Virginia

Health department program to dispense overdose reversal drug

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — A Shenandoah Valley health department district is starting a pilot program to distribute naloxone, an opioid overdose-reversal drug. Health officials said in a news release recently that the Central Shenandoah Health District will join three community services boards in providing naloxone and free training for how to use it. The News-Leader … Continue reading

Politics / Virginia

Former rival to Virginia speaker considering another run

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A former tea party favorite who tried unsuccessfully to unseat one of the most powerful Republicans in Virginia is considering taking another run at elected office. The Free Lance-Star reports (http://bit.ly/2nkXNDB ) former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson may run again for a seat in the House of Delegates. Stimpson lost … Continue reading

Local / Virginia

Strawberry farmers rush to protect crop from cold weather

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Strawberry farmers are rushing to protect their crop from the cold temperatures. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2nkSaoF) that buds have sprouted in Hampton Roads after the second-hottest February on record. The plants are now vulnerable to this week’s sub-freezing temperatures. Strawberry grower Barbara Henley in Virginia Beach said strawberry plants are … Continue reading

Virginia supports Hawaii lawsuit against revised travel ban
National / Politics / Virginia

Virginia supports Hawaii lawsuit against revised travel ban

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s attorney general is supporting Hawaii’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement Tuesday that he joined 13 other attorneys general in filing an amicus brief Monday in the District Court for Hawaii. Hawaii has asked for a temporary restraining order blocking … Continue reading

Sessions encourages cities to revive 1990s crime strategies
Politics / Virginia

Sessions encourages cities to revive 1990s crime strategies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Justice Department will encourage cities to revive violent crime-fighting strategies of the 1990s that focused on sending certain gun crimes to federal court, where they carry longer sentences in far-away prisons, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. Sessions continued to push his tough-on-crime agenda to law enforcement officials in Richmond, … Continue reading

US reps ask Trump to back Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort
Local / Politics / Virginia

US reps ask Trump to back Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Virginia’s congressional delegation is asking President Donald Trump to support the regional partnership that has coordinated the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay for decades. Seven of the state’s U.S. representatives joined 10 others in signing a letter last week asking Trump to include $73 million for the … Continue reading

Nation’s largest military shipbuilder plans to hire 3,000
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Nation’s largest military shipbuilder plans to hire 3,000

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The nation’s largest military shipbuilder says it plans to hire 3,000 workers in Virginia this year. Huntington Ingalls Industries says that number includes 250 engineers and designers. Spokeswoman Christie Miller said its facility in Newport News is also recruiting IT professionals, welders and shipfitters. The yard builds and overhauls nuclear … Continue reading

Local / Virginia

Norfolk seeing uptick in residential building construction

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk is seeing a burst of residential building construction. The Virginian-Pilot reports that (http://bit.ly/2leBgpz ) 1,435 new dwelling units received residential building permits in 2016. Officials say that’s the most since at least 2000, which is as far back as staff members have looked. The average amount of residential building permits … Continue reading