Police Invesitgating Boonsboro Robberies

CentralVACrimeStoppersLynchburg Police are investigating four residential burglaries all in the area near the 51-hundred block of Boonsboro Road. The first occurred Friday, September 5th the other three last Thursday; all of them were daytime burglaries. Police say they don’t have much else to go on right now. Anyone with information should contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.

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Governor, lawmakers announce Va. budget cuts

WLNI-SRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers are announcing cuts to state agencies, universities, and local governments to help fill a projected budget gap and preserve Virginia’s AAA bond rating. The governor and Republican lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that they have agreed to cuts of $192 million to state agencies, $90 million for higher education, and $60 million for aide to local governments over the next two years. The budget plan won’t affect K-12 spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes. McAuliffe praised GOP lawmakers for their willingness to work with him to address a projected $882 million shortfall over the biennium, saying the bipartisan approach was needed “to send a signal to Wall Street” and preserve the state’s sterling bond rating.

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BREAKING: For second time in five days, lockdown at Brookville High School

Campbell CountyBrookville High School is under lockdown for the second time in five days. WLNI’s Jack Murphy reports Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Police are stationed at every entrance to the school, and students were once again led to the football stadium bleachers as the school is searched. There is no word yet on the reason for today’s lockdown; last Thursday, it was prompted by a bomb threat written in a bathroom.

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Va. gov to release details on budget cut agreement

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to release details on budget cuts for the next two years. McAuliffe and leaders of the General Assembly are scheduled to attend a news conference on the agreement Monday. McAuliffe announced the agreement Saturday after appearing at the annual meeting of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association. McAuliffe has said officials are projecting a revenue shortfall of nearly $2.4 billion over a three-year period. State agencies have until Friday to submit plans to cut spending by 5 percent in the first year and 7 percent in the second year.

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Virginia income tax dependence cited in report

standard-poors-logoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A report by the investment rating agency Standard & Poor’s says the income gap is undermining budgets in Virginia and other states. The S&P report released Monday says Virginia is among the 10 states most reliant on income tax revenues. It concludes that income inequality is contributing to slower economic growth in the U.S. and as a result, states are facing rising tensions over whether to raise taxes or cut spending to balance their budgets. The report says that average annual state revenue growth fell to 5 percent, from 10 percent, from 1980 to 2011. At the same time, the top 1 percent of earners doubled their share of total income. Virginia saw average annual tax revenue growth has slowed to around 3.6 percent per year since 2000.

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VA tax collections up slightly in August; longer-term picture not yet clear

Virginia state logoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia tax collections increased slightly in August.  Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that general fund revenues were up 1.7 percent from August of 2013. He says that’s an encouraging sign, but cautions that August is not a significant month for revenue collections. The governor says September collections will complete the first quarter of the fiscal year and provide a better picture of revenue growth. Last month’s increase was driven by the individual income tax and the state sales tax. Payroll withholding taxes make up nearly two-thirds of general fund revenues, and they increased by 1.7 percent.  The sales tax accounts for nearly one-fifth of the general fund. It increased by 4.5 percent.

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Lynchburg police investigate four burglaries in same Boonsboro Road area

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg City Police:  Police are investigating four burglaries that occurred in an area near the 5100 block of Boonsboro Road. One of the burglaries was reported on Friday, September 5, and three were reported yesterday, September 11, 2014. These incidents were all residential burglaries and it is believed the suspect(s) entered the homes and took items during the daytime. No specific suspect information is available at this time and the LPD Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation.

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Defense: Plant owner scapegoat in salmonella case

Peanut Corporation of AmericaALBANY, Ga. (AP) _ A defense attorney says the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak five years ago was charged with federal crimes as a “scapegoat.”   Attorney Tom Bondurant said during closing arguments Friday that authorities didn’t want to prosecute large food companies, and that subordinate managers weren’t prominent enough to take all the blame. Bondurant acknowledged former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell’s plant shipped tainted food and faked salmonella tests. But he blamed those acts on two former plant managers who pleaded guilty in the case. He said Parnell would never have knowingly sold salmonella-tainted peanuts and peanut butter because it would ruin his business.  The outbreak was blamed for killing nine Americans and sickening 714.

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Forest man charged in attempted abduction of child and other crimes

Michael A. Wood, Jr. (photo provided)

Michael A. Wood, Jr.
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A Bedford County man is charged with attempted abduction, three counts of assault and battery, as well as other charges, after several incidents on Monday. The Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of the attempted abduction and assault of a 13-year-old boy at a bus stop in Forest. While on that call, dispatchers received two other calls about the assault of a man and assault of a woman, both at Westwood Apartments in Forest. Deputies identified the suspect in all three incidents as Michael A. Wood Jr., 48, who also lives at Westwood Apartments. He’s being held without bond. He’s due in court Monday.

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Goodlatte: controversy over Redskins’ name best left to team, not the feds

Redskins LogoThe Washington Redskins open their home season on Sunday — as controversy continues to surround the team’s name. Congressman Bob Goodlatte is among those who say the federal government should stay out of it, and the decision is best left to the team and its fans. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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