VT prof: Russia hopes Trump’s campaign talk about NATO doesn’t change now

Besnik Pula (VT photo)

Besnik Pula (VT photo)

It’s not clear yet whether President-elect Trump’s policies toward Russia will mirror some his campaign comments, but a Virginia Tech political science professor says Russia’s leaders would no doubt be happy if he does. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Denton: nation’s polarization not likely to end with election

wlni-election-2016It was by almost any measure a polarizing presidential election, and now, it is turning into a polarizing transition. Our political analyst wonders if growing waves of unrest might continue escalating. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Two ballot questions tomorrow; one involves workplaces and union membership

wlni-election-2016You will see two Constitutional amendment questions on the ballot when you vote tomorrow, one of them involving workplaces and union membership. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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The other proposed Constitutional amendment asks whether localities should have the option of providing property tax  exemptions for surviving spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty.

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Veterans honor Desmond Doss, the Lynchburg native whose story is told in “Hacksaw Ridge”

Desmond Doss (US Army photo)

Desmond Doss (US Army photo)

The movie based on a Lynchburg native’s heroism under fire opens here tonight, and in advance of that, dozens of veterans paid tribute yesterday to Desmond Doss. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Pipeline accident may raise gas prices here – but it should be temporary

Gas-Prices1For the second time in less than two months, an accident is disrupting a main gasoline supply to states that include Virginia. So temporary price hikes and spot shortages are possible, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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State officials want you to take on-line public education survey

Education-News1The Virginia Department of Education wants anyone interested in public schools to go on line and complete a survey.  It’s a part of implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for the on-line survey web page

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Mother’s traffic death leads to on-line petition to install traffic signal

Amherst CountyA traffic death in Amherst County earlier this month has led to an on-line petition to install a traffic light where a mother of three died. It’s the intersection of US 29 and State Route 151 where 47-year-old Cynthia Martin was killed after two vehicles collided there in late September. As of mid-afternoon Friday, almost 700 people had signed the petition. Click here to see the petition web site.

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Appomattox football coach leads national on-line competition

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Appomattox High School football coach Doug Smith is currently the leading vote-getter in a national competition for most valuable coach. Smith was one of 50 coaches U.S. Cellular chose for the first round, and he and is now one of the 15 finalists. The two coaches receiving the most on-line votes will be honored lived on ESPN during the Under Armour All-America Game. Click here for a link to The U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach website.

 

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5th District race could become crucial if Democrats come close to capturing House

WLNI-campaign-2016While most attention goes to the presidential election next month, also at stake is which party controls the Senate and House of Representatives. Experts say a congressional district in our region could become important if Democrats come close to achieving a House majority. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Tax deadline nears if you filed for an extension last spring

IRS-LogoIRS officials say close to 500,000 Virginians have yet to file their full 2015 tax returns — and their deadline to do so is just a few days away. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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