Conservative group to challenge abortion regulation changes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The conservative Family Foundation of Virginia says it plans to file a legal challenge over the way the state did away with restrictive regulations for abortion centers. The group says it notified Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration Tuesday of its intention to file an administrative appeal over the health and safety regulations, which were updated in October. Foundation President Victoria Cobb says the administration violated state law in its “quest to water down” the standards. The Board of Health voted to do away with hospital-style regulations for abortion clinics imposed by the General Assembly in 2011....

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Lawsuit filed to keep Lee statue in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Several pro-monuments groups are filing a lawsuit against Charlottesville and its City Council in order to prevent the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from downtown. Media outlets report that the Monument Fund, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and about a dozen private citizens announced the lawsuit Monday. The council voted 3-2 last month to remove the Lee statue out of Lee Park. The plaintiffs argue that the city violated a state law that protects war memorials and violated the terms of the deed in which donor Paul Goodloe McIntire granted the memorial to...

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Muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is weighing a request from a Muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban than what is already in place. Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders that already block the vast majority of Trump’s revised ban, which would restrict immigration from refugees and from six majority-Muslim countries. At a hearing Tuesday in Alexandria, lawyers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked a judge to issue an injunction blocking the entire executive order. Lawyer Gadeir (geh-DEER’) Abbas said a section of the order...

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‘Norfolk 4’ sailors pardoned by Virginia governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four former sailors who became known as the “Norfolk Four” as they fought rape and murder convictions, saying police intimidated them into falsely confessing to the crimes two decades ago have been pardoned by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A spokesman for McAuliffe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor has pardoned the four men of the 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko. Their case drew widespread attention when their innocence claims were backed by dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors and crime novelist John Grisham. Prosecutors argued that the men raped Moore-Bosko...

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Sexual assault reported on Virginia Tech campus

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com) BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech police are investigating a report of a sexual assault that happened inside a campus residence hall. The Roanoke Times reports police received a report of a sexual assault Saturday that happened sometime during the early morning hours at Lee Hall on Washington Street. The school’s website says the dorm is a co-ed residence hall for about 800 students. Police say the victim and offender were both Virginia Tech students who were previously...

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Trump budget would cut funding by 25 percent at VIMS

GLOUCESTER POINT, Va. (AP) — President Trump’s budget proposal would slash funding by 25 percent at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Associate Dean Mark Luckenbach says the impact would be felt throughout the Tidewater region. For instance, VIMS gives guidance to communities trying to comply with Chesapeake Bay pollution standards. It also provides significant support to the growing oyster industry, including its breeding program. The losses would stem from proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. VIMS receives much of its funding through grants that support state and federally mandated programs....

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Henrico County elementary school closed after fire

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — Henrico County’s Baker Elementary School will be closed for at least two days after a fire damaged the building. County schools spokesman Andy Jenks said in a statement that damage to the school’s roof along with water and smoke damage from the Sunday fire will prevent officials from opening the building Monday or Tuesday and “likely beyond.” Jenks says fire investigators are continuing to explore the cause of the fire. Officials are evaluating different options for getting students back in the classroom including the temporary use of nearby school facilities. Officials are planning a meeting...

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EXPECT BRIEF DELAYS NEAR THE DOWNING BRIDGE

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will have alternating lane closures on Route 360 eastbound near the Downing Bridge to work on pavement markers. On Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, Route 360 eastbound will be reduced to a single lane between the east end of the Downing Bridge and Route 624 (Newland Road) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be no lane closures on the Downing Bridge, which crosses the Rappahannock River. The bridge is located between Essex and Richmond counties. 511Virginia Motorists can find real-time information on lane closures, work zones, traffic...

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NEW FERRY ADVISORY SIGNS NOW ACTIVE

FREDERICKSBURG – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has launched 11 active ferry advisory signs for the Merry Point Ferry in Lancaster County and the Sunnybank Ferry in Northumberland County to rapidly communicate ferry operational status to drivers. Earlier this month, crews posted six signs for the Merry Point Ferry and five signs for Sunnybank Ferry. The signs were installed on routes leading to the ferry entrances.   Ferry service is often suspended for extreme low or high tides, high winds or ice in the river. When ferries are in service, the lights on the advisory signs will flash....

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Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill Set for March 21

  RICHMOND, Va. — On February 24, 2016, Virginia was hit by the deadliest tornado event since 1959, resulting in five fatalities and more than 45 injuries. An EF-1 tornado touched down on the Town of Waverly in Sussex County, an EF-3 tornado affected Appomattox County, and another EF-3 tornado hit the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck region. The National Weather Service (NWS) verified that eight tornadoes struck Virginia during that storm. These storms are a stark reminder that Virginians must prepare for the possibility of tornadoes and other natural disasters. Virginia’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill will take place...

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Trump budget cuts funding for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay program

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would eliminate federal funding for the program that has coordinated Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts for decades. The president’s spending plan for the 2018 budget year, released Thursday, significantly reduces funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. As part of those cuts, it completely eliminates money that currently goes to regional environmental efforts including the Chesapeake Bay Program. Last year, the program received $73 million in federal funds, most of which was doled out in grants to states, local governments and community groups for cleanup efforts. Lawmakers will have the final say...

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Virginia man indicted on child porn, sex crimes charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A northern Virginia man has been accused of sex crimes against children and possession of child pornography. Carl Sara of Springfield was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday. The 63-year-old faces one count each of attempted sex trafficking of children, attempted enticement of a minor to engage in sex, traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors, and transportation and possession of child pornography. According to the indictment, beginning in approximately 2013, Sara used the internet to communicate with people in the Philippines to obtain child pornography. The indictment also alleges...

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School buses collide in Virginia

FORT LEE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say seven students were taken to hospitals with minor injuries after two school buses crashed at an Army post outside of Richmond. Local media report the collision happened around 8:30 Thursday morning at Fort Lee. Officials say 81 elementary school students were aboard the two buses at the time. Four were taken to a hospital in Hopewell and three were taken to a Petersburg hospital. No one was seriously injured. A Prince George County Schools official tells TV station WRIC one of the buses ran into the back of another. No other details...

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Petersburg looking to hire several key employees

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city dealing with serious financial woes is looking to hire several key employees. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a headhunter hired by Petersburg is set to start trying to find a new city manager, deputy city manager, police chief, finance director and other key positions. The spots are vacant because of dismissals and resignations as the city struggled financially. Nearly 150 city workers resigned after the city council voted last year for a 10 percent across-the-board wage cut, according to a credit agency’s report. The city ended fiscal...

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Federal appeals court declines to halt Virginia execution

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to put a Virginia death row inmate’s execution on hold so he can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond issued an order Thursday declining the request from Ivan Teleguz, who is scheduled to be executed April 25. Teleguz was sentenced to death in 2006 for hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend but maintains he’s innocent. He asked the 4th Circuit last week to stay his execution so the high court could review his argument that he was denied the...

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all-day RHS Concession Stand Workers Needed @ Rappahannock High School
RHS Concession Stand Workers Needed @ Rappahannock High School
Mar 23 all-day
The Rappahannock Raiders Booster Club is looking for committed workers for their Concession Stand during the upcoming Soccer, Baseball and Softball season. If you can help, please contact the Booster Club.
11:30 am Free Community Lunch @ Henderson United Methodist Church
Free Community Lunch @ Henderson United Methodist Church
Mar 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao will host a free community lunch and fellowship time on Thursday, March 23rd from 11:30am to 1pm. The church is lcoated at 72 Henderson Drive (Rte 202)
1:00 pm Get Fit While You Sit! @ King & Queen Branch Library
Get Fit While You Sit! @ King & Queen Branch Library
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ages 18 and up join in for Get Fit while You Sit! at the King & Queen Branch Library on Thursday, March 23rd from 1 to 2pm. This is a short and simple, zero-impact cardio[...]
5:00 pm Northumberland Co School Board M... @ Northumberland County School Board Office
Northumberland Co School Board M... @ Northumberland County School Board Office
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm
The Northumberland County School Board will hold a Joint Budget Meeting, on Thursday, March 23rd, at 5 p.m. at the school board office in Lottsburg. The Superintendent will present the School Board 2017-2018 budget request[...]
5:30 pm Caring for the Entire Senior: M... @ Carousel Physical Therapy
Caring for the Entire Senior: M... @ Carousel Physical Therapy
Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Caring for the Entire Senior: Mind, Body and Soul and educational workshop for Seniors and Family Caregivers will be held on Thursday, March 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm at Carousel Physical Therapy in Hartfield. Learn[...]

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