Author: Jay Atkins

Governor signs bills aimed at stemming opioid epidemic

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a set of bills that aim to stem Virginia’s growing opioid epidemic. McAuliffe’s office said in a statement Thursday that among the measures he signed into law is one allowing community organizations to possess and dispense naloxone, an overdose-reversal drug. Another measure mandates that all opioid prescriptions be transmitted to pharmacies electronically by 2020. The statement says that while final numbers aren’t yet available, the Virginia Department of Health projects that more than 1,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016. If those projections hold, it would mark a 33...

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Woman attacks professor with box cutter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a central Virginia community college professor is expected to survive after being attacked on campus by a woman with a box cutter. Police said in a statement that the attack happened inside the professor’s office at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on Thursday afternoon. The statement says a 24-year-old woman cut a male professor with a box cutter and was attempting to leave the building when she was apprehended. Police say she was taken into custody without incident. The professor was taken to VCU Medical Center with injuries that are not...

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European grocery store chain to begin hiring in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lidl, the German no-frills supermarket chain, is set to begin hiring in Virginia for some of its first stores in the U.S. The chain announced Thursday that it would begin hiring 800 store associates for locations in 12 Virginia cities. Spokesman Will Harwood tells the Free Lance-Star the hires will take place over the next four months in 12 Virginia localities, including Fredericksburg, Culpeper, Hampton, Norfolk, Richmond and Virginia Beach. The company says wages for associate positions will start at $12 an hour plus health benefits and a 401k retirement plan with matching...

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Supreme Court could decide transgender case. Or not.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both the transgender teen who sued to use a boys’ bathroom and the Virginia school board that won’t let him still want the Supreme Court to issue a definitive ruling in their ongoing dispute. The Trump administration has retreated from an Obama-era policy on bathroom use. That gives the high court an easy out if it is seeking to avoid a major ruling on transgender rights. The big issue for both sides is whether the main federal law barring sex discrimination in education protects high school senior Gavin Grimm and other transgender students. Grimm was born...

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Virginia lawmaker leaves gun in General Assembly room

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia state senator says she found a colleague’s loaded handgun unattended on a chair in a conference room in the General Assembly building. State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, a Democrat, tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch she found the holstered gun on Monday. She says she showed the gun to members of a subcommittee, and a state trooper there returned the weapon to its owner, Republican State Sen. John Cosgrove Jr. Cosgrove tells the Times-Dispatch that he had clipped the new holster next to his pants instead of his belt. He says...

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8:00 am Hunter Education Course @ Westmoreland Vol. Fire Dept.
Hunter Education Course @ Westmoreland Vol. Fire Dept.
Feb 25 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
A Hunter Education Course will be offered at the Westmoreland Vol. Fire Dept. in Montross on Sat., Feb. 25th from 8am to 3pm. Register online at WWW.DGIF.VIRGINIA.GOV. For more information call 456-2830 or 450-9082.
10:00 am Bake Sale Fundraiser @ Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern
Bake Sale Fundraiser @ Rice's Hotel/Hughlett's Tavern
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Historic Rice’s Hotel / Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville will hold a Bake Sale on Saturday, February 25th, 10 am to 2 pm. Proceeds will help the Tavern pay for needed equipment updates to their commercial[...]
12:00 pm Brunswick Stew Fundraiser for Bo... @ Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept.
Brunswick Stew Fundraiser for Bo... @ Tappahannock-Essex Volunteer Fire Dept.
Feb 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Boy Scout Troop #316 of Tappahannock is cooking up Brunswick Stew just for you for just $8 a quart. Swing by and pick some up at the Tappahannock-Essex Fire Department on Airport Rd, between Noon[...]
2:30 pm N.N. Titans Basektball Tryouts @ A.T. Johnson Building
N.N. Titans Basektball Tryouts @ A.T. Johnson Building
Feb 25 @ 2:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Northern Neck Titans AAU Basketball team will have tryouts on  Saturday Feb. 25th @ AT Johnson, in Montross Schedules includes the following: 2:30pm-3:45pm=7th & 8th Grade Girls 3:45pm-5:00pm= 9th & 10th Grade Girls BOYS 5:00pm-6:15pm=11U[...]
4:00 pm African March @ New St. John's Baptist Church
African March @ New St. John's Baptist Church
Feb 25 @ 4:00 pm
The Deaconess Ministry of New St. John’s Baptist Church, Kilmarnock will have an African March on Sat., Feb. 25th at 4pm. Music will be rendered by various singing groups from the Northern Neck. For more[...]

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