The National Weather Service says it was an EF-1 Tornado that roared through a popular Eastern Shore campground, killing two people and injuring dozens more.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
Interstate 95 South in Chesterfield County is reopened Friday (July 25) morning, following a tanker truck spill.
A new antibiotic being developed at the University of Virginia could become the “silver bullet” in fighting a wide range of infections and “superbugs.”
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has just voted to join a multi-state reciprocity agreement that deals with authorization and payment for distance learning courses. It was prompted by the proliferation of online educational courses.
A Nelson County man convicted of abducting and murdering a county teenager has been sentenced to two life terms in prison. Forty-nine year old Randy Taylor was convicted of killing 17-year old Alexis Murphy in a rare murder trial in a case where the body was never found. The only words he spoke during his May trial were “not guilty,” and yesterday he said again, “I did not kill Alexis Murphy.”
Chesterfield County Supervisors will begin their meetings with prayers once again. But with a change. Instead of inviting guest ministers to pray, they will do it themselves. The county’s previous policy required ministers who delivered the opening invocations be ordained religious leaders of monotheiestic religions that follow Judeo-Christian traditions, but they were instructed to keep the prayers generic.
The ACLU said that wasn’t good enough and also unconstitutional. They demanded in a letter that people of all faiths be allowed to participate.
There is a new report out on racial injustice in the Richmond region that is both provocative and hopeful. The project took seven years, 15 volunteers and a federal education grant, to produce four video programs on education, transportation, housing and economic development, and the legacy of racial injustice.
The videos are available at the Richmond Peace Education Center website at rpec.org.
Fort Lee could lose half of its permanently assigned soldiers and Army civilians by 2020 according to a report just released by the Army. The projections are part of an Army review of possible realighments across the country as it seeks to reduce its standing army from 562 thousand to as few as 420 thousand by 2020.
Triple A reports pump prices continue their mid-summer slide, despite world problems. Gasoline prices continued to tick lower last week due primarily to lower crude oil prices as the situation stabilizes in Iraq. The national average at $3.59 per gallon Friday is the lowest since April 8. Virginia was 3.39, Richmond 3.35, compared with 3.49 this time last year. Triple A says prices should continue to slide or remain flat in the near future, barring any geopolitical concerns, major hurricane or refinery disruptions.
A federal judge has denied a Virginia inmate’s request to function as his own attorney in his death penalty appeal. William Morva, convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy during an escape in 2006, said he was horrified by the contents of the filing of his court-appointed attorneys and asked the judge to let him represent himself.
The Roanoke Times reported Morva spoke in a loud, assertive tone and wore an enormous beard with hair descending below his shoulders during the two-hour hearing conducted by two-way television from prison.