Ex-Virginia Tech students indicted in teen death

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Two former Virginia Tech students have been indicted in the slaying of a 13-year-old girl. Montgomery County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mary Pettitt said a grand jury returned indictments Tuesday against David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers, who authorities say plotted to kidnap and murder Nicole Lovell last January. Eisenhauer was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and hiding the body. Keepers was charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide the body.   Trial dates were set Tuesday in both cases for March 2017. Pettitt says Eisenhauer and Keepers both face up to life in prison. Prosecutors haven’t discussed a possible motive.

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Kaine’s wife resigns as Virginia secretary of education

Anne Holton (AP photo)

Anne Holton (AP photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Tim Kaine’s wife has resigned as Virginia’s Secretary of Education.   Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced Tuesday that Roanoke native Anne Holton stepped down from the cabinet-level post because her husband had been picked to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.  McAuliffe said Holton’s resignation was effective Monday. Holton is the daughter of former Gov. Linwood Holton and is a longtime child advocate and former Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge. Prior to joining the McAuliffe administration, Holton directed a Virginia Community College System initiative that helps young people who are aging out of foster care continue their education. She and Kaine met at Harvard Law School and have three children.   McAuliffe announced Holton’s replacement is Dietra Trent, a former deputy secretary of education.

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Surveillance photos: two men sought for Madison Heights liquor theft

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: The Sheriff’s Office needs your help in identifying 2 males involved in a shoplifting incident at the Madison Heights ABC store in June 2016. They may reside or hang out in the Wright Shop Rd area of Madison Heights. If you can help with the identification of these individuals please contact us by Facebook Messenger or the Sheriff’s Office at 434-946-9300. You can let the dispatcher know you want to remain anonymous.

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Republicans support Trump after town hall in Roanoke

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Republicans who showed up for Donald Trump’s first post-convention appearance yesterday at the Hotel Roanoke seem to fully support the parties candidate, who was once considered an outsider. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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Trump on Kaine’s job performance as governor: “lousy”

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says Tim Kaine’s record as governor is dismal, calling the current senator a life-long politician and a ‘hack”. Trump spoke yesterday in Roanoke, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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After ruling, McAuliffe moves to restore rights individually

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration says it will move quickly to ensure thousands of felons hoping to cast ballots in November’s election will be able to vote.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said Monday that the administration expects by the end of this week to restore the voting rights of the roughly 13,000 felons who registered to vote under the Democratic governor’s April executive order.

Virginia’s Supreme Court struck down that order Friday, saying governors cannot restore rights en masse, but must handle them on a case-by-case basis. Coy says the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office will process each felon’s paperwork individually to comply with the ruling.

After those are completed, the administration says it will move on to the restore the rights of the other felons it has identified.

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Supporters raise giant Confederate flag in Danville

Confederate-flag-jpg-e1449490756536DANVILLE, Va. (AP) – Hundreds of bikers, veterans and supporters of the Confederacy celebrated the raising of one of the biggest Confederate flags in the country to protest a decision by the Danville City Council to remove the flag from city property.

The Danville Register & Bee reports that supporters of the Confederate flag used a hydraulic crane Saturday to raise a 30 foot by 50 foot flag while others fired off rifles and cannons in salute.

The roadside flag-raising was the latest protest against an August decision by the Danville City Council to only allow certain flags to be flown on city-owned property, excluding the Confederate flag.

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Grand jury to meet on VT students charged in killing of 13-year-old girl

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – A grand jury is preparing to meet to determine whether two former Virginia Tech students should be indicted in the killing of a 13-year-old girl.

A grand jury in Christiansburg is expected to hear evidence in the case against David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers on Tuesday.

Eisenhauer is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder in the death of Nicole Lovell last January. Keepers is charged with being an accessory to kidnapping and murder and with helping hide the body.

Prosecutors haven’t discussed a possible motive.

A friend of Eisenhauer told The Roanoke Times that Eisenhauer texted him about meeting a girl at a party and later learning she was underage. Bryce Dustin said Eisenhauer feared she would “expose” him and asked if Dustin knew where he could hide a body.

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Kaine pick could upend Virginia politics

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Tim Kaine’s selection as Hillary Clinton’s running mate could totally upend Virginia politics.

And it would all but certainly result in the most expensive election cycle in the state’s history next if Kaine becomes vice president.

Kaine was announced Friday as Clinton’s choice to be the Democratic vice presidential candidate.

If he wins, it’ll mean Virginia has an unprecedented dual Senate and gubernatorial races next year, with yet another Senate contest the year after.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe would get to pick a temporary replacement for Kaine’s Senate seat. McAuliffe declined to say whom he would pick, but said that having a minority or female candidate represent the state is a significant consideration.

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Hundreds protest governor’s positions on fossil fuels

Virginia Executive MansionRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Hundreds of protesters have streamed into Virginia’s capital city to criticize the Democratic governor’s energy policies, including his support for a proposed natural gas pipeline.

Carrying signs that read “We won’t pipe down,” the group on Saturday also lambasted Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support for offshore oil drilling and for not trying to stop an electric company’s release of treated coal ash water into
rivers.

Among the protesters was 23-year-old Sonia Wang, an environmental researcher who lives in Richmond. She said it’s important to show that these issues matter to Virginians and to hold McAuliffe accountable for his support of fossil fuels.

A McAuliffe spokeswoman has told media outlets in recent weeks that he’s aggressively pushed for renewable energy development in Virginia, particularly solar generation.

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