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Chicago firm to lead Virginia Beach shooting investigation

Jul. 17, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Chicago consulting firm has been chosen to lead an independent investigation into the Virginia Beach mass shooting that left 12 dead. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports security risk management firm Hillard Heintze can start the probe immediately after entering into a...

Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies; hit by car in Virginia

Jul. 15, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four-division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55. Police in Virginia Beach said the former fighter was hit by a car Sunday night. The driver of the car remained on the...

Virginia Beach city staffer fired for comments on shooting

Jul. 12, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach city employee has been fired and charged with disturbing the peace after supervisors say she threatened them during a meeting about the deadly mass shooting that erupted in a city building in May. It's the second time since the killings that authorities have...

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Deep-pocketed interest groups and activists on both sides of the long-running fight over gun laws are gearing up for a major clash in Virginia, now a key election battleground in the issue after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session called by the governor to...

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Jul. 9, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led Legislature to...

The Latest: Virginia GOP: Panel should review gun issues

Jul. 9, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's special legislative session to consider stricter gun laws after a mass shooting (all times local): 2 p.m. Republican leaders in Virginia's General Assembly say the state's crime commission needs to take a measured look at gun issues to try to find a bipartisan...

Top Virginia Republican proposes gun-control measure

Jul. 8, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top Virginia Republican is calling for a broad ban on guns in government buildings, surprise legislation he filed the day before state lawmakers are set to debate gun laws. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment filed a bill Monday that would extend a state prohibition on guns in...

Clarification: Virginia Beach Shooting-Silencers story

Jul. 8, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

In stories that ran May 31 and June 2, The Associated Press reported that the city of Virginia Beach prohibits the sale and possession of suppressors. The stories should have made clear that although the devices themselves are not prohibited in the city, it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm that can...

Fisherman nets human leg bone in creek near Chesapeake Bay

Jul. 3, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A fisherman in Virginia recently netted a human leg bone in a creek off Chesapeake Bay. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the femur was caught in David Shourds' cast net Tuesday after it got snagged on the creek's bottom. The bone measured about 1½ feet (0.5 meters) and was...

Virginia Beach orders independent probe of mass shooting

Jul. 3, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach city council has ordered an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a recent mass shooting that killed 12 people. News outlets report the council unanimously voted Tuesday to have the city auditor hire an independent contractor to...