Stanley bill aims to prepare more HS students for workplace by filling empty CC seats

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYState Senator Bill Stanley is hoping for General Assembly passage of a bill that he says would prepare more high school students for good-paying, in-demand jobs simply by filling some empty seats. Stanley’s bill would require community colleges providing vocational and trade courses to notify high schools in regions they serve when those courses are not full — and offer those open spots to interested high school students. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Teachers, police may see a pay raise after all this year

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYVirginia state employees may see at least a small pay raise under a new proposal by House Republicans. The state workers, including police and teachers, would receive pay raises between and one and two per cent. It’s the result of higher-than-anticipated payroll tax collections since July. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Law school assistant dean: appeals court ruling may tell McDonnell “we think you might have gotten hosed”

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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A George Mason University School of Law assistant dean says an appeals court decision to hear former Governor McDonnell’s appeal may have impacts far beyond Virginia — and the judges may be telling McDonnell “we think you might have gotten hosed.” A Richmond-based federal appeals court ruled yesterday McDonnell may remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions, saying the appeal raises a substantial question of law or fact that could warrant a reversal or a new trial. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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TSA screeners find record number of guns in carry-on bags at Va. airports – including three at LYH

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The Transportation Security Administration says its screeners discovered 45 firearms in carry-on bags at Virginia airports last year — up more than 50% from the year before. Three of them were discovered by screeners at Lynchburg’s airport and one at Roanoke-Blacksburg. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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No DNA evidence linking Jesse Matthew to Alexis Murphy’s disappearance

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Jesse Matthew

Alexis Murphy

Alexis Murphy

Nelson County prosecutors say there is no DNA link between Jesse Matthew and the disappearance of Alexis Murphy. The attorney for Murphy’s convicted killer, Randy Taylor, had speculated that Matthew may be connected to the Murphy case, but officials say Matthew’s DNA does not match any found in Alexis Murphy’s car. Matthew is charged with abducting Hannah Graham in Charlottesville.

Click here to read the full Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney news release

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Many area schools dismissing early with threat of afternoon winter weather

WLNI-SMany school districts in the region are sending students home early today, with rain, snow and sleet all in the afternoon forecast. Counties north and west of Lynchburg are under a winter weather advisory that goes into effect at 2:00 pm.

Click here for the latest list of school announcements.

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Natural Bridge Zoo says Humane Society allegations are propaganda to seek more donations

Natural Bridge ZooThe Humane Society of the United States accuses the Natural Bridge Zoo of abuse and neglect, leading to the deaths of a giraffe and other animals. Click here to see our earlier story. The zoo owner calls the accusations “slanderous”. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here to see the the Human Society of the United States report and video.

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State lawmakers keep one eye on next November in this year’s session

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYThe General Assembly begins its first full week of this year’s session. And in the remaining six weeks, you can expect to hear plenty of debate with an eye toward this fall, when all Delegate and State Senate seats are up for election. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Both parties favor ethics law changes, but some proposals have their critics

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYEthics reform is one issue likely to gain bipartisan support in this year’s General Assembly session, but there are critics of some proposals to lower caps on gifts to state lawmakers. The story from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Va. launches health plan for uninsured with mental illnesses

WLNI-HEALTH-NEWSThe McAuliffe administration has launched a new program to provide health insurance for thousands of Virginians now without it. These are low-income residents with “serious and persistent” mental health problems. State health officials believe spending the money now on mental health care will save Virginians much more later on. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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