Ground broken for Fifth Street Community Health Center

centra logoGroundbreaking ceremonies today marked the state of construction for the new Fifth Street Community Health Center. Centra will operate it in collaboration with the Free Clinic of Central Virginia and the Community Access Network. Centra Spokesperson Diane Ludwig spoke with Reporter Andre Whitehead:

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Officials say the poverty rate tops 95% among African-Americans there. The center will provide walk-in immediate and primary care services.

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Feds to drop charges against Bob and Maureen McDonnell

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors will not pursue another case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell or his wife Maureen after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction last month, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said Thursday. The decision ends a yearlong legal saga for the former governor and once-rising Republican star, who was convicted in 2014 of violating federal bribery law by accepting luxury gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting his dietary supplement. The high court unanimously held that McDonnell’s actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily violate federal bribery laws.

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Long-time teacher wins big honors — for Taekwondo

Deborah Wargo

Deborah Wargo

A career teacher in Moneta is getting recognition.  Debbie Wargo teaches Taekwondo at ATA Black Belt Academy of Virginia, a school she owns with her husband.  Recently she received some big teacher of the year honors.  WLNI’s Denise Allen Membreno has more.

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State grant extends summer programs in Lynchburg

Education-News1Lynchburg has been awarded $921,248 for existing summer programs through Virginia’s Extended School Year Grant Program at the following schools – Bedford Hills Elementary, Dearington Elementary,  E.C. Glass High, Heritage Elementary, Heritage High, Hutcherson Early Learning Center, Linkhorne Elementary, Linkhorne Middle, P.L. Dunbar Middle, Paul Munro Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, R.S. Payne Elementary, Sandusky Elementary, Sandusky Middle, Sheffield Elementary, T.C. Miller Elementary and William Marvin Bass Elementary

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More students receiving school breakfast in Virginia

Governor-McAuliffe-e1395673118973RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia students received 5 million more school breakfasts during the 2015-2016 school year than they did the year before. The Democratic governor says schools that received state funding for school breakfast programs experienced a 13.6 percent increase in participation on average. His administration secured $537,000 during the 2015 legislative session to help 244 schools serve breakfasts. Another $2 million in funding was approved during the 2016 session. McAuliffe’s administration is launching an initiative that will give prizes to schools that see the greatest increases in school breakfast participation. The prizes will support things like nutrition programs and infrastructure improvements.

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Mechanic uses his gifts to serve God, community

(NTAM Facebook photo)

(NTAM Facebook photo)

A Moneta man is using his gifts as a mechanic to serve God and his community.  WLNI’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on Gary Proffitt’s New Testament Automotive Ministry.

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Click here for the New Testament Automotive Ministry Facebook page.

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Lynchburg’s largest law firm to merge with Woods Rogers

wlni-defaultFrom Woods Rogers and Edmunds & Williams:  ROANOKE and LYNCHBURG, Va., September 6, 2016 – In a move that enhances legal services for clients in Virginia and beyond, the law firms of Woods Rogers PLC and Edmunds & Williams P.C. announced today they will join forces in Lynchburg effective October 1, 2016.  The firm will operate as Woods Rogers Edmunds & Williams PLC in Lynchburg; it will remain as Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Danville and other markets. In the coming weeks, both firms are working to integrate practice teams, client matters, employees, and systems. The largest practice groups in the combined firm will be Banking and Corporate, Labor and Employment, Health Care, Litigation, and Tax and Estates.

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UPDATE: Police arrest suspect for exposing himself to female joggers

Xavier Morgan

Xavier Morgan

UPDATE from Lynchburg Police: Based on one of the complaints that we have received, an arrest for indecent exposure has been made. The suspect was charged and released from BRRJ. The suspect has been identified as Xavier Leon Morgan, 18 yrs old of Lynchburg, Virginia. Charged with one count of Indecent Exposure.

PREVIOUSLY: The Lynchburg Police Department has received several complaints regarding a subject in the area of 101 Capstone Dr. (hiking trail behind pool) who has been exposing himself to female joggers as they run by.  The suspect is described as follows: Black male, medium color skin, short afro, approximately 18-24 years of age. Per residents in this area, this individual is seen every day on the trail. The Lynchburg Police Department has reason to believe that there are numerous victims who may have not come forward. We would ask that these incidents be reported so that proper charges may be sought and positive identification may be made..

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UPDATE: Huddleston murder suspect was released from jail less than 48 hours before fatal shooting

GEORGE TORODE

1:05 pm Updated news release from the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: The victim of this morning’s shooting is Kimberly Meador, age 47, 1021 Crabapple Lane, Huddleston. Torode and Meador were well known to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office due to their ongoing domestic issues.  On Saturday September 3, 2016, Meador went to the Bedford County Magistrate’s Office and obtained a warrant for Assault and Battery and an Emergency Protective Order for Torode. The protective order stated that he was not to have any contact with her. He was arrested on that warrant and served the protective order on Sunday morning, September 4, 2016 and released from jail on a $2,500.00 unsecure bond.

10:13 AM Here’s the updated release from Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: A man matching the description of George Torode was been found deceased of what appears to be self inflicted injuries. The body will be sent to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Roanoke. Investigators are no longer searching for George Torode.
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Denton: Trump path to White House is challenging but by no means impossible

WLNI-campaign-2016With Labor Day now past us, it’s “crunch time” for the presidential campaigns. WLNI political analyst Bob Denton says Donald Trump’s path to the White House may be challenging at the moment, but it is hardly impossible. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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