Active shooter exercise Saturday in Bedford may be loud, but sheriff says it’s necessary

Bedford CountyBedford area residents may see plenty of law enforcement vehicles and ambulances tomorrow and hear loud bangs and sirens. The Bedford County Sheriff’s office is conducting an active shooter exercise for its deputies, especially those new to the force. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Review: Abuse reports ignored by Rockbridge social services

wlni-fbLEXINGTON, Va. (AP) – An internal review has found reports of child abuse and neglect that were ignored by Rockbridge social services.

The review identified 41 problems, including evidence that a former Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services supervisor shredded reports before they could be investigated. Other problems cited in the report include slow responses to emergency calls, missed deadlines, altered documents and low staff morale.

The review also cites one case in which a child later died. Police are investigating that case as well as others. Susan Reese, head of the social services’ Piedmont Regional Office, says the three-month review, which was completed in May, is “very concerning.”

The regional office conducted the review after receiving several complaints from the county sheriff’s office and other state agencies.

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State senators call for audit into university’s surplus

UVA-LogoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Two Virginia state senators are calling for an investigation into a $2.3 billion University of Virginia surplus.

Sens. Chap Petersen and Bill DeSteph said in a statement Thursday that they intend to formally call for an audit into the fund, which former university board member Helen Dragas called a “slush fund.”

The two senators say the fund should be used for lowering student tuition and fees. They also accuse the university of overcharging for its services.

The university said in a statement Tuesday that the Strategic Investment Fund is not connected with tuition or public funding. The school also says that the money came primarily from additional returns on the university’s $7.5 billion endowment since 2009.

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State conducts feasibility study on Bedford Amtrak stop

Amtrak-LogoThere is currently no plan to include Bedford when Amtrak service extends to Roanoke next year, but state transportation officials are now conducting a feasibility study. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Council: Governor can’t keep rights restoration list secret

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s advisory council on open records has argued that Gov. Terry McAuliffe shouldn’t keep secret a list of felons whose voting rights are believed to have been restored.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council issued the opinion Tuesday, arguing that the list doesn’t qualify as an executive working paper.

The list contains roughly 206,000 felons believed to meet the criteria of McAuliffe’s rights restoration order.

The council also says that exemption doesn’t apply to the list since it was distributed to the Virginia Department of Elections for voter registration purposes.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy says the administration disagrees with the council and will continue to keep the list confidential until an official clemency report is made to the general assembly next year.

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McAuliffe traveling to Iowa for conference

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to be named the next chairman of the National Governors Association.

The governor, a Democrat, announced Wednesday that he is traveling to Des Moines, Iowa, this week for the NGA’s annual summer meeting.

The nonpartisan group advocates on behalf of the governors.

McAuliffe is the current vice-chairman of the group, and said he will spend his coming year as chairman promoting the need for states to address cybersecurity concerns.

The last Virginia governor to be named chairman of the NGA was Mark Warner in 2004.

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2017 gubernatorial candidates tout fundraising totals

wlni-fbRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Two contenders for Virginia governor are touting their fundraising totals ahead of a campaign finance filing deadline.

Democrat Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, said Wednesday said he’s raised more than $1 million in the first half of this year for the 2017 gubernatorial contest. Republican Ed Gillespie said his political action committee has raised more than $850,000 in the first half of 2016.

The filing deadline for the latest round of campaign finance reports is
Friday.

No other Democrat besides Northam has announced a gubernatorial run. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman and Corey Stewart, who is Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign chairman, have also said they plan to run for the Republican nomination. Neither announced the results of any recent fundraising efforts.

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UPDATE: Amber Alert cancelled

Flora Khatun

Flora Khatun

UPDATED 6:00pm — The Washington Post reports Liz Khatun is in custody and the Amber Alert is cancelled.

PREVIOUSLY: From Virginia State Police: The Virginia State Police and Virginia Missing Children Clearinghouse have issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction on behalf of the Fairfax County Police Department in Annandale on 07/11/2016 at 11:00 am.  The Fairfax County Police Department is looking for Liz Khatun, white, female, age 6 weeks old, height 1 feet 07 inches, weight 9 lbs, with brown eyes and short brown hair. The child is believed to be in extreme danger and was last seen at 7611 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA. The child is likely abducted by Flora Khatun, white, female, age 31 years old, height 5 feet 02 inches, weight 120 lbs, with brown eyes and brown black hair wearing black t shirt, black yoga pants, unknown shoes. They may be traveling in a 2011 blue Toyota Sienna, VA license XJG 1035.

Please contact the Fairfax County police department at (703)246-7800 or the Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453 (1-800-vachild).

You may find complete information at hyperlink www.vaamberalert.com

 

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UPDATE: Boil water advisory lifted

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UPDATED WEDNESDAY 12:05 pm —  According to the City of Lynchburg’s Department of Water Resources, the Boil Water Advisory issued on July 8 to customers in the Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna and Route 460 east area has been rescinded.  The problem has been corrected, and it is no longer necessary for these customers to boil their water.    

PREVIOUSLY: From the City of Lynchburg:  According the Lynchburg Department of Water Resources, the contractor for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has completed the water line work in the Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna and Route 460 areas. Since the work was completed, Water Resources has been filling the 24” water line, and the majority of water customers in the affected areas should now have water. Residents may experience a milky appearance to the water due to air in the system.  It is recommended to fill a glass with water, and if the cloudiness does not clear in a few minutes, contact Water Resources at (434) 455-4250. Water Resources is currently flushing the water system, and water samples are being collected today to be tested to ensure the safety of the water supply.  As a precaution, a Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until at least Wednesday, July 13, when the results of the water quality testing will be known.  The following areas will be impacted: Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna and along Route 460 east of the Campbell Avenue interchange. Specific streets include Poston Street, Holcomb Path Road, Rockwell Road, Kavanaugh Road, Aultice Lane, Carnell Lane, Tyreeanna Road, Pleasant Valley Road, Statham Lane, Turner Lane, Spinoza Circle, Nickerson Road, Channie Lane, and Concord Turnpike from the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant east to Route 460.

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VT professor weighs in on Pokemon Go

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A Virginia Tech professor studying social effects of new technologies is weighing in on the viral phenomenon Pokemon Go. The story from WLNI’s Starr Anderson.

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