A natural gas leak is causing evacuations this afternoon in parts of downtown Lynchburg. City Hall is among the buildings evacuated, and police tell us it is closed for the rest of the day. The city’s Department of Emergency Services asks people to avoid the downtown area until further notice. Several downtown streets are closed to all vehicle and foot traffic.
A Lynchburg area man takes off later today for competition in Russia, and his journey has been anything but easy. WLNI’s Evan Jones introduces us to Jamey Parks, who has overcome more obstacles than many of us are likely to ever encounter.
Click here to learn much more about Jamey Parks’ story and the chance to help support his competition in Russia.
Former 6th District Congressman Caldwell Butler is being remembered for his political courage during the Watergate era. Butler died two nights ago at age 89. He is best known as a Republican who, in his first term, voted for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Butler went to some unusual lengths before reaching his decision.
Same-sex marriage supporters are rejoicing, but advocates of Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban say “not so fast” after a federal appeals court ruled the ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Same-sex ceremonies are not yet permitted in Virginia , and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, whether or when they might begin is not yet clear.
The House of Representatives has approved a permanent ban on taxing Internet access — with Congressman Bob Goodlatte playing a key role in the process in its passage. Backers say the ban would continue spurring America’s digital economy and avoid more tax burdens on its citizens. Opponents say it could force some states to raise other taxes or cut services. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
U.S. News and World Report ranks Centra Lynchburg General Hospital as eighth best across Virginia — among the 129 hospitals statewide. Factors in the magazine’s rankings include outcomes, patient safety and the hospital’s reputation among medical specialists. U.S. News and World Report says LGH was among 24 Virginia hospitals meeting “standards for strong performance within the state.” Click here to see the Virginia rankings and methodology used to create them.
From Lynchburg Police Crimestoppers: On 06-18-2014 the Lynchburg Police Department responded to Chestnut Hill Baptist Church located at 5225 Fort Avenue for a break-in. An unknown subject broke into the church and stole an undisclosed amount of money. This is the third break-in at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church since 05-08-2014. During these break-ins money and electronic equipment have been stolen. Anyone with information regarding these break-ins is asked to contact Det. J.C. Romano at 434-455-6169 with the Lynchburg Police Department or Crime Stoppers.
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