EXCLUSIVE: McDonnell in Lynchburg as supporters contribute to his legal defense fund

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

More than $7,000 was raised in Lynchburg Saturday for former governor Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund.  McDonnell was present for what organizers called a celebration. WLNI’s Janet Rose has more.

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Virginia man selected for 2017 Rhodes Scholarship

STATE-NEWS RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -A Richmond, Virginia man is among 32 Americans chosen as 2017 Rhodes Scholars.Cameron Clarke is a senior at Howard University, where he is double-majoring in community health education and biology.Clarke is a certified EMT and has authored six publications. Clarke is co-president of Howard University’s chapter of the Peer Health Exchange and serves as a news editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Hilltop.Clarke is a Congressional intern with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.Clarke plans to conduct research in primary health care during his time at Oxford University.The Rhodes Trust announced the 2017 recipients of the prestigious scholarship on Sunday. The recipients were chosen from 882 applicants endorsed by 311 colleges and universities.

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Man convicted of Richmond killings to get execution date

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia is preparing to set an execution date for a man sentenced to death in the New Year’s Day 2006 slaying of a Richmond family.Attorneys will hold a hearing Monday via teleconference with Richmond Circuit Court Judge Beverly Snuckals to set an execution date for Ricky Gray.Gray and another man were convicted in the slayings of Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby, in a home invasion.The Attorney General’s Office has asked the court to set an execution date of Jan. 17 or 18 to give Gov. Terry McAuliffe time to consider any clemency request.Gray was initially scheduled to be executed March 16 but the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals put it on hold while he appealed the case.

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Big playoff weekend for 7 area high school football teams

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

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Virginia Tech has a role in the state’s top 5 poultry production

Virginia Tech LogoTurkeys are on the minds of many with less than a week to go until Thanksgiving, but that turkey probably didn’t travel far. WLNI’s Ian Price has more on poultry production in Virginia:

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VT prof: Russia hopes Trump’s campaign talk about NATO doesn’t change now

Besnik Pula (VT photo)

Besnik Pula (VT photo)

It’s not clear yet whether President-elect Trump’s policies toward Russia will mirror some his campaign comments, but a Virginia Tech political science professor says Russia’s leaders would no doubt be happy if he does. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Lawmakers form panel to prep for healthcare law changes

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia state lawmakers are forming a new panel to monitor changes in federal health care policy under President-elect Donald Trump.The Richmond Times-Dispatch  reports that House Appropriations Chairman S. Chris Jones and Senate Finance Co-Chairman Emmett W. Hanger Jr. are creating the panel to help lawmakers prepare for the changes to, or the repeal of, the Affordable Care Act.Trump and the Republican-led Congress are pledging to repeal and replace federal health care law, though Trump has indicated that he wants to keep some parts of the law.

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Liberty University athletic director resigns immediately; no reason given

Jeff Barber (LU photo)

Jeff Barber (LU photo)

From Liberty University: Liberty University’s Athletic Director, Jeff Barber, announced today that he will resign from his position, effective immediately. It has been a blessing for my family and me to have been a part of the Liberty family for the past nearly 11 years,” Barber said.  “As this new chapter of our lives begins, I wish nothing but the best for the Flames and am excited to follow the future successes of all the teams.” With that announcement, President Jerry Falwell stated that “Jeff Barber is a wonderful person and has committed a decade to Liberty University.  We have accomplished many great things under Jeff’s leadership.  We will now look to build upon the strong foundation he helped establish and appoint a new leader to set the vision for our NCAA athletic programs.” He went on to say “We wish Jeff and his family nothing but the best in their future endeavors and we at Liberty will work with them to assure a smooth transition to the next opportunity that they wish to pursue.”

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Photo: police seek cell phone thief at River Ridge

theft-suspectFrom Lynchburg Police: The Lynchburg Police Department is investigating the theft of a cell phone that occurred at the River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg.  They are trying to identify the adult black female who attempted to sell the stolen smartphone on September 26, 2016.  The female was captured on video surveillance. Anyone who can identify the suspect should contact Detective M. B. Taylor with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6153, 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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Kaine: no chance of presidential run in 2020

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says he’ll seek re-election in 2018 but is ruling out a presidential bid in 2020. The former Democratic vice presidential nominee said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that his decision is final. “Period. Full stop,” Kaine said. The 58-year-old said he wants to serve in the upper chamber for as long as he’s healthy and the voters of Virginia, and his wife, allow him. Kaine said that as a member of the Senate’s Democratic minority he will work as a key check on President-elect Donald Trump. Kaine says he will continue his work to expand Congress’ role in voting for and declaring war.

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