A 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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It’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.
Police 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.
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.
Here is a longer-form version of our interview with Eddie Wirt, ABC’s Chief Communications and Research Office:
The 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.
Your 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.
Holcomb says Lynchburg DMV office was the state’s 6th busiest for birth certificates, issuing 3,048 in the program’s first year.
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.
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.