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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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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Virginia Beach tourism industry opposes planned offshore drilling; petroleum industry says fears are unfounded

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With the summer season just about to begin in Virginia Beach, the tourism industry there is lining up in opposition to planned offshore oil drilling. But the petroleum industry says the reasons given are unfounded. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Sweet Briar president will stay away from Saturday commencement

Sweet Briar CollegeThe President of Sweet Briar College says he will not participate in tomorrow’s commencement ceremony. In a statement released today, James Jones says some faculty and alumnae have threatened to disrupt the ceremony if he presides. The college has announced plans to close this summer, citing declining enrollment and unsustainable debt. Many college supporters are fighting that in court.

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Sweet Briar commencement speaker: alum who opposes its closing

Teresa Pike Tomlinson

Teresa Pike Tomlinson

Tomorrow’s commencement speaker at Sweet Briar College faces an enormous and highly unusual challenge. The college plans to close down this summer — but Teresa Pike Hamilton, class of ’87, supports the legal challenges aimed to preventing the closure. She says tomorrow’s commencement address will be respectful but candid, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Here is an extended-length version of our telephone interview with her:

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