Va. AG, home security company settle consumer complaint

Va. AG Mark Herring

Va. AG Mark Herring

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Trio Alarm LLC have settled a complaint alleging the company tricked consumers. Herring announced the settlement with the home security system company on Wednesday. Herring alleged in the complaint that Trio Alarm tricked consumers into entering long-term contracts they didn’t need or want. The complaint says Trio Alarm door-to-door sales representatives made false claims that included telling consumers their existing home security service had been switched to the company. Consumers whose homes displayed signs for competing security systems were targeted. Under the settlement, Trio Alarm will provide more than $8,200 in refunds to Virginia consumers who suffered double charges or other monetary harm. Trio also agreed to pay a $6,250 civil penalty to Virginia.

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Jamaican citizen sentenced in Va. for lottery scam

WLNI-SHARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ A Jamaican citizen living in Virginia has been sentenced for his role in an international lottery scam. Federal authorities say 32-year-old Carlos O’Brien Rickets was sentenced Wednesday to 10 months in prison. U.S. District Judge Michael Urbanski also ordered Ricketts to pay $74,450 restitution to his victims. A federal grand jury in Harrisonburg indicted Ricketts last November, and he pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. Ricketts participated in a lottery scheme based in Jamaica that induced elderly victims to send thousands of dollars to cover fees for sweepstakes prizes that the victims really had not won.

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New leadership stepping in at Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar CollegeSWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Sweet Briar College is getting a change of leadership to take it into a new academic year. Under terms of a mediated settlement, the resignation of the old governing board becomes effective Thursday evening and a new board steps in. That panel is then expected to name Harrisonburg lawyer Phillip Stone as its new president. This week, Saving Sweet Briar Inc. said it had delivered a $5 million payment to the college. That sum represented twice the amount it was required to submit, and it was paid early. The college was destined to close in late August after leaders said their financial challenges were insurmountable. But a group of dedicated former students responded swiftly, launching a national fundraiser to keep the women’s school afloat.

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Lynchburg City Schools offer free summer meals, immunizations and physicals

LynchburgCitySchoolsFrom Lynchburg City Schools: – The Lynchburg City Schools School Nutrition Program is currently offering free meals to kids 18 and under this summer at two open feeding sites. LCS is also partnering with the Centra Mobile Med, a free clinic on wheels, to provide services to children and adults this summer. The Lynchburg City Schools School Nutrition Program is offering free meals to kids 18 and under this summer at two open feeding sites:

  • R. S. Payne Elementary School located at 1201 Floyd Street
  • Perrymont Elementary School located at 409 Perrymont Avenue

No paperwork is required. A free breakfast and lunch is offered every Monday through Friday through August 7. (WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JULY 3) Breakfast is served 8:30 to 9:30 and lunch is served 12:30 to 1:30. Adults are welcome to eat for a small fee: Adult Breakfast is $1.25; Adult Lunch is $2.50.

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BWXT Completes Spin-Off of Power Generation Business

BWXT LogoFrom BWX Technologies: – BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE:BWXT) has completed the spin-off of its Power Generation business and will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “BWXT.” In 2014, The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced its intent to spin off its Power Generation business, and on June 8, 2015, B&W’s board of directors approved the spinoff.  The Power Generation business is now known as Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. BWXT is the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for submarines and aircraft carriers; provides nuclear fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. BWXT has locations throughout North America.

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Experts say gas prices have probably peaked for the year, gradual summer decline likely

Gas-Prices1If you are hitting the highways for the holiday weekend or have a summer road trip planned, gas prices are about 90 cents a gallon a lower than last year. Experts expect them to start falling shortly, but any sharp declines are not likely until fall. WLNI’s Evan Jones has our summer outlook.

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Among nearby bordering states, West Virginia has the highest average prices and Tennessee the lowest.

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Report: Va. took in more than 5m tons of out-of-state waste

department environmental qualityRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia took in more than 5 million tons of castoffs from other states in 2014. The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued its annual solid waste report, and it found that the amount of municipal waste, construction debris and other types of waste it accepted last year remained about the same. Virginia is one of the top states in the nation in terms of accepting out-of-state waste. As for waste generated within the state, that totaled about 15 million tons. The total amount of waste received at Virginia facilities in 2014 decreased by about 15,000 tons. Much of the solid waste sent to Virginia from elsewhere came from Maryland, New York, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and New Jersey.

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Southside Va. county ends 4-year fight over public prayers

pittsylvania countyDANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is ending its four-year battle to keep its tradition of opening its meetings with a prayer. A federal judge ruled the supervisor-led prayer was unconstitutional, and the board has decided to leave it at that. The Register and Bee (http://bit.ly/1BV0T2M ) reports that state Sen. Bill Stanley announced the decision Tuesday. He’s been representing the board. A county resident, Barbara Hudson, filed a lawsuit against the board over its practice in September 2011. She said the Christian invocations violate the Constitution’s prohibition against government establishment of a religion. During the legal back-and-forth, the board has had residents lead prayers during the board’s meetings.

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Attorney: Man regrets defacing Richmond Confederate monument

WLNI-SRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The attorney for a man charged with defacing a Confederate monument in Richmond says his client regrets the action. Attorney Daniel Watkins says Joseph Weindl will reimburse the city for restoration costs. Police say the 39-year-old Richmond man spray-painted an “L” on the granite base of a monument honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis on June 28. Weindl is charged with intentionally defacing a public monument. Watkins said Monday in a statement that Weindl told police the “L” stood for loser. Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since the June 17 massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused gunman had posed in a photograph with the Confederate battle flag. Watkins says Weindl wants to find legal and positive ways to foster dialogue on the issue.

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Saving Sweet Briar makes good, and better, on rescue plan

Sweet Briar CollegeSWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ The nonprofit group that led the drive to save Sweet Briar College says it has delivered $5 million to the women’s school. Saving Sweet Briar Inc. says it delivered the first installment Tuesday under a mediated rescue plan to keep the school open during the upcoming academic year. The $5 million is twice what was required under the settlement and was delivered two days early. The group of determined former students began to act after Sweet Briar leaders announced in May they would be closing the small liberal arts school because of what they called insurmountable financial challenges. Saving Sweet Briar says the payment clears the way for new leadership at the school. That is scheduled to occur Thursday with a new board appointing Phillip Stone as president.

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