Newer rail tankers likely to reduce oil spills, fires in derailments — once more are built

Train-Fire-thumbShippers, refiners and railroads are moving to replace older rail tankers with ones built to a higher safety standard, which experts say will reduce the number of spills and fires in derailments. But there is a big backlog of orders, and the Association of American Railroads says fewer than a quarter of oil tank cars on the rails right now meet that stronger standard. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Shannon Valentine named to Commonwealth Transportation Board

Shannon ValentineGovernor McAuliffe has named former Lynchburg Delegate Shannon Valentine to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. She is one of six people named today. In a statement, the governor said the six share his vision for the future of Virginia’s transportation system. The board decides which transportation projects will receive state funding.

(Continue reading for the governor’s news release.)

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Pipe leak forces early dismissal today at Rustburg High School

A leaking pipe is forcing an early dismissal today at  Rusbtburg High School.  Students there will be sent home at 12:45 p.m. The leak is near a power line outside the school building, and crews must shut off the power to repair the pipe. School officials expect those repairs to be completed this afternoon and hope classes can begin at their regular times Thursday. All after-school activities at Rustburg High School today are cancelled.

 

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Gleaning for the World sends first tornado relief truckload today

Gleaning for the WorldGleaning For The World is responding to the tornadoes that have torn across the Midwest and Southern United States. The Concord-based relief organization is wasting no time helping out, sending out its first shipment this morning. Gleaning for the World works to provide life-saving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation — usually  surplus corporate goods that would otherwise head for landfills.  Founder and President Rev. Ron Davidson says they’re prepared to deliver additional supplies as needed as new reports of tornado damage come in.

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State Republicans say Democrats “reckless and irresponsible”

virginia-general-assembly-logoHouse of Delegates and Virginia Senate GOP leaders say Democrats are being “reckless and irresponsible” in the continuing budget impasse. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the latest:

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SML osprey nest is crowded this year; you can look in, but it may not always be pretty

OspreyCamAn on-line camera is up and running once again that lets you watch a pair of ospreys raise a new family on Smith Mountain Lake — but it won’t always be always pretty. The couple is tending to four eggs — more than normal — and while ospreys are very good at catching fish, if all four eggs hatch, there will be lots of competition for all the food the parents bring in. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here to see the Smith Mountain Lake osprey cam.

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Prescription drug takeback events tomorrow, and in Campbell Co,, document shredding and child car seat installation

Got drugs takebackThe latest prescription drug take-back day is set for tomorrow, and the numbers show it keeps tons of drugs in our region out of landfills and water supplies. There are events scheduled across the region, and in Campbell County, the sheriff’s office is combining it with document shredding and child car seat installation. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here to find the your nearest prescription drug takeback location.

Click here for full Campbell County information on the all-in-one drug takeback, document shredding, and child car seat installation. (Scroll down to fourth story on the page.)

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Many older boaters won’t need to take a safety course after all

virginia-general-assembly-logoMany older boaters will not have to take a safety course after all — one result of yesterday’s veto session in Richmond. It overturns part of a law that had its start with a fatal accident on Smith Mountain Lake in the summer of 2005 that killed two people and a dog. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, delegates representing the lake are unhappy with yesterday’s outcome.

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Coins, jewelry and more; unclaimed property goes on VA auction block this week

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Virginia is getting ready to auction off millions of dollars’ worth of items that have gone unclaimed and ended up in state-managed storage. The state Treasury Department tries to find the items’ rightful owners, but storage space is not unlimited, so some of the jewelry, furniture, coins and other items eventually go on sale. The proceeds go to a fund to support Virginia public schools. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full auction information.

Click here to check for unclaimed property for yourself, your business or your organization.

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VDOT dips into highway construction funds to help pay winter snow removal bill

VDOTVDOT officials says once all the bills are in, they expect their snow removal spending this winter to total $350 million dollars, well over twice what was budgeted. As a result, VDOT is cutting back on some other maintenance spending and re-allocating $65 million in federal construction funds. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for the full VDOT news release. It includes a list of all Lynchburg District construction projects included in the plan.

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