Lynchburg City Council to interview school board candidates

From the City of Lynchburg: On Wednesday, January 18, Lynchburg City Council will interview candidates to fill a vacancy of an unexpired term that exists in School District II on the Lynchburg City School Board.  The interviews will be held in City Council Chamber, 900 Church Street, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Although the interviews are closed to the public, they will be videotaped, and copies will be made available upon request once the appointment has been made.

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UPDATE: Bedford releases new information on fatal house fire

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Bedford County’s fire marshal says it is too early to determine what started this morning’s fire that killed a four-year-old girl, but they know the fatal blaze began in the back of the house near Bedford Middle School. There were eight people in the home — two adults and six children ranging from five months to 17 years old. Firefighters rescued four of them, but the young victim died on the way to the hospital. Fire officials say one adult male was airlifted to Wake Forest Medical Center.

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Search is on for two Forest meat thieves

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: At 7:45 p.m. Monday evening January 16, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Kroger Store located in Forest reporting shoplifting. A deputy responded to the store and spoke with the loss prevention manager. The manager reported that two white females, see attachments, entered the store at around 7:30 p.m. Both females concealed $100.00 worth of packaged meat and left the store. They were seen leaving the parking lot in a black crew cab pick-up truck, possibly a Chevy Silverado. Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.

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VT prof: Trump’s replacement health care plan contradicts traditional GOP

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President-Elect Donald Trump made promises over the weekend regarding a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that don’t quite add up with those of the Republican Controlled Congress. WLNI’s Ian Price has analyst from a former political science professor:

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Presidential election divisions arise during delegate’s Martin Luther King speech

The deep divisions that developed during last year’s presidential campaign were on display yesterday in Virginia’s House of Delegates on a day when they would normally seem less likely. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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Advocates square off over gun laws at Capitol

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A year after a rare compromise on gun legislation, a more familiar standoff seems likely at the Virginia General Assembly. Advocates both for gun control and gun rights swarmed the Capitol Monday to advocate for and against gun-related legislation.Gun rights advocates are pushing for fewer restrictions on where guns can be carried, including in schools. Gun control advocates want universal background checks on gun purchases. Both sides have uphill battles, as there’s been no indication of any type of compromise brewing between lawmakers.Last year, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and pro-gun Republicans surprised many by agreeing to gun measures that allowed more out-of-state concealed-handgun permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia while prohibiting people subject to permanent protective orders from carrying firearms.

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Man arrested for hiding two bottles of booze in pants, walking out of ABC store

Update from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office:  Trenton Poindexter was arrested in Roanoke City this afternoon.

Previously: Shortly after sending out the Press Release this morning the suspect was identified as Trenton Marquise Poindexter, age 21, of Franklin County Va. A Bedford County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to identify the suspect due to having knowledge of him while working at another law enforcement agency. Two felony warrants were obtained for Poindexter for having previously been convicted two or more times for petit larceny. Bedford County deputies have notified the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office of the warrants for Poindexter.

Previously: On Wednesday January 11, 2017, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Virginia ABC Store located at 14807 Moneta Road. The caller reported a black male wearing a red hoodie and khaki pants and a white female with blonde curly hair came into the store together. The caller said that the black male subject placed two bottles of liquor in his pants and left the store. Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.

 

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Gas Buddy: prices for 2017 will be higher than last year but much lower than five years ago

If you’re planning a long road trip any time this year, the analysts at Gas Buddy say you should be prepared for noticeably higher prices than in 2016  — but still well below those of five years ago. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Hundreds in Richmond rally to support health care law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Hundreds of people  gathered for a rally outside the Virginia Capitol to oppose Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.High-ranking Democrats including Sen. Tim Kaine, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott and Donald McEachin spoke to the crowd Sunday in Richmond. The rally was one of many around the country in support of the federal health care law, which President-elect Donald Trump has promised to overturn and replace.The speakers said the law had expanded access to health care and emphasized the importance of provisions that limit lifetime caps on coverage and prevent insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions.Attendee Kate Barrett of Richmond says she worries that if the law is repealed, her daughter, who has an incurable cancer, could be denied coverage or become unable to afford treatment.

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GOP governors’ group pours $5 million into Virginia race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Republican Governors Association has donated $5 million to a political-action committee to help the GOP take back the Virginia governor’s mansion. The donation is the largest in Virginia political history and suggests Republicans like their chances to win this year’s race for governor. However, the RGA could take the money back if that outlook changes. . Democrats have won three of the past four governors’ races in Virginia, where governors are limited to a single term. RGA spokesman Jon Thompson says the group sees Virginia “as a race that’s very vulnerable for party flip.”  Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is seeking the GOP nomination for governor along with Prince William County board chairman Corey Stewart and state Sen. Frank Wagner.

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