Denton: with Perriello running, governor’s race shapes up even more as early Trump referendum

It looks like this year’s race for Virginia governor is being shaped even more as a referendum of sorts on the early Trump presidency. Especially now that a second Democrat is in the running. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Ceremonial “valve-turning” today marks approach of new water service to Bedford County

You’ve heard of groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, but how about a valve-turning? There’s one today in Bedford, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it marks what will soon be a new level of water service to Bedford County.

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Macy’s to close River Ridge store; 60 workers impacted

Macy’s announced today it will close 68 stores nationwide, including its store at River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg. Macy’s says about 60 Lynchburg workers will be impacted. The company says final clearance sales will begin next Monday and last up to 12 weeks before the stores close their doors. The River Ridge Macy’s has been an anchor at the mall since opening in 1980.  The closures are part of a company-wide plan to close about 100 stores in the next two years in response to slowing sales and increased on-line competition.

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Denton: Despite string of recent statewide losses, GOP has a chance to win governor’s race this year

Virginia is one of two states with races for governor this year, so it will receive plenty of national attention. Our political analyst says one of the Republican candidates is trying to lay claim to the Donald Trump, anti-establishment label. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Va hospitals want General Assembly to pass several mental health care measures

The association representing Virginia hospitals wants state lawmakers to consider a series of mental health care proposals when they reconvene next week. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Denton: Trump cabinet picks likely provide first test of his presidency

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With three weeks and two days to go until inauguration day, our political analyst says President-elect Donald Trump’s first big test is likely to be Senate confirmation votes for his cabinet nominees. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones:

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Virginia Lottery hopes for another sellout holiday raffle that offers three $1 million prizes

Virginia Lottery officials hope they can again sell out what has proved to be a popular raffle in years past, one in which the winning numbers will be drawn this coming Sunday. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Gas prices may be higher than last year, but still much lower than five Decembers ago

For the first time in several years, gas prices are higher this holiday season than the year before. But experts  say when you consider where prices have been over the last decade, we’re still doing pretty well. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Now those roadside student job signs are showing up at Christmas break

Better Business BureauSigns have popped up around the Lynchburg area promising college students good money, something you normally see in late spring — and something the Better Business Bureau says should be treated warily. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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New Apco web site will show details of every power outage — down to your street

Appalachian Power unveils a new web page today, one that tells you plenty about any power outages that affect you. It will show each and every reported outage, the number of customers affected and when determined, the cause and estimated time of service restoration. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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