State board grants conditional OK on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

 RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A panel of Virginia regulators has granted a conditional permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline contingent on getting more information about the project’s water quality impacts. The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve a key Clean Water Act permit. The board is charged with determining whether there is “reasonable assurance” water along the route won’t be contaminated during construction. Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden says the permit won’t take effect until several additional studies are reviewed and approved by the department. They include soil and erosion control plans and stormwater management plans. Pipeline spokesman Aaron Ruby says the company is evaluating some of the additional conditions and will have a full statement later Tuesday. Many opponents characterized the decision as a partial victory. Atlantic Coast officials call it “another major step forward toward approval.”

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APCO will buy power from solar facility in Rustburg

Appalachian Power has announced its first utility-scale solar project. The 15-megawatt “Depot Solar Center” will be built in Campbell County. APCO will purchase solar power via a 20-year renewable agreement with Coronal Energy. The Rustburg facility is expected to be operational by September 2019; it will be built near an existing APCO substation.

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Goodlatte: Trump is right in calling for end to “chain migration”

Rep. Bob Goodlatte

Congressman Bob Goodlatte says he supports President Trump’s call to end what is called chain migration. It’s the procedure that permits relatives to follow other family immigrants granted legal status in the U.S. Goodlatte chairs the House Judiciary Committee which oversees immigration law. He spoke this afternoon with Fox News:

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The man charged with yesterday’s pipe bomb attack in New York entered the U.S. legally through chain migration.

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Sheriff: “Significant” methamphetamine arrest in Amherst County

Ramon Maldonado

The Amherst County Sheriff’s office calls it a “significant arrest” involving methamphetamines in the area. Officials say 40-year-old Ramon Maldonado of Amherst is charged with selling more than 30 grams of meth — some of it pure, most of it in a mixture — and they say he is connected in all to distributing over 500 grams of it. Officials say it follows an investigation that also includes state and federal resources.

News release: The Amherst County Sheriff’s Office has made a significant arrest in regards to the methamphetamine problem plaguing the area. Ramon Alonso Maldonado , 40, of Amherst was taken into custody without incident on 12/07/2017 following a traffic stop in the county.  Maldonado has been charged with (2) counts of 18.2-248 Distribution of a Controlled Substance. More specifically, the charges relate to selling more than 10 grams of pure methamphetamine and more than 20 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine. Maldonado has been connected with distributing over 500 grams of Methamphetamine. Maldonado was transported to the Amherst Adult Detention Center, where he is being held without bond. These charges stem from an ongoing expansive investigation that include not only Amherst County Sheriff ’s Deputies, but other state and federal resources. It also reflects Sheriff Viar’s commitment to combat drug activity in the community. Please remember that we can not fight this battle alone. If you have any information related to drug activity in Amherst County you are urged to contact our Drug Hotline at 434-946-7585.

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Blacksburg, Lynchburg ranked among 2017’s Best Sports Cities

A few localities in our region are ranked in a study of the Best Sports Cities in 2017. More from WLNI’s Ian Price:

The full Wallethub study can be found here

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Dollar Tree co-founder Macon Brock dead at 75

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Macon Brock, a retailer who co-founded the Dollar Tree chain of discount stores that grew into a Fortune 500 company, has died. He was 75. News outlets report Brock died Saturday at his home in Virginia Beach. His wife said he died of complications from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease. Brock was born and raised in Norfolk. In 1986, he and two others opened five stores called “Only $1.00” after having success in the retail toy business. The Chesapeake-based company changed its name to Dollar Tree in 1993. Brock and his wife made donations to colleges across Virginia, and he served as chairman of Randolph-Macon College’s Board of Trustees for 10 years. He also provided significant support to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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