Gov. McAuliffe being investigated for possible campaign violations

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor McAuliffe is at the center of an ongoing investigation – focused at least in part – on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law. WLNI’s Ian Price has details:

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State GOP leaders file legal challenge to McAuliffe executive action on felons’ rights

STATE-NEWSVirginia Republicans want the State Supreme Court to invalidate Governor McAuliffe’s recent executive order granting voting and other rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. McAuliffe says he will “vigorously oppose” the legal action. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Gov. McAuliffe takes state plane to Final Four, Cuba

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Records show that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has used a state airplane to fly to Cuba and a University of Virginia basketball game in Chicago, among other destinations. The Daily Press obtained the Department of Aviation records by invoking the Freedom of Information Act. McAuliffe took since September. McAuliffe took the plane all over Virginia, with short hops to Hampton Roads, the Shenandoah Valley and the District of Columbia as well as the trip to Cuba and Final Four game. His spokesman Brian McCoy says the Democrat will reimburse the state for two trips, both out-of-state weddings. McAuliffe’s flights have been scrutinized since he used the plane last year to attend a U2 concert and former President Bill Clinton’s birthday party.

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Supreme court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts

wlni-defaultWASHINGTON (AP) – A unanimous Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia. The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents. Republican members of Congress wanted the court to reinstate the districting map. But the justices ruled that the elected officials did not have the right to challenge the court ruling. The same three-judge court that threw out the map drawn by the state Legislature in 2012 has since created new districts that are in place for the 2016 congressional elections.

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UPDATE: Details emerge in the killing of Nicole Lovell

David Eisenhauer

David Eisenhauer

Natalie Keepers

Natalie Keepers

Nicole Lovell

Nicole Lovell

The cases of two former Virginia Tech students charged in the killing of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell will be heard by a grand jury July 26, after new details emerged in court. WLNI’s Ian Price has details.

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Virginia jails housing thousands living in US illegally

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Authorities say that Virginia’s state and regional jails have housed at least 19,882 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that data collected by the State Compensation Board shows that the between 2008 and 2015, jails housed at least 14,460 immigrants who were in the U.S. illegally. The board says there were another 5,422 offenders in jailers’ custody who were scheduled for deportation. Officials say the number is likely much higher. The immigrant or citizenship status of tens of thousands of inmates over that time period could not definitively be established and officials say many them are likely residing here illegally. Virginia lawmakers passed a law in 2008 that requires jails to report the number of people in their facilities who entered the U.S. illegally.

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Federal judge upholds Virginia voter ID law

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal judge has upheld Virginia’s 2013 law requiring voters to show a valid photo ID at the polls.  The Virginia Democratic Party sued state elections officials, saying the photo ID requirement unconstitutionally suppresses voting by blacks, Latinos and young people. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports  that U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson wrote Thursday that the Democratic Party did not prove that the law violates the Voting Rights Act or several constitutional amendments.  The judge noted that Virginia has made accommodations to allow everyone to vote, such as absentee voting, provisional ballets and free voter IDs.

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UPDATE: fifth suspect in custody for Amherst County burglary of weapons, drugs

Austin Fitzgerald

Austin Fitzgerald

Jorge Ochoa

Jorge Ochoa

Jermaine Sales

Jermaine Sales

Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams

Trevor McIntosh

Trevor McIntosh

Update: On 05/19/2016 at approximately 1406, Trevor James McIntosh was taken into custody without incident and served with his outstanding warrants for breaking and entering and grand larceny. McIntosh is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

From Lynchburg Police: On May 17th, 2016 through teamwork and intelligence-led policing, members of the Lynchburg Police Department in partnership with the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office executed three search warrants in relation to a recent burglary in Amherst County in which multiple firearms and ammunition was stolen. The search warrants were served at the following locations in the City of Lynchburg:

4644 Fairmont Avenue

4656 Fairmont Avenue

3015 Forest Hills Circle Apartment H

As a result of these search warrants the following items were recovered along with several other contraband items unrelated to the Amherst burglary:

3 Handguns

1 Assault Rifle

Multiple boxes and rounds of ammunition

Approximately 500 Xanax pills

Marijuana

$10, 213 and several other items

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Judge hears arguments on frat’s suit against Rolling Stone

Rolling-Stone-LogoCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A Virginia judge says that when he read Rolling Stone’s now-discredited story about a rape at the University of Virginia, he got the impression that a fraternity was the main villain. Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore made the remark Tuesday at a hearing on the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity’s $25 million defamation lawsuit against the magazine, its publisher and writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Lawyers for both sides argued over whether a reasonable reader would conclude that gang rape was part of the fraternity’s initiation ritual. The Daily Progress reports that Moore postponed ruling on the issue. If he rules in the fraternity’s favor, the lawsuit – one of three stemming from the article- will move to the discovery phase. A trial is set for October 2017.

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Norfolk Southern to reduce employment levels more than previously announced

Norfolk-Southern-NS-LogoNorfolk Southern  says lower-than-expected freight traffic means the railroad will reduce its employment level by hundreds more jobs than previously announced. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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