Kaine: president needs to propose IS battle plan, Senate needs to debate and vote on it

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

Senator Tim Kaine is continuing his campaign for a Senate debate and vote on authorizing military action against the Islamic State. Kaine says without  a debate and vote on fighting IS, there is no clear message to Americans or anyone else as to what exactly our mission is — or the means intended to carry it out. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story:

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Anheuser-Busch to purchase Devils Backbone Brewing

Devils Backbone logoAnheuser-Busch is purchasing Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the  fast-growing craft brewer based in Nelson County. Devils Backbone is best known for its Vienna Lager, and officials there say they will retain a high level of autonomy.  It is the latest of several such craft brewer purchases for AnheuserBusch.

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Fruit growers face long nights, big worries when April freeze warnings are in effect

wlni-defaultMany area fruit growers were expecting little, if any sleep overnight, monitoring temperatures and wind speeds in efforts to protect their crops. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Report: Virginia industries release fewer toxic chemicals into environment

DEQ-LogoState environmental officials say Virginia industries are treating and recycling more toxic chemicals then ever before — instead of releasing them into the air, water or land. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Griffin pulls out of 5th District race for Congress; four Republicans remain in the running

Andrew Griffin

Andrew Griffin

There is one less Republican candidate hoping to replace Robert Hurt in Congress. Andrew Griffin announced today he is dropping out of the race. Griffin is a former Congressional staffer from Lynchburg, now throwing his support to State Senator Tom Garrett. Three other Republicans are also in the running for 5th District seat. The nominee will be chosen at a May convention.

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Diesel fuel prices: much closer to regular gas than normal, but experts don’t expect that to last

wlni-defaultGas prices are making their annual march upward during the spring months, but there is something unusual going right now on with diesel fuel. WLNI’s Evan Jones reports while it may be welcome, it may not last.

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UPDATE: State Police say “suspicious item” at Liberty was piece of HVAC equipment

wlni-defaultUPDATED 1:35 pm — From State Police: Bomb techs with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Appomattox Field Office responded to Liberty University Wednesday morning for a report of a suspicious package. The object was disrupted and rendered safe. With the assistance of the ATF, the object was identified as a piece of HVAC equipment. The scene has been cleared. State police was assisted at the scene by Lynchburg University Police and City of Lynchburg Police.

UPDATED 12:15 PM — State Police have removed the “suspicious object” and University Boulevard is once again open. There is no word yet whether the object in question in fact posed any real or potential danger.

PREVIOUSLY: Liberty University Police and State Police are investigating what is termed a “suspicious item” on University Boulevard, one of the main roads on the Liberty Campus. Police are blocking the roadway. A text from university police says there are “potential safety concerns on campus in the area of LaHaye Ice Center”. While the text is titled “Immediate Life Threatening Situation”, the message that follows says “There is no identified danger at this time.”  Here is the full text:

“Immediate Life Threatening Situation. LUPD and Virginia State Police have identified a potential safety concern on campus in the area of LaHaye Ice Center and University Blvd. Please stay out of that area and obey all instructions given by emergency personnel. There is no identified danger at this time.”

 

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Ospreys return to SML nest, so why can’t you watch them raise chicks this year?

Osprey-Cam-6-5An osprey pair is back in the nest at Smith Mountain Lake State Park — a nest with a camera trained on it. But this year, you won’t be able to watch on line as the parents raise their young. WLNI’s Evan Jones reports on one main reason why:

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Warner bill would mandate how states conduct future Congressional redistricting

Sen. Mark Warner

Sen. Mark Warner

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a challenge today to Virginia’s Congressional Districts. At the same time, U.S. Senator Mark Warner wants the federal government to tell states how they must conduct future Congressional redistricting. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Experts say eagle numbers are holding up in our part of Virginia, but no dramatic growth

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Eagles have rapidly grown in numbers along Chesapeake Bay tributaries in recent years, but the increase here has been much smaller. Experts say it’s mostly a matter of available food supply, and the birds are holding up well in our part of the state. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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