Pipeline builders, critics disagree on proposed projects’ very need

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(AP photo)

As federal regulators continue the process of reviewing two proposed natural gas pipelines across Virginia, builders and critics disagree on whether there will be any need for the pipelines should they be built. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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SOL pass rates improve again, but “achievement gap” remains between whites, other students

Education-News1The percentage of Virginia public school students meeting reading, math and science Standards of Learning inched upward in the most recent school year. But state education officials say one continuing concern is the gap in SOL pass rates between white students and other groups. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here to see SOL results by school

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Denton: 13% Clinton lead in Va. poll may reduce state’s role as key battleground state

WLNI-campaign-2016WLNI Political Analyst Bob Denton says a new statewide poll suggests Donald Trump is going have a difficult time carrying Virginia in November, a state Trump likely needs to win the election. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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VT prof: many cities may someday share Flint’s water problems

Marc Edwards (VT photo)

Marc Edwards (VT photo)

The Virginia Tech professor widely credited with exposing the water health dangers in Flint Michigan says there are many more communities in the country that will face similar public health challenges. Marc Edwards announced his team’s latest findings yesterday. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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It’s a beetle that kills trees, and state officials want to keep it out of Virginia

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USDA photo

State agriculture officials have issued an alert  for the Asian Longhorned Beetle. It has not yet been seen in Virginia, but officials fear that if it does arrive, it could do great harm to valuable hardwood stands. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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UPDATE: Woman wearing VT hoodie lied to Kansas Police when she claimed amnesia

Hays, KS Police photo

Hays, KS Police photo

UPDATE: From Hays, Kansas Police:  The Hays Police Department has positively identified the female from our earlier media release as 30-year-old Stephanie J. Eggers out of Fulton, Mo. Originally, Eggers told officers she had no memory. Eggers later gave a detective false names. Throughout the investigation, Eggers lied to the detective and admitted that she had lied once confronted with her real identity. Substantial resources and effort were put forth to aid and identify Eggers, who has now been arrested for interference of a law enforcement officer for her actions hindering the investigation.

PREVIOUS:We don’t know if she is from this area — or anywhere in Virginia — but a woman found along a Kansas interstate wearing a Virginia Tech hoodie tells police she doesn’t know her name or how she got there. She was found this morning walking along Interstate 70 near Hays, and police there say she had been exposed to the elements for some time. They say it appears the woman has lost her entire memory.

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Gypsy moths make a comeback this year; state works to limit damage in 2017

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Gypsy moths made a bit of a comeback this year in parts of southwest Virginia, and the state’s Department of Forestry hopes some damage mapping work this year will help limit the harm to trees next year. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Plans in works for more Amtrak service to Lynchburg — after it first returns to Roanoke

Amtrak-LogoState transportation officials are planning to add another daily round-trip Amtrak train to Lynchburg — as preparations enter the final year on extending passenger service to Roanoke. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Herring launches program to build trust between teens, law enforcement

Mark Herring

Mark Herring

Attorney General Mark Herring hopes a new program his department is launching will help both teens and police officers better interact with one another. The interactive program is designed to teach teens about their rights and responsibilities when they encounter law enforcement officers, whether it’s during a conversation or an arrest. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Two charged with armed robbery of woman as she worked on her car

Sanchez Harris

Sanchez Harris

De'Quone Roberson

De’Quone Roberson

Lynchburg Police say two city teens are charged with a weekend armed robbery on Euclid Avenue. The victim tells police she was working on her car Saturday when two men approached her, and after helping her at first, one of them put a gun to her and grabbed her purse and cellphone. 18-year-old Sanchez Harris faces several counts, including robbery. De’Quone Roberson, also 18, faces accessory counts.

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