Author: Jay Atkins

McAuliffe hires private consultant to try to lure Amazon

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s hired a private consultant to help in trying to get Amazon to build its second headquarters in the state. The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Richmond, northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will craft pitches to the company. The state will submit a proposal offering Amazon its pick. Speaking at an elementary school in Norfolk, McAuliffe said Virginia is a legitimate contender. He cited the state’s central location on the East Coast as one of several advantages. Seattle-based Amazon announced nearly two weeks ago its plans to...

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State park’s hiking trails close following bear attack

MILLBORO, Va. (AP) — A black bear has attacked a woman at a state park in Virginia, prompting officials to close the park’s hiking trails. Virginia State Parks spokesman Jim Meisner says the woman was hiking with two dogs in Douthat State Park in Millboro when she was attacked from behind by the bear Sunday around 1 p.m. News outlets report the woman suffered injuries to her legs but was able to walk to find help. She is expected to make a full recovery. Meisner says all trails will remain closed through Friday. Law enforcement officers and members of...

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Nat Turner to be included in anti-slavery monument

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state commission in Virginia has decided to include Nat Turner in an anti-slavery monument. Turner was the leader of a bloody slave uprising in 1831. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the issue was hotly debated before the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission voted Wednesday to honor Turner. The panel of state lawmakers and historians is tasked with selecting 10 honorees whose names and faces will be featured at the monument’s base. Charles Withers, a commission member from Roanoke, said Turner was “the bravest black man in that era.” But...

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Man convicted in ’75 slayings pleads guilty to sex assaults

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A convicted sex offender who was sentenced last week to 48 years in the 1975 killings of two young Maryland sisters has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two other girls in northern Virginia in 1996. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his guilty pleas Thursday in Prince William Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors to resolve the 1996 cases as well as the 1975 slayings of 10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon. In court Thursday, both victims in the 1996 assaults told the 60-year-old Welch that the attacks traumatized them. One...

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Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit returns to federal courthouse

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A civil lawsuit filed by inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is back in front of a federal judge. Friday’s hearing at U.S. District Court in Alexandria comes nine years after the lawsuit was first filed and 13 years after photos documenting abusive treatment of inmates at Abu Ghraib first became public. The lawsuit seeks to hold civilian interrogators employed by military contractor CACI liable for the abuse. The Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the lawsuit on inmates’ behalf, alleges that CAC interrogators engaged in a conspiracy to abuse the inmates...

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Safe Boating Course @ Bella Pizza Restaurant
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USMC League Charity Yard Sale @ Banes Northern Neck Upholstery
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