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Police: 6 dead in apparent domestic murder-suicide

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Six members of a Virginia family that friends and neighbors called religious and hard-working were killed in an apparent murder-suicide after a failed negotiation, police said Thursday. Chesapeake police said they believe Cameron Dooley, 26, killed his parents, brother, sister and another relative before killing himself after an hours-long negotiation with … Continue reading

Kaine, Warner hold roundtable on student debt with Virginia college students
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Kaine, Warner hold roundtable on student debt with Virginia college students

WASHINGTON – Student leaders from 20 Virginia colleges traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to discuss their challenges paying for college and the impact of rising student loan obligations during a roundtable conversation organized by U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA). The students represented a diverse cross-section of Virginia’s … Continue reading

Norfolk Southern 4Q profit falls 29 percent as volume slows
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Norfolk Southern 4Q profit falls 29 percent as volume slows

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern Corp.’s fourth-quarter profit slid 29 percent as the railroad delivered 6 percent less freight and recorded some restructuring charges. The Norfolk, Virginia-based railroad also announced additional cost-cutting to improve the company’s performance and help fend off a buyout offer from rival Canadian Pacific. They include reducing labor and materials … Continue reading

Health / Local / Virginia

Guitar raffle to help cancer-stricken girl’s family

WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — Last summer, Meredith Furr made a new friend, and her “sweet” influence inspired that little girl’s family to do something for 10-year-old Meredith now fighting an aggressive form of cancer. “My heart sank, honestly, when we learned about this situation,” said Yvonne Brubacher. “I just imagine it’s my daughter. This is … Continue reading

“Let Freedom Ring Challenge” tolls for Black History Month in Williamsburg
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“Let Freedom Ring Challenge” tolls for Black History Month in Williamsburg

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is honored to endorse the Let Freedom Ring Challenge, an important event in Virginia taking place during Black History Month. This remarkable initiative spotlights the Black church’s legacy and through storytelling … Continue reading

Norfolk official indicted on public corruption charges
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Norfolk official indicted on public corruption charges

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk’s city treasurer took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and received home renovations and high-end appliances from a developer in exchange for helping the company obtain approval for projects, according to an indictment unsealed Friday. Most of the eight charges stem from Burfoot’s relationship with the now-defunct Tivest Development … Continue reading

Probation lifted, Norfolk State maintains full accreditation with SACSCOC
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Probation lifted, Norfolk State maintains full accreditation with SACSCOC

by Danielle Kirsh Norfolk State University’s probation was finally lifted on Tuesday, Dec. 8, by NSU’s accrediting agency the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Interim President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr. was informed shortly after noon and spoke to the Spartan Echo immediately afterward. “We are off of probation,” … Continue reading