Fighting in Iraq may impact what you pay at the pump this summer

Gas-Prices1The large-scale fighting that has overtaken parts of Iraq in recent days may impact what you pay at the pump for the rest of the summer. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, experts say we should no longer expect the usual trend of falling prices into July 4th.

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$1 million renovations this year at Peaks of Otter Lodge

Peaks-of-Otter_logoThe company now managing Peaks of Otter is spending a lot of money this year to upgrade the lodge, now 50 years old. Delaware North is paying close to $1 million to renovate the 63 rooms, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it has other plans to upgrade the Blue Ridge Parkway landmark.

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Year-round “big air” skiing coming shortly to Liberty University

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The summer season is here, so how about some swimming, sunning — and “big air” ski stunts! Liberty University’s Snowflex ski center now has a giant airbag, and they’re finishing up a jump in front of it so skiing and snowboard competitors can safely practice aerial stunts before trying them out for real. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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From impasse to impending passage; lawmakers return to Richmond to approve a budget

virginia-general-assembly-logoState lawmakers return to Richmond today, with both parties expecting rapid approval of a new budget, ending the months-long stalemate. The budget will not include Medicaid expansion as Democrats had wanted, but it may still come up for consideration this year, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Empty nest: mother nature shows its cruel side as three osprey chicks fall to nighttime predators

OspreyNestSmith Mountain Lake State Park promises to show the good and bad in nature through its “ospreycam“, and in recent days, it’s been pretty cruel in the nest. The three chicks that were there a week ago are all gone, disappearing one by one on successive nights. Park officials say it’s nature at work, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it’s not always pretty.

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Amazement Square Friday fundraiser to let you like as a child and adult — at the same time

amazement_squareAmazement Square may be mostly for children, but the museum is planning a special event Friday just for adults. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, “Museum After Dark” will let you live as a kid and an adult at the same time.

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Admission is $50 for two hours or $75 for all four. Click here for full “Museum After Dark” information.

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Experts expect strong campaign from Gillespie, even if it starts as an uphill battle

WLNI-SThe Virginia Senate race is now set: Republican Ed Gillespie and incumbent Democrat Mark Warner. Gillespie captured the GOP nomination over the weekend at the party’s state convention in Roanoke.   Political experts say Gillespie faces an uphill battle, but they expect him to run a strong campaign, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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For 3rd time in recent weeks, TSA finds gun at Lynchburg airport security checkpoint

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The Transportation Security Administration says a Forest man was arrested at Lynchburg Regional Airport this morning after TSA officers caught him with a loaded .45 caliber gun at the airport’s security checkpoint. This is the third time since mid-April that a Lynchburg passenger has been stopped for bringing a weapon in his carry-on luggage. The TSA says the gun was loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, including one in the chamber. The administration’s news release does not identify the man arrested.

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D-Day veterans converge on region for 70th anniversay observance

National D-Day MemorialHundreds of D-Day veterans are converging on the region today in advance of tomorrow’s 70th anniversary observance in Bedford. National D-Day Memorial officials say it is likely to be the last time so many D-Day vets are assembled together and able to tell of their experiences on that day. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full 70th anniversary observance information from the National D-Day Memorial.

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Columbia Gas files for rate increase

Columbia GasColumbia Gas of Virginia wants to increase its rates — and change the way it calculates its customer gas bills. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, a public hearing is scheduled December in Richmond.

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