Former Virginia governor appeals corruption conviction again

Former Virginia  Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking that the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider his corruption convictions. McDonnell’s legal team filed a petition Friday for a rehearing of his appeal after a three-judge panel unanimously upheld the convictions earlier this month. A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former Republican governor, once widely considered a possible running mate to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was sentenced in January to two years in prison. His wife was sentenced in February to one year and one day in prison. Both are free on bond while they pursue appeals.

 

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Lynchburg looking to fill vacancies on boards and commissions

lynchburg logo - important announcementsIn September 2015, there will be anticipated vacancies on several boards and commissions. If you are interested in being considered to fill one of the vacancies, please complete an application and return it by Monday, August 31 to the Clerk of City Council, 900 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504. Applications may be downloaded from the City’s website by clicking here or can be mailed upon request by calling (434) 455-3995.

The following boards and commission will have vacancies

Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program Board – 1 vacancy

Social Services Advisory Board – 3 vacancies

Board of Building Code Appeals – 4 vacancies

Redevelopment & Housing Authority – 1 vacancy

Lynchburg Business Development Centre – 3 vacancies

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Interview with Tracey Dixon from the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club

rotary club logo cropWe had the pleasure of speaking with Tracey Dixon from the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club. Listen to the full interview here!

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Spike in synthetic drug ODs concerns Appomattox authorities

Appomattox CountyAPPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) _ Appomattox County Sheriff Barry Letterman is warning the public about the dangers of synthetic marijuana following a recent spike in overdoses. Ten overdoses linked to synthetic marijuana have occurred in the county this month. The ages of the patients ranged from 17 to 35. Letterman tells media outlets that none of the overdoses was fatal. But he says the drug can have serious side effects, including long-term brain damage and heart problems. Appomattox County Rescue Squad Captain Susan Walton says comparing real marijuana to synthetic marijuana is like comparing a BB gun to an M-16. She says the synthetic drug is much stronger, akin to using heroin.

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Virginia Tech to close on Labor Day

Virginia-Tech-LogoBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Tech will be closed on Labor Day this year, in part because of crowds expected for a football game against visiting Ohio State. Tech President Timothy Sands wrote in a letter to the Blacksburg community that he finds it “odd” that the university had not closed previously for what he called an important national holiday. The holiday closure will be on Sept. 7, a Monday. That’s the same day the Hokies face the Ohio State Buckeyes at Lane Stadium in a nationally televised game. Sands wrote that the university is considering the possibility of canceling classes on Labor Day in future years.

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PETA: neglect complaint filed with USDA names 2 Va. zoos

PETA-LogoNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) _ The animal protection group PETA says it has filed federal complaints against two zoos in Natural Bridge, citing the alleged neglect of monkeys, zebras and other animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it filed the complaints Tuesday against Natural Bridge Zoo and Virginia Safari Park with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two attractions have been the targets of complaints and investigations in the past. PETA says visitors reported seeing capuchin monkeys with hair loss and skin issues, zebras and other animals confined to filthy enclosures and a goat with curling hooves. Natural Bridge Zoo is owned by Karl Mogensen, while Virginia Safari Park is owned by Eric Mogensen. Telephone messages left with both men by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

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Va. unemployment rate holds steady at 4.9 percent in June

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.9 percent in June. The Virginia Employment Commission said Tuesday the state’s jobless rate continues to best the national unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent in June. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment in June stood at 3.8 million, an increase of 13,400 jobs. That marked the third consecutive monthly gain. Northern Virginia recorded the largest job gains, while the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News metropolitan area was second in job growth. Job losses were reported in the Richmond area, Lynchburg and the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford metropolitan area.

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Va. governor asks for more patrols at recruiting centers

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has asked Virginia State Police to increase patrols around military recruiting centers. The action follows the attacks last week on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Four Marines and one sailor were killed. McAuliffe’s request falls short of the actions of some governors who have ordered that their National Guard soldiers be armed. McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy told The Virginian-Pilot that Maj. Gen. Timothy Williams of the Virginia National Guard advised against arming his soldiers. In some instances, Coy said state police will work with local departments.

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VDH and Walgreens free HIV testing collaboration expands

Virginia Department of Health LogoWalgreensThe Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens recently expanded the number of no-cost rapid HIV testing sites from 13 to 32 at Walgreens locations statewide. To date Walgreens pharmacists have tested more than 1,200 people for HIV. The tests are available daily with no appointment necessary, at no charge and test results can be provided within minutes. For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations click here or call (800) 533-4148.

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Va. DOE seeks public help in redesign of school report cards

Education-News1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Education already offers parents and the public detailed data on schools, school divisions and the state. Now the department is seeking guidance on what additional data should be included in the report cards. Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples says a survey of parents and other community members will help the department and the state Board of Education to identify other indicators of a school’s or division’s performance. He says the current format can be confusing. The General Assembly directed the Board of Education to develop the redesigned report cards by October 2016. The 16-item survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolreportcards. The survey takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It will remain active until Aug. 14.

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