Apco: broken crossarm led to Wednesday PM outage

AEP-American-Electric-PowerAppalachian Power says a broken crossarm on a utility pole led to Wednesday afternoon’s outage that left close to 1,600 customers in the dark in Lynchburg and Amherst County. Apco says the problem was centered along Wytne Road near City Stadium and Spring Hill Cemetery. The outage occurred around 3:45 pm.

 

 

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Poll: most Virginians don’t believe CDC on how Ebola is spread

EbolaA new statewide poll shows less than half of Virginians believe the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when it says the Ebola virus can be spread only by coming in contact with bodily fluids. The Roanoke College poll finds 31% don’t believe that at all, and 24% are unsure. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Roanoke College Poll: Gillespie narrows gap, but Warner still holds double-digit lead

CAMPAIGN-2014From Roanoke College: Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has narrowed the gap, but Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner still holds a 13-point lead (45%-32%) in the Virginia race for U.S. Senate, according to the Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian Robert Sarvis polled at 3 percent. In the generic Congressional ballot, Republicans now hold an insignificant lead over Democrats (41%-39%).  The Roanoke College Poll interviewed 738 likely voters in Virginia between October 20 and October 25 and has a margin of error of +3.6 percent.

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Virginia works to monitor everyone coming here from Ebola-stricken countries

EbolaVirginia health officials are now actively monitoring all travelers arriving in the state from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. So far, 53 travelers have been identified for monitoring. Health officials say most returning travelers will be considered low-risk. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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State regulators propose changes in long-term care insurance

STATE-NEWSState regulators are proposing revisions to the rules governing long-term care insurance in Virginia. It pays for long-term care that other insurance does not cover after a certain amount of time, including Medicare, things like assisted living, nursing home and Alzheimer’s care. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, such insurance has been subject to significant hikes in policy costs.

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Man who found critical Morgan Harrington evidence hopes its leads now to successful prosecutions

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The man who discovered a key piece of evidence that links Morgan Harrington’s murder to a 2005 rape in Fairfax hopes it leads to successful prosecutions. That evidence is Harrington’s t-shirt. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Goodlatte: non-citizens should be denied U.S. entry for 30 days after leaving Ebola-stricken countries

EbolaCongressman Bob Goodlatte wants the Obama administration to implement a 30-day waiting period before a non-citizen can enter the U.S. after leaving one of three Ebola-stricken countries.  Goodlatte calls it a common-sense precaution in efforts to help limit the deadly disease from spreading in our country. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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VA agreement with other states highlights growing role on distance learning in higher education

Education-News1The growing role of on-line learning in higher education is reflected in a new agreement between Virginia and close to a dozen other states, one designed to help both students taking distance learning courses and the Virginia colleges that offer them. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Amherst deputies seek muzzle-loading rifle theft suspect

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office is investigating the larceny of a muzzle loading rifle from Wal-Mart. On Sunday October 12th; a white male, in his late teens or early twenties, entered the Grocery-side entrance of Wal-Mart at 12:47am. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, with the hood up, blue jeans and brown work boots. While in the store, he disabled the security system on the item and took a muzzle loading rifle from Sporting Goods. Anyone that has any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information regarding this crime. All information is totally confidential.

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Natural gas pipeline debate likely to intensify

WLNI-SThe debate over  a new natural gas pipeline is likely to intensify in Virginia as pipeline plans become firmer. As things stand, one of the routes would carry natural gas under parts of Nelson County. The industry says pipelines are the safest way to transport energy sources, but opponents say they can be disruptive to homeowners and the environment. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more on the debate.

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