Lynchburg City Schools offer free summer meals, immunizations and physicals

LynchburgCitySchoolsFrom Lynchburg City Schools: – The Lynchburg City Schools School Nutrition Program is currently offering free meals to kids 18 and under this summer at two open feeding sites. LCS is also partnering with the Centra Mobile Med, a free clinic on wheels, to provide services to children and adults this summer. The Lynchburg City Schools School Nutrition Program is offering free meals to kids 18 and under this summer at two open feeding sites:

  • R. S. Payne Elementary School located at 1201 Floyd Street
  • Perrymont Elementary School located at 409 Perrymont Avenue

No paperwork is required. A free breakfast and lunch is offered every Monday through Friday through August 7. (WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY, JULY 3) Breakfast is served 8:30 to 9:30 and lunch is served 12:30 to 1:30. Adults are welcome to eat for a small fee: Adult Breakfast is $1.25; Adult Lunch is $2.50.

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BWXT Completes Spin-Off of Power Generation Business

BWXT LogoFrom BWX Technologies: – BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) (NYSE:BWXT) has completed the spin-off of its Power Generation business and will begin trading today on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “BWXT.” In 2014, The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) announced its intent to spin off its Power Generation business, and on June 8, 2015, B&W’s board of directors approved the spinoff.  The Power Generation business is now known as Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. BWXT is the sole manufacturer of naval nuclear reactors for submarines and aircraft carriers; provides nuclear fuel to the U.S. government; provides technical, management and site services to support governments in the operation of complex facilities and environmental remediation activities; and supplies precision manufactured components and services for the commercial nuclear power industry. BWXT has locations throughout North America.

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Experts say gas prices have probably peaked for the year, gradual summer decline likely

Gas-Prices1If you are hitting the highways for the holiday weekend or have a summer road trip planned, gas prices are about 90 cents a gallon a lower than last year. Experts expect them to start falling shortly, but any sharp declines are not likely until fall. WLNI’s Evan Jones has our summer outlook.

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Among nearby bordering states, West Virginia has the highest average prices and Tennessee the lowest.

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Report: Va. took in more than 5m tons of out-of-state waste

department environmental qualityRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia took in more than 5 million tons of castoffs from other states in 2014. The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued its annual solid waste report, and it found that the amount of municipal waste, construction debris and other types of waste it accepted last year remained about the same. Virginia is one of the top states in the nation in terms of accepting out-of-state waste. As for waste generated within the state, that totaled about 15 million tons. The total amount of waste received at Virginia facilities in 2014 decreased by about 15,000 tons. Much of the solid waste sent to Virginia from elsewhere came from Maryland, New York, the District of Columbia, North Carolina and New Jersey.

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Southside Va. county ends 4-year fight over public prayers

pittsylvania countyDANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is ending its four-year battle to keep its tradition of opening its meetings with a prayer. A federal judge ruled the supervisor-led prayer was unconstitutional, and the board has decided to leave it at that. The Register and Bee (http://bit.ly/1BV0T2M ) reports that state Sen. Bill Stanley announced the decision Tuesday. He’s been representing the board. A county resident, Barbara Hudson, filed a lawsuit against the board over its practice in September 2011. She said the Christian invocations violate the Constitution’s prohibition against government establishment of a religion. During the legal back-and-forth, the board has had residents lead prayers during the board’s meetings.

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Attorney: Man regrets defacing Richmond Confederate monument

WLNI-SRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The attorney for a man charged with defacing a Confederate monument in Richmond says his client regrets the action. Attorney Daniel Watkins says Joseph Weindl will reimburse the city for restoration costs. Police say the 39-year-old Richmond man spray-painted an “L” on the granite base of a monument honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis on June 28. Weindl is charged with intentionally defacing a public monument. Watkins said Monday in a statement that Weindl told police the “L” stood for loser. Confederate symbols have been the focus of debate since the June 17 massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. The accused gunman had posed in a photograph with the Confederate battle flag. Watkins says Weindl wants to find legal and positive ways to foster dialogue on the issue.

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Saving Sweet Briar makes good, and better, on rescue plan

Sweet Briar CollegeSWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ The nonprofit group that led the drive to save Sweet Briar College says it has delivered $5 million to the women’s school. Saving Sweet Briar Inc. says it delivered the first installment Tuesday under a mediated rescue plan to keep the school open during the upcoming academic year. The $5 million is twice what was required under the settlement and was delivered two days early. The group of determined former students began to act after Sweet Briar leaders announced in May they would be closing the small liberal arts school because of what they called insurmountable financial challenges. Saving Sweet Briar says the payment clears the way for new leadership at the school. That is scheduled to occur Thursday with a new board appointing Phillip Stone as president.

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Lynchburg police: someone is cutting catalytic converters off vehicles at night

LPD lynchburg policeFrom Lynchburg City Police: During the month of June, three victims reported that the catalytic converter from their vehicle had been removed during the nighttime hours. The incidents occurred in the commercial districts of Timberlake Rd. and Wards Rd., in the City of Lynchburg. The three catalytic converters appeared to have been cut from the vehicles by using a power tool. Anyone with any information regarding this crime or the identity of the suspects, is asked to call Detective K.S. Mitchell at (434) 455-6122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900, or visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip, or text “CVCS plus your message” to 274637.

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Centra’s new Lynchburg facility consolidates services

centra logoLYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) _ Centra’s new Lynchburg Medical Center consolidates primary care, diabetic endocrinology and physical therapy services at one location. The $13 million facility will open to the public on Monday. Its staff includes seven physicians, two physician assistants, a nurse practitioner and three physical therapists. The medical center is part of a larger strategy to move health care services closer to patients and away from hospitals. Centra plans to open ambulatory care centers in Amherst and Danville later this year. The health system also plans to open a pulmonary unit at Lynchburg General Hospital.

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2 minor earthquakes reported in Virginia in 2 days

Virginia-flagRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Two minor earthquakes have rattled parts of Virginia in the past two days. The U.S. Geological Survey’s website shows a magnitude-2.2 earthquake occurred at 2:10 a.m. Monday. The epicenter was 12 miles west-southwest of Courtland. Another magnitude-2.2 earthquake occurred at 1:08 a.m. Saturday. The epicenter was 5 miles south of Louisa. Saturday’s earthquake occurred in an area with a history of seismic activity in recent years. In August 2011, a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in Louisa County was felt from Georgia to Canada.

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