Annual Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity

On Monday and Tuesday, September 26th and 27th the Annual Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity will take place at the Tides Inn in Irvington.  The summit’s goal is “Connecting Rural Virginia to the Global Economy.” This two-day summit will feature a keynote address by Governor Terry McAuliffe with panel discussions and subject matter experts on cyber-security, economicdevelopment, trade policies and other subjects as well.  Economic development officials, elected officials, business and community leaders, local government officials, trade organizations and policymakers from across the Commonwealth will be in attendance. To learn more about the Virginia Rural Prosperity Commission and the Center...

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Police still testing hidden camera found in beach hotel

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police say they’re still conducting tests on a video camera that was found hidden in a family’s motel room three months ago. Officer Tonya Pierce said Tuesday that it remains unclear if the camera was even recording or being used for voyeuristic purposes. She said forensic tests on the device will take some more time before they’re complete. The camera was found when Angela Wallace and her family were staying at the Knights Inn over Memorial Day Weekend. She told Pittsburgh TV station WPXI that she fears footage of her or her...

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Supergirl foils fraud scheme, Va. man pleads guilty

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man whose multiple fraud schemes unraveled in part after he used a Hollywood actress’ photo on a fake passport has pleaded guilty to identity theft and fraud charges. Forty-four-year-old Amit Chaudhry of Ashburn pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to charges he helped bilk more than 1,000 victims out of more than $25 million through a variety of schemes over the past five years. Passport fraud, phony travel websites and bogus billing schemes were among the various frauds. In creating fake IDs, Chaudhry and co-conspirators scoured the internet for mugshots...

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Va. man sues smoothie chain over hepatitis A outbreak

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man is suing a smoothie shop that he says sold him a beverage contaminated with hepatitis A. The lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Cafe was filed Tuesday in Prince William County Circuit Court and is one of several legal complaints about the smoothie chain. Robert Daly alleges that he drank several smoothies from the franchise’s Woodbridge location before falling ill. He spent three days in the hospital and is still recovering. Health officials have linked Tropical Smoothie Cafe to more than 100 hepatitis A cases in Virginia and more than two dozen in seven...

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Buckle up: Virginia effort aims to increase seat belt use

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Buckle up, Virginia. That’s the message schools across the state hope to get across with a campaign this year aimed at getting more kids and teens to wear their seat belts. More than 70 high school and middle schools across the state are participating in the four-week challenge. Students will come up with an event designed to encourage their peers to wear their seat belt. Schools will also hold educational events at football games and organize traffic safety rallies and other events. The campaign is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety,...

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Navy’s newest destroyer to remain in Virginia for repairs

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy’s newest destroyer will remain in Virginia at Naval Station Norfolk longer than expected after crew members detected a leak on the vessel. Naval Surface Forces Pacific spokesman John Perkins says crews on the USS Zumwalt found a seawater leak in its propulsion system on Monday. Local news organizations report that the ship was supposed to get underway for training at sea, but as the crew prepared for the voyage, it detected the leak. The ship will stay in Norfolk for repairs before it heads to Baltimore to be commissioned on Oct. 15. It...

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Sex assaults on, near VCU campus cause concern for students

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at Virginia Commonwealth University are expressing concern about a number of sexual assaults on and around campus the last few weeks. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that VCU police fielded reports about three alleged sexual assaults the first week of classes in late August. Those three incidents occurred around the school’s Monroe Park campus. Since then, two more recent reports occurred on campus. In one case, police say a man grabbed a woman’s buttocks after held a door open for him at the student commons. Another alleged assault occurred in a campus housing facility. A...

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Redskins, rock band form unusual alliance in trademark fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Simon Tam has openly criticized the Washington Redskins team name as a racist slur that demeans Native Americans. But Tam and his Asian-American rock band, The Slants, have formed an unusual alliance with the NFL franchise as they both battle the U.S. government over trademark protection for names that some consider offensive. The Supreme Court could decide as early as this month whether to hear the dispute involving the Portland, Oregon-area band. And if the football team has its way, the justices could hear both cases in its new term. At issue is a First Amendment...

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Major power outage affects Norfolk airport

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Power has been restored to the Norfolk International Airport after an outage in the city affected the facility and thousands of citizens. Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Rob Richardson tells local news organizations that Sunday afternoon’s outage was caused by two crows that got stuck on a powerline. Airport spokesman Steve Sterling says the airport was running on backup generators but that the facility mostly functioned normally, with lighting and air conditioning operating at reduced levels. He says flights weren’t substantively affected and that there were no flight cancellations. Power at the airport was eventually restored...

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4 convicted in reserve officer’s slaying to be sentenced

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Four people convicted in the slaying of a Waynesboro reserve police officer are set to be sentenced. Shantai Shelton, Mersadies Shelton, Daniel Mathis and Kweli Uhuru were found guilty by a Roanoke jury in February of murder and kidnapping in the death of 45-year-old Waynesboro Reserve Police Capt. Kevin Quick. They’re set to be sentenced Monday at the U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. Quick was reported missing on Feb. 1, 2014. His body was found days later in woods northwest of Richmond. The Staunton News Leader reports that the four each face the possibility of...

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Operation: Coldshot Arrests in Westmoreland County

Sheriff C. O. Balderson reported to Real Media 804 News that 10 people were arrested last Thursday during Operation ‘Coldshot.’ The early morning operation began at 4 a.m. last Thursday, September 15, 2016 and resulted in ten individuals being arrested on various drug charges. Narcotics detectives with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office conducted the five-month undercover operation in conjunction with the Tri-County Drug Task Force. The task force is comprised of personnel from Caroline, King George and Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Offices,Virginia State Police and NCIS. Those arrested to include charges are: 24 year-old Dwayne S. Cherry, Jr. of Oak...

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Small craft advisories along East Coast

MIAMI (AP) — The National Weather Service has posted small craft advisories along the Atlantic coast from near Charleston, South Carolina to the Maryland-Delaware border as Tropical Storm Julia continues to spin offshore. Forecasters also are warning of the danger of rip currents in some areas of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina through Friday evening. Seas near the shore are expected to be 5 feet or greater because of swells from the storm posing a hazard to small boats. At 5 a.m. Friday, the center of the storm was about 240 miles (386 kilometers) east-southeast of Charleston south-southeast of...

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Governor announces $6 million in school security spending

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia schools are set to get new money for video monitoring systems, metal detectors and other school security measures. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently awarded $6 million in grants for 434 schools around the state. The money comes from the School Security Equipment Grants program, which was established by the General Assembly after the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Other security measures the grants pay for includes visitor identification systems and direct communication links between schools and law enforcement...

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Virginia shields price of secret supplier’s execution drugs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials have signed a contract with a vendor to obtain execution drugs, but are shielding the name of the vendor and the price of the drugs. Virginia joined several others states by passing a new state law the last legislative session that allows officials to keep secret the suppliers of drugs used to carry out executions. A memorandum of agreement obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch through a Freedom of Information Act request redacts not only the identity of the supplier, but the date the contract was signed and the amount the state will pay...

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Dems seek to rid Virginia Constitution of felon voting ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some Virginia Democrats are pushing to end the state’s policy of barring felons from voting unless their rights have been restored by the governor. Del. Marcus Simon has introduced a proposal that would strip that language from the state’s Constitution. Virginia is one of only four states that remove voting rights for felons for life unless a state official restores them. Simon’s proposal likely faces tough odds in the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment has proposed automatically restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons. He also wants to permanently bar violent felons...

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The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]
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Open Pulpit @ Abiding Faith Baptist Church
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all-day “30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
“30 Days of Giving” supports ECHO @ Peebles Department Store
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The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles has chosen the Essex County Homeless Organization to benefit from its bi-annual Community Counts program called “30 Days of Giving.” During the 2017 spring campaign which will run[...]

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