Norfolk Southern reports its coal shipments rose significantly for the first three months of the year, and it expects the rise to continue through 2017. First quarter coal earnings rose 20% from the year before, driven largely, the railroad says, by increased demand in foreign countries. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Norfolk Southern expects the trend to continue through the year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s restored voting rights to more felons who have completed their sentences than any other governor.McAuliffe announced yesterday he’s restored voting and other civil rights to 156,000 felons, surpassing a total set by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s administration.Last April McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons at once. But the Virginia’s Supreme Court struck down that order months later, ruling that governors cannot restore rights en masse but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.After the ruling, McAuliffe began restoring individual rights under a new process.The governor, a Democrat who is set to leave office in January, has said he views his rights restoration efforts as one of his most important legacies.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia wants a rival deposed in a bitter fight over an anonymous email alleging an adulterous relationship.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports an attorney for state Sen. Bryce Reeves is asking a judge to allow state Sen. Jill Vogel and her husband be deposed by May 24. Reeves has previously said there is strong evidence the Vogels, or someone at their direction, sent an email to state Republicans alleging Reeves was having an affair with a campaign staffer.Vogel has denied any connection to the email and said in court filings that Reeves is trying to abuse the legal process.The lieutenant governor is a largely ceremonial position often used as a springboard to run for governor.The Republican primary is June 13.
A team from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School came home from Richmond with top honors yesterday in the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. The team competed in the Economics category, winning a Quiz Bowl competition. Close to 150 students from across the state participated in the day-long challenge at Virginia Commonwealth University.
(Continue reading for the full news release from Governor McAuliffe’s office.)
U.S. Senator Tim Kaine has co-written a letter to President Trump asking for the legal basis for that nearly 60 tomahawk missile strike earlier this month on Syria. WLNI’s Ian Price has more:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – People across the country will get to listen in real time to arguments over President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban before a federal appeals court.The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday that C-SPAN will get to carry live audio of the May 8 arguments in Richmond, Virginia. The 4th Circuit doesn’t typically post audio of arguments until after the hearing.The Trump administration is appealing a ruling in Maryland that blocked the part of the travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled on May 15 to examine another lawsuit blocking Trump’s revised travel ban. Video of that hearing will also be broadcast live on C-SPAN.
UPDATED April 26 from Lynchburg Police: On April 26, 2017, Damian Cordero Martin, a 29 year old male, resident of Lynchburg was arrested and charged with the following related to the Armed Robbery of the Neighborhood Market on Park Ave. Robbery – 18.2-58, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony – 18.2-53.1, Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon – 18.2-308.2 and Wearing a mask in public – 18.2-422 Martin is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.
PREVIOUSLY: On 01-22-2017 at approximately 7:33 p.m. Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department responded to the Neighborhood Market located at 1531 Park Avenue (in the City of Lynchburg) for an armed robbery. Upon arrival Officers were advised by the clerk that an unknown male entered the store and brandished a dark handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as approximately 5’6” – 5’10”, medium build, wearing dark clothing and dark heavy jacket with a hood. The suspect was also wearing some type of mask covering the face and gloves.
UPDATED April 26: The Campbell County Sheriff’s office says it has identified all four suspects in Sunday’s home invasion near Altavista – and they are still looking for two of them. Authorities ask for help in finding Marvin Myers the III and Markquall Canada, both of Altavista. They and two others already in custody are accused of breaking into the home along US 29 armed with long guns, stealing money and other property.