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  • Students suspended for clothing displaying Confederate flag

    September 17, 2015 1:50 PM

    CHRISTIANSBURG- One of the roughly 20 students at a Virginia high school who received a one-day suspension for wearing clothing displaying the Confederate flag says he doesn't intend to back down. Christiansburg High School Senior Houston Miller organized a rally outside the school Thursday to protest a new school policy... more »
  • Officials say TV killings suspect died at hospital

    August 26, 2015 9:18 AM

    MONETA, Va. - Authorities in Virginia said the disgruntled TV station employee who is believed to have shot and killed two of his former co-workers Wednesday morning has died. Officials said 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan II of Roanoke shot himself while police were pursuing him after the shootings of... more »
  • 3 Lowe's workers out over request for no black drivers

    August 11, 2015 2:02 PM

    DANVILLE, VA - Lowe's Home Improvement spokesman says three managers at a Virginia store are "no longer with the company" for their involvement in fulfilling a customer's request that no black drivers deliver to her home. Lowe's spokesman Steve Salazar says the company reacted swiftly when it learned of... more »
  • Man charged for thousands in fraud

    January 31, 2015 4:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Virginia man faces felony charges in Louisiana for allegedly stealing thousands in illegally obtained state income tax refunds. Charles Lawrence Fisher, of Palmyra, Virginia, is accused of submitting Louisiana individual income tax returns in the names of two unsuspecting Louisiana residents and directing the refunds to... more »
  • CDC: Monitoring for all coming from Ebola nations

    October 22, 2014 10:59 AM

    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are significantly expanding the breadth of vigilance for Ebola, saying that all travelers who come into the U.S. from Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for symptoms of illness for 21 days. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says... more »
  • Parents of missing UVa student ask for information

    October 4, 2014 11:48 AM

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Noting their heart-wrenching wait for answers, the parents of a missing University of Virginia student appealed Saturday for whoever is responsible for her disappearance three weeks ago to help them find their daughter. Sue and John Graham, whose 18-year-old daughter Hannah disappeared on Sept. 13, issued a... more »
  • Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption

    September 4, 2014 2:28 PM

    RICHMOND, VA - A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of "guilty" kept coming... more »
  • Army IDs soldier who shot self at Virginia base

    August 27, 2014 12:17 PM

    RICHMOND, VA - The Army has identified the soldier who barricaded herself in a building at a Virginia base and then fatally shot herself in the head. Fort Lee officials on Wednesday say it was 33-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker of Yonkers, New York. She was a human... more »
  • Soldier dies after shooting herself in Virginia

    August 25, 2014 3:50 PM

    FORT LEE, VA - A soldier has died after barricading herself in an office and shooting herself inside a major command's headquarters in Virginia. Fort Lee officials said the solider was pronounced dead Monday after being taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. No other injuries were reported in the... more »
  • Army: Barricaded in office, soldier shot herself

    August 25, 2014 9:04 AM

    FORT LEE, VA - A commanding general at a Virginia Army base says a soldier with a gun barricaded herself in an office, then shot herself in the head as law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with her. Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons says the soldier went on a rampage... more »
  • Delay denied in ruling on Va. gay marriage ban

    August 13, 2014 11:20 AM

    RICHMOND, VA - A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Wednesday denied the request by a county court clerk in northern Virginia to stay the decision... more »
  • US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    July 28, 2014 1:21 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the... more »
  • Vanderbilt, Virginia to meet in CWS final

    June 21, 2014 11:18 PM

    OMAHA, NE - Vanderbilt beat Texas 4-3 in 10 innings Saturday night, and now the Commodores will meet Virginia in the College World Series final on Monday. The Cavaliers knocked Ole Miss out of the tournament with a 4-1 win over the Rebels on Saturday afternoon. Each of... more »
  • SEC teams Vandy, Ole Miss both need wins Saturday to remain in CWS

    June 20, 2014 11:12 PM

    OMAHA, NE -The College World Series game between Virginia and Mississippi was suspended after a 93-minute lightning and rain delay at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday night, while Texas beat Vanderbilt 4-0 to set up a winner-take-all game between those two Saturday night. The game between the Rebels and... more »
  • Police: 4 in Va. killed in apparent murder-suicide

    June 16, 2014 10:02 AM

    MATOACA, VA - Police say a Virginia couple and their two children have died in an apparent murder-suicide. Chesterfield County police say investigators believe 35-year-old Barry C. Jernigan shot his 30-year-old old wife, Renotta Jernigan; his 9-year-old stepdaughter, Alexis F. Kellas; and 2-year-old son, Seth Jernigan. Police say the father... more »
  • Jefferson letter for sale

    May 13, 2014 7:33 PM

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA- A rare letter that provides insight into the family of Thomas Jefferson is for sale. It was written by Jefferson on July 24, 1805 to his friend and estate manager discussing the president's desire to have his Poplar Forest plantation in Virginia appraised so he could begin... more »
  • Train catches fire in Va. derailment

    April 30, 2014 2:16 PM

    LYNCHBURG,Va.- Authorities are evacuating numerous buildings around a train derailment and fire along the James River in downtown Lynchburg, Va. The derailment occurred Wednesday afternoon. No injuries have been reported. Lynchburg is a city of about 77,000 people in the foothills of Blue Ridge Mountains. It is... more »
  • 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 »

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