Author: Jay Atkins

Lawsuit filed to keep Lee statue in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Several pro-monuments groups are filing a lawsuit against Charlottesville and its City Council in order to prevent the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from downtown. Media outlets report that the Monument Fund, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and about a dozen private citizens announced the lawsuit Monday. The council voted 3-2 last month to remove the Lee statue out of Lee Park. The plaintiffs argue that the city violated a state law that protects war memorials and violated the terms of the deed in which donor Paul Goodloe McIntire granted the memorial to...

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Muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is weighing a request from a Muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban than what is already in place. Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders that already block the vast majority of Trump’s revised ban, which would restrict immigration from refugees and from six majority-Muslim countries. At a hearing Tuesday in Alexandria, lawyers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked a judge to issue an injunction blocking the entire executive order. Lawyer Gadeir (geh-DEER’) Abbas said a section of the order...

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‘Norfolk 4’ sailors pardoned by Virginia governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four former sailors who became known as the “Norfolk Four” as they fought rape and murder convictions, saying police intimidated them into falsely confessing to the crimes two decades ago have been pardoned by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A spokesman for McAuliffe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor has pardoned the four men of the 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko. Their case drew widespread attention when their innocence claims were backed by dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors and crime novelist John Grisham. Prosecutors argued that the men raped Moore-Bosko...

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Sexual assault reported on Virginia Tech campus

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech police are investigating a report of a sexual assault that happened inside a campus residence hall. The Roanoke Times reports police received a report of a sexual assault Saturday that happened sometime during the early morning hours at Lee Hall on Washington Street. The school’s website says the dorm is a co-ed residence hall for about 800 students. Police say the victim and offender were both Virginia Tech students who were previously...

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Trump budget would cut funding by 25 percent at VIMS

GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) — President Trump’s budget proposal would slash funding by 25 percent at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Associate Dean Mark Luckenbach says the impact would be felt throughout the Tidewater region. For instance, VIMS gives guidance to communities trying to comply with Chesapeake Bay pollution standards. It also provides significant support to the growing oyster industry, including its breeding program. The losses would stem from proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. VIMS receives much of its funding through grants that support state and federally mandated programs....

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2017 Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association Scholarship Program This scholarship program is offered by the Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association, Inc., to promote the agricultural educational endeavors of individuals within the service area of the Association.[...]
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Adult Book Club @ Upper King William Branch Library
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Love to read? Join the Upper King William Adult Book Club. The next meeting is Monday, March 27th from 7 to 8pm at the Upper King William Branch Library. Call or visit the branch for[...]
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Northern Neck Church Nurses Meeting @ Warsaw Medical Building
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