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Virginia School for Deaf and Blind names new superintendent

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has named Pat Trice as superintendent. Trice had served as interim superintendent since longtime superintendent Nancy Armstrong retired last summer. The News Leader (http://bit.ly/1eAN6od ) reports that the school’s Board of Visitors unanimously approved Trice’s appointment on Friday. The board has been discussing the school’s direction … Continue reading

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Schools take action to attract students to education careers

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For years, education groups have warned that lagging pay for teachers in Virginia and other states could lead to fewer people entering the field. Now they have evidence to back up their fears. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of ACT-tested high school graduates who said they were interested in education majors or professions decreased by more … Continue reading

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3 foundations donate $1M to Birthplace of Country Music

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — The Birthplace of Country Music expects to use a new $1 million donation for programming, exhibits, improvements and as a cash reserve. The Bristol Herald Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1Iy8Wjd ) the nonprofit organization’s executive director Leah Ross made the announcement Tuesday. The Birthplace of Country Music is a music tourism promotional organization. Three local … Continue reading

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Virginia School for Deaf and Blind names new superintendent

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has named Pat Trice as superintendent. Trice had served as interim superintendent since longtime superintendent Nancy Armstrong retired last summer. The News Leader (http://bit.ly/1eAN6od ) reports that the school’s Board of Visitors unanimously approved Trice’s appointment on Friday. The board has been discussing … Continue reading

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Correction: Virginia State-Probation story

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story June 12 about accreditation at Virginia State University, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the school was placed on six months’ probation by its accrediting agency. The school has received a six months’ warning, which is a less severe sanction than probation. A corrected version of the story … Continue reading

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Virginia man pleads guilty to attempted espionage

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 35-year-old Virginia man has pleaded guilty to attempted espionage for providing schematics of an aircraft carrier under construction to someone he believed was an Egyptian intelligence officer. Mostafa Awwad of Yorktown entered the plea in federal court in Norfolk on Monday. Court records say Awwad tried to steal technical data … Continue reading

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UVA names new dorm ‘Gibbons House’ after 2 former slaves

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The newest dorm at the University of Virginia has been named after two former slaves who became prominent community members after Emancipation. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1GHRNZo ) that the university officially dedicated Gibbons House on Friday. The residence hall will house about 200 first-year students starting this fall. The dorm … Continue reading

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Virginia State Univ. accepts audit critical of management

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University has accepted a state audit that is critical of some of the school’s management procedures. According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1MkQAFA ), the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts released a final report last week criticizing management and procurement procedures that it says increased financial pressures on the school. … Continue reading

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Virginia voters set to head to polls Tuesday

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia voters are set to head to the polls for primary elections around the state. There are 18 contested legislative elections Tuesday. The closest watched is GOP House Speaker William J. Howell’s run for re-election. Howell is facing off against Susan Stimpson. The tea party favorite is a former political protégé … Continue reading

Blood-testing company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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Blood-testing company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The once fast-growing blood-testing company Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Sunday night, listing between $100 million and $500 million in assets and liabilities. A hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court is slated for Monday to consider motions to allow for a smooth transition into bankruptcy proceedings, including … Continue reading