McAuliffe to be briefed on train cleanup

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to meet with responders from last week’s Lynchburg train derailment. The governor is traveling to Lynchburg this morning to thank officials for their work and receive a briefing regarding ongoing cleanup efforts. Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the 17-car derailment of a CSX […]

Most new Liberty graduates took at least some courses on-line

  About 34,000 people are expected for tomorrow’s commencement ceremony at Liberty University’s Williams Stadium. More than 85% of Liberty’s newest graduating class took at least some courses online. The school’s director of online admissions, Steve Peterson, says its not just far-flung students who use distance learning. WLNI’s Gene Marrano has more: 05-09 Liberty Wrap#1-WEB

Bedford County Sheriff’s office investigates “numerous burglaries” of storage units

From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: Investigators are investigating numerous burglaries of storage units that have occurred since January 2014. Suspect(s) are gaining entry into a single unit and are then able to access adjoining units. After gaining entrance, suspect(s) are stealing various items (jewelry, silverware, dinnerware, etc.). Storage units located in Moneta, Thaxton, New […]

Jury begins deliberations in missing Va. teen case

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) _ A Nelson County jury has begun deliberations in the trial of a man charged with murdering a missing teenager. Prosecutors wrapped up their case against Randy Taylor on Wednesday morning. The defense rested after calling five witnesses. Jurors went home Wednesday evening and resume deliberations Thursday morning. The 48-year-old Taylor is […]

DMV adds automated sign language as test option

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Hearing-impaired Virginians can now take their knowledge-based driver’s license exam on an automated testing system using American sign language. The Department of Motor Vehicles says sign language was added to its new testing system, called SecuriTest, earlier this month. It’s one of 16 languages offered to license applicants. The web-based […]

Group names Virginia’s top school superintendent

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Arlington County’s chief if schools has been named Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year. Patrick K. Murphy picked up the award at the superintendents’ annual awards banquet Tuesday evening in Roanoke. The Virginia Association of School Superintendents says Murphy was one of eight regional finalists for the award, including Botetourt County Schools […]

Naturalization ceremony set at Va. State Capitol

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Forty-four immigrants from 32 countries are expected to take the oath of United States citizenship at the Virginia State Capitol. The clerks of the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates have announced that the naturalization ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday in the House chamber. They say it is […]

New, more advanced Va. travel guide available

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A new and more high-tech Virginia travel guide is now available. The Virginia Tourism Corporation says that for the first time, the guide is available for download through three leading app stores — Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. It also can be found on the corporation’s website. The corporation says […]

Va. officials: Strawberry crop late but sweet

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia agriculture officials say the state’s strawberry crop is coming to market a little late, but it will be worth the wait. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says cooler weather at many farms delayed this year’s strawberry crop by one to three weeks. But those conditions help boost the […]