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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As summer driving begins, gas prices likely to fall through June

Gas-Prices1With June just around the corner, experts say gas prices are likely to head lower in the coming month, just as many people hit the road for vacations.  Pump prices have been gradually declining in the region since their high point in late April. At GasBuddy.com, which tracks prices across the country, analysts say prices are likely to reach their low point as we approach July 4th. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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D-Day Memorial to honor driving force behind its creation

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National D-Day Memorial photo

The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will honor Bob Slaughter at its Memorial Day observance, unveiling a bronze bust. It will be distinguished company — alongside others there that include Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill. Slaughter is credited as the driving force behind the Memorial’s creation. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Cause of Bedford industrial fire remains undetermined; two most likely causes cited

Fire-ImageBedford County fire investigators say they still don’t know for sure what started a destructive fire last month at Central Virginia Pallet and Stake — and they are unlikely to ever know. It burned for more than two weeks before burning itself out. But the county fire marshal says there is nothing suspicious; the two most likely causes being sparks from a cutting tool or an electrical problem.

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Liberty University hopes weekend event will interest more girls and women in aviation careers

Liberty University logoWomen make up just six per cent of the country’s aviation industry .. and Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics is hosting a weekend event in hopes of getting more girls interested.  It’s called “Women Can Fly”, and it features free airplane rides, a tour of Lynchburg Airport’s control tower and time in one of Liberty’s aircraft simulators. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Central VA charity helps women in developing countries face monthly cycle challenges

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WINGS photo

A Concord- based charity is creating and distributing kits specifically designed for women in developing countries, to help them handle monthly menstrual cycle challenges made more difficult by cultural taboos and their living conditions. The kits are made in central and southwest Virginia, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, each one can help a woman for up to three years.

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Both sides now wait for appeals court judges to rule on VA same-sex marriage

A potentially landmark gay marriage case is now in the hands of a federal appeals court in Richmond. Same sex marriage supporters say the issue is simply a matter of equality, but traditional marriage advocates say gay marriage would undermine the traditional family structure. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Feds: VMI engaged in sex discrimination

VMI LogoThe Obama administration says it has reached an agreement with Virginia Military Institute to resolve sex-discrimination issues. The Education Department said Friday it found that female cadets were exposed to a sexually hostile environment at the Lexington, Virginia, state-supported military college. It said the school failed to provide for the “prompt and equitable” resolution of complaints alleging sexual harassment and sexual assault. It said the school failed to provide for the “prompt and equitable” resolution of complaints alleging sexual harassment and sexual assault.

In a statement posted on line,  the institute disputes that but says cooperating and signing the agreement was in its best interest.

The department also said it negotiated revisions to VMI’s marriage and parenthood policy that became effective last month. It said VMI now allows cadets who become pregnant, or have a child, to continue their education.

(The Association Press contributed to this report.)

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Jury finds Randy Taylor guilty of Alexis Taylor’s abduction and murder

Randy Taylor (FBI photo)

Alexis MurphyA Nelson County jury has found 48-year-old Randy Taylor guilty of abducting and killing 17-year-old Alexis Murphy last August. Jury members needed just over six hours of deliberations to reach their verdict. Prior to reaching their decision, jurors asked to review surveillance tapes from the Lovingston gas station where Taylor and Murphy were both seen August 3rd — the last time the teenage girl was seen alive. The video showed both leaving the station in their vehicles.  Prosecutors said there was ample evidence linking Taylor to Alexis’ disappearance and death. Defense attorneys had argued that there was no evidence showing Taylor killed Alexis Murphy, mainly because no body was ever found. But jurors found him guilty on all counts.

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Tweedy in, Cary out; Foster, Nelson re-elected

lynchburg - emergency logoElection day turned out to be a good one for the three Democratic-party endorsed candidates in Lynchburg, but not so good for the Republican-endorsed ones. Incumbents Joan Foster and Randy Nelson led the way, winning re-election at-large City Council seats, and they’ll be joined by Treney Tweedy, who finished just behind Nelson in the third spot. Tweedy will replace H. Cary on Council; he finished fourth in yesterday’s voting, almost 1,500 votes behind. Cary was followed by Rhonnie Smith and Keith Anderson. All three winners were Democrat party endorsed — Republicans had endorsed the three who failed to hold or win Council seats.
Election results courtesy WDBJ7:

Lynchburg City Council   19 of 19 Precincts Reporting
*oan Foster (I) 5,883 23%
J. R. “Randy” Nelson (I) 5,189 20%
Treney Tweedy (I) 4,931 19%
Hunsdon “H” Cary (I) 3,480 13%
Rhonnie Smith (I) 3,392 13%
Keith Anderson (I) 3,065 12%
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