DMV prepares to issue new licenses you’ll need to board domestic flights as of 2020

Your Virginia driver’s license will get you onto any domestic flight right now, but in a few years, you will need a different kind of license to do so. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Virginia’s DMV is getting ready to issue them.
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Virginia to lift fishing license requirement for 3 days

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – Virginians will be able to fish without a license for a few days next month.The Virginia Marine Resources Commission says in a press release that it’s encouraging families to enjoy the state’s natural resources. The free fishing days are June 2, 3 and 4.The license holiday applies to recreational rod and reel fishing. But regulations will remain in effect. That includes size and catch restrictions.The Marine Resources Commission’s website has extensive information about the state’s fishing rules. The address is http://mrc.virginia.gov.

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Virginia mayor takes on online trolls after monument protest

A Virginia mayor is trolling the trolls after he lashed out at torch-toting white nationalists who protested in his city. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer has become the target of hate-filled, anti-Semitic messages from anonymous Twitter trolls after condemning a weekend protest over the planned removal of a Confederate monument.The Democratic mayor said in an interview yesterday that he doesn’t intend to make a habit out of responding to online trolls. But after white nationalists showed up burning torches in his city, he wants to show that neither he nor his community will be silenced.Hundreds of people gathered in the park with candles Sunday to speak out against the previous night’s rally. Police said three people were arrested after scuffles broke out.

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Warner discusses Trump-Russia investigation after FBI director firing

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee weighs in on the status of the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. WLNI’s Ian Price has more from Virginia’s senior senator:

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McAuliffe announces grants for veterans to become teachers

Governor Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced a new grant to help military veterans become teachers.The governor announced Friday that the state had received a $400,000 federal grant to help establish a new center at the College of William and Mary’s school of education to guide and assist veterans and those poised to leave the military who are interested in being teachers.Virginia has one of the largest veteran and military populations in the country, as well as a public school teacher shortage.

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Trump to Liberty U grads: Relish being an ‘outsider’

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump, the real estate mogul-turned-president, offered simple words of advice to university graduates Saturday as he urged them to follow their convictions, prepare to face criticism and relish the opportunity to be an “outsider.”

“It’s the outsiders who change the world,” Trump declared in his first commencement address to more than 18,000 graduates of Liberty University, a Christian school whose president was one of Trump’s earliest and most outspoken supporters during last year’s presidential campaign.

Trump kept to a largely upbeat message during the roughly 30-minute speech, never mentioning his stunning decision this past week to remove James Comey as FBI director. Trump said Comey is a “showboat” and “grandstander” who was fired because he wasn’t doing a good job.

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John Romano running for Lynchburg Sheriff

John Romano is running for Lynchburg Sheriff.  He stopped by the Morning Line to talk about some of his past concerns. The Republican Primary is June 13th. John Romano (051217)

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20 attorneys general call for independent probe into Russia

BOSTON (AP) – A group of 20 attorneys general, all Democrats, is calling for the appointment of an independent special counsel to continue the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. The group led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called Republican President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey during the ongoing investigation a “violation of public trust.”The group said in a Thursday letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that only the appointment of an independent special counsel “with full powers and resources” can begin to restore public confidence. Those signing the letter include the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.

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Virginia General Assembly committees to be livestreamed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s General Assembly plans to start livestreaming some of its committee hearings in 2018, joining the digital age long after many other states have. Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan McDougle announced a pilot project Wednesday to livestream some committee hearings during next year’s legislative session. House Speaker William J. Howell followed the Senate’s announcement by saying the House expects to livestream and archive House committee hearings as well. Most states have video recordings and archives of committee hearings and other meetings, but Virginia has been a holdout. A progressive advocacy group started livestreaming and recording many of the General Assembly committee hearings earlier this year.

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FBI raids GOP consultant connected to 2013 Virginia governor’s race

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ FBI agents raided the office of a Republican consulting firm in Maryland in connection with an investigation into the 2013 Virginia governor’s race. The FBI confirmed it served a search warrant Thursday in Annapolis, Maryland, but declined to elaborate. Kelley Rogers, president of Strategic Campaign Group, told reporters the investigation relates to work the consultant did for former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the GOP’s 2013 gubernatorial candidate. Rogers told reporters that his firm settled a lawsuit brought by the Cuccinelli campaign after he lost the governor’s race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Rogers said the investigation appears to have stemmed from allegations in that lawsuit.

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