Officer shot while serving warrant in Virginia

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — An hours-long standoff has ended in Virginia with one person in custody and a police officer taken to surgery for a gunshot wound. Media outlets reported Tuesday the officer is expected to survive. Virginia Beach Police spokeswoman Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce says the incident began about 6:30 a.m. when officers tried to serve a warrant at a Virginia Beach house for distribution of child pornography. One officer was shot and two others were slightly injured. A man then barricaded himself inside the home. Police say the man eventually walked out of the home...

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Trump calls tangier Island

TANGIER, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has called the mayor of a small Chesapeake Bay island after learning that it overwhelmingly supported him. The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reported Monday that Trump called the mayor of Tangier, Virginia, after CNN reported on the island last week. About 87 percent of residents who cast ballots in November voted for Trump. The island’s population is about 450. Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge told CNN he loved Trump as much as a family member. That prompted the president to call. Tangier is sinking from erosion and sea-level rise. Scientists predict it...

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Robbery suspect charged with attempting to kill officer

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say they’ve charged a man with attempted murder of a police officer. Hampton police said in a press release Tuesday that Leonard Allen Morrison III shot an officer who chased him down after Monday’s attempted robbery of a GameStop. The unidentified officer was wearing a ballistic vest and survived. Police said the 29-year-old suspect was shot multiple times by another officer at the scene. Morrison, from Washington, D.C., remains in the hospital in serious but stable condition. Two other men were charged with robbery and related counts. They are 27-year-old Allen Jamal...

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Not-so-great escape: 100-lb tortoise on the loose is caught

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A 100-pound tortoise on the loose in a Virginia neighborhood didn’t get far before his escape plan was foiled. The Virginian Pilot reports that the giant tortoise named Sampson was found wandering around a neighborhood in Portsmouth on Sunday after apparently escaping his nearby home. A neighbor called animal control officials and a crew of four people carried Sampson into a truck. Officials were going to take him a tortoise habitat, but eventually found his owner and returned him. Officer Brenda Quintana says the owner bought Sampson at a pet store 22 years...

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Oyster group says shell recycling program growing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A nonprofit group dedicated to restoring oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay says a shell recycling program is growing. The Oyster Recovery Partnership said Tuesday the program has grown by 28 restaurant members over the past six months. The new restaurant members are in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Natural oyster shell is important to a healthy oyster population. That’s because it is the preferred material for oyster larvae to attach and grow. Businesses and individuals who recycle their shells in Maryland are eligible for a state tax credit of up to $750 annually. The...

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Trump affects Virginia primaries, but not as expected

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump had an outsized effect on Virginia’s primary contests for governor, but not in the ways most people expected. Democratic voters were energized in opposition to Trump and turned out in higher-than-expected numbers Tuesday. But the majority was happy to back the more moderate and establishment-favored Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam over a liberal insurgent who sought to portray his candidacy as the tip of the spear of the anti-Trump resistance. The biggest surprise was on the Republican side, where a well-connected frontrunner who has kept his distance from Trump squeaked out an uncomfortably...

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1 dead after drunk driver hits motorcyclist in Virginia

AXTON, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist is dead after being hit by a drunk driver in Virginia. Virginia State Police say the crash happened Sunday in Henry County. State police said in a statement that the driver of a Honda Accord was traveling on Roue 610 near Route 1043 when he ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed the roadway’s center line and struck a motorcyclist. State Police say the motorcycle’s driver, 61-year-old Tommy Lee Matherly of Martinsville, Virginia, died as a result of his injuries. State police say the car’s driver, 56-year-old William...

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Staff vacancies strain Virginia mental hospitals

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s public mental hospitals are struggling with high employee turnover rates and have turned to hiring nurses from other countries to fill vacancies at some locations. That’s according to the state’s top mental health official, who spoke with a panel of lawmakers Monday. Dr. Jack Barber is the interim commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. He told lawmakers on a committee studying mental health issues that hospital staffing vacancy rates in April were as high as 60 percent among certain registered nurses at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents in...

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Shooting leaves officer, robbery suspect wounded in Virginia

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia police say a robbery suspect shot an officer after a short foot chase before another officer shot the suspect. Hampton police Sgt. Matt Bond said at a news conference that the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and was in good condition after Monday’s shooting. He said the suspect was in serious condition. The suspect’s condition was later upgraded to serious but stable. Bond says police responded to a report of a robbery at a GameStop, setting off a chase of the suspects into a shopping center parking lot. He said the chase ended...

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2 Virginia Democrats vying to be face of Trump resistance

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia Democrats vying to be the face of the resistance to President Donald Trump are squaring off in a gubernatorial primary. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello is running as a liberal crusader who has the support of national Democrats such as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He has promised to stand up to both Trump and the entrenched business interests that dominate state politics. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam also vowed to fight Trump but said he’ll work with state Republicans to move a progressive — and realistic — agenda forward. On the Republican...

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2 arrested at anti-Sharia law event in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police say two people were arrested at an anti-Sharia law demonstration. Police say the event on Saturday was mostly a quiet display of people expressing their First Amendment rights. But two participants were arrested toward the end of the event at Mount Trashmore for assault and disorderly conduct. About 40 people gathered at the event. Demonstrators at small but raucous gatherings around the country expressed concerns that extremist interpretations of Islamic law might somehow spread across the U.S. But many of the rallies on Saturday drew even more boisterous counter-protests by people...

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Botetourt approves advanced manufacturing pilot program

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) — The Botetourt County school board has approved an advanced manufacturing pilot program for high school students. The Roanoke Times reports the board has an agreement with Virginia Western Community College to offer “mechatronics” courses at the Botetourt Technical Education Center. Mechatronics is a field that uses mechanical, electrical and computer engineering skills required for some advanced manufacturing. The pilot program was spurred in part by Italian-based Eldor Corp.’s plans to open a new automotive parts production and distribution facility in the area. The company plans to create 350 new jobs in advanced...

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Search continues for William & Mary’s next president

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — The search continues for William & Mary’s next president. The university says its search committee will hold its next meeting this Tuesday in Williamsburg. President Taylor Reveley will retire next year after nearly a decade leading the school. The committee has 19 members. They include school leaders, board members, faculty and a student leader. The school is also soliciting input from the university’s faculty, staff and students as well as the Williamsburg community. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the Board Room on the third floor of Blow Memorial Hall. The meeting is open...

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50 years after Loving, 1 in 6 new couples are racially mixed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving’s landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the U.S., some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval and sometimes outright hostility from their fellow Americans. Although the racist laws against mixed marriages are gone, several interracial couples said in interviews they still get nasty looks, insults and sometimes even violence when people find out about their relationships. Interracial marriages became legal nationwide on June 12, 1967, after the Supreme Court threw out a Virginia law that sent police into the Lovings’ bedroom to...

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2 sentenced 108 combined years in prison for child sex abuse

(Information from: The Roanoke Times, LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Two relatives were sentenced to more than 100 combined years in prison for sexually abusing two girls in Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports a 39-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were sentenced in Rockbridge County Circuit Court on Tuesday for repeatedly molesting the eight-year-old and four-year-old family members. The man was sentenced to 65 years on charges including rape and aggravated sexual battery, while the woman received a 43-year sentence on 11 counts that included sodomy and endangerment of a child. The girls, now awaiting adoption, were removed and placed...

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