Man charged in 4-year-old son’s fatal shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been charged in the shooting death of his 4-year-old son. Norfolk police said Thursday in a statement that 26-year-old Rayvon Messer is charged with second-degree murder. Police say paramedics responded Wednesday night to find the boy outside a home in the Ocean View area of the city. Rayvon A. Messer Jr. died from the gunshot wound shortly after being rushed to a hospital. Police haven’t released any more details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, which is under investigation. Messer is being held without bail. He’s also charged with using a...

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UVA to increase tuition next year

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia students will be paying more for tuition next year. Local media report UVA’s Board of Visitors approved the increase Thursday. In-state students will pay 2.2 percent more, and out-of-state students will pay 3.5 percent more. The university said in a statement that the increase is needed to deal with a state budget cut and required employee pay raises. TV station WVIR reports a group of students protested outside the building where the Board of Visitors was...

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Relief on the way for drivers who owe big on toll late fees

(Information from: WAVY-TV, http://www.wavy.com/) PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The operator of the Elizabeth River Crossings says it will send refund checks to more than 800 customers with excessive fines for failing to pay tolls on time. WAVY-TV reported Wednesday that the checks will be issued before the end of the month. Some partial refunds were mailed Wednesday to people with bills over $1,100. ERC CEO Philip Shucet made the announcement a few weeks after Gov. Terry McAuliffe said customers who paid fines greater than $2,200 would be reimbursed. Shucet said ERC will start offering settlements on Thursday. He also...

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McAuliffe: Man is guilty, but shouldn’t be executed

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to spare the life of a death row inmate came down to concerns about the fairness of his trial, not doubts about his guilt. For weeks, supporters of Ivan Teleguz urged McAuliffe to halt his execution because they believe he may be innocent. Teleguz was scheduled to be put to death next week, but on Thursday, McAuliffe commuted his sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole. McAuliffe said he believes Teleguz hired another man to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2001. But he said he cannot let him...

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State Supreme Court to hear utility rate challenge

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court is set to hold a hearing on whether a law temporarily banning state regulators from adjusting a portion of electric rates is constitutional. A group of large industrial electric customers is challenging the 2015 law, which critics have called a costly giveaway to electric monopolies Dominion Resources and Appalachian Power. The law is costing a typical Dominion residential customer an extra $68 a year on their bill, according to one group’s calculations. Supporters of the law say it has helped shield the state from potential rate spikes due to uncertainty around...

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2 charged with lying to help friend linked to Islamic State

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two northern Virginia men have been indicted after authorities charged them with lying to the FBI to protect a friend under investigation for his support of the Islamic State group. The federal grand jury in Alexandria indicted 28-year-old Michael Queen of Woodbridge and 32-year-old Soufian Amri of Falls Church Tuesday on charges including obstruction of justice and making false statements involving international terrorism. According to an FBI affidavit, the two were questioned about their friend Haris Qamar last year. The affidavit alleges the two knew Qamar had tried to join the Islamic State in 2014,...

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Remains of missing woman found in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Fredericksburg police say a person relic hunting in a heavily wooded area of the city found the remains of a woman who had been missing for nearly six months. Police said in a statement Tuesday that the medical examiner’s office identified the remains as those of 32-year-old Rochelle Simms of Fredericksburg. She was reported missing on October 26. The statement says the exact location where the remains were found Saturday is not being disclosed because detectives are continuing to process and collect evidence. Police say Simms’ cause of death is unknown and an investigation is...

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Tree trimmer dies after being shocked by power line

(Information from: WAVY-TV, http://www.wavy.com/) CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Police say a tree trimmer has died after being shocked by a power line. WAVY-TV reported Tuesday that the man was suspended in a tree removing some limbs Monday afternoon. One of the branches was touching the man when it also struck a live wire. Police in Chesapeake confirmed the death on Tuesday. Authorities identified him as 39-year-old Muhammad Yahya Abdur-Raheem. He lived in Newport News. Dominion Virginia Power says he worked for Lucas Tree Experts, which the agency contracted for removal services. WAVY said the company has not responded to...

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Wealthy donors boost Perriello’s fundraising to head of pack

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Tom Perriello, an insurgent candidate for Virginia governor, outraised his opponents last quarter with big help from a wealthy donors like hedge-fund billionaire George Soros and the global activist group Avaaz. Campaign finance reports filed Monday show Perriello raised $2.2 million since he got in the race in January, with about half coming from four donors. His opponent in the Democratic primary, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, reported raising $1.5 million. Northam could not raise money during the 45-day legislative session earlier this year. Ed Gillespie led the Republican gubernatorial field, raising $1.9 million. That...

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Essex Town Hall Meeting

A community-wide Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 20th at Essex High School from 6 to 8pm.  Residents of Virginia’s 1st Congressional district are welcomed to discuss serious issues facing Congress.  Edwin Santana, a former Marine officer and Stafford County resident, Vangie Williams, a business woman and Dahlgren resident along with Ryan Sawyer of Prince William County who are all running for Congress in the 1st District will answer questions. Congressman Rob Wittman will not be in attendance due to another speaking engagement. This event is organized by the local chapter of “Indivisible...

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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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all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“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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Homeschooling or considering it? @ Richmond Convention Center
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Homeschooling, or considering it? Get the information and inspiration you need at HEAV’s Virginia Homeschool Convention, Home Education: Building a Strong Foundation, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center June 8-10. This year’s convention features keynote[...]
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Easter Celebration in Song @ Sharon Baptist Church
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The Cornerstone Community Development Center is proud to once again offer it’s annual “Easter Celebration in Song” on Sunday, April 23rd at 6pm at Sharon Baptist Church.  Featured will be several churches and organizations with groups,[...]
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Open Pulpit @ Abiding Faith Baptist Church
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm
On Sunday, April 23rd Abiding Faith Baptist Church (AFBC) located at 83 Bluff Point RD in Kilmarnock, VA will observe “Open Pulpit” during our regular worship, 6:30 p.m. The guest preacher will be The Reverend[...]
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all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
Apr 24 all-day
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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