harvester has resulted in numerous referrals.

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Guns and Hoses game this Saturday

For the 14th year Roanoke area firefighters and law enforcement officers will mix it up on the ice on Saturday during the “Guns and Hoses” hockey game. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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VT professor weighs in on “Women’s March on Washington”

Brandy Faulkner

A march in Washington D.C. – set for the day after Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration – intends to show a united front against rhetoric that organizers say insulted, demonized, and threatened women. WFIR’s Ian Price has reaction with a local professor:

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Mayor Lea, in Washington, urges colleagues to support collection of on-line sales taxes

Sherman Lea

Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea went to Washington Wednesday, asking mayors from hundreds of other cities to support collection of sales taxes from on-line purchases. Lea says the reception at the U.S. Conference of Mayors was broadly positive and bi-partisan. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Gillespie says Trump communicated message effectively

Ed Gillespie

Its all about having a clear message that resonates with voters – a former Republican National Committee chairman weighs in on President-elect Trump. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano

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3 of 4 Dem. congressman from Virginia to skip inauguration

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Three of four Democratic congressmen from Virginia say they’ll skip tomorrow’s presidential inauguration.They are U.S. Reps Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Donald McEachin. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Congressman Bobby Scott will attend Donald Trump’s swearing in.Separate statements from Beyer, Connolly and McEachin cite various reasons for their absences. But common themes include claims that Trump has been divisive and that Russia had an alleged role in helping him win.Connolly said Trump “poured salt” into the wounds of a divided country and helped resurrect white supremacy.Beyer blasted the president-elect for a “profound disrespect for women” and mimicking people with disabilities. McEachin said he’s “never seen a campaign that was based so much on hatred.” He said Trump has failed to bring the country together post-election.

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