On air and at outside memorial, WDBJ7 remembers Alison and Adam one year later

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Flowers outside the WDBJ7 studios, and inside, on-air remembrances today — one year after Reporter Alison Parker and Photojournalist Adam Ward were fatally shot during a live broadcast from Smith Mountain Lake. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Nine arrested for July holdups in Lynchburg; one suspect is 12 years old

Markell Covington

Markell Covington

Sanchez Harris

Sanchez Harris

De'Quone Roberson

De’Quone Roberson

Lynchburg Police say nine people are now charged for a series of armed robberies in July, two of them on Euclid Avenue and one on Fillmore street. Two of holdups involved pizza delivery drivers and one was a woman whose car had become disabled. The suspects range in age from 12 to 24, and most of the suspects are minors.

(Continue reading for the full Lynchburg Police news release.)

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UVA expert: FBI faces tough challenge in finding domestic terrorists and preventing their attacks

wlni-defaultAs the FBI investigates whether the weekend stabbing attack in Roanoke County is terrorism-related, experts say finding U.S. residents who might commit acts of terrorism is a difficult process — especially when there are no previous signs of violence. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe: a few mistakes are worth the greater goal of restoring former felons’ rights

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe says there be some mistakes along the way, but he is committed to restoring the rights of 200,000 former felons — in a way that meets a recent court order. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe: voting rights again restored to 13,000 felons

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state’s Supreme Court. McAuliffe’s announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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Backyard chickens: a Salmonella risk no matter how clean you keep the coop

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(AP Photo)

As the popularity of backyard chickens grows in Virginia, so does the number of Salmonella cases associated with it. Experts say taking just a few steps greatly reduces the chances of contracting it. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Massive Appomattox County estate goes to auction September 8

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(Concierge Auctions photo)

If you are looking for a new place to call home, an Appomattox County property will go up for auction the evening of Thursday, September 8th. But Stone Ridge is probably out of most buyers’ price range — a 22,000 square foot mansion on 2,500 acres, along with two miles of James River waterfront. Other amenities include a bowling alley, indoor tennis court, indoor pool and much more.

Click here to see full Stone Ridge auction information.

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Lynchburg officials say new procedures are in place after juvenile offenders run off from program activity

City of LynchburgLynchburg  officials say new procedures are now in place for a city juvenile offender program after three juvenile detainees ran off last week from a program activity. All three have since been apprehended. It’s called the “Post-Dispositional Program”, and the event in this case was an outing at Riverside Park. City officials say the new procedures are intended to prevent a repeat occurrence.

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Pipeline builders, critics disagree on proposed projects’ very need

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(AP photo)

As federal regulators continue the process of reviewing two proposed natural gas pipelines across Virginia, builders and critics disagree on whether there will be any need for the pipelines should they be built. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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SOL pass rates improve again, but “achievement gap” remains between whites, other students

Education-News1The percentage of Virginia public school students meeting reading, math and science Standards of Learning inched upward in the most recent school year. But state education officials say one continuing concern is the gap in SOL pass rates between white students and other groups. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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