Joe Biden to campaign for Northam in northern Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit northern Virginia this weekend to campaign with Democratic candidate for governor Ralph Northam. Northam’s campaign announced Tuesday that Biden and Northam will host a roundtable discussion on workforce development Saturday in Reston. Vice President Mike Pence plans to appear the same day with Republican nominee Ed Gillespie. The two are set to attend a rally in Abingdon, in southwest Virginia. The race between Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the state’s lieutenant governor, and Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, is one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests...

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Construction on new St. John Baptist Church begins

Over the weekend there was a groundbreaking for the new St. John Baptist Church at the same location of the old St. John Baptist Church at Mount Landing that was leveled by the tornado on February 24th, 2016. The church had been there for 145 years before the twister struck and was built 6 years after the Civil War ended. About 90 members of the church and community, as well as the builder, banker and insurance agent attended the groundbreaking service. St. John Baptist Church members have been using and attending Sunday church services at the New Hope Seventh...

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Local Schools receive security grants from state

Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 545 schools and other instructional facilities. Area schools that received grant monies were … Caroline County — $4,180 for Bowling Green Elementary Annex Colonial Beach — $79,998 for Colonial Beach Elementary and Colonial Beach High Gloucester County — $30,297 for Abingdon Elementary, Gloucester High...

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SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. have been carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from California. The booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg Air Force Base before dawn Monday. Its first stage successfully returned from space and set down on a landing platform floating in the Pacific Ocean as the second stage went on to deploy the satellites in orbit. It was the third successful launch in the McLean, Virginia-based company’s campaign to replace its entire globe-circling fleet with a total of 75 next-generation communications satellites. Five...

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State to spend $14M on electric car charging stations

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is looking for a developer to build a statewide charging network for electric vehicles. The state announced last week that it had issued a request for proposals for putting in the infrastructure. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office said in a news release that $14 million in funding for the effort would come from Virginia’s portion of the Volkswagen settlement over the company’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said in a statement that the project is designed to jump-start the adoption of electrical cars and generate more private investment in...

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Police issue warrant for black man beaten at Virginia rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, have issued a warrant charging a black man beaten at a white nationalist rally for an alleged assault during the confrontation. Police said in a news release Monday night that the warrant was issued for 20-year-old DeAndre Harris. Harris was seen bloodied in viral photos and a video after being attacked during the rally in August. Lt. Stephen Upman says the alleged victim told the magistrate’s office, a judicial office, what happened. The magistrate contacted police, Upman says, who verified facts and issued the warrant for unlawful wounding. Harris is not...

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Candidates for Virginia governor hold 3rd, final debate

WISE, Va. (AP) — The two major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor made pointed attacks at each other at their final debate ahead of Election Day next month. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam squared off Monday at the University of Virginia at Wise in the state’s far southwest. The region, hit hard by a decline in coal mining, strongly backed Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election. But the president did not come up in the debate. Instead, Gillespie accused Northam of being an absentee lieutenant governor who had neglected rural Virginia, while...

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Omega Protein purchased by Cooke Inc.

After two activist campaigns and one cancelled auction, nutritional products maker Omega Protein Corporation is finally hooked. On Friday, Oct. 6, Canadian aqua-culture company Cooke Inc. said it would pay $500 million, or $22 per share, in cash for Houston-based Omega Protein. Both boards of directors have unanimously approved the deal. The deal is expected to close around the end of the year or early next year. The moves comes barely more than a month after hedge fund BLR Partners LP, led by activist investor Bradley Radoff, (Ray-doff) along with Joshua Schecter, disclosed jointly owning nearly 6% of Omega...

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Shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 injured in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old man was killed and another was injured in an early morning shooting in Richmond. A police spokeswoman said in a statement that officers patrolling the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood heard gunfire around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. When police arrived, they found two men who had been shot. The statement says Oscar W. Lewis II of Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene. The other victim was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. In a separate incident, police say one child and two adults were shot in a southside neighborhood. They were taken...

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State police say Virginia man killed in small plane crash

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a small plane crashed in the Shenandoah Valley shortly after taking off, killing the 76-year-old pilot. Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement that the private aircraft took off from an airport in Front Royal Saturday afternoon with a glider in tow. Geller says that after the glider safely disconnected, the airplane began experiencing problems and crashed onto private property near the airport. The impact caused the plane to catch fire. Steven B. Zaboji of Reston, Virginia, died at the scene. The glider safely landed, and no one on...

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KKK leader awaits hearing on Charlottesville gun charge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader who authorities say fired a gun during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is in custody in Virginia awaiting a court appearance this week. Richard Wilson Preston is charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school on Aug. 12, the day of the rally that descended into violent chaos. The American Civil Liberties Union said it provided law enforcement officials with a video of the shooting before Preston’s arrest. It shows a man yelling and firing a handgun one time while standing on a crowded sidewalk....

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Pence to campaign for Ed Gillespie in southwest Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will be campaigning in southwest Virginia this week with Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie. Gillespie spokesman David Abrams says Pence and Gillespie will appear at a rally Saturday in Abingdon. It will be Pence’s first campaign event for Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman who is facing Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. The race is one of only two off-year gubernatorial contests in November, and it’s being viewed as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump’s first year in office and a preview of the 2018 midterm elections. Pence’s...

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Candidates for Virginia governor set for 3rd, final debate

WISE, Va. (AP) — The two major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor are set for their third and final debate. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam will debate Monday evening at the University of Virginia at Wise. The southwest Virginia debate comes a month before Election Day in a year when only two states are electing new governors. Virginia’s swing state status has led to intense national interest, with President Donald Trump recently weighing in on Twitter to attack Northam and urge voters to support Gillespie. Southwest Virginia, home to the state’s economically depressed...

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Small Plane Crash in Middlesex

A small plane went down Saturday morning around 9 o’clock after taking off from Hummel Field at Topping in Middlesex County.   Sources say the pilot and two passengers suffered only minor injuries and were transported to an area hospital.   The crash occurred when the plane was taking off and the wings clipped some trees at the end of the runway and then crashed into a home on Eubank Landing Road which is adjacent to Hummel Field in Topping.   State Police and local authorities are...

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State estimates 90,000 Medicaid eligible are uninsured

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new state report says there are about 90,000 Virginians who are eligible for publicly funded health care programs for the poor and disabled but have not signed up. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services recently reported to the General Assembly that it estimates there were 28,000 adults who were eligible for Medicaid in 2015 that were not signed up for the program. DMAS said about 60,000 eligible children were not signed up for Medicaid or the state’s program for children known as FAMIS. DMAS said it was continuing outreach efforts to bring those...

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