Trump to take travel ban to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled 10-3 against the travel ban. The decision bars the administration from suspending new visas for visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Sessions says the Justice Department “strongly disagrees” and will continue to vigorously defend Trump’s order. He says the court’s ruling blocks Trump’s “efforts to strengthen this country’s national security.” Sessions says Trump is not required to...

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Virginia finance secretary reassures lawmakers on revenues

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s finance secretary says state revenues will not fall short of its forecast when the fiscal year ends. Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Secretary Richard D. Brown reassured lawmakers on Thursday that although the state “took a punch in April,” Virginia’s revenues ended the month about $130 million ahead of the forecast for the fiscal year ending June 30. However, revenues ended April about $185 million less than what was projected at the end of March. April’s biggest problem was a drop of more than 17 percent in income taxes not withheld...

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After Trump win, surge of Democrats for Virginia House races

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in Virginia have mobilized after President Donald Trump’s election, sending a groundswell of candidates to run for the state House of Delegates. All 100 House seats are up for election in November, and Democrats hope to chip away at the Republicans’ solid majority, if not retake the chamber for the first time in nearly two decades. Democratic House minority leader David Toscano says “it’s been raining candidates” since Trump’s election. So far, Democrats are contesting nearly twice as many GOP-held seats as compared with the last elections in 2015. He says about half are...

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Teen takes terminally ill grandmother to high school prom

(Information from: The Free Lance-Star, FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — After learning of his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis, a 17-year-old wanted to give her a night to remember. Stephen Vigil took his grandmother to Stafford High School’s prom on Saturday — the eve of Julia Jarman’s 92nd birthday. The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports that Jarman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and that Vigil invited her to the prom to make the most of their time left together. Jarman, who had never been to a prom before, wore a blue dress to match her grandson’s vest and bow-tie....

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Bike-sharing program kicks off in Roanoke

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A new bike-sharing program is up and running in Roanoke. The Roanoke Times reports 10 bike stations are now scattered around the city, each with five bikes available for rent as part of the program that officially kicked off Wednesday. The program is being implemented by Zagster, a Massachusetts-based startup that specializes in bike-shares in mid-size cities. Bikes can be rented through the Zagster mobile app. It costs $3 an hour, with an option to buy a $40 annual membership that allows riders to take out a bike in...

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Son of man killed in shootout arrested for threat

DUBLIN, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a man whose father was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in a shootout has been arrested for making a threat on social media against law enforcement. Virginia State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Wednesday that 26-year-old James Burton, Jr. has been charged with making a written threat to kill or do bodily harm to a person. Authorities told local media outlets that Burton’s father, James Burton Sr., died earlier this month after officers responded a domestic violence complaint. Officials say Burton came out of the home and fired at law enforcement before...

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McAuliffe pardons mother detained by immigration officials

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has pardoned a minor driving offense committed years ago by an immigrant mother of two, saying he hopes this will help prevent her deportation by President Donald Trump’s administration. The case of 30-year-old Liliana Cruz Mendez of Falls Church has become emblematic of tougher immigration policies under Trump. The advocacy group CASA said Cruz Mendez came to the U.S. from El Salvador a decade ago, and was stopped for a broken taillight in 2013. After receiving two deferrals from deportation in 2014 and 2015, she was arrested this month after going...

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Ex-officer who shot teen sentenced to 3 months in jail

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia police officer who fatally shot an 18-year-old man has been sentenced to three months in jail. News media outlets report that a judge imposed the sentence for former Richmond Police Officer David L. Cobb on Wednesday. A jury found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter in February for the October 2015 shooting of Paterson Brown Jr. Cobb’s conviction came in his second trial. The judge declared a mistrial in June after jurors became deadlocked. Officials say Brown got into the officer’s vehicle at the car wash and drove it out of the washing...

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Double Shooting in Mathews

A 21-year-old Newport News man has been charged in the double shooting   in Mathews County on Ridgefield Road on May 4th.   According to the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office 21 year-old Chad   Whitmore of Newport News, has been charged with murder in the shooting   death of 61 year-old Steven Allen Eary of Mathews.     Deputies and medics responded to a report of gunshots fired about 9:30 p.m.   that night and found Eary with a gunshot wound and a female victim with a   graze wound.     Eary was pronounced dead at the scene....

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Cops cleared in shooting of 18-year-old brandishing BB gun

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor has ruled that police officers were justified in shooting an 18-year-old man who brandished a BB gun. Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said the two Manassas officers who shot Luis Torres-Molina of Woodbridge reasonably feared for their safety. Police said Tuesday Torres-Molina has been charged with attempted malicious wounding of a police officer and felony eluding. He’s being held at the county jail after recovering from his injuries. The shooting occurred Friday near a Manassas park. Police say Torres-Molina called 911 to report someone firing shots from a black SUV. According to police, Torres-Molina...

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Federal role crucial for iconic waterway cleanups

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration says it’s time for state and local governments to pay for cleanups of iconic but polluted waterways such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound. But supporters of those programs say the cleanups are already a team effort. They are fighting a proposal in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget plan to cut $427 million for regional waterway restorations. Many members of Congress in both parties also oppose defunding the cleanup efforts, which are popular with constituents. Supporters say federal grants often require state or local funding matches....

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More than 1M Virginians expected to travel over Memorial Day

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials expect more than one million Virginians to get away over Memorial Day weekend. AAA estimates that 2.6 percent more Virginians will travel this year over the holiday weekend compared to last year. The group says nearly 90 percent of Virginians traveling are expected to drive. Virginia State Police is urging drivers to buckle up and move over when they see lights flashing on the side of the road. Virginia law says drivers must change lanes when possible if emergency personnel, highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks with flashing lights are on the side of...

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School buses missing safety device

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of school buses in Virginia are missing a device that prevents parking brakes from disengaging by accident. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that state officials say up to 4,000 of the state’s 17,000 school buses lack a brake interlock. Officials noticed the missing device several weeks ago during a spot check. Several bus manufacturers have agreed to install brake interlocks on qualifying school buses for free. The Virginia Department of Education said in news release that it was not aware of any crashes that had occurred because of the missing...

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Inmate given furlough 1 day before she died of cancer

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — An inmate died of cancer a day before being temporarily released from a Virginia jail under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over its treatment of inmates. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 59-year-old Annie Owens, an inmate at Hampton Roads Regional Jail, died of breast cancer March 14. Owens was transferred to Maryview Hospital on March 11 and granted temporary release a day before she died. Linda Bryant, assistant superintendent and compliance attorney for the jail, says Owens would have been in custody had a furlough not been granted. Because...

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Small plane crashes in Fauquier County

CATLETT, Va. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Fauquier County. Virginia State Police tell local media that the crash happened shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday at the Maples Field Airport in Catlett. A 1940 Fairchild R40-404, fixed-wing, single-engine, two seater aircraft was trying to land at the airport when it ran off the left side of the runway and overturned. Two people were inside the plane at the time of the crash. The pilot, 45-year-old William A. Hargreaves, was unharmed. The passenger, 85-year-old Donald J. Rhynalds, was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. State police and...

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