Tree pollen subsides, but all that rain may mean a rough grass pollen season

WLNI-HEALTH-NEWSAll those days of rain this month have been helpful to anyone dealing with tree pollen allergies, but now that same rain may make things more difficult for those allergic to grass pollen. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Virginia seeking residents to report poor internet service

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia officials want residents to help them pinpoint what areas in the state lack access to broadband Internet service. The new initiative announced Tuesday by Gov. Terry McAuliffe is aimed at helping officials fill gaps in broadband coverage across the state. McAuliffe is asking residents to sign onto a new website RUonline.virginia.gov to let officials know the level of internet connectivity they have. Residents will be asked a few questions about where they live and their Internet service. The governor’s office says the initiative will run through early August. Residents who can’t access the website at home can visit a local library or call (877) 969-6685.

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Miller Pipeline offering $500 for information leading to arrest

TireFrom Lynchburg Police Department: During the period of May 20-May 23, 2016, several heavy equipment vehicle tires belonging to Miller Pipeline were cut and deflated.  These vehicles included a backhoe and several dump trucks which were parked across from 1612 Concord Turnpike.  In total, 13 tires were punctured multiple times, with a total loss of approximately $3,000.  The mark left by the tool used to puncture the tires is unique and can be seen in the attached photograph.  The Lynchburg Police Department is seeking information to help identify the type of tool that could be responsible for the damage, as well as any person that may have been involved.

In addition to the regular Crime Stoppers reward, Miller Pipeline is offering an award of $500 for any information leading to the arrest of an individual.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective C. T. Davis with the Lynchburg Police Department at 434-455-6166, 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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Hillcats to change name; winning fan entry to receive season tickets for life

Lynchburg HillcatsFrom the Lynchburg Hillcats: After 21 years of baseball under the Hillcats moniker, Lynchburg is asking fans to help decide the team name for the 2017 season. With the help of Brandiose, a San Diego-based sports marketing company which has overseen rebranding efforts for more than 50 minor league teams, Lynchburg has created an online “Name the Team” campaign. The process begins Wednesday, May 25. Fans are encouraged to go to www.lynchburg-hillcats.com to submit their nomination for the team’s new identity, along with an explanation of why they feel their suggestion perfectly embodies Lynchburg professional baseball. The top six choices will be entered into a contest to vote for the new team name. One fan who submits an entry will win two full season tickets for life.

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McAuliffe: I followed the law in accepting donations

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s confident he followed the law in accepting donations that now appear to be part of a federal criminal investigation. McAuliffe defended his actions Tuesday to reporters at an event in Alexandria. A law-enforcement official told The Associated Press on Monday that McAuliffe is the subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his 2013 gubernatorial campaign. McAuliffe said he believes the investigation centers around a donation connected to Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang. Federal law forbids foreigners from contributing to U.S. political campaigns, but McAuliffe said Wang has held a green card for nearly a decade and is a legitimate donor. McAuliffe is a longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He said he’s also confident the investigation won’t harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential

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Gov. McAuliffe being investigated for possible campaign violations

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe is at the center of an ongoing investigation – focused at least in part – on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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State GOP leaders file legal challenge to McAuliffe executive action on felons’ rights

STATE-NEWSVirginia Republicans want the State Supreme Court to invalidate Governor McAuliffe’s recent executive order granting voting and other rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. McAuliffe says he will “vigorously oppose” the legal action. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Gov. McAuliffe takes state plane to Final Four, Cuba

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Records show that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has used a state airplane to fly to Cuba and a University of Virginia basketball game in Chicago, among other destinations. The Daily Press obtained the Department of Aviation records by invoking the Freedom of Information Act. McAuliffe took since September. McAuliffe took the plane all over Virginia, with short hops to Hampton Roads, the Shenandoah Valley and the District of Columbia as well as the trip to Cuba and Final Four game. His spokesman Brian McCoy says the Democrat will reimburse the state for two trips, both out-of-state weddings. McAuliffe’s flights have been scrutinized since he used the plane last year to attend a U2 concert and former President Bill Clinton’s birthday party.

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Supreme court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts

wlni-defaultWASHINGTON (AP) – A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia. The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents. Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling. The same three-judge court that threw out the map drawn by the state Legislature in 2012 has since created new districts that are in place for the 2016 congressional elections.

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UPDATE: Details emerge in the killing of Nicole Lovell

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

The cases of two former Virginia Tech students charged in the killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell will be heard by a grand jury July 26, after new details emerged in court. WLNI’s Ian Price has details.

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