Newly released emails show the interim director of the Virginia tobacco commission was uneasy about the timing of a potential job offer to former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett, whose recent resignation has been investigated by the FBI. The emails were obtained by the Associated Press and show the GOP controlled commission appeared to create a position solely for Puckett and even solicited his input in crafting the job description.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
Triple A predicts 41 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home during the July 4 th holiday weekend and it will be an extended one for many vacationers.
The weekend officially starts next Wednesday at midnight, and more people will be on the road planning to spend more money - much of it on credit.
Triple A has a news conference scheduled this morning to talk about Virginia but if those numbers approach the national projections they will be the highest level for Independence Day Travel since 2007.
The Hanover County Board of Supervisors has approved a large residential and commercial development at one of the county’s busiest intersections. The board has voted to rezone 25 acres at Bell Creek and Pole Green roads from agriculture to multifamily residential and business where Hanover Land Investors LLC plans to build 48 single family homes, 73 townhouses and businesses.
Virginia is receiving more than six million dollars in federal funds for job training programs for laid-off workers. The money is going to the Community College system to enhance job training services for the long-term unemployed. Officials say the funds will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries. It is part of a larger 155 million dollar package nationwide in a grant through the US Department of labor and will create or help to expand employer partnerships and provide career counseling and job placement.
Richard Sharp, longtime CEO of electronic retailer Circuit City and co-founder of the CarMax chain, has died at the age of 67.
There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.
The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.
An upcoming launch from NASA’s Wallops Island facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will be testing new suborbital rocket technologies. NASA says the launch is expected to take place between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. this Saturday (June 28), weather permitting.
The world’s most powerful telescope, built to help unlock the secrets of the universe is located high in the Chilean Mountains. But its access to all of North America, begins in Charlottesville. After decades of planning and construction, the 1.3 billion dollar radio telescope is peering into secrets of the universe, never before seen. Charles Blue at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville has visited the site three times.
The investigation continues today into the accident of a tractor trailer hauling milk that overturned in Hanover County yesterday, killing the driver. The accident occurred in the 13,500 block of Verdon Road about noon yesterday. The identity of the driver has not yet been released.