Colin J. Schwager

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News Producer at ABC 13 - WSET 

“Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.”

Horace Greeley

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SEC working to restore power to affected areas

During the height of winter storm Gia, widespread power outages occurred across Southside Electric Cooperative's (SEC) service territory Sunday. Currently, there are approximately 8,200 members without power. Downed trees and limbs are the primary reason for the outages with equipment and infrastructure being damaged. SEC states that outage numbers and locations are expected to increase into the evening as the temperature drops and the storm continues.

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Join the Clique: How Today’s cliques compare to yesteryear

Ah, High School, we all remember the happy memories we created in those halls of yesteryear. The colorful lockers, cramped classrooms, and groups and cliques that we joined and created. Cliques have been fairly constant as the years have changed, but a new study found that new groups have begun to emerge in the wake of changing demographics, cultural influences, and the increased number of college-bound students.

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Lynchburg Public Works Road Condition Updates

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg Public Works Crews worked overnight to treat and clear both primary and secondary roads. Main roads are slushy but passable as crews continue to work to widen lanes and prepare roads for the start of the week. Crews have checked residential streets and will not be plowing them as snow accumulation is significantly lower than 2-inches. Despite the road treatment and clearing, roads are expected to refreeze overnight if forecast low temperatures are met.

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Deciphering how dogs process words – Colin Schwager –

If you’ve ever wondered how dogs process what we say to them, you’re not alone. Scientists have been chasing the mystery behind how our furry friends process human words in a study by Emory Health Sciences. The study questions how dogs process and react to human words. If an owner yells “Squirrel” does the dog process it as a command to be alert, or does it interpret it and see it as a representation of the furry creature it likes to chase? These are the questions that scientists are trying to

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Bullying, abuse linked to lower quality of life

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new study by the University of Adelaide has found a link between bullying and a lower quality of life. The study states that those who have experienced bullying or abuse experience the same quality of life as those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and heart disease. People with a past of abuse or bullying often display harmful behaviors such as smoking or binge eating later in life.

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New leukemia drug more effective than traditional treatment

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new study co-authored by a Loyola Medicine oncologist states that a new targeted drug is more effective against Leukemia in elderly patients. When testing the new drug on patients with Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), scientists found the new drug significantly more effective than traditional therapy. The drug, named ibrutinib, attacks cancer cells without damaging normal cells, which can cause side effects. read more...

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New Bud Light cartons will be first to display nutritional facts

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- With the new year comes new years resolutions, and for those that resolved to watch calorie intake, Bud Light wants to help. Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser, and several other beer manufacturers will be among the first to display nutritional facts directly on the carton. Before the change, nutritional facts such as the amount of calories, were listed on the bottles and cans.

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Taco Bell to test new vegan & vegetarian menu

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Taco Bell announced Thursday that it will begin testing a new menu that will help vegetarians and vegans eat at the popular chain. In the coming months, Taco Bell will begin testing a new limited-time vegetarian menu in its restaurants. The chain will also be highlighting its current vegetarian options, including tacos, tostadas burritos, and crunchwraps. This is the first time that the chain will be highlighting its vegetarian menu in its restaurants.

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Lynchburg City clerk of council announces retirement

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The City of Lynchburg's clerk of council, Valeria Chambers, announced her retirement Friday. Chambers, in a letter dated January 8, stated that her time as clerk of council was both rewarding and challenging. Her retirement comes after 32 years of service to the city, 8 of those as clerk of council. “We will be sorry to see Valeria leave,” said Mayor Treney Tweedy. “She has done an excellent job, and we will definitely miss her, but we are also happy that she has been

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Bill introduced to include animal abuse penalty in domestic violence cases

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new bipartisan bill jointly filed by Virginia senators Adam P. Ebbin and Senator Bill Stanley will inflict a penalty on abusers who torture or murder any pet animal with intent to threaten, or terrorize a family or household member. Senator Ebbin stated that it is common for abusers to use companion animals as a part of their arsenal of abuse. "Pets are frequently the only support system that victims have, and abusers exploit this this relationship to inflict lasting

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California Island Lighthouse seeking new operator

If you've ever wanted to live on your own personal island and operate a historic lighthouse, now is the time. The East Brother Light station in California is looking for a new operator. The lighthouse stands atop a small island off of the coast near the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The current operators recommend applicants be a couple as the living spaces are small and operators will spend most of the day in close proximity. A U.S. Coast Guard approved captain licens

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'Fortnite' developer gets 'F' rating from BBB

RALEIGH, N.C. (WSET) -- 'Fortnite' the popular online game has garnered both attention and profits for the company behind it but now they are facing a heap of trouble from their customers. Epic Games, which is based out of Cary, North Carolina, is facing a glaring 'F' rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB's rating comes after 279 complaints were submitted about the company, 247 which were left unanswered. The rating was given a failing grade for their lack of customer suppor

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American cheese surplus reaches new record

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- If you haven't noticed when shopping for American cheese, prices have most likely gone down, at least according to the USDA's statistics. The current average price of milk according to the USDA is $15.12 per 100 pounds, which would translate to lower prices for consumers. The price drops are because of the growing surplus of American cheese. Americans consumed more than 37 pounds per capita in 2017 but that still wasn't enough to deplete the U.S. American cheese sur

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