Belk offering free mobile mammograms

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Belk is offering free mammograms to women through mobile screenings in Lynchburg and Roanoke. To be eligible, women have to be 40 or older, have no breast concerns, have not had mammogram in the last year and must have a primary care doctor. To schedule an appointment, call 855-655-BMMC (2662). The screenings are from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 29th at Lynchburg’s River Ridge Mall and on July 31st at Roanoke’s Valley View Mall.

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Roanoke man arrested for Bedford Co. murder-for-hire plot

Kevin Colgan

Kevin Colgan
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A Roanoke man is in jail without bond, after Bedford County authorities arrested him for telling an undercover investigator that he would pay him to kill his estranged wife. The sheriff’s office says that since October 2012, Kevin Colgan, 61, has been in the process of divorcing his wife of 30 years. The final divorce hearing is scheduled for August. Authorities were made aware that Colgan had been threatening Mrs. Colgan. Colgan met with an undercover investigator on Wednesday. He then met with the investigator again Thursday morning and the two drove to Mrs. Colgan’s home in Bedford. Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Colgan at 10:10 a.m. yesterday. He’s charged with solicitation to commit murder.

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Franklin Co. authorities investigate shooting death of boy

WLNI-SThe Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating the shooting death of a juvenile Monday morning. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has more:

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Credit card thieves may be targeting I81 corridor

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Authorities are asking for help identifying two men suspected of using stolen credit cards at stores in multiple jurisdictions. Police say the men may be targeting college campuses along the Interstate 81 corridor.

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Medicaid expansion debate good for insurers

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The Medicaid expansion debate in Virginia has the attention of some of the largest insurance companies in the country…no matter the outcome. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has more:

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Gas prices climb as spring break approaches

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gas prices in Virginia are increasing as many residents prepare for spring break travel. Triple-A Mid-Atlantic says the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Roanoke increased by four-cents over the past week. Statewide, the increase was 7 cents.

On the bright side, Virginia’s average of $3.42 is below the national average of $3.57 and is the 10th lowest in the country. Gas prices this week are up eight-cents in Charlottesville, nine-cents in Norfolk and 11-cents in Richmond.

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Bedford Co. public hearings tonight

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There are two public hearings tonight for a proposed Bedford County real estate tax rate hike and the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The board of supervisors has advertised a real estate tax rate of 53 cents per $100 of assessed value. That is up 3 cents from the current rate. Supervisors say it will not necessarily go up that much, but it cannot increase any more than 3 cents.

The public also will be able to weigh in on the board of supervisors’ proposed budget for the year beginning July 1. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bedford Science and Technology Center on Edmund Street.

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Local GM dealerships about to get busier

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General Motors has recalled more than 3 million vehicles due to power steering and/or ignition switch problems. That means area dealerships soon will be in the repair business hot and heavy, just in time for summer maintenance season. The problem right now is that the parts are not yet available for to fix the cars. GM’s website says, “We expect the first parts to be available beginning in April, with parts availability improving as time goes on.”

In the meantime, GM says not to carry anything on your key ring while the key is in the ignition. You should remove all key chains, key fobs and other objects, and only use the key. The website say, “If you are driving an affected vehicle, until the safety recall repairs have been performed, it is very important that you remove all items from your key ring, leaving only the vehicle key. The key fob (if applicable) should also be removed from your key ring.”

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State lawmakers back in Richmond for special session

virginia-general-assembly-logoVirginia lawmakers are back in Richmond trying to pass a roughly $96 billion two-year budget as the General Assembly starts a special session today. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has more:

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Virginia AMBER Alert

Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn

Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn

Jimmy Donald Guinn

Jimmy Donald Guinn

The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an AMBER alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Russell County Sheriff’s Office in Russell on 03/20/2014 at 11:15 a.m.

 

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Lucas Ezra Silas Guinn, white, male, age 11 years old, height 4 feet 08 inches, weight 84 lbs, with brown eyes and brown hair, wearing red & black shirt, blue jeans pants.

 

The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon, VA, Russell, VA. The child is likely abducted by Jimmy Donald Guinn, white, male, age 67 years old, height 5 feet 11 inches, weight 235 lbs, with blue eyes and brown/partially gray hair.

 

They may be traveling in a 2004 purple Freightliner tractor, license 78471PY, VA, unknown (possibly northbound towards West Virginia or Ohio).

 

Suspect may also be headed towards Kentucky, Mississippi, Scotsdale, Arizona, or Surprise, Arizona.

 

Please contact the Russell County Sheriff’s Office at (276)889-8033 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-VAchild).

 

You may find complete information at www.vaamberalert.com.

 

P.S. Name of company on truck is Snowbird Trucking. Might have possibly abandoned the Freightliner truck and could be in a large style burgundy pickup diesel truck. Read the rest of this story »

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