Documents show reporting, fallout of Rolling Stone article

Rolling-Stone-LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Hundreds of pages of notes, emails and other documents shed light on the reporting and fallout of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a rape at the University of the Virginia.

Documents released Friday as part of a lawsuit against the magazine, detail author Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s realization in December 2014 that the woman who claimed she had been raped was not credible. Erdely told magazine editors in a Dec. 5 email that they would have to run a retraction, saying she spoke to the woman identified only as “Jackie” after the story had run and “felt nearly certain that she was not being truthful.”

A university administrator sued the magazine and Erdely saying she was cast as a villain in the November 2014 article. Rolling Stone officially retracted the story in April 2015.

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Attorney General Herring fights lawsuit from anti-Trump delegate

Mark Herring

Mark Herring

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is fighting a lawsuit by a delegate to the Republican National Convention who wants to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention later this month. Herring, a Democrat, filed a brief in a federal lawsuit Friday opposing delegate Carroll Correll Jr.’s bid to unbind Virginia’s delegates from having to vote according to the results of the March 1 primary, which Trump won. Correll sued Herring and other Virginia officials last week, saying that being forced to vote for Trump at the convention would violate his constitutional rights. Herring said Correll knew what the rules were for delegates when he applied to be one and shouldn’t be allowed to invalidate the results of the primary. A hearing is set for Thursd

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Joan Foster, Treney Tweedy elected as Lynchburg Mayor, Vice Mayor

Joan Foster

Joan Foster

Treney Tweedy

Treney Tweedy

On Friday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m., Lynchburg City Council held its organizational meeting.  During the organizational meeting, City Council elected Joan Foster to serve as Mayor (President of Council) and Councilmember Treney Tweedy to serve as Vice Mayor (Vice President of Council).  Foster is an at-large councilmember. She was elected to City Council in 2002 and served first as Vice Mayor (July 2004 – June 30, 2006) and then as Mayor (July 2006 – June 30, 2012). Foster currently holds the position of Director of Development with Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, an organization which strives to instill in all Lynchburg City Public School students the aspiration to pursue and attain a post-secondary education. She spoke with Reporter Andre Whitehead:

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Treney Tweedy is an at-large councilmember and was elected in May 2014.  She is a former member of the Lynchburg School Board and currently works with the Eastern Region for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, a non-profit organization which strives to help people and families in our community achieve a better life through work and independence. Andre Whitehead spoke with her after her election:

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New state law makes “dooring” a traffic violation

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Many new laws take effect today in Virginia, including laws involving drivers. One of them deals with infractions called “dooring”, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Water advisory to remain in effect until lab tests can be completed

wlni-defaultLynchburg and state health officials are advising some city residents to use boiled tap water or bottled water for safe drinking and cooking. It’s the result of a water line break on U.S. 460 near Falwell Airport affecting  Pleasant Valley, Tyreeanna, and U.S. 460 east of the Campbell Avenue interchange. Lynchburg Director of Water Resources Tim Mitchell tells Reporter Andre Whitehead the problem started when a VDOT contractor broke a service line Wednesday evening. He says the order is precautionary:

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Mitchell says the advisory will not be lifted until satisfactory lab tests come back:

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Until then, boiling is the preferred method to assure that the tap water is safe to drink

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Amherst man charged with child porn; investigators say more charges are expected in ongoing probe

Timothy Rinker

Timothy Rinker

From the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office: On 06/28/2016 investigators from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office arrested Timothy Brian Rinker, 42, of Amherst without incident on (8) counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Rinker was transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond. The charges stem from an ongoing investigation that is being conducted with the assistance of the Lynchburg Police Department. More charges are anticipated.

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Svrcek names interim Deputy City Manager and Interim HR Director

City of LynchburgFrom the City of Lynchburg: Bonnie Svrcek, Lynchburg’s new City Manager (effective July 1, 2016) announced the appointments of an Interim Deputy City Manager and Interim Human Resources Director to assist in the transition of the City’s leadership. Lynchburg City Council appointed her to the position in May.  She succeeds former City Manager L. Kimball Payne, III, who retired on June 30.  Svrcek was hired as the Deputy City Manager in 1999.  Svrcek’s appointment has left the Deputy City Manager position vacant, and a nationwide search was conducted to fill the vacancy and over 50 individuals submitted applications.  In order to ensure continuity of service while the selection process continues for a new Deputy City Manager, Human Resources Director Margaret Schmitt has been appointed to the position of Interim Deputy City Manager.  Heather Brown, currently serving as a Senior Human Resources  Manager, has been appointed to the position of Interim Human Resources Director. Both appointments will be effective beginning July 5, 2016. Schmitt has served as the City’s Human Resources Director since 1999 and Brown has been employed in the Human Resources Department for approximately five years.

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Liberty students who train in advance for disaster relief head for West Virginia

Liberty University logoLiberty University is sending a student disaster relief team tomorrow to hard-hit Greenbrier County West Virginia. The LU Send NOW program is one in which qualified students sign up in advance, go through training and be ready for deployment whenever needed. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Click here for full LU Send NOW program information.

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McAuliffe in Gretna as Pittsylvania County Is Named Virginia’s Third Certified Work Ready Community

wlni-defaultFrom Governor McAuliffe’s office: RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Pittsylvania County has been designated as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). The nationally recognized designation by the Commonwealth and American College Testing (ACT) will help Pittsylvania County attract new businesses and jobs as it signifies job ready skill sets of the county’s high school students, job seekers, and incumbent workforce. Speaking about the announcement, Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Developing core workforce development skills is an essential component to building a world-class economy. I applaud Pittsylvania County for its leadership and continued efforts to prepare local workers for innovative, high-tech jobs. This certification is the foundation to attracting private sector investments that contribute to our efforts to build a new Virginia economy in every corner of the Commonwealth.”

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Denton: Supreme Court decision says McDonnell conviction was politically-motivated witch hunt

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Virginia Tech professor and WLNI Political Analyst Bob Denton says yesterday’s Supreme Court decision overturning former Governor Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictions should be welcomed by any and all elected officials. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Denton did not spare his words for federal prosecutors:

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