Author: Jay Atkins

Man charged in 4-year-old son’s fatal shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged in the shooting death of his 4-year-old son. Norfolk police said Thursday in a statement that 26-year-old Rayvon Messer is charged with second-degree murder. Police say paramedics responded Wednesday night to find the boy outside a home in the Ocean View area of the city. Rayvon A. Messer Jr. died from the gunshot wound shortly after being rushed to a hospital. Police haven’t released any more details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, which is under investigation. Messer is being held without bail. He’s also charged with using a...

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UVA to increase tuition next year

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year. Local media report UVA’s Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more. The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises. TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was...

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Relief on the way for drivers who owe big on toll late fees

(Information from: WAVY-TV, http://www.wavy.com/) PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The operator of the Elizabeth River Crossings says it will send refund checks to more than 800 customers with excessive fines for failing to pay tolls on time. WAVY-TV reported Wednesday that the checks will be issued before the end of the month. Some partial refunds were mailed Wednesday to people with bills over $1,100. ERC CEO Philip Shucet made the announcement a few weeks after Gov. Terry McAuliffe said customers who paid fines greater than $2,200 would be reimbursed. Shucet said ERC will start offering settlements on Thursday. He also...

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McAuliffe: Man is guilty, but shouldn’t be executed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to spare the life of a death row inmate came down to concerns about the fairness of his trial, not doubts about his guilt. For weeks, supporters of Ivan Teleguz urged McAuliffe to halt his execution because they believe he may be innocent. Teleguz was scheduled to be put to death next week, but on Thursday, McAuliffe commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. McAuliffe said he believes Teleguz hired another man to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2001. But he said he cannot let him...

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State Supreme Court to hear utility rate challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on whether a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates is constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers is challenging the 2015 law, which critics have called a costly giveaway to electric monopolies Dominion Resources and Appalachian Power. The law is costing a typical Dominion residential customer an extra $68 a year on their bill, according to one group’s calculations. Supporters of the law say it has helped shield the state from potential rate spikes due to uncertainty around...

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Open Pulpit @ Abiding Faith Baptist Church
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all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
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The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]

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