From birth to death, vital Virginia records now available on line

STATE-NEWSMore than 16 million state vital records are now available in electronic format.  The Virginia Department of Health and Ancestry.com collaborated on the project, which makes scanned images of original, public documents available online on the Ancestry website. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Now that the 611 is running again, it’s up to Norfolk Southern to let it keep leading excursions

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Fire Up 611 Facebook page photo

Norfolk Southern’s outgoing CEO says permitting the freshly-restored 611 steam engine to run excursions on its tracks is good for the railroad. The 611 prepares to lead excursions in coming weekends from Manassas, Lynchburg and Roanoke, but as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, the future of such excursions will require that the railroad maintains its current thinking.

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Va. panel issues 21 proposals to combat campus sex assaults

STATE-NEWSA state task force has issued 21 recommendations to combat sexual assaults on Virginia college campuses. Those recommendations include the development of prevention plans to deter sexual assault and increased sexual assault reporting options, like smartphone apps. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia Tech conducts national study that closely monitors truck drivers

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Researchers at Virginia Tech are conducting  a comprehensive study on truck drivers, one expected to provide mountains of information on the unique challenges truckers face and how they handle those challenges. The findings are expected to be be of national significance in efforts to make all vehicles and drivers safer, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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D-Day Memorial service to honor those who have fallen for their country

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Dday.org

Memorial Day is the day we remember the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Among the observances around the region today is one at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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LCA Superintendent: move to VHSL will benefit school’s athletics and visibility — impact on enrollment less clear

Lynchburg Christian Academy Logo LCAThe Superintendent of Lynchburg Christian Academy says there was no intent to be any sort of trailblazer in the school’s now-successful efforts to join the Virginia High School League.  John Patterson says the move was intended to — and will have — a wholly positive impact on the school’s athletic program and visibility within the Lynchburg area. The impact, he says, in other areas like enrollment is not as clear. He spoke with WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Patterson says another major benefit will be reduced travel times for athletic teams, which have had to frequently take buses well out of town to compete with other schools. LCA joins the VHSL in August as the first non-public school to join the league in its 90-year history.

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On-line disruptions impact SOL testing; some students may qualify for retests as a result

Education-News1Computer problems have disrupted Virginia’s SOL tests three times in the last ten days. School officials say the impacts have been minimal, but some students may become eligible to take them again. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Sweet Briar alum: naming college as “endangered historic place” important whether or not it remains open

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300The Sweet Briar College alumna who nominated her Alma mater as an “endangered historic place” says its designation is important even if efforts to keep the college open do not succeed. Charlotte Bonini, class of ’92, says the campus has significant architectural, historic and natural resources that should be protected no matter what Sweet Briar’s future may be. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia Attorney General takes prominent role in nationwide charity scam announcement

WLNI-SVirginia Attorney General Mark Herring took a prominent role in a nationwide charity fraud announcement yesterday in Washington on sham cancer charities that allegedly served mainly to enrich those who ran them. The Federal Trade Commission says a Tennessee family used much of the $187 million it raised in four sham cancer charities to pay for things like cars, luxury cruises and six-figure salaries.  WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Preservationists: Sweet Briar buildings, land should be protected whether college closes or stays open

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300Preservationists say they are not attempting to enter the debate on whether Sweet Briar should close, but they do want its buildings and land to be protected no matter how thinks work out at the college. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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