Pro-choice, pro-life supporters react to Herring abortion clinic opinion

Abortion-RegulationsPro-life supporters are unhappy with an opinion from Attorney General Mark Herring on abortion clinic building regulations, but pro-choice supporters say it’s about time an earlier decision is  reviewed. At issue is whether existing Virginia abortion clinics should meet the same building standards as hospitals. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Virginia takes steps in hopes of limiting future hazardous cargo derailments

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A state task force created after the fiery Lynchburg oil train derailment one year ago has released its initial report and recommendations. Among other things, the Virginia Railroad Safety and  Security Task Force recommends increased state inspections of tracks carrying crude oil and other hazardous materials — and requiring railroads and federal regulators to share all safety-related information. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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VA Attorney General seeks meeting with Sweet Briar and group hoping to stop its closing

Sweet Briar CollegeAttorney General Mark Herring has sent letters to representatives of Sweet Briar College and the group hoping to keep it from closing. The letter asks for a meeting sometime in May in hopes of finding a resolution that does not involve costly litigation. The letter re-affirms Herring’s previous statements that his office has no standing to take a position one way or another.

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Virginians on both sides of same-sex marriage debate at Supreme Court today

Supreme CourtVirginians on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate plan to be at the U.S. Supreme Court today as justices consider whether state bans on such marriages are unconstitutional. This specific case does not involve Virginia, but the justices are expected to rule by late June whether states have the right to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Osprey parents don’t give up, and SML camera shows nest at work

OspreyCamOnce again, a camera in the middle of Smith Mountain Lake lets you look in on a pair ospreys trying to raise a family. But as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, if recent experience is any guide, nature can be rough, and survival is anything but guaranteed.

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Here is a longer-form interview with Smith Mountain Lake State Park Manager Brian Heft:

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Lynchburg among localities scrambling to replace banned voting machines

Board of ElectionsMore than a half dozen cities and counties in the region are now scrambling to replace hundreds of voting machines after the state Board of Elections voted to bar any further use. Among those impacted: Lynchburg City and Roanoke County, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Here is a longer-form conversation with Lynchburg City Voter Registrar Carolyn Sherayko:

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Lawmakers reject proposed McAuliffe amendments on police drone use

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYState lawmakers cited privacy concerns in rejecting Governor McAuliffe’s proposed amendments Wednesday to a bill that sharply limits when law enforcement can use drones to gather evidence. The governor’s proposals would have allowed more widespread drone use without warrants, but both houses voted the proposed changes down, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Legal challenge to Sweet Briar closing goes before judge today

Sweet-Briar-College-215x300Efforts to save Sweet Briar College are set to go before a Bedford County judge later today as a commonwealth’s attorney seeks an order preventing the college from closing this summer. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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With lowest summer gas prices likely in years, why we may not look as hard for best deals at the pump

Gas-Prices1Summer gas prices are likely to be the lowest in at least ten years. Gas Buddy, which tracks prices across the country, now projects a national average summer price of $2.35 a gallon — and Virginia’s average is often 20 cents or so lower.  But an expert in retail gas pricing strategies says as prices go down, we are less likely to look as hard for the best deals. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Impacts debated as EPA prepares to decide on stricter power plant emissions

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The Environmental Protection Agency plans to issue to new regulations this summer on power plant emissions. Environmentalists say it would be good for Virginia’s air quality and reduce impacts of more severe weather. But opponents say we would all pay more, with little actual impact, and it would cost thousands of Virginians their jobs. More on the debate from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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