Song released by musician honors slain WDBJ7 journalists

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

Alison Parker, Adam Ward (WDBJ7 photos)

SALEM, Va. (AP) – A new song performed by Miss Virginia 2014 honors the memory of a reporter and videographer who were fatally shot during a live broadcast. The Roanoke Times reports that Salem-based musician and songwriter Tommy Holcomb recently released a song he wrote in honor of WDBJ’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The song titled “Forever On The Air” is performed by Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett. The proceeds from the sale of the song will go to a foundation established in Parker’s memory that supports the arts in southern Virginia. The proceeds will also support a scholarship fund established in Ward’s name. Parker and Ward were killed by former co-worker Vester Lee Flanagan in August. Flanagan later killed himself after a police chase.

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Attempt to override veto of coal mine tax credit fails in Senate

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYVirginia’s Coal Mine Tax credit will expire at the end of this year after efforts to extend it failed yesterday in Richmond. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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McAuliffe veto stands; bill designed to keep localities from removing Confederate monuments is killed

WLNI-GENERAL-ASSEMBLYLegislation that would have prevented local governments from removing Confederate monuments did not survive Governor McAuliffe’s veto. It was one of the many vetoes that were upheld yesterday in Richmond. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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State lawmakers vote to shield identities of companies supplying execution drug

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The General Assembly approved a controversial amendment involving the death penalty yesterday when they returned to Richmond for a veto session. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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State lawmaker sues Attorney General Herring over unmet request

Va. AG Mark Herring

Va. AG Mark Herring

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia lawmaker is suing the state attorney general for not providing a written opinion requested seven months ago. Loudoun County Republican Del. Dave LaRock claims Democrat Mark Herring is not doing his job as required by state law. He filed papers Wednesday asking the Richmond Circuit Court to order the attorney general to fulfill his request for an advisory opinion about laws against sex discrimination. LaRock says Tuesday’s federal appeals court ruling in favor of a transgender student who wants to use the boys’ restroom at school illustrates the urgency of his request. Herring spokesman Michael Kelly says that same ruling shows “the law in this area is developing very rapidly in very significant ways.” Kelly said lawyers are researching and LaRock will get a response “in due course.”

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Bedford home is a “total loss” after fire

Monte Video House Fire (7)From Bedford Fire Department: On April 20, 2016 at approximately 9:58 p.m. the Bedford Fire Department responded to 1972 Monte Vista Road for a report of fire in a private dwelling. The first arriving engine found a two-story wood frame home with heavy fire showing throughout.  Although units arrived just ten minutes after the initial 911 call, the amount of fire found on arrival along with a lack of water supply in the immediate area hampered efforts.  The original home, which had several additions, was made of wooden logs and according to the owner was constructed in 1765.  The home was a total loss.  No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.  Firefighters from the Town of Bedford, Moneta, Forest, and Huddleston operated on scene.  The fire is being investigated by the Bedford County Fire Marshall’s Office.

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Lynchburg Parks & Rec to host neighborhood meeting on recent Fairview shootings

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg:  The Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Lynchburg Police Department and other City departments, will host a neighborhood meeting on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairview Recreation Center, 3621 Campbell Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss recent criminal activity in the Fairview neighborhood including the incidents that occurred in Younger Park and on Maryland Avenue. Residents will hear what is being done to address these issues and will be given the opportunity to voice their concerns and to offer possible solutions to issues that are negatively affecting their neighborhood. This meeting is open to the public.

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Arsonists believed responsible for several large wildfires in SW counties

wlni-defaultWildfires are creating some big problems right in parts of southwest Virginia — and fire officials say arrests appear likely for some of them. One fire got close enough to Hurley High School in Buchanan County to keep it closed yesterday as a precaution. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

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Compromise reached on Virginia economic development plan

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders say they’ve reached a compromise on a new economic development initiative backed by some of the state’s biggest corporate titans. McAuliffe and House Majority Leader Kirk Cox said Tuesday they’ve agreed to a compromise plan that allows the initiative, called Go Virginia, to move forward while putting off a key sticking point for a year. It was developed last year by business leaders, university officials and others as a way to boost Virginia’s sluggish economy by providing state funds to projects that promote regional cooperation.The proposed compromise, which lawmakers will vote on Wednesday, gives McAuliffe greater sway in appointing Go Virginia’s board. The compromise puts off debate on whether legislators would have veto power over the board’s proposed grant making.

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Attorney General Herring backs legality of governor’s execution plan

Va. AG Mark Herring

Va. AG Mark Herring

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s attorney general says he doesn’t believe a proposal to allow the state to obtain lethal injection drugs from anonymous compounding pharmacies would violate federal law. Republican Del. Jackson Miller had asked Attorney General Mark Herring for an opinion before lawmakers reconvene Wednesday to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposal. In his opinion released late Tuesday, Herring rejected the argument that federal law allows pharmacies to compound drugs only with a valid prescription. Herring said it’s “settled law” that lethal injection drugs don’t constitute a practice of medicine, “rendering a prescription unnecessary and unavailable.” He added that no court has ever invalidated a state’s lethal injection protocol on those grounds. McAuliffe’s proposal replaces a measure that sought to allow the state to execute inmates in the electric chair if drugs aren’t available.

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