Author: Jay Atkins

Latest: Army says 1 dead, 2 injured in helicopter crash

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Army says one crew member died and two were injured when a helicopter crashed in Maryland during a routine training flight. The U.S. Army Military District of Washington said in a statement Monday evening that the UH-60 Blackhawk that crashed is from the 12th Aviation Battalion, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Three crew members were on board. The Army says one crew member is in serious condition and one is in critical condition. They are being treated at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in...

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First solar farm may be coming to Henrico County

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) HENRICO, Va. (AP) — The first solar farm could be coming to Henrico County. Roger Bowers is an attorney for Briel Farm Solar, LLC. He tells The Richmond Times-Dispatch that the company is proposing to use 93 acres of land in eastern Henrico to build a farm that could power about 5,000 homes. The Henrico County Planning Commission has endorsed the project. The county’s Board of Supervisors still needs to sign off on it. The company also has to get approval from the county’s board of zoning appeals for a conditional use permit. Briel...

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Feds investigating disciplinary discrimination complaint

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials are opening an investigation into accusations that public schools in Virginia’s capital city more frequently and more harshly punish black students and those with disabilities than their classmates. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights said in a letter this month that it’s opening an investigation into the complaint filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and Legal Aid Justice Center. The complaint alleges that black students in Richmond Public Schools and those with mental, emotional or physical disabilities are more likely than white students to be suspended...

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Ex-sheriff’s employees say McCabe used office for personal gain

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Past employees of a former Virginia sheriff say that he used the job for personal benefit, such as hiring his future wife’s relatives and having his deputies campaign for him. The Virginian-Pilot on Sunday quotes former staff members of ex-Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe who say he used deputies as campaign workers and designated drivers. They also say he hired relatives of his future wife. Instances of sexual harassment were also reported. A spokeswoman for the FBI’s regional office would not comment on whether McCabe is under any type of investigation. McCabe abruptly resigned in December...

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Tuition increase approved at Christopher Newport University

(Information from: Daily Press, http://www.dailypress.com/) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The cost of attending Christopher Newport University is going up. The Daily Press reports the school’s Board of Visitors voted last week to raise tuition and other costs. The total cost of in-state students is going up 3.8 percent to $24,878 a year. For out-of-state students, costs will increase $1,480 to $37,074 a year. CNU’s total cost for in-state students ranks fourth among public schools in Virginia. The school says the increase will help fund faculty and staff pay...

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“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
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The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]
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