Hospital association: state limits on health care facilities keep costs down

wlni-defaultThe association that represents Virginia hospitals and healthcare providers says the current state limits on the number of health care facilities are keeping costs down for the Virginia patients who use them. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Virginia revokes handgun permit agreement with 25 states

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia will no longer recognize concealed handgun permits from more than two dozen states that have less stringent laws. Attorney General Mark Herring said Tuesday that the state will revoke its reciprocity agreement with 25 states after a review found that their permit requirements are weaker than Virginia’s. The change takes effect Feb. 1.   Herring says those states hand out permits to people who are barred from getting one under Virginia law, including fugitives, convicted stalkers and drug dealers. He says it’s a common sense step that will help keep concealed weapons out of the hands of dangerous and irresponsible people. Republican Del. Rob Bell, who’s seeking to oust Herring in 2017, called the move another “Washington-style overreach from a nakedly partisan attorney general.”

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Lynchburg delegate spearheads efforts to reduce Virginia hospital regulations

Del. Kathy Byron

Del. Kathy Byron

Moves are afoot in the General Assembly to reduce state regulation of the number of hospital facilities and services in Virginia. At issue is what’s called the “Certificate of Public Need”, or COPN. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Lynchburg Delegate Kathy Byron is among three delegates planning to spearhead those efforts in the next General Assembly session:

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Contentious NS shareholder proxy fight may loom in continued CP takeover effort

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Anyone holding on to Norfolk Southern stock may be hearing soon from Canadian Pacific. CP is now appealing directly to shareholders in its efforts to acquire NS, and it appears poised  to initiate a contentious proxy fight if the Norfolk Southern board doesn’t go along. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones:

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Dr. Bob Denton on Morning Line ranks the GOP candidates after latest debate

WLNI-campaign-2016With another GOP Debate  last night, who’s well-positioned hearing into the new year? WLNI’s Larry Dowdy and Janet Rose spoke with Political Analyst Dr. Bob Denton today on the Morning Line. Here is the entire interview:

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McAuliffe: next proposed budget would fund more teachers, smaller class sizes

STATE-NEWSGovernor McAuliffe will present his two-year budget proposal to General Assembly money committees next Thursday, and the governor promises it will include significant increases in education spending, in large part to pay for more teachers and lower class sizes. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Lynchburg Islamic leader: vast majority of Muslims reject, condemn violent acts

wlni-defaultThe President of the Greater Lynchburg Islamic Association says if Wednesday’s mass killings in California turn out to be the result of radical Islam-inspired terrorism, such actions are not consistent with the faith in any way, and the vast majority of Muslims condemn it. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Fuente: quality-of-life considerations played important role in VT decision

Justin Fuente

Justin Fuente

Virginia Tech’s next head football coach says quality-of-life considerations played an important role in his decision to come to Blacksburg. Justin Fuente says the Tech community is one where he wants to raise his three girls. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Survey shows where to find the best — and not-so-best — Black Friday deals

wlni-defaultIf you’re looking to track down some of the best bargains on this Black Friday, the personal finance website “Wallet Hub” says some stores — and some categories — offer much better deals than others. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Today is always a heavy traffic day, but this year, low gas prices could make it even worse

Gas-Prices1Today is always a very busy one on the highways, but this year, the traffic could be even heavier than usual — thanks to lower gasoline prices. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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