Larry Schweikart on The Morning Line

Larry Schweikart, Ph.D., retired professor and New York Times best selling author, joined Larry and Janet on The Morning Line. 

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U.S. Sen. Warner calls Russian election hacks an attack on our political system and democracy

Sen. Mark Warner

U.S. Senator Mark Warner says the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election is one of the most serious events in his public life. As WLNI’s Ian Price reports:

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With state agency under scrutiny, General Assembly to consider job creation proposals

Virginia lawmakers begin this year’s General Assembly session later today in Richmond. Legislators will consider measures designed to help create new jobs, but a state agency with that very purpose is coming under scrutiny, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Republican wins 22nd District Seat, securing GOP control on Senate

Mark Peake

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Republican Lynchburg attorney has defeated two challengers in a special election for a central Virginia Senate seat, ensuring that the Legislature’s upper chamber remains in GOP control.Results in Tuesday’s 22nd Senate District race were still being tallied late Tuesday, but Democrat Ryant Washington’s campaign manager said Washington has conceded to Republican Mark Peake. Unofficial results from the state Department of Elections with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting showed Peake with a commanding lead. He had around 54 percent, Washington around 38 percent and independent Joe Hines had around 8 percent. An elections official said results were delayed because too few ballots were printed in Lynchburg, and the back-up ballots had to be hand-counted.Had Washington won, it would have created a 20-20 split in the Senate and effectively handed control to Democrats because of the lieutenant governor’s tiebreaker status.

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Photo: police search for man who stole Christmas packages delivered to Lynchburg homes

In the two weeks leading up to Christmas 2016, a number of parcel delivery thefts were reported in the area of Rivermont Avenue and Early Street. The suspect stole packages from residential porches after they were delivered to the intended recipient.  The attached photograph of the suspect was recovered from the area of the thefts.  It shows the male suspect as he approached a victim’s residence. Anyone who can identify the suspect should contact Detective H. G. Blomquist at 434-485-7267, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Distillery owner seeks GOP nomination for Virginia governor

Denver Riggleman

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Nelson County  distillery owner Denver Riggleman says he will seek the republican nomination for governor. Riggleman said in a news release late Monday that he wants to break up the “good ole boys system” in Richmond. Riggleman and his wife, Christine, own Silverback Distillery, a craft distillery in the Blue Ridge Mountains.Three candidates other candidates are running on the Republican side. Riggleman will host a campaign kickoff at Silverback Distillery on Saturday.Virginia’s governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, is barred from running again because of term limits.

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Author and activist Dwayne Bryant coming to Hampden-Sydney February 9th

This morning on the Morning line we spoke with Dwayne, who shared his unique insight on race relations in America. 

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Monday update: icy roads remain a hazard until thaw arrivess

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UPDATED Monday AM: Virginia State Police responded to more than 770 traffic crashes and aided more than 1,230 disabled vehicles statewide during this weekend’s snow storm. State Police have only investigated one reported traffic fatality, one that occurred in Greene County , and the majority of crashes involved only damaged vehicles. State Police say they also received nearly 4,000 calls for service during that time.

The big danger Monday is icy roadways, often in places you cannot easily see. But a warming trend begins tomorrow. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Funeral services Saturday for LCA, Liberty grad killed in traffic accident

Rebecca Gilmore Fay

Funeral services are scheduled tomorrow for Rebecca Gilmore Fay, an LCA and Liberty University grad killed in a Botetourt County traffic accident one week ago today. State Police are just now releasing the accident details. They say a car driven by 42-year-old Patrick Fay ran through a red light on US 460 and struck a second vehicle making a left turn. Fay’s wife, Rebecca, was a front seat passenger, and she died several days later at a Roanoke hospital.  The Fays had recently lived in Greenville, North Carolina. Service are set for Saturday afternoon at Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Click here for Rebecca Fay’s obituary from Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory.

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State Senate candidate Mark Peake joins us live on the Morning Line

The special election for the 22nd State Senate seat is next Tuesday, and Lynchburg attorney Mark Peake is one of three candidates on the ballot to fill the seat left vacant when Tom Garrett was elected to Congress. Peake joined us today on the Morning Line:

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The other candidates on the ballot are Democrat Ryant Washington of Palmyra and Independent  Joe Hines of Farmville.

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