2 river otters arrive at nature center in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two river otters are making Richmond their new home. Local news media outlets report that Maymont’s Nature Center has received two new otters from Louisiana. Visitors will get to see the otters next week. The otters were deemed “nuisances” by authorities in Louisiana after they were caught raiding crawfish farms. Buz Bireline is director of habitats and the nature center at Maymont. He tells The Richmond Times Dispatch that the newest additions are wild otters so they’re “really shy.” The new male otter is named Louis. That’s a nod to his home state and jazz...

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General Assembly returns $1.5 million to state budget

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s lawmakers say they are putting $1.5 million they did not spend this fiscal year back in the general fund. GOP House Speaker William J. Howell’s office announced Monday that the General Assembly was living within its means and practicing “fiscal conservatism.” The bulk of the returned money comes from $700,000 unspent by the Capitol Police. Other legislative branches that returned money include $20,000 from the Committee for the Commemoration of the Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote and $38,000 from the Commission on Electric Utility...

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Transgender teen argues case still relevant after graduation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for a transgender teenager who sued his eastern Virginia school board for the right to use the boys’ bathroom have filed a new brief arguing his case still is relevant even though he’s about to graduate from high school. The filing Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that Gavin Grimm would be subjected to an illegal school board policy barring him from using the boys bathroom when visiting the school as an alumnus. The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear Grimm’s case earlier this year. But the justices sent...

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Regional summit on addressing opioid abuse set in Maryland

LINTHICUM HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) — A regional summit of local governments to address opioid abuse is taking place in Maryland. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is holding its Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, on Tuesday. Officials will talk about aspects of understanding and fighting the opioid crisis. They also will discuss public safety response, treatment and other topics. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife are both scheduled to speak. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser also will be a speaker. An estimated 2 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription...

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Liberty expands seating for Trump visit at commencement

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Liberty University spent around $200,000 to temporarily expand seating at its stadium to accommodate more guests for this weekend’s commencement ceremony featuring President Donald Trump. Daniel Deter is the university’s vice president of major construction planning and construction. He tells the News & Advance planning for how to maximize seating in Liberty’s Williams Stadium began the day after the announcement that Trump would deliver the keynote address. The newspaper reports the visitors’ locker room in the south end zone was demolished to provide more space. Deter says added seating has increased the stadium’s capacity of...

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Court to set execution date for Virginia death row inmate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia court is expected to set an execution date for a man convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006. The Montgomery County Circuit Court is scheduled to hold a hearing via teleconference on Tuesday to set an execution date for William Morva. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office is seeking a July 6 execution date. Morva was in jail awaiting trial when he overpowered a deputy sheriff during a trip to the hospital. He used the deputy’s pistol to fatally shoot an unarmed security guard and killed another deputy during a manhunt...

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Democratic hopefuls for governor to meet at third debate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello are set to make the case to progressive activists and labor groups. Northam and Perriello are scheduled to meet at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Richmond for their third debate. Northam is the party establishment favorite and is being supported by outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both former Virginia governors. Perriello is running an insurgent campaign with the backing of U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Virginia’s gubernatorial race is getting national attention...

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FREDERICKSBURG – Temporary traffic signal equipment will be activated at the center spans of the Robert O. Norris Bridge on Route 3 next week between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. Temporary traffic signals will be placed in flash mode on Tuesday, May 16. Full color operation will start on Wednesday, May 17. Once activated in full color operation, the two temporary traffic signals will control one-way alternating traffic at the bridge’s center spans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Message boards will be posted at the bridge this week to alert travelers to the upcoming activation of the...

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Rescue squad member charged with raping female colleague

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Chesterfield County Police have charged a member of a local volunteer rescue squad with raping a female colleague. Authorities say police received a report about 9:30 p.m. Saturday that a woman had been raped at the Ettrick-Matoaca Volunteer Rescue Squad. Police say 37-year-old Timothy Wayne Wilson of Matoaca was arrested at the rescue squad on River Road without incident and charged with rape. He was being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond. Police say the victim and suspect know each other and are both volunteers at the rescue...

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Largest container ship to call on East Coast coming Monday

(Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com) PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The largest ship to ever call on the East Coast should be in Virginia. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the container ship COSCO Development was scheduled to arrive in Hampton Roads early Monday. It’s the biggest ship to pass through the expanded Panama Canal since it opened nearly a year ago. And this will be the ship’s first stop since leaving Panama. The ship is 1,200 feet (365 meters) long, which is equal in length to the Eiffel Tower or eight Statues of Liberty. It has the capacity to carry 13,000...

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Richmond officials debate name of slave jail site

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond city officials are debating whether a memorial to the city’s slave trade should include a notoriously brutal slave trader’s name in the project. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that city council members are weighing a potential name change for memorializing a jail that housed slaves near the city’s downtown. Historical records say Robert Lumpkin’s slave jail was known for brutal conditions, and city council members are considering dropping his name for the planned memorial at the site where his jail used to sit. City Councilman Parker Agelasto suggested the site...

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Chesapeake Bay report card to be released

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Chesapeake Bay’s 2016 report card is being released. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is releasing its 11th annual report on the health of the nation’s largest estuary on Monday in Baltimore. Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to attend a news conference at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to discuss the report. Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, and Mark Belton, secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, also are scheduled to attend. Nick DiPasquale, director of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program, also is scheduled to...

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Espionage trial for Taiwan-born Navy officer set to begin

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A military trial is set to begin for a Taiwan-born Navy officer accused of passing military secrets to China or Taiwan. Lt. Cmdr. Stephanie Turo, a Navy spokeswoman, confirmed on Wednesday the espionage trial in Norfolk will begin Thursday. Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin is accused of failing to report foreign contacts and passing along secret national defense information. He is being held in a Navy brig in Virginia. Court documents do not reveal whom Lin is accused of spying for. But officials told The Associated Press last year that the country involved is China...

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Attorney general aims to boost re-entry services in jails

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorney General Mark Herring is meeting with law enforcement officials, mental health advocates and others to discuss ways to improve re-entry services for people preparing to leave local and regional jails. The attorney general’s office is hosting five training sessions on re-entry programs this month for local law enforcement agencies, service providers and others stakeholders. The attorney general’s office says the sessions are designed to help localities implement more effective services that help offenders succeed when they go back into the community. The first conference will be held Thursday at the John Tyler Community College...

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