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Friday, July 25, 2014
Updated 7/25/14 @ 6:50 am



A tractor-trailer was knocked over in Northampton Co. in a Thursday tornado

(AP Photo)

Tornado kills two, injures 20:
(Cape Charles, Va.) (AP) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe will tour a campground on the Eastern Shore where two people were killed and dozens were injured after a tornado hit.
     McAuliffe is scheduled to visit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Friday.
     A couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent Thursday. Their 13-year-old son was severely injured when the same tree fell on his neighboring tent.
     State police say another 35 people were injured in the tornado. McAuliffe cut short a political fundraising trip in Aspen, Colorado, to survey the damage.
     More than 1,300 people were at the campground in tents, campers and cottages when the storm hit, knocking down trees and flipping over some campers. A tractor-trailer driving on U.S. 13 was also knocked over in the storm.


Rep. Hurt says Dodd-Frank has cost Southside:
(Washington, D.C.) -- It’s the four-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Banking Reform Act, but a local lawmaker says the measure has had unintended consequences.
          Fifth District Congressman Robert Hurt this week addressed colleagues in the House Financial Service Committee.  He says Dodd-Frank was sold to the people as a solution to the financial crisis of 2008.  But instead, it has burdened Main Street banks, credit unions and their customers with extensive regulations leading to slow economic growth and high unemployment throughout the country.   
           Hurt says the measure has also continued the decline in the number of community banks in the US.   He says the end result makes it harder for small businesses to access the capital they need to expand and hire new workers.

Get Fit organizers look at 50,000 pound challenge:
(Danville, Va.) -- Get Fit Dan River Region’s 50,000 pound weight loss challenge may have fallen short, but organizers say they made a difference.  Program Director Stephanie Ferrugia says 600 people reported a total weight loss of six-thousand pounds.
     Ferrugia says the MAIN goal was to change the culture of the region.  She says they're asking people to continue losing weight with hopes of reaching the 50 thousand pounds lost eventually.
     Shelly Stone had the winning team. The Piedmont Community College-Caswell campus dean of curriculum programs reported 1,240 pounds for her team. The school will get $5,000 in scholarship funding.


Pitt. Co. requests drought disaster declaration:
(Chatham, Va.) -- The National Weather Service reports Pittsylvania County is three inches below average rainfall so far this year.  Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors asked the Governor to declare the county a Drought Disaster area.  Local Extension Agent Steve Barts says grain crops like corn and wheat are suffering---as is the county’s top cash crop...tobacco.   Barts says the most frustrating part for some farmers is the sporadic nature of the rainfall.  He says the county’s soybean crop should be in a good shape.

Local home sales down slightly:
(Danville, Va.) -- The latest report on Southside Virginia home sales shows a slight decline.  The second-quarter survey from the Virginia Association of Realtors shows the number of homes sold in the region is down 2-point-3 percent from last year.  State-wide, second-quarter sales were down seven-percent.  The report shows local home foreclosures are up from the first three months of the year, and the median price of local homes sold is slightly lower than last year.


$1,000 reward offered in puppy cruelty case:
(Danville, Va.) -- Four newborn puppies were stuffed into bags and left to die in a dumpster.
     Shelter Director Paulette Dean says the discovery was made Tuesday evening by woman who was dropping off some trash at the Mount Tabor dumpster in Pittsylvania County. She heard the dogs’ cries and found four newborn puppies at the bottom of the dumpster in two plastic bags that had been tied shut.
     The puppies were brought to the animal shelter and placed with a nursing mother cat but did not survive.
     Dean says they have few leads but are hoping someone will provide information that will lead to an arrest and conviction. The number to call is (434) 799-0843.

Charges expected after kids left in hot car:
(Danville, Va.) -- Charges are pending against the parents who left three children unattended in a hot car Tuesday.
     Danville Police were called to the Charles H. Harris Financial Services Center on Memorial Drive Tuesday, after receiving a report that the kids -- a 10-year-old and two 4-year-olds -- were inside the vehicle. The car was cut off and the windows down, with a can of beer left on the roof. An officer took the children out of the sweltering heat and into the air conditioned building. They were not harmed.
    The parents have not been identified but police say they expect to file charges. (Leonard Harville photo)
 
Pellet shootings leave damage and injury:
(Danville, Va.) -- Someone is shooting a pellet gun at cars and pedestrians, and Danville Police are hoping to stop the recent spree of vandalism.
      Investigators have received multiple reports of damage to cars involving a pellet gun on BB rifle. All have happened during the past several days and - in most instances -- the damage was to parked vehicles. But police have also received a complaint Tuesday from two people who were struck by pellets on Sunset Drive. At about the same time, officers were called to Glenn Street, where a car had been damaged by pellet fire. Another incident was reported earlier in the day on Guilford Street. 
     Witnesses told police the shots were fired from a white Dodge or Chrysler mini van with writing on the side. The van was occupied by two to three black males around 20 years old. One victim received medical treatment from EMS personnel as a result of his injuries.
     Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call Danville Crimestoppers at 793-0000.

DCC program gets another boost:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville Community College’s Precision Machining and Welding program has landed another gift.
          The National Institute for Metalworking and the Gene Haas Foundation announced yesterday they’ll send $2,500 to help local students get industry certifications before they graduate.
          DCC’s precision machining facilities is being expanded to add 12,000 square feet to the 8,000 square feet of current space. The welding program will relocate with two other technical programs into a new 7,500 square foot building.


Taylor gets two life terms in death of Nelson Co. teen:
(Lovingston, Va.) (AP) -- A man convicted of abducting and killing a Nelson County teenager has been sentenced to two life terms in prison.
      Randy Taylor was sentenced Wednesday in Nelson County Circuit Court. The judge imposed the sentence recommended by jurors who convicted him in the August 2013 death of 17-year-old Alexis Murphy. Her body has never been found.
      The 49-year-old Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder in commission of an abduction and abduction with intent to defile.
      Murphy was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston. Surveillance video from the gas station showed Murphy's vehicle following Taylor's truck. Murphy's car was found several days later in an Albemarle County parking lot.
 
 N.C. health agency says it's OK to use Dan River
(Raleigh, N.C.) -- It’s safe to swim and boat in the Dan River.
     So says the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, which on Tuesday lifted a recreational water advisory for the Dan. The river was the scene of a massive coal ash spill on Feb. 2 when a drainage pipe collapsed, spewing 39,000 tons of coal ash that turned the river gray for 70 miles downstream.
    Duke Energy has completed removal of the largest deposit at the base of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville and federal environmental officials say Duke has finished removing large pockets of coal ash from the river.
     While other environmental groups aren’t convinced, the North Carolina agency says the Dan River now poses no health risk for recreational users, but is still advising against eating fish or shellfish caught immediately downstream from the closed power plant in Eden.
 
God’s Storehouse is in need of food:
(Danville, Va.) -- The cupboard isn’t bare, but God’s Storehouse is in need of just about everything.
     Executive Director Karen Harris the food pantry is running out of staples at a time when they’ve experienced a surge in demand and a decline in donations. They’re especially in need of staples liked canned meats, vegetables and fruits, boxed cereals and Sloppy Joe mix.
     She says SNAP benefits are depleted by the end of the month, money is running out, and more people are coming by the warehouse for food. They average about 185 families per day, but that number has topped 200 recently.
     Harris says you can help out by buying a little extra at the supermarket and bringing it by the food pantry on Memorial Drive.


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