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Military officials: Budget gridlock could hurt sailors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Federal budget gridlock could negatively impact Navy personnel in the Hampton Roads region. The Daily Press in Newport News reports (http://bit.ly/2o7y54w) that Congress faces an April 28 deadline to approve new spending. Even if lawmakers agree to keep funding at 2016 levels, the military would still come up short. Military officials … Continue reading

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Officials promise to expand Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — State transportation officials have reiterated their promise to expand the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2o30dq0) that officials met with more than 300 interested contractors and developers in Hampton on Monday. Virginia Department of Transportation commissioner Charlie Fitzpatrick said calls for proposals will be accepted next year. Contracts will … Continue reading

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Man pleads guilty to trafficking illegally harvested eels

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — A New York seafood dealer has pleaded guilty to federal charges of trafficking more than $150,000 worth of baby eels. Federal prosecutors say Tommy Water Zhou, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of illegally selling or purchasing baby eels, called elvers, in interstate commerce after they had been illegally harvested … Continue reading

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New Virginia Medicaid benefit aims to help addicts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new benefit in Virginia’s Medicaid program aims to help people with substance abuse disorders get treatment. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that (http://bit.ly/2oI8UTs) the state is increasing provider rates for things like substance use intensive outpatient and medication assisted treatment for opioid addicts. Provider rates are also going up for partial … Continue reading

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Medical examiner: Hampton Roads jail inmate hanged himself

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — A medical examiner has concluded that the 20-year-old who died at Hampton Roads Regional Jail hanged himself. Donna Price, administrator of the chief medical examiner’s Norfolk office, told the Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/2mXh7Tm) Wednesday that Jakim Shareike Funderburk’s cause of death was hanging, and the manner was suicide. Jail staff found Funderburk the … Continue reading