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This worker got jobless benefits; Virginia wants them back

Nov. 25, 2021 08:44 AM EST

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — For 26 years, Ernest Ray worked at a company in southwest Virginia that made compressors, in a physically demanding job that involved night shifts on a factory floor. When the plant closed in 2018, Ray applied for and received about $9,000 in unemployment benefits. ...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Nov. 24, 2021 13:34 PM EST

Kingsport Times News. Nov. 22, 2021. Editorial: Pinnacle Speedway in Lights is spectacular With 25 years of amazing growth, Pinnacle Speedway in Lights powered by TVA at Bristol Motor Speedway is coming into its own, joining the most spectacular...

Two historical markers dedicated in Bristol

Nov. 07, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Two state historical markers recalling a Bristol civil rights leader and the Lee Street Baptist Church were dedicated last week. One of the markers, installed at Cumberland Square Park facing Lee Street, recalls the life of Charles Spurgeon Johnson....

Editorial Roundup: New England

Nov. 05, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

Boston Globe. November 3, 2021. Editorial: Charging for prison phone calls burdens families While the SJC ponders the “legalized kickbacks” of telecom contracts, lawmakers can fix this now. It’s a relatively simple...

Young women boycott UK nightclubs over 'spiking' concerns

Oct. 27, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Young women across the U.K. are boycotting nightclubs and pubs Wednesday as university towns and cities join in a national “girls night in” protest after increasing reports of drink spiking and students being drugged by needle injections. The online...

Marina owner fined $45,000 for scuttling boats in LI Sound

Oct. 25, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn (AP) — The former owner of a Connecticut marina was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and fined $45,000 for intentionally sinking abandoned boats in Long Island Sound. John Magness, 72, of Bristol, Maine, pleaded guilty last November to a...

ESPN announcer Dick Vitale discloses lymphoma diagnosis

Oct. 18, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year. The Basketball Hall of Fame announcer said he has undergone tests that show he has lymphoma. ...

ESPN's Steele on hiatus following controversial comments

Oct. 06, 2021 22:33 PM EDT

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Sage Steele will not appear on ESPN's “SportsCenter” the remainder of this week and has been pulled from moderating an upcoming network event following comments she made on a recent podcast. Steele appeared on a podcast hosted by former NFL...

Bristol Caverns for sale as longtime owner plans retirement

Oct. 03, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Gary Barnett showed up with a flashlight at age 15. The year was 1962. President John F. Kennedy was in the White House. Barnett went underground in Bristol Caverns. At that time, Bristol Caverns had been...

Virginia native gave up politics for catering, restaurant

Sep. 25, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — Catherine Elliott gave up politics for pots, pans and plates. Now, she has a “Real Good Restaurant” serving crab cakes and hushpuppies — about 400 miles from the sea. Elliott, 56, has made a career out of catering. She’s...