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  • Bid to boost congressional pay falls short

    April 9, 2014 7:34 PM

    WASHINGTON- A congressman who's about to retire lost his bid to get members a small pay raise to help with their living expenses. Democrat Jim Moran of Virginia wanted $25 a day as a replacement for a cost of living increase that would be denied to lawmakers under legislation... more »
  • Va. quickly emerging as key in gay marriage fight

    January 19, 2014 10:37 AM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed. With the recent court gains in deeply conservative Utah and Oklahoma, gay rights advocates are heartened by the new mood in Virginia ushered in... more »
  • Police believe Va. senator was stabbed by son

    November 19, 2013 2:59 PM

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.- Police say the son of a state senator in Virginia stabbed his father before shooting himself to death. Virginia State Police said Tuesday afternoon that authorities are still investigating the stabbing of Sen. Creigh (kree) Deeds, but it appears it was an attempted murder and suicide. Deeds' 24-year-old... more »
  • Sexual battery charged dropped against Air Force officer

    July 18, 2013 8:06 PM

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA- Prosecutors in Virginia dropped a sexual battery charge against an Air Force officer who led the branch's sexual assault response unit. His trial was supposed to begin Thursday but the Prosecutor said the sexual battery would be dropped to a generic assault charge which comes with the same... more »
  • 2 FBI agents killed in training accident in Va.

    May 19, 2013 4:12 PM

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Two FBI agents have been killed in a training accident in Virginia. A spokeswoman for the FBI's Norfolk office, Vanessa Torres, said Sunday that the accident happened Friday afternoon off the Virginia Beach coast. Torres says the accident is being investigated. She didn't have any further... more »
  • 2 shot, 1 in custody after shooting at Va. mall

    April 12, 2013 2:47 PM

    CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Officials say two women have been shot and a suspect is in custody following a shooting at a community college section of a Virginia mall. Emergency officials received a 911 call around 2 p.m. Friday about someone with a gun at the New River Community College satellite... more »
  • 3 dead, including suspect in Marine base shooting

    March 22, 2013 10:38 AM

    QUANTICO, Va. - A lockdown has been lifted at a Marine base in Virginia, where authorities say a Marine killed a male and female colleague last night before killing himself. Authorities found the body of one Marine late last night in barracks and the bodies of two other Marines later.... more »
  • Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

    January 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to the heart of avidly pro-gun Virginia. The White House announced Wednesday that Biden would travel to Richmond on Friday along with other Obama administration officials and Democratic... more »
  • Va. gov invokes Tech slayings, offers his prayers

    December 14, 2012 1:54 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Saying his state still has painful memories from the mass April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, the governor extended his sympathies to Connecticut following an elementary school massacre. Gov. Bob McDonnell said his thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by Friday's shootings at Sandy Hook... more »
  • Obama re-election protest leads to punishment

    December 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    Some students who protested the re-election victory of President Obama over Mitt Romney were punished at Hampton-Sydney College in Virginia. One student was expelled and three others were placed on probation. The four were found guilty by a student court of violating the school's code of conduct by participating in... more »
  • Small Va. college reports post-election unrest

    November 8, 2012 12:50 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - Officials say about 40 students at a small all-men's college in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within hours after President Barack Obama's re-election. Hampden-Sydney College President Chris Howard said in an email to parents Thursday that the... more »
  • Romney claims Obama doesn't understand business

    November 1, 2012 10:22 AM

    ROANOKE, Va. - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama doesn't have a clue about how business works. The Republican presidential nominee also is taking aim at Obama for suggesting the creation of a secretary of business. Romney says "we don't need a secretary of business to understand business. We need... more »
  • 14 rescued, 2 missing from tall ship off NC

    October 29, 2012 10:30 AM

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard has rescued 14 members of the crew forced to abandon the tall ship HMS Bounty caught in Hurricane Sandy off the North Carolina Outer Banks. The Coast Guard is searching for two other crew members. It corrected the total number of crew to 16... more »
  • Park Service to plant new National Christmas Tree

    October 26, 2012 12:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Park Service says a new National Christmas Tree will be planted on the Ellipse near the White House this weekend. The planting is scheduled for Saturday before Hurricane Sandy is expected to strike the Mid-Atlantic region. A 28-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce is being transported to Washington... more »
  • Romney: Obama has failed America's women

    October 17, 2012 3:16 PM

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed America's women. The Republican nominee told supporters in Virginia on Wednesday that women have suffered through high unemployment and high poverty rates during Obama's term. Romney says he has a better plan to help them. Romney's push to broaden... more »
  • La. man sentenced in Va. on child porn charges

    October 16, 2012 12:47 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - A Louisiana man has received a 25-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl and recording the abuse. U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says 57-year-old Gregory Thomas Miller of Deville, La., was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Lynchburg. Miller had pleaded guilty in April to... more »
  • Jindal to campaign for Romney in Virginia

    October 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is spending Wednesday in Virginia, campaigning for Republican Mitt Romney's presidential bid. A schedule put out by the Romney campaign says Jindal will join Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for three campaign stops throughout the day, to rally Romney supporters. The Louisiana governor's... more »
  • Romney: US should be more assertive on world stage

    October 8, 2012 10:53 AM

    LEXINGTON, Va. - Mitt Romney says the risk of conflict in the Middle East has grown under President Barack Obama's leadership. The Republican presidential contender is calling for a "change of course" in the region. Romney assailed Obama's foreign policy in a speech Monday at the Virginia Military Institute in... more »
  • Obama makes a pitch to veterans, military families

    September 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities. Obama chided rival Mitt Romney for saying, in secretly taped remarks months ago, that nearly... more »
  • Romney decries impending defense spending cuts

    September 27, 2012 3:17 PM

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Mitt Romney is calling the across-the-board defense spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January "a gun-to-your-head kind of approach." He says the deal President Barack Obama made with Congress "was a strange proposal in the first place," and he says "it's even stranger that we're seeing... more »
  • Obama, Romney campaign in Virginia

    September 27, 2012 9:09 AM

    WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney's campaign is keeping up its focus on the national debt -- saying that in the two minutes that it takes to view the Obama campaign's new TV ad, the debt grows by at least $5 million. In the new ad, President Barack Obama promotes what... more »
  • Hokies work overtime to win all-Tech ACC matchup

    September 4, 2012 10:37 AM

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Cody Journell kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 20-17 on Monday night. Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception. Tevin Washington's 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left... more »
  • Engine malfunction caused crash in Virginia Beach

    July 2, 2012 7:12 PM

    The Navy says a rare dual-engine malfunction caused an F/A-18 to crash into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach, Virginia in April. The fighter-bomber went down about 70 seconds after take off from Naval Air Station Oceana. Both pilots ejected and survived and no one on the ground was killed... more »
  • Va. inventor claims design for BP well cap stolen

    June 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    ATLANTA - An inventor claims his design was the basis for the cap used to choke off the flow of oil to the Gulf of Mexico nearly three months after BP's undersea well blew in 2010. And he says it was stolen. Charles Adams of Radford, Va., filed a federal... more »
  • Gov. Jindal travels to Virginia, Illinois

    June 7, 2012 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is back on the road for GOP causes, with scheduled stops including a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Chicago. The Republican governor's office said Thursday that Jindal is attending a Friday fundraiser for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's political action committee. Later that day, he's headed... more »
  • Party Crasher runs for Governor

    April 25, 2012 7:39 PM

    A man who crashed a White House State Dinner with his wife in 2009 says he'll run for Governor of Virginia next year. Tareq Salahi completed a declaration of candidacy but it won't count until January 1st. The State Board of Elections can't accept it until the year when the... more »
  • Va. Tech marking 5 years since campus massacre

    April 16, 2012 7:02 AM

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Each anniversary since the April 2007, massacre on the Virginia Tech campus, classes have been suspended for the day in memory of the 32 students and faculty killed in the rampage by a lone gunman who then killed himself. On Monday, the fifth anniversary of the deadliest... more »
  • NASA reschedules Va. suborbital rocket launches

    March 21, 2012 8:51 AM

    ATLANTIC, Va.- Bad weather has prompted NASA to reschedule the launch of five rockets from its Wallops Facility in Virginia. The rockets are part of a study of the upper-level jet stream. The launch had been set for Wednesday morning but has now been pushed back to early Thursday. Bad... more »
  • Jury finds Va. Tech negligent in '07 shootings

    March 14, 2012 2:33 PM

    CHRISTIANSBURG, Va.- A jury has found Virginia Tech negligent for delaying a campus warning of the first shootings in a 2007 campus massacre that left 33 dead. Jurors returned the verdict Wednesday in a wrongful death civil suit brought by the parents of two students who were killed on April... more »
  • Navy close on super Gun

    February 28, 2012 7:55 PM

    The U.S. Navy says it hopes to have a gun for warships that'll shoot 115 miles by 2017. The weapon is known as an electromagnetic railgun. It has parallel rails and uses a magnetic field and electric current to generate energy to fire rounds. Most guns on Navy warships have... more »
  • 2 shot at Wal-Mart distribution center in Va.

    February 22, 2012 12:58 PM

    PETERSBURG, Va. - A fire department spokeswoman says two people have been shot at a Wal-Mart distribution center in central Virginia. Dinwiddie County fire spokeswoman Denice Marrs says one person was airlifted from the center. The shooting happened around noon Wednesday. She says she does not know the conditions of... more »
  • Police: Va. Tech shooter not person pulled over

    December 8, 2011 12:10 PM

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - State police say the gunman who killed a police officer at Virginia Tech appears to have walked into a parking lot and shot the officer during a traffic stop. Sgt. Robert Carpentieri says it appears that the shooter also was not in the car that was pulled... more »
  • 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake in Virginia

    August 23, 2011 1:50 PM

    At 12:51 CDT a 5.9 Magnitude earthquake rattled parts of the Middle Atlantic and Northeast States according to the USGS. The White House, U.S. Capitol, and other National Landmarks in Washington D.C. have been evacuated. Reports say it was felt as far north as Pittsburgh, PA to Martha's Vineyard. ... more »
  • Va. Tech lifts campus alert after report of gunman

    August 4, 2011 1:59 PM

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech officials have lifted a campus-wide alert that was issued after three children attending a summer camp reported a man holding what looked like a gun near a dining hall. An email from the university Thursday afternoon says "the university community may resume normal campus... more »
  • Va. Tech: No further reports of gunman seen earlier

    August 4, 2011 11:50 AM

    BLACKSBURG, Va. - Authorities have put Virginia Tech on a lock down after three children attending a summer camp on the campus reported seeing a man holding something that looked like a gun. The university's police chief says the children were interviewed and the information they gave was deemed... more »
  • Ceremony marks the closing of Walter Reed hospital

    July 27, 2011 12:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The closing of Walter Reed Army Medical Center was described as bittersweet Wednesday as staff members and patients gathered on the hospital's parade grounds in Washington to mark the closing of the Army's flagship hospital after more than a century of providing care. The hospital's operations are... more »
  • Virginia Tech fined $55K for reponse to shootings

    March 29, 2011 3:15 PM

    RICHMOND, Va.- The U.S. Department of Education has fined Virginia Tech $55,000 for waiting too long to notify students during a 2007 shooting rampage. The amount was the maximum fine Tech faced for two violations of the federal Clery Act, which requires timely reporting of crimes on campus. ... more »
  • Man arrested for using sword to rob pharmacy

    March 11, 2011 12:32 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Police in Virginia have arrested a man accused of trying to rob a Lynchburg pharmacy twice in the same day - once while wielding a sword. Lynchburg police arrested 27-year-old Michael Edward Towler and charged him with robbery, brandishing a weapon and attempted robbery. Pharmacist... more »
  • Va. inmate pleads guilty to second prisoner murder

    February 11, 2011 12:39 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia inmate who warned officials he would kill again if not given the death penalty for murdering his cellmate has pleaded guilty to killing a second inmate. A Wise County judge took Robert Gleason Jr.'s plea under advisement, but said Friday he would not accept... more »
  • 'Granddad Bandit' bank robber pleads guilty in Va.

    February 10, 2011 12:45 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - The so-called "Granddad Bandit" has pleaded guilty to robbing two Virginia banks and acknowledged 24 other holdups in 15 states. Fifty-three-year-old Michael Francis Mara entered the plea Thursday in a federal courthouse in Richmond. He will not be charged in other states. Officials say... more »
  • Emergency Landing for Plane Hit by Lightning

    January 26, 2011 7:25 PM

    A US Airways plane that was hit by lightening made an emergency landing in Lynchburg,Virginia with three crew members and 16 passengers aboard, who were not hurt. It was enroute from Charlotte, North Carolina to Lynchburg when it was hit 20 miles south of the airport. The pilot declared an... more »
  • Flu picks up in other southern states

    December 30, 2010 3:32 PM

    ATLANTA- Flu season is in full swing around the South. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says five states had widespread reports of flu last week. That's up from zero two weeks earlier. A CDC report says four of the states were southern states: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia,... more »
  • WH: Health care ruling does not create uncertainty

    December 13, 2010 1:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it disagrees with a Virginia judge's ruling declaring a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law unconstitutional. But officials say it does not create uncertainty about the implementation of the law's provisions. "Our belief is that when all the legal wrangling is... more »
  • Federal judge in Va. strikes down health care law

    December 13, 2010 11:17 AM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the... more »
  • Former student arrested after Facebook threat

    December 1, 2010 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A 20-year-old former Woodlawn High School student was arrested after deputies said he admitted to threatening the school on Facebook. Investigators with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said William Moulder admitted that on Nov. 23 he posted the following message to his Facebook page: “… people... more »
  • Va man charged in fake bomb plot against DC subway

    October 27, 2010 1:24 PM

    A Virginia man has been arrested and indicted on charges he tried to help people he believed were al-Qaida operatives in planning to bomb subway stations in and around the nation's capital. The FBI says the public was never in danger because its agents were aware of the man's... more »
  • Library book returned 35 years late

    October 23, 2010 11:48 AM

    A novel checked out in 1975 from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. library is back in the stacks. The long-term lender is alumnus Pat Harkin, who found the book of Leon Uris' "QB VII" in a box. He says he planned to return it for... more »
  • Google to invest in offshore wind power project

    October 12, 2010 1:10 PM

    A consortium of technology and investment companies including Google has devoted $1.8 billion to building a network of transmission lines to connect future offshore wind farms along the Atlantic from New Jersey to Virginia. Google Inc. has teamed up with investment firm Good Energies, Japanese industrial conglomerate Marubeni and... more »
  • Shreveport man arrested in Virginia runaway case

    September 23, 2010 5:08 AM

    Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Shreveport man for numerous sex crimes involving a Virginia runaway. Kevin Lunsford was arrested Wednesday at his home where he was found with the 14-year-old girl after deputies received a tip about the teenager's location. Detectives say the girl and Lunsford became acquainted... more »
  • Aspiring rapper admits to killing 4 in Virginia

    September 20, 2010 1:27 PM

    An aspiring rapper who embraced horror-themed lyrics has pleaded guilty to killing four people in central Virginia. Twnety one-year-old Richard "Sam" McCroskey was sentenced to life in prison Monday as part of his plea agreement. The defendant from Castro Valley, Calif., showed little emotion during the hearing in... more »
  • UPDATE: 'Granddad Bandit' pleads not guilty in VA

    September 10, 2010 5:32 AM

    UPDATE @ 10:28a.m. - Michael Mara pled 'not guilty' today to two counts of bank robbery, and a trial date was set for Nov. 18. ----- Original story: The bank robbery suspect the FBI nicknamed the "Granddad Bandit" is due for his first federal court appearance in... more »
  • Titanic Ruling over Shipwreck Artifacts

    August 13, 2010 8:40 PM

    A federal judge in Virginia ruled a company is entitled to the value of about 5,900 aritfacts it salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic. But, the judge postponed a decision on whether to simply give the company title to the artifacts or sell them and turn the proceeds over... more »
  • Serial stabber person of interest arrested in Virginia

    August 12, 2010 6:19 AM

    Leesburg, Virginia police say they arrested a person of interest in the serial stabbings in Michigan, Virginia, and Ohio. Survivors said the attacker has mostly approached black men. He lures them into contact by seeking directions or asking for help. Police believe the man is responsible for stabbing a church... more »
  • Overcrowded shelter gets relief from '9 lives drive'

    August 10, 2010 6:00 PM

    Animals are flowing into animal shelters even though oil has stopped flowing out of the well. 27 cats and two dogs are on a trip to Norfolk, Virginia to reduce overcrowding at the Denham Springs Animal Shelter. "People have lost their jobs, people are having to move, people... more »
  • Sniper claims conspirators in Shatner interview

    July 29, 2010 12:39 PM

    Convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo tells actor William Shatner on a cable TV special that he and his partner tried to recruit fellow shooters for their 2002 spree and that his accomplice killed one man for backing out, according to the program set for airing Thursday. In a... more »
  • Oil-skimming ship makes Va. stop

    June 25, 2010 9:02 AM

    A ship billed as the world's largest oil-skimming vessel is making a Virginia port-of-call before heading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil-gulping ship "A Whale" arrived at Norfolk International Terminal on Thursday, and is scheduled to sail to the Gulf Friday. Owners of... more »
  • FBI Agent impersonator pleads guilty

    May 11, 2010 8:44 PM

    A woman who posed as an FBI agent and recruited her neighbors to do jobs as her assistants pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Virginia. Brenna Reilly told neighbors she was the FBI's director of forensics and two neighbors agreed to work for her. They did small tasks, including writing condolence letters... more »
  • Feds say homes with Chinese drywall must be gutted

    April 2, 2010 12:30 PM

    New federal guidelines say thousands of U.S. homes tainted by Chinese drywall won't be safe unless they are completely gutted. The Consumer Product Safety Commission released the guidelines Friday. They say electrical wiring, outlets, circuit breakers, fire alarm systems, carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers, gas pipes and drywall... more »
  • Wrong address vandalism over health care reform?

    March 24, 2010 8:48 PM

    The brother of a Virginia Congressman had a gas line cut on a propane tank at his house after Tea Party activists mistakenly posted online the wrong address and told supporters to stop by and "express their thanks" for his vote on health care reform. Activists are upset with U.S.... more »
  • Suspect in Abbeville slaying caught in Va.

    February 26, 2010 7:39 AM

    A suspect wanted in a shooting death in Abbeville two months ago has been arrested in Virginia. Authorities say 25-year-old Jamal Diggs was arrested Thursday in Newport News, Va. and charged with second-degree murder. Diggs is accused in the shooting death of D'Jacquaney Mitchel on Dec. 10. Police Chief Rick... more »
  • Sniper to appeal execution

    November 3, 2009 9:52 AM

    Attorneys for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad plan to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to stop next week's execution. Muhammad is scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 10 at a Virginia prison, for the slaying of Dean Harold Meyers at a Manassas, Va.,... more »
  • Jindal out of state on fundraising trip

    September 28, 2009 3:56 PM

    Gov. Bobby Jindal is heading out again on the campaign fundraising trail, planning three events early this week in the Washington, D.C., area. Jindal's office says the governor is attending a Monday night fundraiser for Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor who is running in a tight race... more »

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