Tree pollen subsides, but all that rain may mean a rough grass pollen season

WLNI-HEALTH-NEWSAll those days of rain this month have been helpful to anyone dealing with tree pollen allergies, but now that same rain may make things more difficult for those allergic to grass pollen. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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State GOP leaders file legal challenge to McAuliffe executive action on felons’ rights

STATE-NEWSVirginia Republicans want the State Supreme Court to invalidate Governor McAuliffe’s recent executive order granting voting and other rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. McAuliffe says he will “vigorously oppose” the legal action. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Norfolk Southern to reduce employment levels more than previously announced

Norfolk-Southern-NS-LogoNorfolk Southern  says lower-than-expected freight traffic means the railroad will reduce its employment level by hundreds more jobs than previously announced. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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UPDATE: Area Kroger workers reject contract offer, approve strike authorization

KrogerUPDATED 11:20 am Wednesday: UFCW Local 400 says members voted unanimously to reject Kroger’s contract offer, and they approved a strike authorization. That does not necessarily mean a strike is imminent; the two sides had already agreed to extend the previous contract until June 4th.

The region’s Kroger union employees gather this morning in Salem to vote on a company contract proposal, and from all indications, they will soundly turn it down. The workers are also expected to approve a strike authorization vote, but that does not necessarily mean a walkout is imminent. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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It’s bear season: not for hunters, but for more likely encounters with humans

Black BearIt’s the time of year where people living in or near wooded areas are most likely to encounter bears in the their yards. Game officials say bears will move on if they can’t find food — but they can create plenty of damage if they do. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Democrats, Republicans make cases for and against McAuliffe order on felons’ rights

STATE-NEWSDemocrats say it is long overdue; Republicans says it gives 40,000 violent felons rights that many do not deserve. The two sides are presenting differing views on Governor McAuliffe’s recent executive order. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Bonnie Svercek named next Lynchburg City Manager

Bonnie Svercek

Bonnie Svercek

Lynchburg City Council has selected the next City Manager — and she is no stranger to the Hill City. Council members selected long-time Assistant Manager Bonnie Svercek to succeed Kimball Payne. Word of her appointment came as Council came out of an executive session late Tuesday afternoon. Here is the announcement when City Council returned to open session:

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Svercek tells Reporter Andre Whitehead she has three main goals:

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She has served as Assistant City Manager since 1999.

 

 

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Rick Mast: safer NASCAR means younger drivers more likely to take more risks

Rick Mast (2001 AP photo)

Rick Mast (2001 AP photo)

A former NASCAR driver says without recent safety improvements in race cars and on the tracks, some of the accidents we see these days would lead to many more serious injuries — or worse. Rick Mast grew up and still lives in the Lexington area, and he spoke with WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Man dies when box truck overturns in Amherst County; woman charged with DUI

Amherst CountyState Police say the driver of box truck is charged with DUI after a fatal Amherst County accident overnight that killed a passenger. Troopers say the truck was headed south on US 29 not far from the Nelson County line when it left the roadway shortly after midnight and overturned, spilling household furniture and other items onto the roadway. 63-year-old Peggy Ford of Bluffton, South Carolina faces charges. Police have not yet released the name of the male passenger who died.

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If you thank a teacher this week, he or she might win a nice reward

Education-News1This is “National Teacher Appreciation Week”, and here in Virginia, a first-time effort is underway to to thank public school teachers — and help a few of them win some nice rewards. WL NI’s Evan Jones has more.

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