Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US government

wlni-defaultHUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – U.S. communities hard hit by coal industry layoffs in eight Appalachian states and Texas are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia, on Wednesday. The funding comes from a job-creation organization involving multiple federal agencies, including the U.S. Commerce and Labor departments and the regional commission. Officials say the investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and other industries. Appalachian states involved in the projects are Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The commission says about 23,000 Appalachian coal jobs were lost between 2011 and 2015.

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Amherst man charged with sex crimes involving child

Carlton Adcock

Carlton Adcock

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The office arrested Carlton Eugene Adcock, 52, of Amherst today on (7) counts of forcible sodomy, (7) counts of inanimate object penetration , and (2) counts of  indecent liberties with a child. The Sheriff’s Office began their investigation following a referral from Amherst County Social Services. Adcock was arrested without incident and transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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Jens Soering petitioning Va. governor for pardon

Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo)

Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo)

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) – A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an “absolute pardon” and parole based largely on blood analysis.  Jens Soering is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. The Washington Post  reports that Soering’s petition submitted to McAuliffe this week says a blood analysis concludes that Soering, who has Type O blood, was not the source of at least some of the Type O blood found at the scene.  The 50-year-old Soering spoke to the paper in a phone interview from Buckingham Correctional Center outside Dillwyn, Virginia.  Soering initially confessed to killing the couple but then recanted. He said his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, killed her parents and told him afterward. Haysom is serving a 90-year sentence.

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Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Looks for Man Wanted for Passing Bad Checks

Michael Culpepper

Michael Culpepper

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: We are looking for Michael Luethel Culpepper, who has outstanding warrants for obtaining money by false pretenses related to counterfeit checks and failure to appear in court. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to please call the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at 434-332-9850; or their local law enforcement agency; or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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UVA expert: FBI faces tough challenge in finding domestic terrorists and preventing their attacks

wlni-defaultAs the FBI investigates whether the weekend stabbing attack in Roanoke County is terrorism-related, experts say finding U.S. residents who might commit acts of terrorism is a difficult process — especially when there are no previous signs of violence. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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McAuliffe: a few mistakes are worth the greater goal of restoring former felons’ rights

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe says there be some mistakes along the way, but he is committed to restoring the rights of 200,000 former felons — in a way that meets a recent court order. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Svrcek appoints new Lynchburg Deputy City Manager

Charles Hartgrove

Charles Hartgrove

From the City of Lynchburg: Lynchburg City Manager, Bonnie Svrcek announced today that she has appointed a new Deputy City Manager, Charles W. Hartgrove.  Hartgrove currently serves as the Town Manager in Ashland, Virginia. He will assume his duties on November 2, 2016.  In July 2016, Svrcek was appointed to the position of City Manager, leaving the Deputy City Manager position vacant. Hartgrove’s appointment was made following a national search.  There was an initial pool of 56   applicants. The field was narrowed after a series of telephone and in-person interviews.  The top two candidates then met with members of the City’s Leadership Team as well as a representative group of City employees, toured the City of Lynchburg and learned of some of Lynchburg’s challenges and opportunities. According to Svrcek, Hartgrove has over 18 years of experience in local government management including serving as town manager in three Virginia localities – Gate City, Middleburg, and the last 13 years in Ashland.

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Lynchburg Police officer charged with DWI

Lynchburg PoliceFrom Lynchburg Police Department: On 8/21/16 LPD Officer Timothy L. Dooley was arrested by the Virginia State Police for Driving while Intoxicated, 1stoffense (18.2266, Code of VA)and Refusal (18.2-268.3).
Officer Dooley was off-duty at the time and operating his personally owned vehicle when he was stopped by a VA State Trooperon the Campbell Ave. exit/460 west ramp at approximately 1:40am. Officer Dooley has been employed with the LPD for 15 years and currently holds the rank of Senior Specialist.
Following established procedure, Officer Dooley has been placed on Administrative Leave with pay pending the outcome of both a criminal and internal investigation.
The LPD is reviewing this matter internally while the VA State Police handles the criminal investigation. Because of the ongoing criminal court proceedings regarding this case, the LPD will not be making remarks on the criminal case.
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McAuliffe: voting rights again restored to 13,000 felons

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons after his previous attempt was blocked by the state’s Supreme Court. McAuliffe’s announcement Monday came nearly a month after the court ruled that governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. That ruling invalidated a previous executive order that had restored the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons who had completed their sentences.

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Author Mark Davis on the Morning Line

Upside Down BookMark Davis is a radio host from Dallas who has written a book titled Upside Down: How the Left Turned Right into Wrong, Truth into Lies, Good into Bad

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