Osprey parents don’t give up, and SML camera shows nest at work

OspreyCamOnce again, a camera in the middle of Smith Mountain Lake lets you look in on a pair ospreys trying to raise a family. But as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, if recent experience is any guide, nature can be rough, and survival is anything but guaranteed.

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Here is a longer-form interview with Smith Mountain Lake State Park Manager Brian Heft:

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Lynchburg among localities scrambling to replace banned voting machines

Board of ElectionsMore than a half dozen cities and counties in the region are now scrambling to replace hundreds of voting machines after the state Board of Elections voted to bar any further use. Among those impacted: Lynchburg City and Roanoke County, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Here is a longer-form conversation with Lynchburg City Voter Registrar Carolyn Sherayko:

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Lawmakers reject proposed McAuliffe amendments on police drone use

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYState lawmakers cited privacy concerns in rejecting Governor McAuliffe’s proposed amendments Wednesday to a bill that sharply limits when law enforcement can use drones to gather evidence. The governor’s proposals would have allowed more widespread drone use without warrants, but both houses voted the proposed changes down, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Legal challenge to Sweet Briar closing goes before judge today

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300Efforts to save Sweet Briar College are set to go before a Bedford County judge later today as a commonwealth’s attorney seeks an order preventing the college from closing this summer. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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With lowest summer gas prices likely in years, why we may not look as hard for best deals at the pump

Gas-Prices1Summer gas prices are likely to be the lowest in at least ten years. Gas Buddy, which tracks prices across the country, now projects a national average summer price of $2.35 a gallon — and Virginia’s average is often 20 cents or so lower.  But an expert in retail gas pricing strategies says as prices go down, we are less likely to look as hard for the best deals. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Impacts debated as EPA prepares to decide on stricter power plant emissions

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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue to new regulations this summer on power plant emissions. Environmentalists say it would be good for Virginia’s air quality and reduce impacts of more severe weather. But opponents say we would all pay more, with little actual impact, and it would cost thousands of Virginians their jobs. More on the debate from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Va. toxic emission rise in 2013, but they’re way down from the late 1980’s

STATE-NEWSToxic emissions in Virginia rose 10% in 2013, but that increase runs counter to the longer-term trend. These are state-permitted releases of industrial toxic emissions that enter the atmosphere or waterways or are buried in landfills. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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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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