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Monday, July 28, 2014
Updated 7/28/14 @ 6:57 am

Bob McDonnell, wife, set for trial today:
(Richmond, Va.) -- Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.
     Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial in federal court begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to last at least five weeks.
     McDonnell was a rising national star in the Republican party and was considered a possible Mitt Romney running mate in 2012 before the federal investigation ruined his political future. He has apologized for what he described as bad judgment and repaid about $120,000 in gifts and loans, but has denied breaking any laws.



 

Man treated for gunshot wounds:
(Danville, Va.) -- Danville Police say one man was seriously wounded after suffering multiple gunshots wounds late Saturday night. The incident happened at around 11:30 pm in the 100 block of Macon Street. Capt. Barry Creasy says officers responded to a report of shots fired and found a 38 year old male victim inside a vehicle. Creasy said the victim was shot several times and was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center by the Danville Life Saving Crew. His injuries were described as "serious." To this point, no arrests have been made. (photo: Leonard Harville)

 
Two N.C. Aid workers contract Ebola:
(Boone, N.C.) -- A North Carolina-based relief group says two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia.
     Ken Isaacs, a vice president of Samaritan's Purse, told The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr. Kent Brantly was stable and in very serious condition. Thirty-three-year-old Brantly is the medical director for the group's Ebola care center on the outskirts of the Liberian capital of Monrovia.
     Isaacs identified the second American, Nancy Writebol, as a worker with an allied aid group SIM, or Serving in Mission, which runs the hospital. He said she was in stable and serious condition.
     He said both Americans have since been isolated and are under intensive treatment.


Danville man arrested in WV, again:
(Danville, Va.) -- A Danville man wanted for stalking has been arrested for a second time. Berkley Allen Furgurson was arrested in Pocahontas County, West Virginia Sunday. Provided he remains in custody and follows court orders pertaining to the extradition process, he will be brought back to Virginia to stand trial at a later date. Furgurson was arrested in the same jurisdiction earlier this month. He posted bond and agreed to return to Danville but never did.

Local church marks 180th anniversary:
(Danville, Va.) -- It was 405 years ago when the Baptist movement was formed.  A leading historian brought his thoughts yesterday to a Danville Baptist church that’s celebrating it’s 180th anniversary.
          Doctor Bill Leonard heads up the divinity school at Wake Forest.  He says Baptists were a persecuted minority in England.  Leonard challenged modern-day Baptists not to make the same mistakes as their forbearers…and to define success by things other than attendence.
           First Baptist Church held their first service in 1834. Over their 180 years, First Baptist has planted ten other churches in the area.  They moved into their current home at the corner of Chestnut and Main in 1885.

Warner & Gillespie meet for first Senate debate:
(White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.) (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (left) and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie (right) traded jabs for the first time in person.
      Warner accused Gillespie at a Saturday debate of being a "partisan warrior" who would contribute to congressional gridlock.
      Gillespie said Warner has been a "blank check" for the Obama administration, which has helped weaken the state's economy.
      The debate was held at the exclusive Greenbrier hotel resort in West Virginia and was moderated by Judy Woodruff, co-anchor for PBS NewsHour. The event is hosted by the Virginia Bar Association.
      Several polls have put Warner, a former Virginia governor, well ahead of Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman.

Delegation visits North Carolina tobacco fields:
(Dudley, N.C.) (AP) -- A fact-finding delegation that includes a congresswoman from Ohio and two members of the British Parliament is visiting North Carolina tobacco fields to examine human rights conditions.
      The state AFL-CIO says the delegation that includes Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur met Saturday in Dudley. Accompanying her are Parliament members Ian Lavery and James Sheridan and a staffer for North Carolina Rep. G.K. Butterfield.
      They're examining human rights conditions in the supply chain of British and American tobacco manufacturers.
      The delegation is visiting labor camps both Saturday and Sunday before meeting Sunday afternoon with farmworkers and their supporters at Pullen Baptist Church in Raleigh.
      The visit is part of an effort by the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, which is working for farmworkers' rights to negotiate collectively without fear of retaliation.

Gov. says it's a blessing more lives weren't lost:
(Cape Charles, Va.) (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says it's a blessing more people didn't die when a tornado swept through a campground on the Eastern Shore that claimed two lives and injured dozens others.
     McAuliffe toured the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort on the Chesapeake Bay on Friday, a day after a tornado knocked down large pine trees, demolished some campers and flipped over others. A married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey was killed when a tree fell on their tent. McAuliffe says their three children were also injured, and their 13-year-old son is in critical condition following surgery.
      McAuliffe addressed reporters at the popular campground, where cleanup efforts were underway and families were retrieving whatever items they could. McAuliffe also says hundreds of acres of farmland were damaged.


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.


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