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  • Drug abuse summit scheduled in Charlottesville

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy will give the keynote address at a conference in Charlottesville. Michael Botticelli's speech is just one item on the agenda of Thursday's daylong Virginia Heroin and Prescription Drug Summit. Also...

  • Va. voter registration deadline fast approaching

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians have less than two weeks remaining to register to vote in next month's general election. The deadline to register is Oct. 14. The Nov. 4 ballot features the U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Ed Gillespie, as well as congressional...

  • Va. man sentenced in ID theft, tax return scheme

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk man has been sentenced to four years and six months in federal prison for a scheme that used the stolen identification records of inmates to file false federal income tax returns. Twenty-four-year-old Travis Hager was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Norfolk...

  • Va. estimated winter wheat production down

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's winter wheat crop is expected to be down slightly compared to a year ago. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says wheat production is estimated at 17.7 million bushels, a 2 percent drop from the 2013 crop. Barley production total 2.2...

  • Kaine pushes US recognition of 6 Va. tribes

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine is arguing anew for federal recognition of Virginia's Indian tribes. The Virginia Democrat is appealing to the Bureau of Indian Affairs regarding the federal acknowledgement of American Indian tribes. He's encouraging the bureau to adopt greater...

  • Va. abortion clinic rules up for review

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's health commissioner recommended Wednesday that the state Board of Health amend abortion clinic regulations established under the McDonnell administration, including a provision requiring the facilities to meet the same strict building standards as new hospitals....

  • Poll: Barbara Comstock crushing Foust in bid to replace Va. Rep. Frank Wolf

    Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock is far in front of Fairfax Democrat John Foust in a new poll that reveals his sexist slap at the Republican has damaged his chances to replace retiring Republican Rep. Frank Wolf.

  • McAuliffe energy plan for Va. makes debut

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe released his energy blueprint for Virginia on Wednesday, stressing a familiar "all of the above" strategy that promotes greater use of renewable generation such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional sources of energy. The thick document, which...

  • NASA postpones rocket launch from Va. facility

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — The launch of a Department of Defense rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore has been postponed. NASA had planned to launch the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket early Wednesday morning. The space agency says in a news release that the launch has been rescheduled for Oct....

  • Bedford mother-son deaths ruled murder-suicide

    EVINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police say the deaths of a Bedford County woman and her son have been ruled a murder-suicide. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 73-year-old Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshot wounds. Her son, 48-year-old Brent Laughon, died from a single...

  • Virginia teen charged with killing half-brother

    POUND, Va. (AP) — A Southwest Virginia teenager faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his half-brother. Wise County commonwealth's attorney Ron Elkins tells media outlets that the 15-year-old boy will be tried as a juvenile. The shooting occurred Monday at the...

  • 10 Virginia schools win US recognition

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten Virginia schools are being honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Each has been named a National Blue Ribbon school, signifying academic rigor and dramatic gains in student achievement. Seven public schools and three private schools are being recognized....

  • Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica set

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Colonial Williamsburg is planning an opening ceremony for a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that will be put on display there. Called The Wall that Heals, the 250-foot replica will be installed from Oct. 9-13 at the heritage tourism site. Colonial Williamsburg...

  • Southwest Va. county ID'd by anti-drug agency

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Tazewell (TAZ'-wehl) County has been designated a "high intensity drug trafficking area," which opens the door to federal resources to disrupt drug trafficking. The designation was announced Tuesday by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Tazewell County...

  • Va. gets nearly $12M workforce grant

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is receiving nearly $12 million in federal funds to enhance employment and financial literacy for Virginians with barriers to higher education and employment. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Labor on...



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