In face of Virginia epidemic, doctors prepare to implement new opioid prescription regulations

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Virginia is enacting new legislation designed to curb and address the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. Governor McAuliffe signed a series of bills yesterday with that intent. This comes as Virginia’s doctors are preparing to implement new procedures that regulate opioid prescriptions. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Police seek woman for three thefts from same Kroger, taking steak, shrimp and lobster tails

Lynchburg Police are looking for a woman suspected of taking stealing steak, shrimp and lobster tails in three different recent thefts from the Timberlake Road Kroger. Police say the same woman appears to be responsible for all three incidents, helping herself to more than $445 worth between January 10th and yesterday.  Police say in the most recent theft, the suspect arrived in a red two-door pickup truck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DMV: we hear you, and that’s why we changed on-line info on office wait times

Virginia DMV officials say they took a look at what similar departments in other states were doing before changing real-time wait information on the department’s web site. You now get information on the waits for each particular transaction at each office, rather than an average wait for all transactions. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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Click here to access the DMV’s wait time information page. Enter your zip code, select the office on the map, then click the prompt for estimated wait times.

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Poll: Kaine holds very early big lead over Ingraham or Fiorina, even among women

It’s a really early poll, but Quinnipiac University says if either one of two well-known women would challenge Senator Kaine in 2018, both would start well behind – even among women. The poll shows Kaine holding close to 20% margins right now over talk show host Laura Ingraham and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, and among women, the margin is 23% in either race.

Click here for full poll results and methodology

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As further court action awaits, immigration debate continues

President Trump’s executive order on immigration now awaits further court action on several fronts — including one in Virginia. And as the legal process continues, the reasons behind that order remain debated. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Proposals to change Virginia redistricting process are dead for the year in Richmond

Any efforts to change the way Virginia handles legislative redistricting are now dead for the year. Supporters of change say it’s needed to create a fairer electoral process. But House Republican leaders say the current process is already fair. WLNI’s Evan Jones has more.

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State lawmakers pass immigration enforcement bill that faces certain McAuliffe veto

Virginia lawmakers have completed passage of a bill that would require local law enforcement officials to continue holding undocumented immigrants past their scheduled release dates until federal authorities arrive. But it seems certain to face the governor’s veto. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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With Robin Reed set to become a news anchor at 61, how long will he stay?

Robin Reed

With Chris Hurst leaving the WDBJ7 anchor desk to pursue a political campaign, the station will have a much different look at its 6:00 pm anchor desk starting one week from tonight. The question now becomes how long will Robin Reed choose to remain there. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Chris Hurst leaves WDBJ anchor desk immediately; Robin Reed to become 6:00 PM co-anchor

Chris Hurst

Robin Reed

WDBJ7 reports news anchor Chris Hurst will run for political office, so he can no longer serve as a news anchor. In a memo to staff members, General manager Matt Pumo says longtime Meteorologist Robin Reed will become the 6:00 pm co-anchor with Jean Jadhon starting Monday the 20th. The memo does not indicate what political office Hurst intends to seek.

Here is the staff memo:

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Robin Reed will become the 6pm Co – Anchor joining Jean Jadhon beginning on Monday, February 20th. Robin brings to the desk 34 years of experience at WDBJ7 and is one of the most trusted figures in our community. Joining Robin and Jean on the area’s most watched newscast will be Chief Meteorologist Brent Watts. Today was Chris Hurst’s last day at WDBJ7.  Chris informed us he is running for political office and that he can no longer serve as an on-air news anchor. We wish Chris well and thank him for his years here at Your Hometown Station.

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Hillcats mourn loss of Director of Ticketing at age 24

Skylar Spencer

The Lynchburg Hillcats family is mourning the loss of its Director of Ticketing. Skylar Spencer was 24. There are no details regarding the cause of death, other than it was sudden.

Here is the Hillcats news release: Our hearts are heavy, and we are deeply saddened by the passing of Skylar Spencer at the age of 24. Skylar spent part of the 2016 season as an intern and earned a full-time job as our Director of Ticketing. He was a valuable and important member of our organization and will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him. Not only was he a colleague, he was also a friend to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the many people he impacted in his life. We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. Donations to help in this time of need can be made here.

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