Author: Jay Atkins

EXPECT OVERNIGHT DELAYS ON I-95 AT FREDERICKSBURG

Motorists can anticipate double lane closures on I-95 northbound and southbound on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings FREDERICKSBURG –  Motorists should anticipate overnight travel delays next week on Interstate 95 at Fredericksburg, as crews will work on the new Fall Hill Avenue overpass. As part of the Fall Hill Avenue widening project, crews will clean and stain the new bridge, which is located at mile marker 131 in Fredericksburg. The work requires double lane closures, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7 ˗˗ Wednesday, Feb. 8. Lanes on I-95 will be closed on the following schedule, weather permitting. Tuesday, Feb....

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Workers cleaning up after Suffolk derailment, coal spill

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Workers are cleaning up after a train derailed in downtown Suffolk, spilling coal. Local media report dump trucks and other heavy equipment lined the area Sunday morning as crews worked to remove damaged cars and haul away debris. No injuries were reported in the derailment a day earlier. Suffolk, about 20 miles west of Norfolk, has said it expects cleanup efforts and track repairs to be extensive. A warehouse building was damaged by coal that spilled from the train, and a home and car also had windows broken by coal or coal debris. Norfolk Southern...

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Virginia man, an ex-teacher’s aide, sentenced for child porn

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old northern Virginia man who used to work as a teacher’s assistant in Texas has been sentenced to more than 8 years in prison for receiving and downloading child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement that James Jeffrey Schroeder of Arlington was sentenced Friday to 100 months in prison. That’s after he pleaded guilty in October. According to court documents, from approximately 1997 to 2015, Schroeder received and downloaded child pornography. The statement says a review revealed more than 13,000 images and 400...

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Dead whale had wounds consistent with propeller strike

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Aquarium official says a juvenile humpback whale found dead near the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel might have been injured by a ship’s propeller. Matt Klepeisz, spokesman for the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach, tells WTOP-FM for a story Sunday that official lab results are pending. But he says an initial exam showed wounds on the whale consistent with a strike by a large propeller. The carcass was found Thursday morning. The aquarium’s Stranding Response Team towed the body to Craney Island near the mouth of the Elizabeth River. Klepeisz said previously that the...

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Potential showdown on teacher pay looming

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state employees could be getting their biggest overall raise in nine years, but a showdown could be looming between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and some Republicans over teacher pay. Republican budget leaders in the GOP-controlled General Assembly released their proposed budgets Sunday. Both the House and Senate versions include a 3 percent raise for state workers and an even greater pay increase for law enforcement officers and front-line mental health workers. Both budgets would increase state spending on public education that could be used for raises, but they don’t mandate it. House Republicans said they...

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