The unemployment rate in Virginia and in the Richmond area continues to drop, due in part to job gains in education. The city of Martinsville had the highest jobless rate in October at 10.1%. Arlington County and the city of Falls Church had the lowest rate at 3.5%.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
Norfolk State University has been placed on probation by its accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announced the decision yesterday, saying it had found evidence of “significant” problems with NSU’s administration, governance and finances.
The decision comes 12 months after the agency put NSU on warning status. University officials had hoped the warning would be removed, instead it was handed a more severe status, just one step away from withdrawal of the school’s accreditation.
Mechanicsville Doctor Michael Carlson faces up to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter yesterday. The 48-year old physician entered his plea in Hanover Circuit court.
Court records show that he struck and killed 34-year old Meg Menzies while she was jogging with her husband on a narrow shoulder on state Route 54 in Hanover. Police say there was evidence he had been drinking and his blood alcohol level was high.
Thousands of joggers paid tribute to the mother of three with spontaneous runs in the days following her death.
The University of Virginia says it is creating a group to explore its policies and campus culture, and has refused to lift its suspension of Greek activities. School officials said yesterday (12/8) the suspension remains until January 9th and promised “an intense, ongoing period of introspection,” following the gang rape story in Rolling Stone magazine that has captured headlines across the country and galvanized the college community, despite later admissions from the magazine that the story may not have been entirely accurate.
Dominion Virginia Power’s Surry Nuclear Power Station is preparing a dress rehearsal for an upcoming emergency exercise. Tomorrow’s (12/9) rehearsal will involve localities within ten miles of the plant and will include emergency response personnel from several Virginia agencies, local governments and Dominion Power.
The full Virginia Operations Plan Exercise will be held in Feburary and will be evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The University of Virginia has just been awarded 21 million dollars to find a way to stop prolonged seizures that affect hundreds of Richmond area people every year.
More than 2,300 Virginians are receiving checks as part of a national settlement with a major subprime mortgage servicing company. Attorney General Mark Herring says checks of about $1,150 are now being distributed and should be received by consumers in the coming weeks.
The money is going to borrowers who had mortgages serviced by Ocwen Financial Corporation and two affiliated companies, Homeward Residential and Litton Loan Servicing and who lost their homes due to foreclosures over a four-year period beginning in 2009.
With Christmas coming, the US Postal Service is gearing up for some 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages.
The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia’s hotly debated abortion clinic regulations. A new Governor and a newly aligned board have resulted in the vote to revisit regulations that took effect last year that opponents say targeted abortion clinics with requirements that would shut them down.
Hundreds of people attended yesterday’s (12/4) meeting and dozens spoke before the board voted 13-2 to begin a regulatory process that could take up to two years.
The Justice Deparment says Fairfax County withheld information sought by federal prosecutors in their criminal investigation of a fatal shooting by a county police officer.
Witnesses say 46-year old John Geer of Springfield was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a call for a domestic dispute. Police say he had been standing in the doorway, with his hands on the door jamb but when he lowered one of his arms, they opened fire.