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  • Probation officer gets 18 months on sex charges

    STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia probation officer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for having sex with probationers. The state attorney general's office says Meaghan Marie Fields of Buena Vista was sentenced Monday in Staunton Circuit Court. Fields had entered an Alford plea in...

  • Chesapeake Bay states to get US funding for bay

    ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — Federal officials are heading to Ashland to announce nearly $9 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund. The funding being announced Tuesday for Virginia, West Virginia and other states within the bay's estuary are intended to reduce polluted nutrient and...

  • Richmond developer faces sentencing in fraud case

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Richmond developer will learn how long he will serve in prison for fraudulently obtaining historic tax credits and then plotting to flee the country. Billy Gene Jefferson's sentencing is set for Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Richmond. According to court...

  • Norfolk International Airport traffic declines

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk International Airport is reporting a decrease in passenger activity for August. The airport says it experienced a nearly 8 percent drop in the number of passengers who used the airport in August compared with the same month the previous year. Overall, nearly 275,000...

  • Norfolk chief orders body cameras for officers

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police officers in Norfolk could soon be outfitted with body cameras. Police chief Mike Goldsmith has ordered 300 cameras for the department's officers. Media outlets report that Goldsmith announced the purchase Monday night at the City Council's annual retreat and at an Old...

  • Proposed 460 toll route unlikely, official says

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne says the state likely won't get a permit to build a new toll road next to U.S Route 460. The Virginia Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft...

  • Va. speaker blocks approval of Dem appointments

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell is blocking the appointments of three recently resigned Democratic state lawmakers who took new jobs in state government. Howell's office announced Monday that the speaker won't allow the House of Delegates to confirm the...

  • White House intruder previously charged with weapons possession

    The man accused of breaching security and making it inside the White House Friday had two previous encounters with Washington, D.C., police and was arrested in Virginia in July and charged with eluding police and possession of a sniper rifle and a sawed-off shotgun.

  • Alcohol sales up at Va. ABC stores, restaurants

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency again saw record sales in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said it has seen sales increase to record-breaking levels...

  • 5 cheetah cubs born at Metro Richmond Zoo

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Metro Richmond Zoo is celebrating the births of five cheetah cubs. Media outlets report that a 3-year-old cheetah named Milani gave birth to the cubs on Friday. Five other cubs were born at the zoo last October. One died in May from what was believed to be a bacterial...

  • James River shellfish harvesting closure lifted

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A portion of the James River has reopened to harvesting shellfish. Virginia public health officials closed the section in the Newport News area of the James to shellfish harvesting on Sept. 9 because of waters that had been fouled by sewage. The ban involved oysters and...

  • USS Mitscher to deploy to Middle East

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The USS Mitscher is preparing to leave Virginia on a deployment to the Middle East. The guided-missile destroyer is set to leave Naval Station Norfolk on Monday. The Navy says the ship will conduct and enforce maritime security operations. It will also provide for...

  • VDOT to hold public meeting on I-81 bridge project

    CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — The public has an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed replacement of two Interstate 81 bridges in Montgomery County. The Virginia Department of Transportation will hold a citizen information meeting on the proposed project from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at...

  • Fire that killed 2 in Clark County investigated

    BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a house fire that killed two people in Clarke County appears to have been accidental. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the fire occurred at a two-story house in Berryville shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday. Authorities recovered the...

  • AmpliPhi BioSciences CEO Philip Young resigns

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The president and chief executive officer of AmpliPhi BioSciences Corp. has resigned. Richmond-based AmpliPhi says in a news release that Philip J. Young's departure was effective Sept. 15. The biotechnology company says Young's resignation was by mutual agreement with its...



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