Hospitals, Virginia Health Department use program adopted in 2002 in efforts to fight Zika now

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Virginia’s health care providers and the State Health Department are using a program adopted about 14 years ago in current efforts to treat cases of the Zika virus — and prevent its spread. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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10 years, 600,000 power poles; Apco undertakes lengthy inspection project

APCO Appalachian PowerAppalachian Power has started a  project in recent months  that will inspect 600,000 of its utility poles. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it’s a project expected to take at least a decade to complete.

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Active shooter exercise Saturday in Bedford may be loud, but sheriff says it’s necessary

Bedford CountyBedford area residents may see plenty of law enforcement vehicles and ambulances tomorrow and hear loud bangs and sirens. The Bedford County Sheriff’s office is conducting an active shooter exercise for its deputies, especially those new to the force. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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State conducts feasibility study on Bedford Amtrak stop

Amtrak-LogoThere is currently no plan to include Bedford when Amtrak service extends to Roanoke next year, but state transportation officials are now conducting a feasibility study. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Lynchburg Lamb Chops? Love Apples? Hillcats select six finalists for new team name

Lynchburg HillcatsThe Lynchburg Hillcats have narrowed down the list of names to six for its “Name the Team” contest. The current name is one of the six, and there are the other five possibilities: Lamb Chops, Doves, Derechos, River Runners, and Love Apples. The team explains the reasoning for each one on its web site, where you can vote until July 19th for your favorite. The name change, if any, takes effect next season.

Click here for the Hillcats “Name the Team” web site. Voting ends July 19th.

 

 

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New state law makes “dooring” a traffic violation

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Many new laws take effect today in Virginia, including laws involving drivers. One of them deals with infractions called “dooring”, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Water advisory to remain in effect until lab tests can be completed

wlni-defaultLynchburg and state health officials are advising some city residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for safe drinking and cooking. It’s the result of a water line break on U.S. 460 near Falwell Airport affecting  Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna, and U.S. 460 east of the Campbell Avenue interchange. Lynchburg Director of Water Resources Tim Mitchell tells Reporter Andre Whitehead the problem started when a VDOT contractor broke a service line Wednesday evening. He says the order is precautionary:

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Mitchell says the advisory will not be lifted until satisfactory lab tests come back:

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Until then, boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink

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Liberty students who train in advance for disaster relief head for West Virginia

Liberty University logoLiberty University is sending a student disaster relief team tomorrow to hard-hit Greenbrier County West Virginia. The LU Send NOW program is one in which qualified students sign up in advance, go through training and be ready for deployment whenever needed. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Denton: Supreme Court decision says McDonnell conviction was politically-motivated witch hunt

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Virginia Tech professor and WLNI Political Analyst Bob Denton says yesterday’s Supreme Court decision overturning former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions should be welcomed by any and all elected officials. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Denton did not spare his words for federal prosecutors:

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Police: three Memorial Avenue armed holdups appear related

LPD lynchburg policeLynchburg Police say three armed robberies in the city this month appear to be related. The latest occurred last night at the Dollar General store on Memorial Avenue, where a man walked in with a handgun and demanded money. Police  believe the same suspect appears responsible for similar holdups at the Express Lane on Memorial Avenue June 11th  and the Wendy’s on Memorial Avenue June 2nd.

(Continue reading for police news releases of each robbery.)

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