Kaine, Stewart trade barbs at first debate

(AP) The candidates in Virginia’s U.S. Senate made President Donald Trump a focal point as they sparred in their first debate. Republican Corey Stewart accused Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of hurting Virginia’s interests by reflexively opposing Trump’s agenda. Kaine said Stewart would blindly follow the president, particularly when it comes to the U.S.’s relationship with Russia. The pair debated Saturday at an event sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association held at the posh Homestead Resort in Bath County. The candidates clashed on a variety of issues like taxes, immigration and abortion. They also often traded personal jabs. Stewart said Kaine was “too weak” and “too liberal.” Kaine accused Stewart of repeatedly lying during the debate.

Northam to visit RAM Clinic

Ralph Northam

WISE, Va. (AP) – Gov. Ralph Northam is set to visit a health clinic in Southwest Virginia that’s expected to draw thousands of people seeking free care. Northam’s office announced that he will attend the Remote Area Medical clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Saturday. Northam is a pediatric neurologist who has treated patients at the clinic in the past. This is 19th year the event will be held at the fairgrounds. Patients will receive provide dental, medical and vision care. All care is offered free of charge. Registration begins at 6 a.m. daily from July 20 through July 22. Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kaine, Stewart square off today

HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) – The two major party candidates in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race are set to square off in their first debate.  Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Corey Stewart are debating Saturday at the Homestead Resort. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association.  Kaine is seeking a second term. He was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election and the early favorite to win this year’s contest.

Stewart is a devotee of President Donald Trump and an outspoken defender of Confederate imagery. Several Virginia Republicans, including those seeking re-election to the U.S. House, have publicly distanced themselves from Stewart.Virginia was once considered a swing state. But Republicans haven’t won a statewide contest since 2009.

What to expect: Kaine, Stewart hold first debate tomorrow

Senator Tim Kaine and challenger Corey Stewart will conduct their first debate tomorrow. You can’t see in on live TV, but it could set the stage for the more visible debates to come before election day. The two candidates are likely to use the results of this debate to determine strategies for later ones that are televised. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more:

07-20 Debate Preview Wrap-WLNI-WEB

Legislative panel hears of rise in surprise medical bills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Surprise medical bills are on the rise and Del. Kathy Byron, chair of the legislature’s Health Insurance Reform Commission, says Virginia’s legislature will act to better protect consumers. The Daily Press reports that the panel heard Monday from insurers and health care providers about balance billing problems. State law bars in-network doctors or hospitals from separately billing patients for more than the negotiated rate, but it doesn’t apply to providers who aren’t in a network. Byron, a Republican, says the legislature will also have to think about the responsibilities of hospitals and other providers that operate in hospitals when one is in a network and the other is not. She says the General Assembly needs to be sure that enhanced protections don’t end up making insurance even more expensive.

One confirmed death in Bedford County crash

Update: Virginia State Police Senior Trooper S.M. Krantz is investigating a fatal crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred at 4:20 p.m. Monday (July 16) on Goode Road at the intersection of Goode Station Road.

A 1997 Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on Goode Road when it swerved to the left to avoid striking a deer in the roadway. The Jeep crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the highway. The vehicle then struck a ditch and overturned. It came to rest on its wheels.

The driver of the Jeep, a 17-year-old Bedford, Va. female, was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was wearing a seat belt.
The passenger, a 16-year-old Bedford, Va. female, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the Jeep. She died at the scene.
The crash remains under investigation.

Previously: At 4:30 p.m., Monday (July 16), Virginia State Police responded to a traffic crash in Bedford County. The crash occurred on Goode Station Road when a vehicle ran off the road and overturned. There is one confirmed fatality. The crash remains under investigation.