President Trump to deliver Liberty Commencement keynote address

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From Liberty University: Liberty University is proud to announce that U.S. President Donald J. Trump will deliver the keynote address at Liberty University’s Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Liberty University President Jerry Falwell provided details, following The White House’s formal announcement of President Trump’s participation.

The university has previously hosted one other U.S. President while in office, George H. W. Bush, at Commencement on May 13, 1990.

President Falwell said, “It is a tremendous honor and privilege for any university to host a sitting U.S. President, and we are incredibly grateful to have President Trump be a part of this historic day.  Liberty has always been proud to provide its students with the opportunity to hear from successful professionals, including athletes, business leaders, ministers, entertainers, and politicians, regardless of their political or theological persuasion. This May, Liberty students will have the honor of hearing from a man who has succeeded in business and in politics, defying conventional wisdom to become the 45th President of the United States as a champion of the average American citizen, including many who felt forgotten and neglected by the establishment.”

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UPDATE: Stolen car, property inside it located

UPDATE: Lynchburg Police say the vehicle and property have been located.

PREVIOUSLY Lynchburg Police are looking for a car stolen from the Maple Ridge Apartments last Friday, a car the owner says was loaded with many personal household belongings – and two handguns – while in the process of moving. It’s a silver Chrysler 200 with Pennsylvania plates. The owner says the car was locked and there were no keys in it at the time.

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Conservative group to challenge abortion regulation changes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The conservative Family Foundation of Virginia says it plans to file a legal challenge over the way the state did away with restrictive regulations for abortion centers.The group says it notified Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration Tuesday of its intention to file an administrative appeal over the health and safety regulations, which were updated in October.Foundation President Victoria Cobb says the administration violated state law in its “quest to water down” the standards.The Board of Health voted to do away with hospital-style regulations for abortion clinics imposed by the General Assembly in 2011. The vote came after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down tough abortion restrictions in Texas.A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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Muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A judge is weighing a request from a Muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban than what is already in place.Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders that already block the vast majority of Trump’s revised ban, which would restrict immigration from refugees and from six majority-Muslim countries.At a hearing Tuesday in Alexandria, lawyers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked a judge to issue an injunction blocking the entire executive order. Lawyer Gadeir (geh-DEER’) Abbas said a section of the order affecting how waivers are granted for visa applicants remains in force.Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad Readler said the remaining provisions of the travel ban have no practical effect on how the government issues visas.

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City councilman speaks out against tax increases in the city’s newly proposed budget

One city councilman is speaking out against proposed tax increases in the new City Managers budget.  WLNI’s Janet Rose spoke to Jeff Helgeson this morning on the Morning Line. Helgeson says newly appointed City Manager Bonnie Syvercek is taking the easy was out with increasing taxes in the latest budget instead of doing the hard work of cutting waste and needless spending. He says if the citizens want to change things, they need to make sure their voice is heard. 03-21 Helgeson wrap-WLNI

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Bethany Harrison on Lynchburg’s crime rates

Bedford Prosecutor Timothy Griffin is a Lynchburg resident who is challenging Veteran Lynchburg Assitant Commonwealth Attorney Bethany Harrison.  He said earling this month that crimes rates were stagnant.  We spoke with Harrison on the Morning Line. 03-21 Harrison wrap-WLNI

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