Burn bans issued across Virginia amid dry conditions ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Burn bans are being issued across Virginia because of dry conditions and high fire danger. The U.S. Forest Service has issued a ban on open fires in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests effective Tuesday through Feb. 1. Building or using a fire outside of developed recreation sites such as campgrounds is prohibited. Campstoves that use liquid or gas fuels are allowed. The ban comes as the Forest Service tracks persistent wildfires across about 80,000 acres in the South. According to WDBJ-TV , Floyd County, Montgomery...

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to be expanded next fall CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia is preparing to expand the tunnel that connects Hampton Roads to the state’s Eastern Shore. Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Tuesday that the $756 million project to expand the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel will be funded primary through federal and state bonds. Workers will build an additional two-lane tunnel under the Thimble Shoal Channel, west of the existing bridge-tunnel. Construction is expected to begin next fall. McAuliffe says the new tunnel will improve safety for travels and protect the “economic competiveness” of the Hampton Roads area. The Chesapeake...

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Construction worker rescued after part of house collapses NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A construction worker has been rescued after part of a house collapsed on top of him in Norfolk. Local news organizations report that the worker was rescued Tuesday afternoon after the chimney of a two-story house collapsed and pinned his arm in the attic area of the home. The house was in the process of being demolished when the man got stuck. Rescue crews used ladders to get to the unidentified man, who was in his early to mid-50s. They also used a crane and power tools...

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Virginia Sports Hall of Fame considers move from Portsmouth PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame could move from downtown Portsmouth to Virginia Beach. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the hall’s leadership is in talks with the coastal city about relocating to the Oceanfront. The negotiations follow years of wrangling with Portsmouth and the state officials over city subsidies for the Hall of Fame. The Virginia Beach City Council will learn more Nov. 22 about a proposal to move the museum into a field house the city plans to build. If the proposal goes through, the future...

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AAA: 1.3 million Virginians to travel for Thanksgiving RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — AAA is projecting that 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, the most travelers in Virginia since 2007. AAA said in a statement Tuesday that its projected number is an increase of nearly 50,000 since last year. AAA defines the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as Nov. 23 to Nov. 27. AAA says about 90 percent of Virginians are expected to travel by automobile, 7 percent by air and 2 percent by other means. The group says that nationwide, 48.6...

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Report finds disarray at VEDP (Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission highlights inefficiencies and management problems at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch the report released Monday reveals that VEDP has done a poor job of vetting prospects to ensure they’re viable or requiring them to perform up to the state’s expectations. The agency, which was established in 1995, has awarded nearly $400 million in incentive grants the last 10 years. JLARC staff says the agency’s approach to administering the grants...

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Leader: Virginia State Police facing salary, staffing issues (Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police leaders are calling on lawmakers to put a plan in place that’ll address the many issues the agency is facing, including stagnant salaries and staffing shortages. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports State Police Col. W. Steven Flaherty told a legislative committee recently that the agency’s budget has been slashed by more than $100 million since 2006. Flaherty said they’re losing about a dozen troopers a month to other law enforcement agencies both in the state and elsewhere that pay more....

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Ex-assistant principal files sexual harassment lawsuit RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former elementary school assistant principal in Richmond has accused the school’s principal of sexual harassment in a $5.3 million federal lawsuit. Local news organizations report that Fernando Lightfoot filed the lawsuit Monday afternoon, claiming Linwood Holton Elementary principal David Hudson sexually harassed him while employed at the school. Lightfoot also named several Richmond school board members and the district’s superintendent in the lawsuit, claiming the district attempted to cover up the alleged incidents. Lightfoot says he was harassed at least 10 times. He also says he was forced...

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Reward offered in search for ‘Soul-Patch Bandit’ bank thief RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The FBI is announcing a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man suspected in a string of bank robberies in central Virginia. FBI spokeswoman Dee Rybiski says the man dubbed the “Soul-Patch Bandit” is believed to be responsible for five robberies in Henrico County, Mechanicsville and Colonial Heights. The most recent was at a Wells Fargo bank Monday. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the robber passed a note to a teller around 1:30 p.m. saying he had...

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Report shows poverty increasing in Richmond region RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The number of people living in poverty in the greater Richmond-Petersburg region has been increasing since 2000, even as unemployment rates have improved in recent years. That’s according to a new report from the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg released Monday. The report found that from 2000 to 2014, the percent of people living in poverty increased from 8.5 to 12.6. The region’s population also grew about 5.5 percent. The change was especially marked in Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties, where the percent increase was more...

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NNEC New Warehouse Open House

  Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) moved into its new warehouse and garage facilities on November 1. These facilities are located in Warsaw, between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 3 Bypass. Construction of the new facilities began in October 2015 on a 40-acre site acquired by NNEC within walking distance of the co-op’s St. Johns Street headquarters. NNEC President and CEO Greg White said, “We will have an open house for the members and public to take a look ‘backstage’ at the new warehouse and facilities necessary to provide reliable electricity to our members. Northern Neck Electric Cooperative has...

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Virginia veterans to get free cybersecurity job training RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is trying to help veterans get jobs in the cybersecurity industry. That’s the goal of a new initiative in Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration called “Cyber Vets Virginia.” Veterans interested in working in the cyber field in the state will have the opportunity to participate in a free cyber training program. The administration says the 12-to-15-week training will be done mostly online but have weekly classroom sessions. Registration will begin in January and training is expected to begin in April. McAuliffe says there are currently 17,000 open...

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University students to visit to Cuba, study food and farming NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Students from Old Dominion University will travel to Cuba in March. The university says the spring break visit is due to the country’s warming relationship with the U.S. Grad students and undergraduates will focus much of their time exploring Cuba’s unique cuisine and farming methods. The food is not dependent on mass advertising. And it’s not subjected to industrialized farming practices or chemicals. It will be a first-of-its kind trip for the...

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Dadi Bayene of Ethiopia wins Richmond Marathon (Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An Ethiopian runner has won the 39th annual Richmond marathon. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Dadi Bayene came in first Saturday at the Anthem Richmond Marathon with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes and 36 seconds. Bayene finished just three seconds in front of Peter Limo of Kenya. Bizuwork Getahun of Ethiopia came in first among the women with a time of 2 hours 37 minutes and 51 seconds. Girma Gebre of Ethiopia won the half marathon for the men and Joan...

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Police: Worker dead after being run over by big rig (Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/) SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Police say a worker at a trucking company in Virginia was killed when another employee drove a tractor-trailer over him. The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports that 54-year-old John Patterson of Spotsylvania was pronounced dead at the scene Friday. Police say the driver of the rig went into the business and left the truck running. Police say the driver and Patterson had discussed a mechanical problem with the truck. Authorities say Patterson went to work on the brake lines while...

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The Northern Neck Soil & Water Conservation District (NNSWCD), in partnership with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), is coordinating its annual fall waterways cleanup in Richmond County. This year’s event will be held at Carters[...]
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Helping Hands Fuindraiser @ Video Tyme
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