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High school theater stays active during pandemic

Apr. 10, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

AMHERST, Va. (AP) — An out-of-this-world experience has come to Amherst County High School’s drama program for a spring production of “The Aliens Have Stolen Our Wives,” an original play written by ACHS instructor Patricia Emmert and her husband. The challenges of...

'Road to Freedom' highlights history that needs to be known

Apr. 10, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Road to Freedom, a new self-guided driving tour, showcases African American history in Virginia in the Civil War era and beyond. There’s nothing inherently new along Road to Freedom, which covers people and events prior to 1861, showing “the...

Rain pushes finish of Xfinity race at Martinsville to Sunday

Apr. 10, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Martinsville Speedway lasted 91 laps Friday night before rain that delayed the start returned midway through the second stage. Brandon Jones was leading when the caution flag flew and, after two laps, it became...

4 accused of getting pandemic jobless benefits for inmates

Apr. 09, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted four people for their roles in a scheme to use the identities of 35 Virginia prison inmates to secure more than $300,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, federal authorities said Friday. Two women worked...

Texas man charged with threatening Amazon center in Virginia

Apr. 09, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man was charged Friday with threatening to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia in an effort to damage the internet and services he believed were used by federal agencies, according to acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. Seth Aaron Pendley, 28,...

Reagan's would-be assassin to pursue unconditional release

Apr. 09, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

Lawyers for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan say he plans to ask a federal court to allow him to live without conditions in the Virginia home he's currently residing in with his mother and brother. In a Thursday court filing, John Hinckley Jr.'s...

Richmond game vs W&M canceled; Spiders play JMU April 17

Apr. 09, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Colonial Athletic Association says Saturday's game between William & Mary and Richmond has been canceled because of coronavirus-related protocols within the Tribe program. The league also says the Spiders and James Madison, who have each had...

Keselowski, Truex eager for more success at Martinsville

Apr. 09, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brad Keselowski didn’t get the finish he hoped for two weeks ago when NASCAR’s Cup Series ran on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway, but the 2012 series champion didn’t dwell too long on his 11th-place finish. “When we got out of...

Alexandria renames 2 schools that had names tied to racism

Apr. 09, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Alexandria City Public Schools in northern Virginia has renamed two schools whose previous names had ties to racism. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the school system renamed its flagship high school as well as an elementary...

Va. man pleads guilty in latest unemployment fraud scheme

Apr. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of over $150,000, according to federal authorities. Travis Kilgore of Wise, Virginia, pleaded guilty Thursday in...