Surveillance pics show woman stealing cellphone at convenience store

From The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a white female who stole a cell phone from the Hop-Inn in Stewartsville. On Wednesday August 17, 2016, between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. an employee said her cell phone was taken from a charger on the deli counter. The surveillance video in the store shows a white female taking the phone. The suspect is 25/35 years old, blonde hair, wearing a white sleeveless shirt, dark colored shorts and white sunglasses. The suspect was driving a white, mid/late 90s four door car with black rims. Anyone with information on this crime can call the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stoppers callers remain anonymous and could receive cash reward up to $1,000.00 for information that helps solve crimes.

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Backyard chickens: a Salmonella risk no matter how clean you keep the coop

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(AP Photo)

As the popularity of backyard chickens grows in Virginia, so does the number of Salmonella cases associated with it. Experts say taking just a few steps greatly reduces the chances of contracting it. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Va. Health Dept: Some Tropical Smoothie customers are at risk of hepatitis A

Tropical SmoothieFrom the Virginia Department of Health: (RICHMOND, Va.) – The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is investigating a cluster of hepatitis A cases and has identified a potential association with smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe restaurants in Virginia. Genetic testing shows the illnesses were caused by a strain of hepatitis A that has been associated with past outbreaks due to frozen strawberries from Egypt. Upon learning of the potential link to strawberries, Tropical Smoothie Cafe immediately conducted a voluntary product withdrawal of all strawberries sourced from Egypt and found an alternate supply. Individuals who consumed a smoothie from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia that contained frozen strawberries, on August 5, 6, 7 or 8, 2016, may still benefit from vaccine or immune globulin to prevent hepatitis A. If you have had hepatitis A or have been vaccinated for hepatitis A, you are already immune and therefore not at risk for getting the disease. Anyone who consumed a smoothie after the frozen strawberries were removed from restaurants is not thought to be at risk for hepatitis A.

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Massive Appomattox County estate goes to auction September 8

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(Concierge Auctions photo)

If you are looking for a new place to call home, an Appomattox County property will go up for auction the evening of Thursday, September 8th. But Stone Ridge is probably out of most buyers’ price range — a 22,000 square foot mansion on 2,500 acres, along with two miles of James River waterfront. Other amenities include a bowling alley, indoor tennis court, indoor pool and much more.

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Lynchburg officials say new procedures are in place after juvenile offenders run off from program activity

City of LynchburgLynchburg  officials say new procedures are now in place for a city juvenile offender program after three juvenile detainees ran off last week from a program activity. All three have since been apprehended. It’s called the “Post-Dispositional Program”, and the event in this case was an outing at Riverside Park. City officials say the new procedures are intended to prevent a repeat occurrence.

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Pipeline builders, critics disagree on proposed projects’ very need

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As federal regulators continue the process of reviewing two proposed natural gas pipelines across Virginia, builders and critics disagree on whether there will be any need for the pipelines should they be built. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Liberty University announces Fall 2016 Convocation guests

liberty-university_logoFrom Liberty University: Liberty University has announced another slate of exciting and engaging Convocation speakers, who will challenge, entertain, and inspire students during the Fall 2016 semester. Among the guests are popular musicians, including for King & Country (Sept. 30), Third Day’s Mac Powell (Sept. 2), “Backstreet Boy” Brian Litrell (Oct. 19), and KORN’s Brian “Head” Welch (Sept. 19) as well as sports icons like Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (Oct. 17), Brazilian soccer star Kaká (Sept. 21), and Super Bowl champion Joe Theismann (Oct. 21) and comedians Tim Hawkins (Sept. 23) and Larry the Cable Guy (Nov. 11). Noted Christian psychologist James Dobson (Sept. 26) and media mogul Steve Forbes (Dec. 7) are also scheduled to speak.

Convocation is North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, and each year it plays host to more than 80 guest speakers of national significance from every sphere of society. It is held within the Vines Center at Liberty University during each semester at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday unless otherwise noted.

Many Convocations can be streamed live at Liberty.edu/Watch and past events can be viewed at Liberty.edu/Streaming or atYouTube.com/LibertyUniversity.

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New grants aim to make higher education more accessible

Education-News1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at making higher education affordable for more students.

The grants will be given to two- and four-year higher education institutions that have a partnership with a pre-K through 12th grade program.

The money will allow higher education institutions to implement and expand programs that help students get early college credit and improve completion rates.

As many as four institutions will receive grants up to $140,000 each.Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the money will ensure the state’s higher education system is “accessible and affordable for all Virginia students.”

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Scott Walker to help fundraise for Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to help raise money for Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ed Gillespie.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Walker, who briefly ran for president, will attend a fundraiser for Gillespie next month at a private home in Northern Virginia.

Donations are expected to be as high as $25,000.

Gillespie is the former Republican National Committee chairman who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2014. He’s one of three Republicans who have announced their intentions to seek the GOP nomination for the 2017 gubernatorial race. 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.

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7 Virginia Congress members ask for no retrial of McDonnell

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Several members of Virginia’s congressional delegation are asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to bring another case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

In a letter recently sent to the U.S. Justice Department, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell and others say it would be “unwise and unfair” to retry McDonnell after the Supreme Court unanimously overturned his corruption conviction in June. The letter says McDonnell’s family has suffered financially and emotionally over the past three years.

McDonnell, a Republican, was convicted for doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans. The Supreme Court said McDonnell’s actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily violate federal bribery laws.

Democratic Rep. Don Beyer and Republican Reps. David Brat, Barbara Comstock, Randy Forbes, Morgan Griffith and Rob Wittman also signed the letter.

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