Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte again finds himself at the forefront of another highly-visible national debate — this time, it surrounds Syrian refugees and U.S. immigration policy. Goodlatte plays a key role in the House of Representatives as Chairman of its Judiciary Committee, which oversees all federal law enforcement entities. WLNI ‘s Evan Jones has the story.
A new indoor football practice facility will allow the Liberty University Flames to cover more ground in its practice time. The facility will be built in front of the Williams Football Operations Center at Williams Stadium, in place of the team’s current grass practice field. Work is expected to begin after the end of the football season and is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2017. Click here for the full news release.
From Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: On Monday November 16, 2015, Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Kyler Reid Parker, age 22. Parker was charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor as a custodian, enticing a minor younger than 15 to perform in porn, using a communication system to procure a minor for obscene material and two counts of using a communication system to propose a sex act. The alleged offences occurred between November 2014 and December 2014. Kyler Parker, Smithfield N.C., is being held in the Bedford Adult Detention Center without bond. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be available at this time.
PARIS (AP) – The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local): 1:35 p.m. The Paris prosecutor says that the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was killed in a police raid. In a statement Thursday, the prosecutor’s office said that Abaaoud’s body was found in an apartment building targeted in the raid in Saint-Denis north of Paris Wednesday. It said he was identified based on skin samples. — 1:15 p.m. People across France are raising a glass of wine in an act of defiance after the deadly attacks on Paris. The third Thursday in November is “Beaujolais Day,” when vintners release their latest batch of young, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau, and many bars and restaurants hold special tasting sessions.
PARIS (AP) – With France still reeling from last week’s deadly attacks in Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls warned Thursday that Islamic extremists might at some point use chemical or biological weapons, and urged lawmakers to extend a national state of emergency by three months. “Terrorism hit France not because of what it is doing in Iraq and Syria … but for what it is,” Valls told the lower house of Parliament. He added, “We know that there could also be a risk of chemical or biological weapons.” Valls did not say there was a specific threat involving such weapons. In neighboring Belgium, where many of the Paris attackers lived, Prime Minister Charles Michel on Thursday announced a package of additional anti-terror measures, and said 400 million euros ($427 million) would be earmarked to expand the fight.
BEIRUT (AP) – The woman who blew herself up with an explosive vest in a suburban Paris apartment during a police operation Wednesday was far from the world’s first female suicide bomber. While most suicide bombers are men, Islamic militant groups have occasionally deployed women to carry out such attacks. Long before the rise of Islamic radicalism, women suicide bombers were used by leftist and separatist groups in the Arab world and beyond. Here’s a look at female suicide bombers over the years: LEBANON AND PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES During Israel’s 18-year occupation of southern Lebanon that ended in 2000, several women belonging to leftist groups blew themselves up targeting Israeli forces.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Services is making a $470,000 fund available to help increase adoption of forestry practices across the state. In a statement, the NRCS said the funding offers landowners an opportunity to help establish and maintain forestlands. It is available through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program and is offered in cooperation with Virginia Department of Forestry. The VDOF will help eligible landowners develop a plan to manage their land for purposes such as recreation or wildlife habitat. Financial assistance is also available for installing practices including prescribed burning, critical area planting and forest stand improvement. NRCS Virginia State Conservationist Jack Bricker says well-managed forests can offer conservation benefits. Those interested can sign up by Dec. 18 to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2016.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is asking a judge to throw out a $3 million civil lawsuit against it over the arrest of a University of Virginia student that sparked outrage when video of it surfaced. The Daily Progress reports the defendants filed the motion Monday, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit filed by Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student who was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day. ABC agents say Johnson was attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID. Johnson, who filed the lawsuit in October, says his ID was valid and he was not intoxicated during the bloody altercation. Charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice against Johnson were later dropped. ABC says the lawsuit fails to state any claim against the defendants and says there was probable cause for his arrest.
From the City of Lynchburg: From the mid-1950s until 1980, Leggett’s Department Store at 1015 Main Street in Downtown Lynchburg installed a mechanical Santa in a sleigh with eight moving reindeer on the front canopy. Many Lynchburg residents remember it as part of the holiday traditions in Downtown. The Santa was donated by Tom and Marilyn Jenkins in 2013 and is on display in the Main Gallery now through January 31, 2016. Looking for a way to document that this was the real Leggett’s Santa, Museum Director Doug Harvey contacted Gordon Leggett whose family operated the chain of stores. Leggett came to the Museum and verified that it was the real one and remembered helping assemble the display over the years. He noted, “The Santa turned and waved, and the reindeer moved up and down. Sometimes the brackets that held the reindeer became loose and the reindeer would jump down into Main Street! I always worried they were going to hit someone.” Leggett’s Department Store operated on Main Street from 1927 until 1980 when it moved to River Ridge Mall. The chain was later bought by Belk. The Museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is asking a judge to throw out a $3 million civil lawsuit against the department, its director and agents. The Daily Progress reports the defendants filed the motion Monday, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit filed by Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student who was arrested on St. Patrick’s Day. ABC agents say Johnson was attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID. Johnson, who filed the lawsuit in October, says his ID was valid and he was not intoxicated during the bloody altercation. Charges of public intoxication and obstruction of justice against Johnson were later dropped. ABC says the lawsuit fails to state any claim against the defendants and says there was probable cause for his arrest.