Cruelty at Tyson chicken farms prompts firings, change

wlni-defaultNORFOLK, Va. (AP) – An animal rights group has released an undercover video that shows Tyson Foods workers abusing and improperly killing chickens at various breeding facilities in Virginia. The video prompted the Arkansas firm to announce Thursday that it fired the workers for failing to follow company policies and would “aggressively re-emphasize” its animal welfare protocols to current workers. The company also said it would end a practice that involves inserting plastic into chickens’ beaks to control how much they eat. The Washington, D.C., based group Compassion Over Killing released the video, which is the latest to expose harmful treatment of animals in the poultry industry. Executive Director Erica Meier says animal cruelty remains a “standard practice” despite recent changes that include phasing out antibiotics and adding windows to poultry houses.

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Lynchburg police identify victim in fatal industrial accident

Lynchburg PoliceHere’s the press release from the Lynchburg Police Department: On August 10, 2016 at approximately 2105 hours officers of the Lynchburg Police Department were dispatched to #10 Adams St (U.S. Pipe) in reference to an apparent industrial accident. When Officers arrived on the scene they found a b/m victim identified as Jesse James Horsley, 56, of Lynchburg, VA who had been entrapped by some falling scrap metal. Lynchburg Fire Department medics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. The victim was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke, VA to determine cause of death.  No foul play is suspected. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Lynchburg Police Department at 455-6054 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900

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VT prof: many cities may someday share Flint’s water problems

Marc Edwards (VT photo)

Marc Edwards (VT photo)

The Virginia Tech professor widely credited with exposing the water health dangers in Flint Michigan says there are many more communities in the country that will face similar public health challenges. Marc Edwards announced his team’s latest findings yesterday. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Workers heading to Richmond to press for higher wages

wlni-defaultRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Thousands of workers are heading to Virginia’s capital city to push for higher wages. The first-ever “Fight for $15 Convention” is being held in Richmond on Friday and Saturday. Workers are gathering to press for a $15 minimum wage nationwide. Organizers say the event is expected to draw thousands of low-wage workers from the fast food, retail and farming industries, among others. The event kicks off Friday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center with remarks from Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union. On Saturday, 10,000 workers are expected to march down Richmond’s Monument Avenue. Dr. William J. Barber III, president of the North Carolina NAACP, will give the keynote address.

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Virginia teen who scaled Trump Tower had problems at home

wlni-defaultNEW YORK (AP) – A Virginia teenager who climbed partway up Trump Tower in New York City had a history of problems at home. A police report says he ran away from home in 2014 after arguing with his parents about his obsession with a political blog. His parents told police he was spending too much time on the blog and neglecting his schoolwork. They said he was planning to travel to Miami to live on the streets. The teenager was identified as 19-year-old Stephen Rogata, of Great Falls, Virginia. He remained under psychiatric evaluation at a hospital Thursday, a day after he was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment. He told police he wanted to meet with Trump.

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Governor announces African-American business summit

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he will host his first ever summit for African-American business owners. McAuliffe said the event, scheduled for Aug. 30 at Virginia Union University, will allow his administration to learn more about issues facing black-owned businesses. The Democratic governor has tried to make it easier for African American-owned as well as other minority owned businesses to win state contracts. But state lawmakers have previously expressed concern that state contracting policy aimed at steering more state contracting to small and minority owned business owners could be misused. Some lawmakers said they’d heard from state agencies and vendors that some designated small businesses are just pass-throughs, buying goods for the state from stores like Walmart and Amazon while adding a sizeable markup.

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Goodlatte to Host Women’s Conference in Lynchburg

Bob-GoodlatteWe interviewed Congressman Bob Goodlatte this morning as he will be hosting a women’s conference in Lynchburg on Saturday, August 13. WLNI’s Janet Rose has the story.

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It’s a beetle that kills trees, and state officials want to keep it out of Virginia

USDA photo

USDA photo

State agriculture officials have issued an alert  for the Asian Longhorned Beetle. It has not yet been seen in Virginia, but officials fear that if it does arrive, it could do great harm to valuable hardwood stands. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Special grand jury to investigate Rockbridge County agency

STATE-NEWSLEXINGTON, Va. (AP) – A state prosecutor has decided to assemble a special grand jury to investigate the workings of a social services department that allegedly ignored reports of child abuse and neglect.The Roanoke Times reports Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Billias is assembling the grand jury. Billias said he is troubled by a recent internal review by the Rockbridge social services department that found several problems with the agency, including evidence that a former Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services supervisor shredded reports before they could be investigated.The reported cited the death of a 3-month-old girl who the department failed to help after she was identified as “high risk” living in an unfit home.

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Former Virginia Tech coach Bill Dooley dies at 82

Bill Dooley (VT photo)

Bill Dooley (VT photo)

Former North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest coach Bill Dooley has died at the age of 82. His wife, Marie, said Dooley died Tuesday of natural causes at their home in Wilmington. Dooley went a combined 162-125-5 in 26 seasons as a head coach with the Tar Heels, Hokies and Demon Deacons and took them to a combined 10 bowl games. The three-time Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year was the first North Carolina coach to win 11 games, leading the 1972 Tar Heels to an 11-1 finish. He is the only coach to lead the school to multiple ACC championships in football. Dooley was the younger brother of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, and the uncle of ex-Tennessee coach and current Dallas Cowboys assistant Derek Dooley.

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