Controversy at Martinsville: not on the track but at the hot dog stand

Martinsville-SpeedwayControversy swirls around this weekend’s NASCAR race in Martinsville, but this one has nothing to do with anything happening on the track. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it’s all about hot dogs.

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AAA: new study shows need for stronger laws to reduce distracted teen crashes

AAA-LogoA new national study says distracted driving is a much greater factor in teen crashes than previously believed. There are laws in Virginia aimed at reducing that number, but AAA Mid-Atlantic says they would be much more effective if enforcement was primary. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for the full research report and video.

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IRS: phone tax scammers have conned thousands of Americans out of $$ millions this year

IRS-LogoIt’s down to the final three weeks to file your federal income taxes, and the Internal Revenue Service is warning against scammers who demand immediate tax payment by phone. The IRS says it never does business that way, but thousands of people have already fallen for it this year — losing millions of dollars. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Police unable to confirm gang rape at UVA

UVA-LogoPolice say they cannot confirm that the gang rape described in a Rolling Stone article last year occurred at the University of Virginia. Police Chief Timothy Longo said during a news conference Monday that police could not confirm that a rape occurred at any fraternity house. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, while the investigation is now considered suspended,  it is not considered closed.

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Browse for booze — ABC says its web site takes a big step forward

Alcoholic Beveridge Control (ABC)The controversy over last week’s arrest of a UVA student by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control agents has drawn attention away from a recent advance the ABC was hoping would receive plenty of positive notice. It’s a major website change, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Here is a longer-form version of our interview with Eddie Wirt, ABC’s Chief Communications and Research Office:

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Campus sexual violence task force nears time to submit recommendations

STATE-NEWSThe Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence is now considering committee draft recommendations on prevention, response and law enforcement. The task force is charged with delivering its recommendations to the governor no later than June 1st. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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IRS: shady preparers are pocketing tax payments due under “Obamacare”

IRS-LogoThe Internal Revenue Service reports some unscrupulous preparers are wrongly telling clients to pay THEM under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare”. The “Individual Shared Responsibility” is the requirement that you report your health insurance to the IRS — and usually pay a penalty if you have none. The agency says any penalty should go to the Treasury Department, not a shady tax preparer. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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In first year, more than 100,000 VA birth certificates issued at DMV offices

DMVYour local DMV office is turning into a center to receive all sorts of state documents — no need to communicate with Richmond or travel there. Right now, that includes birth certificates, and by late summer, there will be many more, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Holcomb says Lynchburg DMV office was the state’s 6th busiest for birth certificates, issuing 3,048 in the program’s first year.

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UPDATE: Multi-vehicle accident on US 460 in New London cleared

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UPDATED 4:30 pm — VDOT reports the accident is now cleared and all lanes are open. A multi-vehicle accident has been causing major traffic tie-ups this afternoon on US 460 in the New London area near the Sheetz and Food Lion Plaza. The Forest Volunteer Fire Department says four vehicles are involved, three cars and a dump truck, and at least one person was trapped in the wreckage. At last word, one eastbound lane is now open, but another eastbound lane and all westbound traffic remain blocked.

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Kaine chides Senate colleagues for “undermining” nuclear talks with Iran

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine says his 47 colleagues who sent an open letter to Iran’s leaders are undermining nuclear negotiations. The Republicans who signed it warn Iran that any nuclear deal they cut with President Obama could expire the day he leaves office, but Kaine says senators should not attempt to undercut any agreement before one is reached. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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