Lynchburg City Council to interview school board candidates

From the City of Lynchburg: On Wednesday, January 18, Lynchburg City Council will interview candidates to fill a vacancy of an unexpired term that exists in School District II on the Lynchburg City School Board.  The interviews will be held in City Council Chamber, 900 Church Street, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Although the interviews are closed to the public, they will be videotaped, and copies will be made available upon request once the appointment has been made.

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UPDATE: Bedford releases new information on fatal house fire

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Bedford County’s fire marshal says it is too early to determine what started this morning’s fire that killed a four-year-old girl, but they know the fatal blaze began in the back of the house near Bedford Middle School. There were eight people in the home — two adults and six children ranging from five months to 17 years old. Firefighters rescued four of them, but the young victim died on the way to the hospital. Fire officials say one adult male was airlifted to Wake Forest Medical Center.

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Search is on for two Forest meat thieves

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 7:45 p.m. Monday evening January 16, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Kroger Store located in Forest reporting shoplifting. A deputy responded to the store and spoke with the loss prevention manager. The manager reported that two white females, see attachments, entered the store at around 7:30 p.m. Both females concealed $100.00 worth of packaged meat and left the store. They were seen leaving the parking lot in a black crew cab pick-up truck, possibly a Chevy Silverado. Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.

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VT prof: Trump’s replacement health care plan contradicts traditional GOP

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President-Elect Donald Trump made promises over the weekend regarding a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that don’t quite add up with those of the Republican Controlled Congress. WLNI’s Ian Price has analyst from a former political science professor:

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Presidential election divisions arise during delegate’s Martin Luther King speech

The deep divisions that developed during last year’s presidential campaign were on display yesterday in Virginia’s House of Delegates on a day when they would normally seem less likely. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Advocates square off over gun laws at Capitol

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A year after a rare compromise on gun legislation, a more familiar standoff seems likely at the Virginia General Assembly. Advocates both for gun control and gun rights swarmed the Capitol Monday to advocate for and against gun-related legislation.Gun rights advocates are pushing for fewer restrictions on where guns can be carried, including in schools. Gun control advocates want universal background checks on gun purchases. Both sides have uphill battles, as there’s been no indication of any type of compromise brewing between lawmakers.Last year, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and pro-gun Republicans surprised many by agreeing to gun measures that allowed more out-of-state concealed-handgun permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia while prohibiting people subject to permanent protective orders from carrying firearms.

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