Virginia professor gets grant to study club drugs in China

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A university professor in Virginia will study why club drugs such as ecstasy are becoming more popular in Chinese cities. A $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the research. The findings may help health officials prevent drug abuse in countries across the globe, including the United States. The five-year study is being led by Xiushi (shu-SHEE-a) Yang, the chair of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. Yang says the study may also help researchers learn the health impact of the abuse. For instance, synthetic...

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Work to begin on new Virginia National Guard headquarters

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The Virginia National Guard is getting a new state headquarters. Workers will break ground on the new 102,000 square foot facility at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Defense Supply Center Richmond in Chesterfield County. The headquarters will be located on the northern section of the center and be the workspace for the adjutant general of Virginia, Virginia National Guard joint staff and Air National Guard staff. They currently work out of the Mullins Readiness Center in Sandston. The roughly $30 million project is expected to be done by February 2018. It’s being funded primarily through...

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Virginia seeking applications for cybersecurity scholarships

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is seeking applications for scholarships for students studying cybersecurity. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says the Virginia Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program will hand out $20,000 a year to certain students enrolled in cybersecurity programs at Virginia colleges and universities. A total of $1 million for the scholarships was included in the governor’s most recent two-year budget. The governor’s office says students awarded the scholarships must agree to work at a Virginia state agency or institution after graduation for the same number of years that they received the funding. Students can get the scholarship for...

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Iraq veteran takes command at Fort Belvoir

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — An Army colonel who served two combat tours in Iraq is taking command at Fort Belvoir. Col. Angelia “Angie” Holbrook will take over as garrison commander at Belvoir in a change-of-command ceremony Thursday morning. She takes over from Col. Michelle Mitchell, who has been garrison commander since 2014. Fort Belvoir has grown significantly in the last decade and is now home to more than 50,000 workers. Holbrook, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, graduated from Texas Christian University in 1991 with a degree in journalism. Also Thursday, incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Billie Jo Boersma...

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Scientists to help fisherman avoid Chesapeake Bay dead zones

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Scientists say they will soon help Chesapeake Bay fisherman by mapping the water’s low-oxygen dead zones in real time. Poor oxygen levels often force fish out of the bay’s cool bottom waters. William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science says it will show anglers where the fish may have gone. The university says it’s using experimental computer models to map and forecast the bay’s dead zones. The oxygen-poor areas are created when excess nitrogen from fertilizers and wastewater flow into the water and boost the growth of algae. The university says that charter boat...

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Virginia offenders transferred after building deemed unsafe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities say dozens of offenders at a detention center in Capron have been moved to a new facility because of structural problems with the building. The Department of Corrections says all 78 low-level offenders at the Southampton Men’s Detention Center were moved Friday to the Cold Springs Detention Center in Greenville. An engineer said structural problems made the Southampton facility unsafe in high winds. The Cold Springs Work Center was closed last year due to budget cuts. The offenders who were moved participate in a program that allows them to work in the community during...

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CSX train derails in southeastern Virginia

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) — Authorities say several cars of a CSX train derailed in southeastern Virginia without apparent injuries, leaks or spills. CSX spokeswoman Laura Phelps said in an email that five well cars carrying 11 shipping containers derailed Tuesday morning outside the International Paper mill near Franklin. She says the train was traveling from North Baltimore, Ohio, to Portsmouth, Virginia. Phelps says the shipping containers were filled with things like furniture parts, synthetic rubber and metal. She says none of the derailed cars contained hazardous material. Phelps says authorities are working to realign derailed cars and...

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Prosecutors obtain new indictments in 2014 quadruple slaying

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — The upcoming trial of a Petersburg quadruple-murder suspect is expected to be delayed as a result of seven new indictments in the case. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that on July 21, prosecutor Cassandra Conover obtained six capital murder indictments against Alexander Hill Jr. and one count of arson. Fifty-year-old Hill was previously charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of four people in their Petersburg home in 2014. A Nov. 1 trial has been scheduled. Hill’s attorney John Rockecharlie says the trial may be delayed because of the new indictments and the...

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Special grand jury to investigate Rockbridge County agency

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — A state prosecutor has decided to assemble a special grand jury to investigate the workings of a social services department that allegedly ignored reports of child abuse and neglect. The Roanoke Times reports Rockbridge County Commonwealth’s Attorney Christopher Billias is assembling the grand jury. Billias said he is troubled by a recent internal review by the Rockbridge social services department that found several problems with the agency, including evidence that a former Rockbridge Area Department of Social Services supervisor shredded reports before they could be investigated. The reported cited the death of a 3-month-old girl...

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Clear Bag Policy this season at Lane Stadium

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Monday that a Clear Bag Policy will be implemented and strongly encouraged beginning this football season. The policy outlines the types of bags for personal items that will be permissible for entry into Lane Stadium going forward. Approved bags are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12”x6”x12”, or a clear plastic freezer bag that is no larger than a gallon will be permitted. Also, small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand will be allowed provided they are no larger than 4.5”x6.5”. Virginia Tech will educate fans and...

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County worker charged with fatally stabbing caterer in park

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Fairfax County police say a seasonal park worker fatally stabbed a woman who was catering a wedding at a county park in Chantilly. Police say in a statement they’re holding 19-year-old Kempton Bonds of Clifton without bond on a charge of second-degree murder in the incident Saturday night at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, about 40 miles west of Washington. It’s not known if Bonds has an attorney. Police spokeswoman Monica Meeks says Bonds and 35-year-old Tyonne Johns had argued earlier that night about something. Then, shortly before 11 p.m., Bonds confronted Johns about whether her...

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Virginia governor supports inspector general despite claims

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says it has full faith in state Inspector General June Jennings despite allegations from her staff that she failed to investigate properly the death of a 24-year-old mentally ill inmate. McAuliffe’s office issued a statement Monday saying it had reviewed a complaint saying Jennings had inadequately investigated the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, who died in a Portsmouth jail cell in August after losing so much weight that his heart stopped. The complaint was filed by a senior staff member in the inspector general’s office and two independent contractors who accused...

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Prosecutor to run for lieutenant governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former federal prosecutor with no experience in Virginia politics plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2017. Gene Rossi, a Democrat, recently told the Washington Post that he plans to make a formal campaign announcement later this month. Rossi worked for 27 years at the Justice Department and said if elected he would focus on sentencing reform and helping former prisoners. The lieutenant governor is a largely ceremonial position that is often a stepping stone to running for governor. Other potential contenders for the Democratic nomination are Justin Fairfax, also a former federal prosecutor,...

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Newport News Police Headquarters hit by gunshots

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say someone fired shots at the Newport News Police headquarters building, striking several windows, but no one was injured. Police say in a statement posted online that they received reports of gunshots near police headquarters about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and the building was damaged by several gunshots. Staffers were inside the building at the time, but police say no injuries were reported. Several windows were damaged by the gunfire. Police say the investigation is...

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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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