Federal prosecutors in Virginia collect millions in last fiscal year

WLNI-MRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors in Virginia collected more than $27.8 million in criminal and civil fines and penalties in the last fiscal year. The numbers were reported Wednesday by the U.S. attorney’s offices in the eastern and western districts of the state. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente (BEN’-tay) said the eastern district collected more than $23.6 million, including more than $15.4 million in criminal actions. In the western district, U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said more than $4.2 million was collected. About three-fourths of that came in criminal cases.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder aid the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion nationally in the 2014 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

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Lawmakers express concerns over proposed EPA rules

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State lawmakers are expressing concerns that proposed federal regulations to cut carbon emissions will hurt Virginia’s economic competiveness. The Senate and House held a joint committee meeting Wednesday to hear from state officials, energy companies and environmentalists on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Lawmakers said it was unfair the targets set by the EPA do not give greater weight to Virginia’s robust nuclear energy production, which do not produce carbon dioxide emissions. They said the current target rate of carbon emission by energy production set by the EPA for Virginia is unfair in light of the higher target rates for neighboring states. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe expressed similar concerns last week, though he said supports the EPA plan’s goals of lower emissions.

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VDOT prepares for holiday travel

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Transportation is lifting lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday period. VDOT will end the closures on most interstates and other roads starting from noon Wednesday through noon Monday. The idea is to keep the highways obstruction free during the busy holiday travel period. VDOT also advises that based on past traffic data, the heaviest periods of congestion on most roads occur after noon on Wednesday and after noon on both weekend days. Officials are encouraging Virginians to plan for a safe trip by avoiding distractions, wearing your seat belt, obeying the speed limit and being courteous to other travelers.

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People urged to not drink and drive over holidays

WLNI-MRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Several groups, businesses and state leaders are kicking off efforts to prevent drunken driving this holiday season. Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Nationwide Insurance and AAA Mid-Atlantic will be joined Thursday by Attorney General Mark Herring and Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty to discuss the issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,0 people were killed in drunken driving crashes nationwide between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2012 _ the most recent year for national data. New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year for drunken driving on roadways. A total of 140 people were killed by drunken driving crashes during the holiday that year. Officials remind Virginians to have a designated driver if they’re planning to drink during the holiday season.

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Danville Investigation Leads to Indictments

danville policeAn investigation that stretches back to last fall, has led to the arrest and now indictments of three former employees of the City of Danville Utilities. Danville’s City Manager requested the investigation to look into “irregularities” following a department audit. 41-year-old Benjamin Paul Hairfield and 46-year-old Marshall Scott Wilkerson were arrested on Monday; 41-year-old Dennis Wayne Booth the Second was arrested Tuesday; a grand jury indicted all three on grand larceny charges on Friday. The charges stem from three separate incidents that occurred in 2013 and 2014.

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Route 29 Accident Resulted in One Arrest for Drunk Driving

police lineAn accident on Route 29 in Lynchburg last night, resulted in one man being arrested for drunk driving. Authorities tell media outlets, that around 11pm Tuesday, they responded to the Stadium Road Exit and found a car overturned. Initially, the Lynchburg Police and fire department were told the man was trapped inside but passerby’s were able to help him out before first responders arrived on the scene, he claimed there was a second person in the car that had been ejected. ABC-13 reports, no one was found when officials searched the woods; and witnesses claim only the driver was in the car; that driver, now faces DUI, reckless driving, and driving on a revoked license charges.

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Man in Custody for Early Morning Shooting

LPD lynchburg policePolice have a man custody in connection with an early-morning shooting in Lynchburg. The LPD tells media outlets, that dispatchers received a call about an incident at 2355 Light Street, off Campbell Avenue, just before 7:30 this morning. Authorities say a woman was transported to the emergency room with non life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested. The names have not been released while the investigation is ongoing.

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Harvard Street to be closed to through traffic for two months at CVCC

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg:  In order to accommodate the final phase of construction at the intersection of Harvard Street and Wards Road, Harvard Street will be closed as follows:  Beginning Monday, November 24 and continuing through Friday, November 28, Harvard Street will be closed, and the only access to the Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) campus will be from Wards Ferry Road. Access to CVCC from Wards Road will not be allowed. Beginning Monday, December 1 and continuing for approximately 60 days, Harvard Street will be closed to all through traffic. The entrance and exit to the main campus of CVCC can be accessed via the intersection of Wards Road and Harvard Street into Parking Lot #1 and then into the remaining parking lots adjacent to buildings on campus. The entrance and exit to Parking Lots #2 and #3 can be accessed from Wards Ferry Road. During this time, CVCC will be installing traffic calming measures on Harvard Street.

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Virginia education leaders gather for annual meeting

Education-News1WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Education leaders from across Virginia are gathering in Williamsburg for the annual convention of the Virginia School Boards Association. More than 1,000 school board members, superintendents, division administrators, education officials and others are scheduled to attend the three-day convention that begins Wednesday. Officials say the event provides school division leadership the opportunity to learn about nationwide and statewide trends, meet key policy officials and learn new best management practice. The convention will include professional development workshops, a student achievement fair and an exhibition of school architecture. The group of Virginia school boards promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training and services.

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Film industry spending in Virginia increases

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says spending by the film industry increased 16 percent last year compared to 2012. The governor’s office issued a news release Tuesday saying the economic impact of the film industry in Virginia was $382 million in 2013. The state has an incentive program that offers tax credits and grants to film projects made in the state. The Associated Press reported Sunday that Del. Peter Farrell and his father, Dominion Resources Inc. CEO Thomas Farrell II, made a movie last year that received $1 million in assistance from the state. Other projects filmed in Virginia last year include the National Geographic channel’s “Killing Kennedy” and AMC’s television series “TURN.”

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