U.Va. board member resigns, governor appoints replacement

UVA-LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ University of Virginia Board of Visitors member Dr. Edward D. Miller has resigned with a year of his term remaining. Miller tells The Daily Progress that he believes issues he advocated for weren’t getting traction. He cited rising tuition and declining funding for research. Miller says he submitted his resignation to Gov. Terry McAuliffe in March but he had hoped to continue serving until June 30. On Friday, McAuliffe announced that he had appointed attorney Mark T. Bowles to replace Miller. Miller joined the board as an ex-officio member in 2011. He became a regular board member in 2012.

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James Madison board approves undergrad tuition, fee hikes

WLNI-SHARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ James Madison University’s board has approved undergraduate tuition and fee increases for the 2015-2016 academic year. In-state students living on campus will pay $19,084 in tuition and fees, a 3.2 percent increase. Tuition and fees for out-of-state students living on campus will increase by 2.6 percent to $34,218. Graduate students’ tuition and fees will not change. The university’s board of visitors approved the increases on Friday. James Madison senior vice president Charles King told the board that the increases are necessary because of reduced state funding, higher employee insurance and retirement costs, salary increases and the expense of operating new facilities.

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Report: Va. leads US in student law enforcement referrals

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report says Virginia schools refer students to law enforcement agencies at nearly triple the national rate. According to the Center for Public Integrity, Virginia’s referral rate of 16 for every 1,000 students leads the nation. The national rate is six referrals per 1,000 students. The center analyzed U.S. Department of Education data from the 2011-2012 school year. In Virginia and nationally, black and special-needs children are being referred to law enforcement at a disproportionate rate. The report suggests that police officers assigned to work schools are handling many disciplinary matters once handled by teachers and principals. It says the findings provide fodder for a growing national debate over whether children are being unnecessarily pushed into a school-to-prison pipeline. The Washington-based center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news agency.

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Lynchburg lawyer shot, wounded

Joseph Sanzone

Joseph Sanzone

Lynchburg police say Joseph Sanzone was shot and wounded last night at the River Loft apartments in downtown Lynchburg.   He is being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital for what is described as a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  Sanzone is a prominent defense lawyer who has been involved a number of high-profile cases.

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Forest couple found dead in home ID’d; cause of death not yet determined, no “third party” believed involved

WLNI-Breaking-NewsFrom the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Investigators continue to investigate the deaths of the two individuals on Jane Randolph Street in Forest. Investigators identified the two individuals as Curtis L. Brumfield, age 58 and Susan C. Brumfield, age 56. In addition to the bodies found at the scene, additional items of physical evidence will be submitted to the forensic science laboratory in Roanoke. The exact manner and cause of death can only be determined by a complete and thorough autopsy. The autopsy and the examination of the forensic evidence may take several weeks or more before any investigative conclusions can be reached. Preliminary investigation of these deaths does not indicate the involvement of a third party. However, the investigation is ongoing. Bedford County Sheriff’s investigators are not making assumptions concerning the two deaths. But will follow where ever the evidence leads them.

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With lowest summer gas prices likely in years, why we may not look as hard for best deals at the pump

Gas-Prices1Summer gas prices are likely to be the lowest in at least ten years. Gas Buddy, which tracks prices across the country, now projects a national average summer price of $2.35 a gallon — and Virginia’s average is often 20 cents or so lower.  But an expert in retail gas pricing strategies says as prices go down, we are less likely to look as hard for the best deals. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Feds end review of VMI’s handling of sex assault report

VMI LogoLEXINGTON, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Military Institute has been removed from a list of colleges under federal investigation for their handling of sexual assault reports. VMI spokesman Stewart D. MacInnis tells The Washington Post that an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education found insufficient evidence to support allegations that the school mishandled a sexual assault report. The agency’s Office of Civil Rights began the Title IX investigation in September 2014. MacInnis says the office notified the school that it took appropriate actions prior to and during the investigation. He says VMI officials are gratified that the school is no longer on the list. The newspaper says MacInnis declined to provide a letter from the federal office notifying the school of the investigation’s findings, citing federal privacy law.

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Financial planning workshop scheduled in Lynchburg

lynchburg logo - important announcementsOn Monday, April 20 at noon, the Lynchburg Public Library, on Memorial Avenue, will host a financial planning workshop. The event will take place in the Community Meeting Room and is free and open to the public. Financial planner Brian Carlton will talk about ways to be smarter with your money. Carlton is a financial planner with HSC Wealth Advisors in Forest. This program is part of Money Smart Week, a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. For more information about this event click here.

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Google executive chairman to speak at Va. Tech commencement

Virginia-Tech-LogoBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt will give the commencement address at Virginia Tech next month. The university’s commencement exercises will be held May 15 at Lane Stadium. Schmidt has a longtime connection to Virginia Tech and Blacksburg. His father was the head of Virginia Tech’s economics department. Schmidt’s family was neighbors with the late university President Paul Torgersen. Schmidt donated $2 million in 2006 to endow the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean’s Chair in Engineering at Virginia Tech. Schmidt also delivered the spring commencement address at Virginia Tech in 1999 when he was chairman and CEO of Novell Inc. Schmidt was Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011.

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Va. attorney general defers to board on college closing

Sweet Briar CollegeRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia’s attorney general is not stepping into the pitched battle over the planned closing of Sweet Briar College. Attorney General Mark R. Herring says the decision to close lies with the private women’s college board of directors, not with the state. Unless the board acted improperly or violated its duties, it would be inappropriate for the state to step into to the fray, according to a statement issued by Herring on Thursday. In a court filing, Herring said the county attorney for Amherst lacks standing to bring action in the name of the state alleging violations of trust code. County Attorney Ellen Bowyer is seeking an injunction to stop the women’s college from shutting down in August. Only 532 students were enrolled at Sweet Briar this semester.

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