Virginia death row inmate gets hearing on witness statements

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ordered a lower court to hold a hearing on a Virginia death row inmate’s claim that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence favorable to him. Anthony Juniper was sentenced to death for the 2004 murders of his former girlfriend, her two children and her brother in Norfolk. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday sent the case back to U.S. District Court, finding that a judge was wrong to dismiss Juniper’s claim without holding a hearing. Juniper’s lawyers allege that a witness gave an account to police that...

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Teen inmate in critical condition, found unconscious in cell

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a 17-year-old male is in critical condition after he was found unresponsive in a courthouse holding cell. Lt. Colonel Michael O’Toole of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Thursday that foul play is not suspected. O’Toole did not release details regarding why the teen was being held in the city’s downtown courthouse. The teen was found at about 11 a.m., in the holding cell of a 5th floor courtroom. He was found by a sheriff’s deputy. O’Toole said office staff responded with CPR before paramedics rushed him to a...

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High school student says teacher pulled hijab from her head

BURKE, Va. (AP) — A high school student in northern Virginia says a teacher pulled her hijab from her head, prompting the school system to put the teacher on leave. The student posted on Twitter that she was infuriated by the actions of the teacher Wednesday at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia. Fairfax County Public Schools said in a statement Thursday that the teacher’s action was inappropriate and unacceptable. The schools said the teacher has been put on leave while the headscarf incident is...

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Virginia regulators approve carbon cap-and-trade plan

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators have granted preliminary approval to a plan making Virginia the first Southern state with a carbon cap-and-trade program. The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a proposal regulating carbon emissions from power plants. It would cap emissions from most plants starting in 2020 and then require a 30 percent reduction over a decade. Under the proposal, Virginia would participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among mostly Northeastern states. Gov. Terry McAuliffe directed his administration to develop the regulation earlier this year, saying Virginia can’t afford...

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Parties fight over district boundary lines in tight race

(Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/) FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are fighting over district boundary lines for a race that could determine party control in the House of Delegates. The Freelance-Star in Fredericksburg reported Wednesday that Democrats have asked election officials not to certify results for the 28th District. That’s where Republican Bob Thomas defeated Democrat Joshua Cole by 82 votes. The question is whether voters at two Fredericksburg polling places should have cast ballots for the 28th District or the 88th District. Democrats claim that more than 600 Fredericksburg voters incorrectly received ballots...

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New Bridge Opens on Baynesville Road in Westmoreland

FREDERICKSBURG  –  Route 642 (Baynesville Road) in Westmoreland County has re-opened to traffic after a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) bridge crew completed the installation of a new concrete bridge over the Big Swamp. The bridge is located between Route 3 (Kings Highway) and Route 691(Northernmost Road). VDOT closed Baynesville Road in mid-September to install a new 46-foot long concrete slab bridge on new concrete abutments, which more than doubled the length of the previous structure. New bridge delineators were also installed. Bridge delineators are small traffic signs to provide night reflection and help guide traffic along the new...

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Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Announces Bipartisan Transition Committee

RICHMOND—Today, Governor-elect Ralph Northam announced his bipartisan Transition Committee, consisting of Virginians from across the Commonwealth who will join him over the course of the next two months to lay the groundwork for a successful administration. “This bipartisan group of community leaders reflects the diversity that makes our Commonwealth a wonderful and inclusive place to live,” said Governor-elect Northam. “I am honored to have the help of such a great group of Virginians as we build an administration that reflects Virginia and takes our Commonwealth to the next level. We have a tremendous opportunity over the next four years...

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‘Homeless for a Night’ campout planned at Virginia church

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — At least 100 people are expected to spend the night outside a Virginia church — sleeping in boxes — to raise awareness about homelessness. The “Homeless for a Night” campout will be held Saturday outside Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria. In addition to building awareness, the church will also collect socks and adult male winter boots for the homeless. Participants in the event will include high school students. No electronics will be...

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Norfolk postpones vote on Atlantic Coast Pipeline easements

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Norfolk City Council postponed a vote on whether to grant easements for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two drinking water reservoirs, the only ones in the project’s path. The Virginian-Pilot reports the council was scheduled to consider the issue Tuesday night but rescheduled the vote for Dec. 19. Senior city staffers and Dominion Energy, the natural gas pipeline’s lead partner, say they’re confident it can be safely routed under the reservoirs. But opponents say it could threaten drinking water. If the city rejects the request, Dominion and its partners could turn to eminent...

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Review: Poor communication hampered Charlottesville response

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A review commissioned by Virginia officials found poor communication between state and local responders during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville led to confusion about the “rules of engagement” with protesters. The International Association of Chiefs of Police conducted the review for a state task force convened after the August violence. Jim Baker, a consultant with the association, presented the findings Wednesday. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch , Baker said state and local police had separate response plans, which should have been unified. Though the review cites confusion about the “rules of engagement,” it doesn’t...

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Spirit Airlines to offer service from Richmond to Florida

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Discount carrier Spirit Airlines will soon be offering service from Richmond to two Florida cities. The airline announced Tuesday that it will begin offering daily nonstop service in March between Richmond International Airport and both Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport. The Times-Dispatch reports that makes Richmond the 62nd destination to join Spirit’s network. Richmond International Airport spokesman Troy Bell says Orlando is the airport’s third-most popular market. Ft. Lauderdale is its seventh. Spirit offers bargain-basement fares but adds on more fees than bigger airlines, including charging for...

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Pipeline opponents ask regulators to reconsider approvals

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Opponents of two proposed natural gas pipelines are asking federal regulators to reconsider their approval of the projects. Dozens of environmental groups and individuals filed rehearing requests this week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. The commission signed off on the projects last month. Commission spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen says the commission is required to respond within 30 days. Atlantic Coast Pipeline spokesman Aaron Ruby says FERC and more than a dozen other state and federal agencies conducted a review of the project in “a rigorous and transparent...

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Governor McAuliffe Seeks Nominations for Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The nomination period will end at 5:00 p.m. on December 22, 2017. The awards recognize the outstanding efforts of Virginia’s volunteers. “The spirit of community service can be felt in every city, county, and town across the Commonwealth,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Each year, Virginia recognizes those individuals who have served their communities with distinction with the Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Awards. The eight selected award winners represent the important work of the more than 2 million...

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GOP candidate holds lead after final House race vote count

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Provisional ballot counts in the exceptionally close Virginia House of Delegates races that could determine control of the chamber have ended with Republicans holding onto the lead in all three. The Stafford County elections board finished examining provisional ballots Tuesday in the 28th District race between Democrat Joshua Cole and Republican Bob Thomas. Thomas was left with an 82-vote lead. The elections board also decided not to count 55 disputed absentee ballots, a move Democrats are challenging in court. Earlier Tuesday, a Stafford County judge threw out a separate lawsuit alleging election officials had given...

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Big vote totals don’t convert to wins for House Democrats

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The Democrats’ big wins in Virginia’s elections last week weren’t enough to gain control of the House of Delegates, and some say gerrymandering is to blame. In all 100 House races combined, Democrats won 54 percent of the vote, compared to 44 percent for Republicans. But Democrats only won 49 seats in the 100-seat chamber. Democrats and some redistricting advocates say the discrepancy is a result of Republican gerrymandering that packs absurd supermajorities of Democrats into a handful of districts to clear the field for Republicans in all the remaining districts. Virginia’s boundary lines have...

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