School officials urge VHSL to cut ties with Liberty U

liberty-university_logoFAIRFAX, Va. (AP) _ School board members in Virginia’s largest district are pushing the state’s high school sports league to end its relationship with Liberty University after remarks the college’s president made about Muslims. The Washington Post reports that nine Fairfax County school board members signed a letter last week asking the Virginia High School League to stop hosting events at the evangelical university. The Lynchburg school has been home to several statewide athletic competitions and the league’s debate championship. The move came after some northern Virginia students boycotted the debate championship last month in response to Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. saying at the university’s convocation in December that students should arm themselves to “end those Muslims.” Falwell later said he was referring to Islamic terrorists, not all Muslims.

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UPDATE: 3-year-old found safe, Amber Alert cancelled

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams

UPDATE: State Police report Zion has been safely recovered. The Amber Alert is cancelled.

From VA-Amber Alert: The Spotsylvania County Sheriffs office is looking for 3-year-old Zion Clinton Amir Williams. He’s 3’5″, 35 lbs. He is black and has brown eyes and brown hair. He was wearing a blue and white Cars diaper. Zion is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen in Spotsylvania County.  He was likely abducted by 28-year-old Joshua Christopher Williams. He’s 5’11” 160 lbs. he’s black with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing a navy blue and gray sweatshirt and blue jeans.

State police say the suspect assaulted Zion’s mother before he took him. The vehicle Joshua Williams was believed to be traveling in with Zion has been located but neither Williams or Zion have been found.

If you have any information contact the Spotsylvania County Sheriffs office at (540)582-7115 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VACHILD).

 

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UPDATE: Courtney Moats found safe, man faces charges

Timothy Wigginton

Timothy Wigginton

Courtney Moats

Courtney Moats

UPDATED WEDNESDAY 4:40 pm — The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Lynchburg Police Department, apprehended Timothy Aaron Wiggington, 30, of Amherst in Lynchburg earlier today without incident. In addition, Courtney Paige Moats, 15, who was the juvenile that was reported missing out of Amherst County on 04/29/2016 was also found safe. Wiggington is charged with a count of Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny from a previous incident. Other charges may be filed as the investigation concerning Moats’ continues. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and all of you that help spread the information through social media. No other information will be released at this time.

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Man dies when box truck overturns in Amherst County; woman charged with DUI

Amherst CountyState Police say the driver of box truck is charged with DUI after a fatal Amherst County accident overnight that killed a passenger. Troopers say the truck was headed south on US 29 not far from the Nelson County line when it left the roadway shortly after midnight and overturned, spilling household furniture and other items onto the roadway. 63-year-old Peggy Ford of Bluffton, South Carolina faces charges. Police have not yet released the name of the male passenger who died.

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If you thank a teacher this week, he or she might win a nice reward

Education-News1This is “National Teacher Appreciation Week”, and here in Virginia, a first-time effort is underway to to thank public school teachers — and help a few of them win some nice rewards. WL NI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November. GOP leaders announced Monday that they have hired an attorney and will contest the governor’s executive order, which restored the rights of felons to vote, run for office and sit on a jury. Republicans have called the governor’s action a political ploy designed to help his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win votes in November. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said they cannot let McAuliffe’s “flagrant disregard” for the Virginia Constitution to go unchecked. The lawmakers didn’t say when they would file their lawsuit. McAuliffe has said people who have served their time should be given a second chance.

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