Lynchburg school officials send letter to Dunbar families over disrupted Black History Month observance

LynchburgCitySchoolsLynchburg School Superintendent Scott Braband has sent a letter home to all Dunbar Middle School families in response to community concerns over last Friday’s Black History Month observance. In it, Braband says the program’s content was not religious in nature, and the inclusion of some gospel music in it was to reflect its importance during the struggle for civil rights. He says school officials are investigating claims that the staff member who disrupted the program did so on the basis of objections to religious content in a public school — and “appropriate measures will be taken if warranted in accordance with school board policy.”

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Va. Attorney General to attend three Lynchburg events Wednesday

Va. AG Mark Herring

Mark Herring

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will spend much of next Wednesday in Lynchburg. His day includes addressing recruits at the Central Virginia Justice Academy, joining city police officers for a community policing presentation to the League of Women Voters .and taking part in a R.S. Payne Neighborhood Watch Meeting. It’s all part of a six-day tour designed to promote public safety through relationship building within communities.

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Man found 56 feet below Wards Road bridge; rescue crews bring him up alive

wlni-defaultWe are awaiting details from Lynchburg Police on what happened Monday on Wards Road at Candlers Mountain Road, where Wards crosses the Norfolk Southern tracks. City fire and rescue crews were called there  to the report of a person at the bottom of the bridge. This from Battalion Chief Sean Regan on what they found upon arrival:

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No word yet how the many ended up where he did. Regan tells independent journalist Andre Whitehead they had no information on the man’s condition other than he was awake when they brought him up.

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Gleaning for the World again provides disaster relief, this time in its own backyard

Gleaning for the WorldConcord-based Gleaning for the World is used to providing disaster assistance to victims around the world, but this time, it is helping victims almost literally in its own back yard. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe tours Appomattox County damage, promises all available state assistance

MCAuliffe Tours DamageGovernor McAuliffe visited the hard-hit Evergreen area of Appomattox County Thursday, promising all the state assistance possible to those hit by yesterday’s severe storm. The governor says crews are conducting a full damage assessment so the state can appeal to the federal government for emergency funds. McAuliffe says he was struck by the total destruction of homes he saw from the air — and what some people were trying to do at those homes today:

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The governor says if there is any good fortune in this, it is that the storm did not strike in the middle of the night, when the death toll could have been much higher.

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Virginia eagles: from near-disappearance to likely saturation point

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Virginia’s eagle population has rebounded so much in recent decades that it may be reaching the saturation point.  As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, researchers are preparing to conduct their annual eagle count.

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Liberty president defends Trump after Pope is critical

Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Junior came to the quick defense of presidential candidate Donald Trump after Pope Francis said anyone who wants to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border isn’t Christian. Falwell appeared today on CNN, saying the statement will hurt the Pope more than Trump, and it is unlikely to affect informed voters:

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Falwell says Jesus never intended to tell political leaders how to run a country and always stayed out of politics:

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Falwell says voters should select candidates on issues, not those claiming to be the best Christian. He previously endorsed Trump’s presidential candidacy.

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Eight-mile chase leads to Lynchburg man’s arrest

Lawrence Crank

Lawrence Crank

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The sheriff’s office  arrested Lawrence Samuel Crank Jr., 53, of Lynchburg on 02/16/2016 following a pursuit in Amherst County. Crank sped away from deputies after trespassing at Riveredge Park in Madison Heights around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night. Crank then led officers on an eight mile chase through River Rd onto Rte. 130 before stopping near a residence on Winridge Dr. and fleeing on foot. He was apprehended shortly thereafter.

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VT researchers look for ways to combat and limit impacts of Zika

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Researchers at Virginia Tech are among the scientists looking for ways to control the emerging Zika virus — and the human toll it is taking. The work covers long-term strategies to control the spread of such viruses, including the possibility of learning to genetically engineer mosquitoes to limit the impact of these outbreaks. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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House OKs bill seeking to protect same-sex marriage foes

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYThe House of Delegates has approved a bill that supporters say provides needed protections for those with religious beliefs — and opponents say permits discrimination. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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