One dead, two injured in Bedford County crash

An 80-year-old man was killed and two others were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Bedford County. Authorities say Paul Amos, of Bedford died after his car was hit by a Chrysler 200 yesterday when Amos failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of Route 122 and Centerville Road. Amos was not wearing his seatbelt. Both the driver and the passenger in the Chrysler were injured. No word on their condition. The third car was hit by the Chrysler after the collision with Amos vehicle. No one in that car was injured.

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Northam leading TV spending, Republicans spending little

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Democrat Ralph Northam has outspent rival Tom Perriello by more than 2 to 1 on TV advertising in Virginia’s closely watched governor’s race with less than four weeks before the primary.Spokesman for both campaigns said yesterday their media tracking showed Northam had spent $1.2 million while Perriello has spent more than $500,000.On the Republican side, Ed Gillespie is the only candidate spending money on TV. He’s spent more than $235,000, according to media tracking company Advertising Analytics LLC.Gillespie has a huge fundraising lead over GOP rivals Corey Stewart and state Sen. Frank Wagner.The TV spending gives a glimpse of the relative financial strength of each candidate. The candidates don’t have report fundraising and spending for April and May until just before the June 13 primary.

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McAuliffe promotes new law to maintain historic black graves

Governor Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is promoting a new law requiring the state to maintain and preserve historic black cemeteries at a level similar to what the state has done for Confederate soldiers.McAuliffe celebrated the new law yesterday on Capital Square with a ceremonial bill signing.The new law provides for payments to be made to charitable organizations and trusts to help preserve gravesites and monuments at two historically African-American cemeteries in Richmond. The state has previously allocated money for upkeep of Confederate cemeteries.The legislation was sponsored by Del. Delores McQuinn.McAuliffe said the law helps make Virginia more inclusive.

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Sen. Kaine: President VERY close to obstruction of justice

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has weighed in on claims that President Trump might have obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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What’s with gas prices? Going down into Memorial Day

Gas prices have been heading down at a time of year when they usually peak, now below $2.00 a gallon at many area stations. WLNI’s Evan Jones looks ahead to the coming summer driving season:

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Democrats’ debate for Virginia governor a study in nuance

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Democratic hopefuls for governor of Virginia clashed over proposed gas pipelines and each other’s past positions on gun rights and abortion in their penultimate debate in Norfolk.The event yesterday was mostly a study in nuance.Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello leaned toward decriminalizing marijuana, and agreed on expanding Medicaid and fighting sea-level rise. They also blasted Republican Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new policy to pursue stronger charges against drug suspects, saying it would disproportionately hurt minorities.The clearest moment of disagreement emerged over proposed natural gas pipelines. Perriello opposes them. Northam says they need oversight and transparency.Virginia’s governor’s race this year is being closely watched as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump’s presidency. Both parties are holding primary elections June 13.

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Bedford Co. elementary school evacuated after “possible written threat”

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Bedford County 911 dispatchers received a call from the principal at Stewartsville Elementary School at 11:49 a.m. today advising that they had found a possible written threat at the school. The principal also stated they were evacuating the school as a safety precaution. Bedford County Sheriff’s deputies along with Bedford County Fire and Rescue units responded to the school. Deputies will work with school officials to attempt to identify the person responsible for the threat. At this time law enforcement does not believe the threat is credible.

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McAuliffe aims to regulate power plant emissions

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is announcing a state plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants, a plan similar to a federal policy President Donald Trump has vowed to roll back. McAuliffe, a Democrat, signed an executive order Tuesday that begins developing regulations on carbon emissions. He says the federal government has abdicated its job fighting climate change. Trump has promised to scrap the Clean Power Plan, a centerpiece of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce harmful emissions.  McAuliffe’s announcement was hailed by environmentalists, who helped the governor get elected in 2013 but have been mixed on his record in office. The governor, who has not been able to score major wins with the GOP-controlled General Assembly, has increasingly turned to executive action to further his
policy goals.

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Lynchburg Police investigate Church Street “suspicious circumstances” call

From Lynchburg Police: On May 16, 2017 at 10:11, the Lynchburg Police Department responded to a suspicious circumstances call in the 1200 block of Church Street. A subject standing outside the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy heard a noise that was potentially a single gunshot fired somewhere in the area but a good distance away. A few seconds later this subject felt as if his leg had been hit with something and looked down to see a projectile on the ground. This subject was not injured. Officers are continuing to investigate this incident and have checked the area and interviewed multiple community members who did not see or hear anything related to this incident. This incident appears to be isolated and it does not appear that the downtown community is in any danger related to this incident. Officers will continue to patrol the area as needed. If anyone has any information related to this incident, please call Detective Dave Clarke at 455-6174.

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GOP congressman to outline federal marijuana deregulation bill

Rep. Thomas Garrett

5th District Congressman Tom Garrett is set to announce details tomorrow afternoon for a bill that seeks to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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