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Family: Missing Mount Whitney hiker is experienced climber

Jun. 18, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Virginia man believed missing on California's Mount Whitney is an accomplished hiker and marathon runner who has been determined to summit the peak since a failed attempt last year, his family said Tuesday. Search and rescue teams combed the state's tallest peak on Tuesday for a...

Senators criticize FBI probe of fatal Park Police shooting

Jun. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators are faulting the FBI for the slow pace of its investigation into the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist after a stop-and-go chase on a northern Virginia highway. Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Mark Warner, D-Va., wrote Tuesday to FBI Director Christopher Wray...

More families demand information on Virginia Beach shooting

Jun. 18, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — More families who lost loved ones in the Virginia Beach mass shooting are calling for an independent investigation. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that three victims' families also want the city to release more information. Civil engineer DeWayne Craddock opened fire in a...

Republicans renew call for hearing on Fairfax allegations

Jun. 18, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are renewing their push to hold a bipartisan hearing into sexual assault allegations two women have made against the state's Democratic lieutenant governor. Their effort looks doomed, as Democrats quickly opposed it and called it a political stunt. GOP Del. Rob...

Ohio man pleads guilty to defrauding local governments

Jun. 18, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — An Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing nearly $750,000 from state and local governments by submitting phony invoices to them. Robert Mutua Muli of Carrollton, Ohio, struck a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Alexandria, Virginia. Under the plea deal, Muli, 59, admitted...

High school student charged with distributing laced candy

Jun. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

COURTLAND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia high school student has surrendered to authorities over accusations she distributed candy laced with an unknown substance to fellow students, sending up to eight to the hospital. News outlets report the 16-year-old girl at Southampton County High School surrendered to the...

Report: Major hurricane could cost Virginia $40 billion

Jun. 18, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Experts say that southeastern Virginia could suffer $40 billion in losses if it's struck by a major hurricane. Professors from Old Dominion University said in a recent report that the damages could seriously puncture the regional economy. The June 12 report said losses could equate to...

Roanoke to boost spending to keep recycling program

Jun. 18, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city is boosting spending so that it can keep its recycling program going. The Roanoke Times reports that the city council has approved almost doubling what the city pays a struggling company that provides recycling services. The council voted to increase city payments to...

Grant money to add more school resource officers in Virginia

Jun. 18, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 50 localities in Virginia have been awarded over $3.47 million in grants to pay for new school resource and security officers. Earlier this year, Gov. Ralph Northam approved the General Assembly's amendment to add an additional $3 million for a grant program to increase the...

Land swap may allow pipeline to cross Appalachian Trail

Jun. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A land swap with the federal government could allow a developer to install a natural gas pipeline that crosses the Appalachian Trail. The Roanoke Times reports details of the deal were disclosed Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The U.S. Department of the...