Former BB&T executive sentenced for stealing cash from bank vaults

A former senior vice-president with BB&T was sentenced to 14 months Tuesday for stealing cash from bank vaults she had access to — including the Boonsboro and Fort Hill branches. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 47-year-old Melissa Huffman of Roanoke had previously entered a guilty plea to an embezzlement count. As part of the plea agreement, Huffman made restitution of almost $32,000.

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Charlottesville erects fencing around Confederate statues in hopes of deterring removal of tarps covering them

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, are trying to stop people from ripping down tarps that cover statues of Confederate generals. The Daily Progress reported Tuesday that the city has placed plastic fencing around the monuments to Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. The tarps have been ripped down six times. The coverings are a gesture of mourning for Heather Heyer. She was killed Aug. 12 when a car plowed into a group of people protesting the Unite the Right rally. NBC 29 reported Monday that rally organizer Jason Kessler led a group to remove tarps from both statues. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman said it’s not a crime to remove the shrouds. But he said the fencing will allow authorities to file trespassing charges against anyone who goes beyond them.

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Dr. Bob Denton talks about the 2nd debate for Governor in Virginia

Dr. Bob on the Morning Line.

Dr Bob Denton (Gov debate 2)

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Polls vary widely in race for governor: our political analyst believes more in the closer ones

Some polls this week in the race for governor show widely different results. A Quinnipiac University Poll released yesterday shows Ralph Northam with more than 50% support and a 10-point lead for Gillespie — 51%-41%. But Suffolk University and Mason Dixon Polls this week show something close to a dead heat, and our political analyst is more inclined at this point to believe the ones showing a closer race. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Police: more than 20 local cases in recent weeks of counterfeit bills

Lynchburg Police say authorities in the city and surrounding countries have taken more than 20 reports of passing counterfeit money. Police say some of the bills even show up as real U.S. currency when checked by a counterfeit bill detector pen. They urge anyone receiving cash for goods or services to be especially careful when accepting it.

From Lynchburg Police: Over the last 3 weeks,the Lynchburg Police Department, Campbell County, Appomattox County, Amherst County and Bedford County Sheriff’s offices combined have taken more than 20 reports regarding the passing of counterfeit money. Several of these bills are defeating the “counterfeit bill detector pen” when checked and show as real U.S. Currency. All departments are working cooperatively to identify the involved parties in these cases. Citizens and Businesses are encouraged to check cash money as it is received for payment of goods. Please find the attached link below to assist in identifying fake U.S. Currency https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf.  If you or your business receives any U.S. Currency that does not appear to be legitimate please contact your local jurisdiction to file a report. Anyone with information regarding these cases is asked to contact your local jurisdiction or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Contact Central Virginia Crime Stoppers, or text “CVCS” plus your message to 274637.

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Research could lead to new ways to combat type 2 diabetes

Researchers from Virginia Tech are learning more about why olive products can help prevent type 2 diabetes. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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