Author: Jay Atkins

Trump to take travel ban to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 10-3 against the travel ban. The decision bars the administration from suspending new visas for visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Sessions says the Justice Department “strongly disagrees” and will continue to vigorously defend Trump’s order. He says the court’s ruling blocks Trump’s “efforts to strengthen this country’s national security.” Sessions says Trump is not required to...

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Virginia finance secretary reassures lawmakers on revenues

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s finance secretary says state revenues will not fall short of its forecast when the fiscal year ends. Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Secretary Richard D. Brown reassured lawmakers on Thursday that although the state “took a punch in April,” Virginia’s revenues ended the month about $130 million ahead of the forecast for the fiscal year ending June 30. However, revenues ended April about $185 million less than what was projected at the end of March. April’s biggest problem was a drop of more than 17 percent in income taxes not withheld...

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After Trump win, surge of Democrats for Virginia House races

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia have mobilized after President Donald Trump’s election, sending a groundswell of candidates to run for the state House of Delegates. All 100 House seats are up for election in November, and Democrats hope to chip away at the Republicans’ solid majority, if not retake the chamber for the first time in nearly two decades. Democratic House minority leader David Toscano says “it’s been raining candidates” since Trump’s election. So far, Democrats are contesting nearly twice as many GOP-held seats as compared with the last elections in 2015. He says about half are...

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Teen takes terminally ill grandmother to high school prom

(Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/) FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — After learning of his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis, a 17-year-old wanted to give her a night to remember. Stephen Vigil took his grandmother to Stafford High School’s prom on Saturday — the eve of Julia Jarman’s 92nd birthday. The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports that Jarman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and that Vigil invited her to the prom to make the most of their time left together. Jarman, who had never been to a prom before, wore a blue dress to match her grandson’s vest and bow-tie....

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Bike-sharing program kicks off in Roanoke

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com) ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A new bike-sharing program is up and running in Roanoke. The Roanoke Times reports 10 bike stations are now scattered around the city, each with five bikes available for rent as part of the program that officially kicked off Wednesday. The program is being implemented by Zagster, a Massachusetts-based startup that specializes in bike-shares in mid-size cities. Bikes can be rented through the Zagster mobile app. It costs $3 an hour, with an option to buy a $40 annual membership that allows riders to take out a bike in...

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Memorial Day Remembrance Service @ Essex Co. War Memorial
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