Fire destroys Forest home

(Forest Fire Dept. photo)

(Forest Fire Dept. photo)

A Forest couple has little left other than their lives after a fire last night destroyed their home. Crews were called out around 6:00 p.m. to the home on Declaration Terrace near Poplar Forest Golf Course.   More than a dozen units responded, but they were unable to save the home. There are no injuries reported.

From the Forest Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page: Company 5 responded to a first due working house fire this evening. Company 1 (Bedford), Company 12 (Brookville-Timberlake), Medic 145, County 16, County 1, County 10, and Campbell County Rescue Squad were on scene as well. Fantastic work by all on an extremely advanced fire. Everyone was able to make it out of the structure safely.

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Genworth laying off 200 Lynchburg employees

Genworth-FinancialFrom Genworth Financial: Unfortunately, our decision to suspend life insurance and fixed annuity sales means we will be losing valued employees across the U.S. Life Insurance division and headquarters, including Lynchburg. In Lynchburg, we will be losing about 200 employees. We began notifying impacted employees today, but most will receive at least 60 days’ paid notice of layoff. In addition, they are eligible to receive transition benefits that include outplacement services and the eligibility to receive compensation based on their years of services. We deeply regret the impact this will have on our employees and their families, and our top priority will be to ensure that they are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. We will continue to have almost 1,000 employees in Lynchburg. Mike Shadler, the Lynchburg Site Leader said “Genworth is proud of its longstanding ties to Lynchburg. We have a deep and rich history of being a good neighbor. Our Lynchburg-based operation remains an integral part of our business. Our employees are passionate about providing exceptional service to our policyholders and distributors. Our top priority now is ensuring that our affected employees are treated with dignity and respect.”

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Evidence collected in thousands of Virginia sexual assaults to get first tests, some after waiting decades

wlni-defaultMore than 2,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits in Virginia will soon get lab tests, and the results may help find rapists who have sometimes avoided prosecution for years. Some of those kits go back as far as 1988. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Lynchburg City, Bedford County lead area’s population growth

wlni-defaultThe Lynchburg region’s population grew about 2.9% in the past five years according to estimates from a University of Virginia research center. That compares to a statewide growth of almost 5%. In our area, Lynchburg City led the way, growing 4.1%, and Bedford County was not far behind at 3.6%. Click here to read the full report, which breaks down the numbers by city and county.

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Nicole Lovell overcame many major health obstacles before her murder

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

We learned more yesterday about Nicole Lovell’s 13-year life, and more about the many health obstacles she had already overcome. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Radford prof: police may have suspects and victim’s body, but Lovell case will take a lot more work

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

Police may have suspects  in custody — and the victim’s body — in the Nicole Lovell case, but investigators still have plenty of work ahead to complete their work. Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Tod Burke says that includes gathering forensic evidence, examining social media and the medical examiner’s report. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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General Assembly ponders whether to designate Nelson County mineral as official state rock

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The General Assembly is about two weeks away from reach this year’s session midpoint. Both houses must complete action on their bills by that time before taking up measures passed by the  other. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, one of the bills that will head to the House concerns a mineral found in Nelson County.

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Who should control state’s “Clean Power” plan? Debate moves to State Senate

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYThe federal law requiring states to submit plans on regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants is generating spirited General Assembly debate. This time, it’s in the Senate, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Norfolk Southern to eliminate 1,200 jobs this year, 2,000 in all over next five years

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Norfolk Southern hopes to fend off a buyout offer from Canadian Pacific, at least in part, by reducing costs — and that includes a projected system-wide loss of 2,000 jobs over the next five years. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Dominique Moss gets sentenced to life in prison in tense Lynchburg courtroom

Dominique Moss

Dominique Moss

Shawn Moss

Shawn Moss

Life in prison — the sentence handed down today to 24-year-old Dominique Moss for the shooting death of Shawn Moss. Dominique Moss entered an Alford plea in October, which means he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. The 34-year-old victim was fatally shot in August of 2014 along the 1,000 block of Polk Street, the result of an ongoing feud. After sentenced was pronounced, this reaction from Shawn Moss’s aunt, Patricia Braxton.

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Braxton says deputies had to step in after sentence was pronounced:

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You can hear much more from her in Conversations with Andre Whitehead, this Sunday at 8:00 am on WLNI.

Dominique Moss entered an Alford plea in October, which means he acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him. While the shooter and victim shared the same last name, they were not closely related.

 

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