Author: Jay Atkins


Ex-National Guard member pleads guilty to terror charge ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former National Guard soldier from Virginia has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge after admitting that he traveled to Africa and boarded a truck to join the Islamic State group before ultimately bailing out. Twenty-seven-year-old Mohamed Jalloh, of Sterling, was arrested in July after a sting operation in which he discussed launching a Fort Hood-style attack. At a plea hearing Thursday in federal court, new details emerged showing Jalloh made contact with the Islamic State before the government became aware of him. Jalloh, a naturalized U.S....

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Henrico County woman charged in girlfriend’s slaying HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. (AP) — A woman has been charged with killing her girlfriend in their Highland Springs townhouse in Henrico County. Local news outlets report that Richmond police say 33-year-old Sheena Yolonda Wilson is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Ava Latae Tucker. Police say Wilson walked into their police department Thursday morning and told officers to go check on Tucker, who she lived with at the Viviana Hall townhomes. WWBT-TV reports that Wilson said there was an altercation with the victim. Officers arriving at the scene say...

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Virginia outperforms most states on national science tests RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia students performed better on a national science exam than their peers in most other states. The Virginia Department of Education says that 50 percent of Virginia fourth graders met or exceeded the proficiency standard on the 2015 national science tests compared to 37 percent of fourth graders nationwide. Among eighth grade students, 40 percent of Virginia students met or exceeded proficiency. Education officials say the state made no significant progress last year in closing the achievement gap between black and Hispanic students and white students. More...

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Some face fewer choices, or none, under Affordable Care Act NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginians are facing fewer choices— or none at all — when buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Next year, only one insurer will sell the coverage in 28 of Virginia’s independent cities or counties, many of them rural, The Associated Press has found. Currently, at least two insurers, if not more, offer plans. That lack of competition could lead to more expensive premiums, experts say. And some people may find doctors suddenly out of their network. The situation in Virginia reflects a nationwide...

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2 hospitalized after ‘people mover’ vehicle runs into ditch

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Officials at Dulles International Airport say two people have been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a vehicle known as a people mover got stuck in a construction ditch. Airport spokesman Rob Yingling says the vehicle had 37 passengers on board when it ran into the ditch around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was taking passengers arriving on a flight from Bogota, Colombia, to a customs facility. Yingling says another people mover was sent to pick up the stranded passengers, and the vehicle that got stuck has now been removed from the ditch. The...

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all-day W & L’s Class of 1982 Reunion
W & L’s Class of 1982 Reunion
Aug 18 – Aug 21 all-day
The Class of 1982 from Washington & Lee High School will be hosting it’s 35th Class Reunion on Saturday, September 30th at the Riverboat on the Potomac in Colonial Beach from 6 till 11pm….Please contact[...]
all-day 911 Address Verification in Esse... @ Essex County
911 Address Verification in Esse... @ Essex County
Aug 19 all-day
Over the next several months, Timmons Group, an Engineering and Technology firm based in Richmond, is assisting Essex County in correcting their addressing system. Technicians from the firm will be visiting each structure in the[...]
9:00 am Heathsville Farmers Market @ behind old Northumberland Courthouse
Heathsville Farmers Market @ behind old Northumberland Courthouse
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Antique and classic cars will abound at the Heathsville Farmers Market on Saturday, August 19th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local members of the Antique Automobile Club of America and the Northern Neck Corvette Club[...]
9:00 am Northern Neck Computer Users Mee... @ Lancaster Community Library
Northern Neck Computer Users Mee... @ Lancaster Community Library
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Northern Neck Computer Users Group will meet Saturday, August 19th at 10 am at the Lancaster Community Library.  BJ McMillan will present Advances in Health Technology. Immediately prior, the Tablet Special Interest Group will[...]

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