Northam calls for special session on April 11

Governor Ralph Northam today signed a proclamation calling the members of the Virginia General Assembly into special session on April 11th to complete their work on the Commonwealth’s budget after they adjourned last week without passing a biennial spending plan for Virginia. The Governor released the following statement on the forthcoming special session: “After a legislative session that was marked by bipartisan progress on issues that matter to people’s lives, I remain disappointed that the General Assembly was unable to extend that spirit of cooperation to its work on the budget.

“Virginians sent us to Richmond to work together to make life better for every family, no matter who they are or where they live. We can live up to that responsibility by passing a budget that expands health care to hundreds of thousands of Virginians who need it. Expanding coverage will also generate savings that we can invest in education, workforce training, efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, and a healthy cash balance to prepare for fiscal downturns.”

Poplar Forest set to reopen this week

After a winter of reconstruction work an area tourist attraction – Poplar Forest – is set to reopen. WLNI’s Bob Clark has the details

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Lynchburg issues boil tap water notice for two areas

(Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.) The Virginia Department of Health in conjunction with the Lynchburg Health Department, and City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources are advising to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes . This precaution is necessary due to a water line break on Ashbourne Drive.
The following addresses and areas are affected:
1100, 1101, 1102, and 1103 Asbourne Drive
Timber Court (Timbers Apartments)
For more information call: City of Lynchburg Department of Water Resources (434) 455-4250
Lynchburg Health Department (434) 477- 5900

Talk on Ireland just before St Patrick’s Day

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day the Franklin County Library is hosting “From Ireland to America: What I Learned about My Homeland After Coming to the U.S.” WLNI’s Denise Allen Membreno has more on one immigrant’s story.


Foster won’t run for City Council again

Joan Foster

Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster will not run for another term on City Council in May. She made that announcement at City Hall today and reporter Andre Whitehead was there. Foster’s seat is one of 3 at-large seats up for grabs during the May 1st municipal election.

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6th District Democratic contender weighs in on guns

Another of the three Democrats vying for the nomination to run in the 6th Congressional District election this November has weighed in on gun control in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting. Sergio Coppola calls it a “middle ground approach” where both major parties can work together on keeping firearms out of the wrong hands. Coppola is an IT professional living in Rockingham County. He’ll face off against Charlotte Moore and Peter Volosin in a June 12th Democratic primary.

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Moving Commonwealth Games to Lynchburg and Liberty was good for bottom line

Moving the Commonwealth Games from Roanoke to Liberty University and the City of Lynchburg in 2017 was apparently a good move. A record number athletes – more than 11,000 – took part last year, generating a record 2.8 million dollars of economic activity – most of that in Lynchburg.  (More from news release): “Liberty University and the City of Lynchburg have proven to be excellent partners for our organization in providing our Olympic style festival,” said Dan Foutz, Virginia Amateur Sports President. “World class facilities, dedicated partners and corporate sponsors have provided us a formula for growth in the future and the future is bright!” Main games weekend is expanding in 2018. Last year, 28 different sports ran during the big weekend. This year, at least 43 sports will take the place on main games weekend, which will further increase the local impact. Main games weekend kicks off on Friday, July 27, with an athlete tailgate party followed by the opening ceremonies. In all, athletes will compete in more than 50 sports.


Jimmy Carter to deliver commencement at Liberty in May

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(from Liberty release) Liberty University is proud to announce that former President Jimmy Carter will deliver the keynote address at Commencement on Saturday, May 19. It will be Liberty’s 45th Commencement and will include the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s inaugural graduating class.

The university has previously hosted two other U.S. presidents for Commencement, both while still in office. George H. W. Bush spoke at the May 13, 1990, graduation. President Donald J. Trump spoke at the school during an event last year. President Falwell said, “I did not meet President and Mrs. Carter until early last year.  I was so impressed with the president’s warmth, kind demeanor, and humility. It is one of the greatest honors of my life to welcome President Carter to our Commencement stage. I have tremendous respect for him as a statesman and a true Christian”

UPDATE: Lynchburg Police say probe into officer-involved shooting will take time

UPDATE: (From Lynchburg PD) The Lynchburg Police Department understands that the community has questions and concerns related to the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, February 17, in the 2100 block of Link Road.  The Lynchburg Police Department is committed to providing as much information as possible without jeopardizing the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Virginia State Police.

As previously stated, the Lynchburg Police Department has turned over the investigation of this officer involved shooting to the Virginia State Police.  This request for an external investigation is in line with current protocol and best practices in order to ensure an unbiased investigation.  The integrity of this investigation is of the utmost importance to both the Lynchburg Police Department and the community.  Therefore, the objectivity of the investigators must be without question.  The Virginia State Police will conduct a thorough and complete investigation and will release their findings to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.  The Lynchburg Police Department has and will continue to cooperate with the Virginia State Police as they conduct their investigation.

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What do Alpacas and U.S. Olympians have in common?

While team USA athletes are representing our country as Olympians, the team uniforms are an example of the re-emergence of the American textile industry. WLNI’s Denise Allen Membreno explains.

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