Five years after the Haiti earthquake, local organization remembers the immense reponse challenges

Gleaning for the WorldIt’s been five years since a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing well over 100,000 people and displacing more than one million others. The head of a Concord-based relief agency has no trouble remembering the response that followed — and the immediate problems they encountered. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Fire marshal probes cause of fatal New London area mobile home fire

Forest VFD Photo

Forest VFD Photo

We are awaiting word from the Bedford County Fire Marshal’s office identifying the person who died in an overnight mobile home fire. The call came in around 4:40 am to Saber Court, which is just off Blackwater Road in the New London area.  Forest Volunteer Fire Department Spokesperson Ryan Burnette says the home was fully engulfed when responding units arrived:

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There is no word yet on the cause.

(Continue reading for the Bedford County Fire & Rescue news release.)

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Herring: even with discrepancies, Rolling Stone article has drawn needed attention to campus sexual violence

Mark Herring

Mark Herring

Attorney General Mark Herring says even if a Rolling Stone article had some discrepancies, it has drawn needed attention to sexual violence on college campuses. Herring leads a governor’s task force already working on the issue. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McDonnell admits mistakes as governor — but never violating oath of office

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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Attorneys for former Governor Bob McDonnell have already filed appeals in hopes of reversing the verdict that led to yesterday’s sentence. But as things now stand, McDonnell must report to prison next month. McDonnell says while he made some mistakes as governor, he never violated his oath of office. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McDonnell to be sentenced today; judge must consider future deterrent on elected leaders

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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Former Governor Bob McDonnell will be sentenced today, with prosecutors asking for more than a decade in jail and defense attorneys requesting community service time. WLNI’s Evan Jones looks ahead to today’s sentencing hearing.

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McDonnell is the first Virginia governor ever convicted of a crime. His wife Maureen is scheduled for sentencing next month.

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Pipeline opponents offer assistance to Nelson County

WLNI-SOpponents of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline are offering to help Nelson County supervisors in efforts to block the pipeline’s construction through their county. Opponents say while federal regulators usually approve new pipeline requests, the process is not automatic. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Another bitter Medicaid battle looms in Richmond

STATE-NEWSGovernor McAuliffe will once again attempt to tie Medicaid expansion to the state budget, setting the stage for another likely bitter and partisan General Assembly session. Last year’s battle nearly shut down state government until Republicans regained control of the Senate. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Falling gas prices are welcome, but the trend can’t last forever

Gas-Prices1Average nationwide gas prices have fallen each day for more than two months, but experts say while the trend is welcome, it can’t last forever. That’s because at some price point, producers will have less incentive to drill for oil and operate wells, those needing more expensive methods to produce oil. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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This year’s flu season appears to be rougher than normal

WLNI-SThis year’s flu season may turn out to be a rough one, a combination of a harsher-than-normal strain and shots that are not a perfect match. WLNI’s  Evan Jones has more.

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Natural gas industry, conservationists both pleased with forest fracking decision

George-Washington-Nationla-ForestBoth conservationists and the oil and natural gas industry sound generally pleased with a recent decision on “fracking” in the George Washington National Forest. The Forest Service recently decided to allow horizontal drilling for natural gas in the forest — but only in a small portion of it, and only where it’s already permitted through existing leases and mineral rights. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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