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Master shipbuilder dies after fall at Virginia shipyard

Jan. 24, 2019 2:04 AM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A master shipbuilder has died from injuries sustained in a fall at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. News outlets report sheet metal worker specialist James Goins was injured at Newport News Shipbuilding in December and died early this month. Shipbuilding spokesman Duane Bourne...

Panel OKs bill to move Virginia away from fossil fuels

Jan. 23, 2019 7:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — On a split vote, a legislative committee has approved a bill to halt the construction of power plants that use fossil fuels and pipelines that carry such fuels after 2020 and to develop a plan for Virginia to rely totally on renewable energy for generating electricity by 2036. The...

Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats

Jan. 23, 2019 6:31 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year's election. The judges ordered a new map in June after ruling that lawmakers had racially...

Attorneys call for investigation of Mountain Valley Pipeline

Jan. 23, 2019 5:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two attorneys are calling for a federal investigation of whether Mountain Valley Pipeline crews violated laws by continuing construction after a permit suspension. Charlie Williams and Tom Bondurant, attorneys representing the group Preserve Bent Mountain, told The Roanoke Times this...

Technology of future delivers doughnuts of today on campus

Jan. 23, 2019 3:34 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A fleet of high-tech robots has deployed at a northern Virginia university for the noble purpose of delivering pizza, doughnuts and coffee on demand to students. More than 25 knee-high, cooler-shaped robots began delivery duty Tuesday at George Mason University in Fairfax. Ryan Tuohy,...

Green Beret killed in Afghanistan was from Virginia

Jan. 23, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Special Operations Command has identified the U.S. soldier shot and killed in Afghanistan this week as a Green Beret from Virginia. Sgt. 1st Class Joshua "Zach" Beale, 32, was killed Tuesday while conducting combat operations in Uruzgan Province. He was assigned to 3rd Special...

Shutdown makes it tough for groups to help endangered whales

Jan. 23, 2019 1:24 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rescuers who respond to distressed whales and other marine animals say the federal government shutdown is making it more difficult to do their work. A network of rescue groups in the U.S. works with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to marine mammals such...

Russell Baker, author and NY Times columnist is dead at 93

Jan. 23, 2019 9:55 AM EST

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Russell Baker, the genial, but sharp-witted writer who won Pulitzer Prizes for his humorous columns in The New York Times and a moving autobiography of his impoverished Baltimore childhood and later hosted television's "Masterpiece Theatre," has died. He was 93. Allen Baker told The...

Virginia House OKs Election Day as public school holiday

Jan. 23, 2019 1:55 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill requiring state public schools treat Election Day as a school holiday. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the House on Tuesday passed the bill, which seeks to prevent interactions between voters and students as a safety measure. Del....

Guy, Huff lead No. 3 Virginia past Deacons, 68-45

Jan. 23, 2019 12:04 AM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia came into its first game since a loss at No. 2 Duke wanting to show that nothing has changed. The third-ranked Cavaliers wasted little time making that point, using sharp shooting and stiff defense to bolt to a 25-3 lead in a 68-45 victory against Wake Forest on Tuesday...