Virginia man pleads guilty to falsely labeling monkey blood ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A broker of human blood and animal blood products in Winchester has pleaded guilty to shipping monkey blood but falsely labeling it as human. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that 57-year-old Phillip Lloyd of Clear Brook entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria. Prosecutors say Lloyd owned and managed Biochemed Services Inc. Authorities say Biochemed packaged and shipped to other countries blood of squirrel monkeys and other primates. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must inspect shipments of animal blood...

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Microsoft to expand data center in Southside Virginia RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Microsoft will spend more than $250 million to expand a data center site in Southside Virginia. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that the tech company’s expansion of a data center in Mecklenburg County will create 44 new jobs. Microsoft’s total investment in the site now tops $2 billion since 2010. McAuliffe approved a $500,000 grant for the expansion. The state’s tobacco fund approved nearly $1 million for the project. The governor’s office said it competed with other potential sites for the...

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At least 68 percent turnout in Virginia in presidential race RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Unofficial election results show at least 68 percent of registered Virginia voters cast a ballot in Tuesday’s presidential race. With about 99.7 percent of precincts reporting, the results show about 3,858,000 votes were cast in the race. That’s a turnout of about 68.9 percent. But the figure is likely to increase as absentee ballot precincts in areas including Virginia Beach, Richmond and Norfolk were not yet reporting Wednesday afternoon. Electoral officials are also still determining how many provisional ballots were cast by qualified voters. Virginia...

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Trump victory upends Virginia politics, gubernatorial rac

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump’s surprise victory has upended Virginia politics. It diminished the star power of the state’s top Democrats and turned the political calculations of the already-in-progress 2017 gubernatorial race upside down. That race is likely to be the most closely watched election in the country next year. A Hillary Clinton victory would have given a giant boost to top Democrats in Virginia. Running mate Tim Kaine was set to be the next vice president and longtime Clinton friend Gov. Terry McAuliffe was going to be the best connected governor in the country. But the biggest...

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U. S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Anatole Kouakeu II, of Tappahannock was recently awarded the “Sailor of the Week” aboard his ship. Anatole Kouakeu has served in the Navy for 4 years as a power plant operator and is a 2008 Essex High School graduate. He’s currently serving aboard USS Harry S. Truman. (Photo courtesy of  Navy Office of Community...

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90 years behind bars for man who killed 3 family members RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who pleaded guilty to killing his parents and his sister at their home last year has been sentenced to 90 years. Local news agencies report 29-year-old Carl V. Hughes IV was sentenced to 150 years in prison with 60 years suspended after pleading guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree murder. Police discovered Hughes’ father, 71-year-old Carl V. Hughes Jr.; his mother, 54-year-old Angela Hughes; and his sister, 22-year-old Bianca Hughes stabbed to death in the family’s home on Sept. 23,...

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The Latest: Richmond mayoral race hinges on absentee ballots RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The results of the Richmond mayoral race could not be determined early Wednesday as the city counted absentee ballots that could impact the front runner’s slim lead. But it appeared that disgraced former lawmaker Joe Morrissey was out of the running, placing a distant third in the popular vote. Pre-election polls had shown Morrissey leading, but he was plagued by a number of sex scandals, including a legal client’s recent claim that he made unwanted sexual advances. Former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney led the...

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Ashburn man charged with fatally shooting acquaintance GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Prince William County Police have charged a man in the shooting death of a woman in her car in Gainesville. The department said in a news release that on Sunday evening, officers were called to a parking lot. Police say the officers found 26-year-old Linh Thi Pham of Bristow in her car with a gunshot wound to her upper body. Pham died at a hospital. Detectives arrested an acquaintance, 33-year-old Bryan Christopher Yu, on Monday. He is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond.  ...

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Supreme Court denies request for rehearing in death row case WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has again declined to hear the death row case of a man who was convicted of killing a Richmond family of four. The high court denied Ricky Gray’s petition for a rehearing Monday after declining last month to hear his appeal. Gray was convicted of killing Bryan and Kathryn Harvey and their daughters, 9-year-old Stella and 4-year-old Ruby, while invading their home in 2006. Trial evidence showed the Harveys were tied up, stabbed and beaten to death before their house was set...

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2 fatal crashes investigated in Virginia’s Brunswick County LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say two people were killed in separate car crashes in Brunswick County. The agency said in a news release that the first crash occurred Saturday on Interstate 85 near Rawlings. Troopers say 18-year-old Destiny Freeman of Lorton was driving south when her car ran off the interstate, struck a tree and overturned. Police say a passenger, 18-year-old Amari Newton of Alexandria, died at the scene. Troopers say the second crash occurred Sunday on Route 58, just east of Route 720. Police say 20-year-old Mekiel...

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Law school hotline aims to clear up any voter confusion WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Students from William & Mary Law School will be running a voter assistance hotline this election day. The school says students will help local citizens in the Tidewater region with any questions they have Tuesday about voting. The number for the non-partisan voter assistance hotline is 757-221-2890. Phones will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Benjamin Daily, a second-year law student, said in a news release that they want to ensure everyone who’s registered can vote. Officially known as VOTEline, the annual non-partisan...

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Clinton vs. Trump: Virginians to decide for state’s 13 votes RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians are deciding whether Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump will win the swing state’s 13 electoral votes, and voters also will weigh in on several crucial congressional and mayoral races. Leading to Tuesday, polls have shown Clinton leading Trump in Virginia, which is the home of her running mate Tim Kaine. Kaine represents Virginia in the U.S. Senate and previously served as mayor of Richmond and governor of Virginia. Other key races to watch include the battle for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, where...

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VDOT RTE 721 BRIDGE Upgrade IN CAROLINE CO. Sparta Road will be CLOSED to through traffic for approx. 4 weeks

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will begin construction to upgrade the Route 721 bridge (Sparta Road) over Maracossic Creek in Caroline County. VDOT will close Sparta Road to through traffic at the Maracossic Creek bridge at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The bridge is located near Route 640 (Maracossic Drive) and Route 654 (Pendleton Road). A detour will be in place for approximately four weeks while construction is underway. Signs will be posted along the recommended detour route, which is approximately nine miles: Route 654 (Pendleton Rd.) Route 643 (File Rd.) Route 644 (Bagby Rd.) Route 721...

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Gang arrests in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal authorities say they’ve disrupted a gang, including prison guards, selling drugs inside Virginia state prisons. Federal law enforcement officials said Friday that they’ve charged 20 members and associates of the Mad Stone Bloods with racketeering and other charges. Prosecutors say three former employees at the Department of Corrections who were members or associates of the gang conspired to smuggle drugs into Virginia prisons. Authorities say a fourth former Department of Corrections employee who worked as an inmate counselor smuggled contraband in for a gang leader with whom she had a sexual relationship. The Mad...

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Virginia’s Forward Progress on Transportation

Yesterday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that, thanks to recent reforms and a change in the Commonwealth’s approach to public-private partnerships (P3’s), Virginia will save $2.5 billion on the Transform I-66 Outside the Beltway project over initial financial estimates. That victory for taxpayers and commuters is just the latest example of the sea change that Governor McAuliffe and his transportation team have brought to how Virginia selects, finances and executes transportation projects. When Governor McAuliffe took office, Virginia’s transportation governance was a mess. Projects were selected based on politics instead of what was best for Virginia commuters and its economy....

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10:30 am Summer Reading Picnic and Swim @ Northumberland YMCA
Summer Reading Picnic and Swim @ Northumberland YMCA
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Northumberland Public Library and YMCA Summer Reading Picnic and Free Swim, July 28th 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. All ages but must be accompanied by an adult. Includes water safety demonstrations and more. Bring swimsuit,[...]
5:00 pm Baked Potato Supper Fundraiser @ Carmel United Methodist Church
Baked Potato Supper Fundraiser @ Carmel United Methodist Church
Jul 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Carmel Church United Methodist Women will sponsor a Baked Potato Supper at the Church in Hague on Friday, July 28th from 5 to 7pm.  There will be a multitude of toppings for your spuds plus[...]
7:00 pm Faithful Connection in Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Faithful Connection in Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm
Beale Memorial Baptist Church, Tappahannock will host a concert featuring “FAITHFUL CONNECTION” on Saturday, July 28th at 7pm. Faithful Connection is a contemporary gospel group based out of Fredericksburg. They are a group of young[...]
7:00 pm Summer Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Summer Concert @ Beale Memorial Baptist Church
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm
Beale Memorial Baptist Church’s Summer Concert Series continues with “Faithful Connection” performing on Friday, July 28th at 7pm. They are a contemporary gospel group based out of Fredericksburg VA. They won Group of the Year[...]
8:00 am Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ Hobbs Hole Golf Course
Golf Tournament Fundraiser @ Hobbs Hole Golf Course
Jul 29 @ 8:00 am
The 2nd Annual Richmond County Little Legue Golf Tournament will be held on Sat., July 29th at Hobbs Hole Golf Course.  Registration begins at 8am.  T-off at 9am.   The cost is $70 per player[...]

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