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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Local schools add time for missed days

Winter WeatherMore area school systems are making changes to their calendars because of so many snow days this winter. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has details:

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Become a volunteer trained weather spotter for free

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg is looking for SKYWARN® spotters to help identify and describe severe local storms. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has details:

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Click here for a list of free courses offered across central and southwestern Virginia.

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Free tax prep help

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The City of Lynchburg is playing host to the AARP’s free income tax aid until mid-April. WLNI’s Velvet Hall has more…

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