State conducts feasibility study on Bedford Amtrak stop

Amtrak-LogoThere is currently no plan to include Bedford when Amtrak service extends to Roanoke next year, but state transportation officials are now conducting a feasibility study. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Lynchburg Lamb Chops? Love Apples? Hillcats select six finalists for new team name

Lynchburg HillcatsThe Lynchburg Hillcats have narrowed down the list of names to six for its “Name the Team” contest. The current name is one of the six, and there are the other five possibilities: Lamb Chops, Doves, Derechos, River Runners, and Love Apples. The team explains the reasoning for each one on its web site, where you can vote until July 19th for your favorite. The name change, if any, takes effect next season.

Click here for the Hillcats “Name the Team” web site. Voting ends July 19th.

 

 

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New state law makes “dooring” a traffic violation

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Many new laws take effect today in Virginia, including laws involving drivers. One of them deals with infractions called “dooring”, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Water advisory to remain in effect until lab tests can be completed

wlni-defaultLynchburg and state health officials are advising some city residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for safe drinking and cooking. It’s the result of a water line break on U.S. 460 near Falwell Airport affecting  Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna, and U.S. 460 east of the Campbell Avenue interchange. Lynchburg Director of Water Resources Tim Mitchell tells Reporter Andre Whitehead the problem started when a VDOT contractor broke a service line Wednesday evening. He says the order is precautionary:

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Mitchell says the advisory will not be lifted until satisfactory lab tests come back:

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Until then, boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink

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Liberty students who train in advance for disaster relief head for West Virginia

Liberty University logoLiberty University is sending a student disaster relief team tomorrow to hard-hit Greenbrier County West Virginia. The LU Send NOW program is one in which qualified students sign up in advance, go through training and be ready for deployment whenever needed. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full LU Send NOW program information.

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Denton: Supreme Court decision says McDonnell conviction was politically-motivated witch hunt

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Virginia Tech professor and WLNI Political Analyst Bob Denton says yesterday’s Supreme Court decision overturning former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions should be welcomed by any and all elected officials. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Denton did not spare his words for federal prosecutors:

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Police: three Memorial Avenue armed holdups appear related

LPD lynchburg policeLynchburg Police say three armed robberies in the city this month appear to be related. The latest occurred last night at the Dollar General store on Memorial Avenue, where a man walked in with a handgun and demanded money. Police  believe the same suspect appears responsible for similar holdups at the Express Lane on Memorial Avenue June 11th  and the Wendy’s on Memorial Avenue June 2nd.

(Continue reading for police news releases of each robbery.)

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Kai Degner ties presidential race to his campaign for 6th District

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Kai Degner

With the Republican primary out of the way, attention turns to November in the 6th Congressional District. The Democratic party candidate is Kai Degner, who is already tying his campaign in with the presidential contest.  WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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6th District GOP Primary: Goodlatte campaigns to avoid being “Cantored” by Griego

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte

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It’s primary day for Republicans in the 6th Congressional District, where long-time Representative Bob Goodlatte has campaigned hard to avoid being “Cantored” — a reference to a Virginia primary upset two years ago. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Virginia Lottery likely to meet last year’s profits — but it’s still partly up to chance

VA-Lottery-LogoIt’s unclear whether state tax revenues will reach projections for the fiscal year that ends June 30th, but the Virginia Lottery appears on track to meet or exceed expected profits. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, that could change — for reasons entirely out of the Lottery’s control.

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