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Articles by Charles Fishburne
The country’s largest Civil War battlefield protection group is set to announce today (11/11) that it is enlarging its mission to preserve the battlefields of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Over 27 years, the Civil War Trust has preserved more than 40,000 acres of Civil War land, including large parcels at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and many sites in Virginia. Funds come from the National Park Service, state governments, individual donors and members.
The General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has released its final report on escalating college costs and what to do about it. JLARC says Virginia’s universities could be made more affordable by limiting mandatory fees for athletics, redirecting state financial aid to schools and students who need it most, and slowing the seven billion dollar campus construction boom.
Virginia’s active duty personnel and veterans have a combined suicide rate about double the general population but seeking help is often a problem. To help with that, the Virginia Department of Health is offering a free on-line interactive simulation for veterans and their families. The simulation lets real family members adopt an appropriate role in the video, and select a response to an angry outburst, for example, and gives you feedback. People who have done the online role-playing say it really helps.
The James River Association says despite years of progress, there are new dangers facing the James.
The Association is calling for increased rail inspections, tougher regulations for tank cars carrying volatile material and requirements for appropriate insurance. They are working with the Governors task force on rail safety for the inspections and the federal government on safety regulations and insurance.
DNA recovered from under the fingernail of a sexual assault victim in 2005 matches that of Jesse Matthew, Jr. Matthew is already being held in Charlottesville charged with abduction of UVA student Hannah Graham, and authorities say they have a forensic link with the disappearance and death of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington in 2009.
McKesson Medical-Surgical, Inc. plans to relocate its Henrico headquarters to a former Circuit City building and hire an additional 225 people. Based in Henrico since 1998, McKesson is a major distributor of medical and surgical supplies. McKesson is one of the largest private employers in the region.
Orbital Sciences says it will likely stop using the type of engines that were employed in the rocket explosion on Wallops Island last week. The company says its investigation is continuing, but preliminary results point to a failure in one of its two main engines when the unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the international Space Station exploded moments after liftoff. The engines reportedly were 1960’s Russian stock that had been under review by the company before the catastrophic failure.
Philip Morris International has announced it will stop buying tobacco from Virginia farmers directly, but instead rely on a middle man to do its purchasing. The Richmond-based tobacco company said yesterday (11/5) it has signed agreements with Universal Corporation and Alliance One International to buy its tobacco, rather than working directly with farmers. It already uses the companies to buy tobacco from overseas, which comprises about 70% of its purchases.
A susbidiary of a Chinese-owned company plans to open a manufacturing plant in a former furniture factory in Appomattox. Lindenburg Industry, LLC plans to invest 113 million dollars to renovate the vacant 820 thousand square foot former Thomasville Furniture plant in the town of Appomattox and hire 349 people to make industrial environmental control components. Thomasville at one time employed 1200 people there, but pared down to fewer than 200 before it closed in 2011.