Two state historical markers have been christened in Lynchburg. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources markers were dedicated on Sunday. One recognizes the Dorchester Home a home for formerly enslaved women; the other Camp Davis, a Confederate soldiers’ camp that later emerged as a refuge for freed slaves after the Civil War.
A 50-year-old Richmond man will spend 35 years in prison for the December 2012 brutal beating death of his 86-year-old mother-in-law in Lynchburg. A judge on Friday sentenced Scott Miles. The prosecution says Miles beat Lynda Slocum to death after she wouldn’t give him money. A jury in March convicted him of first-degree murder.
Motorists should be aware of night-time paving operations that are be underway this week through Saturday the traffic alert is in conjunction with the Midtown Connector Project. The work will be performed along the intersection of Memorial Avenue and Langhorne Road and Langhorne Road between Memorial Avenue and Middlesex Avenue. Drivers are advised to allow extra time when traveling through those areas.
Lynchburg Police are investigating four residential burglaries all in the area near the 51-hundred block of Boonsboro Road. The first occurred Friday, September 5th the other three last Thursday; all of them were daytime burglaries. Police say they don’t have much else to go on right now. Anyone with information should contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers are announcing cuts to state agencies, universities, and local governments to help fill a projected budget gap and preserve Virginia’s AAA bond rating. The governor and Republican lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that they have agreed to cuts of $192 million to state agencies, $90 million for higher education, and $60 million for aide to local governments over the next two years. The budget plan won’t affect K-12 spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes. McAuliffe praised GOP lawmakers for their willingness to work with him to address a projected $882 million shortfall over the biennium, saying the bipartisan approach was needed “to send a signal to Wall Street” and preserve the state’s sterling bond rating.
Brookville High School is under lockdown for the second time in five days. WLNI’s Jack Murphy reports Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies and State Police are stationed at every entrance to the school, and students were once again led to the football stadium bleachers as the school is searched. There is no word yet on the reason for today’s lockdown; last Thursday, it was prompted by a bomb threat written in a bathroom.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to release details on budget cuts for the next two years. McAuliffe and leaders of the General Assembly are scheduled to attend a news conference on the agreement Monday. McAuliffe announced the agreement Saturday after appearing at the annual meeting of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association. McAuliffe has said officials are projecting a revenue shortfall of nearly $2.4 billion over a three-year period. State agencies have until Friday to submit plans to cut spending by 5 percent in the first year and 7 percent in the second year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A report by the investment rating agency Standard & Poor’s says the income gap is undermining budgets in Virginia and other states. The S&P report released Monday says Virginia is among the 10 states most reliant on income tax revenues. It concludes that income inequality is contributing to slower economic growth in the U.S. and as a result, states are facing rising tensions over whether to raise taxes or cut spending to balance their budgets. The report says that average annual state revenue growth fell to 5 percent, from 10 percent, from 1980 to 2011. At the same time, the top 1 percent of earners doubled their share of total income. Virginia saw average annual tax revenue growth has slowed to around 3.6 percent per year since 2000.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia tax collections increased slightly in August. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that general fund revenues were up 1.7 percent from August of 2013. He says that’s an encouraging sign, but cautions that August is not a significant month for revenue collections. The governor says September collections will complete the first quarter of the fiscal year and provide a better picture of revenue growth. Last month’s increase was driven by the individual income tax and the state sales tax. Payroll withholding taxes make up nearly two-thirds of general fund revenues, and they increased by 1.7 percent. The sales tax accounts for nearly one-fifth of the general fund. It increased by 4.5 percent.
From Lynchburg City Police: Police are investigating four burglaries that occurred in an area near the 5100 block of Boonsboro Road. One of the burglaries was reported on Friday, September 5, and three were reported yesterday, September 11, 2014. These incidents were all residential burglaries and it is believed the suspect(s) entered the homes and took items during the daytime. No specific suspect information is available at this time and the LPD Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the investigation.
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