Don’t call it a “meal plan” at Virginia Tech — it’s a “dining plan”

Virginia-Tech-LogoVirginia Tech has earned another number one pre-season ranking — not in football, but in campus food. For the third time in the last seven years, the Princeton Review has named Tech tops in the dining category. WLNI’s Evan Jones serves up the story.

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Downtown gas leak leads to evacuations, street closures

lynchburg logo - city councilA 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.

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His leg was crushed, but not his spirit; Lynchburg man heads for world canoe competition

Jamey ParksA 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.

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Click here to learn much more about Jamey Parks’ story and the chance to help support his competition in Russia.

 

 

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Caldwell Butler is remembered for putting oath of office above party in Nixon impeachment vote

Caldwell Butler (UVA Library photo)

Caldwell Butler (UVA Library photo)

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.

 

 

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Not yet clear: whether, when same-sex marriage ceremonies might begin in VA

WLNI-SSame-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.

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Goodlatte plays key role as House passes permanent ban on taxing Internet access

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.

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Magazine ranks Lynchburg General Hospital among best in Virginia

centra logoU.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.

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Region’s gas prices among the lowest in the U.S. — but any Gulf hurricane could change that in a hurry

Gas-Prices1As the Outer Banks saw over the weekend, hurricane season is now here. Hurricanes have the potential to affect our region’s gas prices more than anything else in the coming months, depending on where they strike. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Cheer, jeers in VA: reaction to Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” ruling

Supreme CourtVirginia women’s reproductive rights advocates say the Supreme Court got it all wrong in yesterday’s “Hobby Lobby” decision”.  But others, like Liberty University’s legal arm, say it’s a great decision for religious liberty. The story from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Local TV stations relieved with Supreme Court decision

Supreme CourtA Supreme Court ruling yesterday means television stations in Lynchburg and Roanoke can continuing receiving copyright fees from services that deliver local signals to your home. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, a new company had threatened to upend the industry.

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