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.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
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.
Portsmouth has created a museum of local black history in a building that once was a Jim Crow era library. The City of Portsmouth has agreed to fund the Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum’s operation, maintenance and management and also to insure the 900 square foot building and exhibits while they are on display.
The African-Americn Historical Society spearheaded the effort to create the museum and retains ownership of all the artifacts. It will also provide volunteers, raise funds, and promote museum programming, exhibits and events.
The US Department of Agriculture is guaranteeing a $40 million loan for Southside Electric Cooperative for system improvements. Southside Electric is based in Crewe and serves more than 45,000 members thoughout Southern and Central Virginia.
The loan will be used to build or improve more than 1,300 miles of line and it includes more than $8 million for smart grid projects.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA has awarded loan guarantees totally more than $263 million to rural electric systems in eight states to modernize systems and to improve their reliability.
An Interstate 95 overpass in Prince George County will be dedicated this morning in memory of a slain Virginia State Trooper. Virginia legislators, Prince George County officials, state and local law enforcement, Virginia Department of Transportation and family and friends of Trooper Leo Whitt will gather at ten this morning to dedicate a bridge spanning I-95near the Prince George-Sussex County line. Whitt was 48 years old when he was shot and killed on the evening of April 12, 1985 during a traffic stop. He left behi
About 130 local volunteers are leaving July 17th for a medical mission in Southwest Virginia that will serve some 2,500 people this weekend. They will be among the 1,300 volunteers who will join physicians, dentists and other health care professionals, making their annual trek to help people who may have no other access to medical care.
One of the Civil War’s Most violent and least understood battlegrounds has just acquired 285 new acres and will come under federal protection. United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to Richmond Battlefield Park in Hanover to participate in the transfer.
Jewell accepted the transfer of the 285 acres on the Gaine’s Mill Battlefield from the Civil War trust for $400,000. The trust purchased the land for $3.2 million, about half from the Commonwealth of Virginia, about half from its members, and literally gave the land to the National Park Service.
The Incarceration rate has nearly quadrupled since the United States declared war on drugs and along with it, racial disparities. Researchers at Virginia Tech say incarceration rates for black Americans are more than six times higher than those for whites…and there is lingering bias…but that does not explain the exponentially higher rates. They say incarceration itself, is like an infectious disease. But they discovered something else. The average sentence for a drug conviction for Whites is 14 months. For Blacks, 17 months, and that apparently has dramatic consequences.
Members of the Richmond Ballet are participating in an event to promote cultural understanding between America and China. The Richmond Ballet’s artistic director and managing director are attending a forum in Beijing today and tomorrow, part of the State Departments 2014 Cultural Pillar Delegation.
Manageing Director Brett Bonda says he believes that dance serves as a strong and meaningful language of mutual cultural exchange and respect.
The Richmond Ballet is planning to travel to China next May, to perform in the 15th annual “Meet in Beijingn” Arts Festival in Beijing.
More than 70 people are now US citizens following an annual naturalization ceremony at Monticello.