Redskins coach heading to LA, full slate of High School basketball tonight, and a NFL Preview

We had Mike Tilley on The Morning Line for the Mike Tilley Sports Report. 

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Bev Fitzpatrick on The Morning Line

Bev Fitzpatrick from the Virginia Museum of Transportation talked about the spring 611 excursions on The Morning Line. 

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Virginia Tech professor says Attorney General nominee reinvented himself during confirmation hearing

Brandy Faulkner

A Virginia Tech professor  says Jeff Sessions performed well during this week’s confirmation hearing by portraying himself very differently than most see him. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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Supporters of Sessions point to prosecution of Ku Klux Klan members and other civil rights cases when he served as a U.S. Attorney in Alabama.

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Northam joins rally for minimum wage, driver’s license bills

Ralph Northam

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has joined a group of labor and community activists at a rally in support of raising Virginia’s minimum wage and offering driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.Dozens of people gathered Thursday outside the Capitol for the demonstration. Northam, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, said it’s impossible for Virginians to support their families on the current $7.25 minimum wage.Democratic Del. Marcus Simon introduced a bill that would gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Previous efforts to raise  Virginia’s minimum wage have failed, and the bill has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled General Assembly.The demonstrators also called for the passage of a bill allowing the issuance of temporary driver’s licenses to people who can’t receive a permanent one because of their immigration status.

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Bill exempts some fracking chemicals from records requests

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A bill advancing in the Virginia Legislature would exempt certain chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing from disclosure in response to a public records request.Del. Roxann Robinson’s bill would exempt information about chemicals deemed a trade secret from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Robinson, a Republican, introduced a similar measure last year. She says it’s necessary to protect the oil and gas industry and its closely held trade secrets.But opponents say the bill could hinder first responders in an emergency and keep landowners in the dark about pollutants that might be affecting their groundwater.Fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to split open rock formations and allow oil and gas to flow.A House of Delegates subcommittee advanced the measure on a 4-3 vote Thursday.

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Transgender bill backers urge GOP support

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Advocates in Virginia for a North Carolina-style transgender bathroom law are urging Republican lawmakers to give their full support to the measure.Social conservatives joined with Republican Del. Bob Marshall at a Capitol news conference Thursday to promote legislation that would generally prohibit individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings. Marshall’s bill would also require public school principals to notify parents with 24 hours if a child requests to be recognized as a member of the opposite sex.Marshall, Republican National Committee member Cynthia Dunbar and others said the legislation was needed to help protect children.Theodore Kahn, a transgender man, spoke out against the bill during the new conference, saying it discriminates against the transgender community.

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Taking a vacation this year? Expect more company

If our recent snow days and chilly temperatures have you thinking about a vacation this year, you have plenty of company. AAA says it looks like a busy year for the travel industry. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Suspects sought in Campbell County armed robbery

From Campbell County: The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery. The armed robbery occurred at the old 699 Market, S& S Market today at 1:49 p.m. The market is located at the intersection of Route 699 (Gladys Road) and Route 696 (Marysville Road.) Any information concerning identity or location of these subjects please call Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9580 or the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

 

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Helping sexual assault victims statewide: new grant to assist Virginia

Virginia will use a $2 million federal grant to improve the way Virginia handles sexual assault cases statewide. Attorney General Mark Herring says for starters, the grant will help completely eliminate any remaining backlog of sexual assault evidence kits. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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McAuliffe touts records, asks for bipartisan help

Governor  Terry                McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting his record at growing and diversifying the state’s economy, but warning lawmakers that progress could be undermined by socially conservative legislation on abortion and transgender issues. McAuliffe’s remarks came Wednesday evening at the annual State of the Commonwealth, kicking off the start of the 2017 legislative session.The governor, a Democrat, asked lawmakers in prepared remarks to work with him on helping the state become less dependent on federal defense spending, but said he would veto any legislation that he thought restricted abortion rights or discriminated against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Republicans have already filed bills banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and prohibit individuals from using a bathroom of the opposite sex in government-owned buildings.

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