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Child stuck by sheriff's vehicle on Outer Banks beach

Jul. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy vacationing in the Outer Banks has been flown to a Virginia hospital after being struck by a sheriff's department vehicle. Currituck County Fire and EMS Chief Ralph Melton tells The Virginian-Pilot the child was hit by a four-wheel drive vehicle on Carova Beach over the...

Records show former US Rep. Scott Taylor late on taxes again

Jul. 13, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Records show former Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor has accumulated overdue property tax bills in Virginia for at least the second time. The Virginian-Pilot reports Taylor owes the city of Norfolk $1,097 on two properties he owns. A law firm that handled recent closings on the...

North Carolina coastal town rejects limits on rental events

Jul. 11, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

SOUTHERN SHORES, N.C. (AP) — A town council on the North Carolina coast has rejected a proposal which would have limited weddings and reunions at beach houses. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports that Southern Shores Mayor Tom Bennett says the council felt like the proposal was over-regulating and the...

Former trooper accused of unauthorized background checks

Jul. 9, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a former trooper has been indicted on charges he used department technology to perform unauthorized background checks. News outlets report a Norfolk grand jury handed down 16 criminal charges against 26-year-old Christopher Lolos last week. Lolos worked as a...

Man celebrates retirement after never missing a day of work

Jul. 5, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — His final day of work last Friday was no different from when Willie Sumlar started on Aug. 12, 1957. "I was trying to get stuff done," Sumlar said. "You know me, I complete the day." Sumlar, 84, of Orange, is so thorough that he has not missed a scheduled day of work in 62 years with...

Officials take down student video showing crumbling school

Jul. 4, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A video journalism report by students showing the crumbling conditions at Virginia's oldest high school has been taken off the school's Youtube channel. The Virginian-Pilot reports that two recent graduates had filmed crumbling areas of Maury High School for the last "Commodore News"...

Former lawmaker gets 2 ½ years for defrauding government

Jul. 2, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia state lawmaker has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for misusing a program that awards contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. The Virginian-Pilot reports that former Republican Del. Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach was sentenced in...

Meeting set on possible lease of W.Va. intermodal gateway

Jul. 1, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators will consider a proposal that would lease a state-owned railroad container transfer facility to a private company. The Herald-Dispatch reports the West Virginia Public Port Authority's board of directors is set to meet Tuesday in Charleston on a proposal...

Cleanup of spilled coal in Great Dismal Swamp to take weeks

Jun. 27, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The cleanup of a coal train derailment in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp will likely take weeks. The manager of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge told The Virginian-Pilot on Thursday that he's been working to make sure that Norfolk Southern gets the necessary permits and...

Coal train derails into Great Dismal Swamp wildlife refuge

Jun. 26, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A coal train has derailed in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, raising concerns about its wildlife and the fragile peat soil that has accumulated there over the course of centuries. Chris Lowie, manager of the federal refuge, said 36 of about 100 cars went...