Bill would mandate coverage of 12-month birth control supply

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A bill advancing in the General Assembly would require health insurance companies to cover a 12-month supply of prescription birth control.A Senate committee approved the measure Monday. It has already passed the House of Delegates with only one no vote.The bill’s sponsor, Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, says it will ease a burden for women and prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Three physicians testified in support of the measure.The bill doesn’t require that providers write a 12-month prescription.Opponents, including insurance industry representatives, said the bill could lead to waste.

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VT Prof: Exclusion of CEA chair could allow less mainstream economists to step up

David Bieri

A move by President Donald Trump that might have gone unnoticed by the public was his decision to not include the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers in his cabinet. Some write it off as a short-sighted misstep, but an international economics professor says he’s optimistic. As WLNI’s Ian Price reports:

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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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Boyfriend of reporter killed on live TV eyes Va. House seat

Chris Hurst

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 says he plans to run for a seat in the House of Delegates.Chris Hurst tells The Roanoke Times that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the 12th House District seat. The seat is currently held by Republican Del. Joseph Yost, who says he will run for re-election.Hurst left WDBJ-TV on Friday. He was dating reporter Alison Parker in August 2015 when she was fatally shot while conducting an interview on live TV. WDBJ cameraman Adam Ward was also killed.Hurst has never held public office. He says that while reducing gun violence will be a big part of his campaign, he is also interested in many other issues.

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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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Overtime wins and all the high school results

Mike Tilley visited the studio to give us the weekly sports report. Mike Tilley Sports (021017)

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1960s civil rights movement participant compares it to Black Lives Matter

Wornie Reed

A Virginia Tech professor has a unique perspective on modern protests for equality since he was actually present during some of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:

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Lawyers for Virginia challenging Trump travel ban in court

Lawyers for the state of Virginia are challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, arguing in federal court that its seven-nation travel ban violates the Constitution and is the result of “animus toward Muslims.”Michael Kelly, spokesman for Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, said Friday’s hearing in federal court in a Washington suburb poses the most significant state challenge yet.He says in a statement ahead of Friday’s scheduled arguments in Alexandria, Virginia, that it “will be the most in-depth examination of the merits of the arguments against the ban.”Virginia’s challenge comes after a federal appeals court in San Francisco refused Thursday to reinstate the ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

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McDonnell’s defense fund raises $20K in 4th quarter 2016

Former Virginia
Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Finance reports show former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s legal defense fund raised about $20,000 during the last quarter of 2016.Supporters created the fund in 2013 for McDonnell, who was convicted of public corruption but had his sentence overturned by a unanimous Supreme Court in June.The reports collected by the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan money-in-politics tracker, also show around $36,000 of expenses during last year’s fourth quarter. The majority of that went to legal, accounting and banking fees, and $10,000 went to the IRS for a late filing fee, according to the filings.The fund reported $554,010 cash on hand as of the end of 2016.McDonnell has since rejoined a Virginia Beach law firm and is teaching at Regents University.

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Man sought in Lynchburg, Campbell County for assault, escaping custody

Rondell Dews

From the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office: Rondell Desmond Dews is wanted by the Lynchburg Police Dept. and the Campbell Co. Sheriff’s Office. Lynchburg is:  #1 charge for escape custody.  Campbell Co. Charges are: #1 Probation violation for Distribution of Cocaine and #2 Assault.  Total of three warrants. Rondell Dews is a black  male 30 years old.  Dews should be considered  armed and dangerous.   Anyone with  information regarding this incident is asked to contact Inv. T.A. Emerson 434-332-9580 or call Crime Stoppers at 888-798-5900. Visit the Central Virginia Crime Stoppers website at www.cvcrimestoppers.org to enter a web tip or text CVCS plus your message to 274637.

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