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Virginia officials consider gun sanctuary designation

Nov. 19, 2019 6:24 PM EST

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Supervisors in a Virginia county are considering a proposal to declare it a Second Amendment sanctuary. The Danville Register & Bee reports the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve a proposed resolution. The move is...

Demolition planned for historic tobacco factory in Virginia

Nov. 17, 2019 9:01 AM EST

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Broken glass litters the ground, and vines snake up the front of the abandoned building where faded lettering from multiple past occupants marks the front. The old tobacco factory on the corner of Floyd and High streets in northern Danville was first built in 1876 as a tobacco...

Virginia man sentenced to prison in fatal shooting

Nov. 12, 2019 3:16 PM EST

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to 36 years in prison after he shot a man in the head as they smoked drugs in 2018. The Danville Register & Bee reports 53-year-old David Preston Moss was sharing crack cocaine with 69-year-old Benjamin Hairston in a Danville home on Nov. 13, 2018,...

Virginia man recalls being on the front lines of history

Nov. 2, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — First, there was a blinding light. Next came rolling heat and the sight of a mushroom cloud. It was Nov. 1, 1952, and Junior Jennings had just become a part of history when he participated in Operation Ivy — the United States' first test of the hydrogen bomb at Eniwetok in the...

State sees 12% increase in homeschooling over last 5 years

Oct. 30, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — The number of home-schooled students in Virginia is rising. The Danville Register & Bee reported Tuesday that the state's home-schooled population saw a 12 percent increase in the last five years. There were nearly 39,000 home-schooled students during 2013-14 school year. That's...

Police: Multiple overdoses lead to 1 death, 2 arrests

Oct. 28, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested two men in connection with a series of overdoses, including one that authorities say resulted in a death. Press releases from Danville police say 28-year-old Damion Reed and 46-year-old Chauncey Montague were arrested on drug charges last week....

700 jobs planned for closing Virginia furniture plant

Oct. 25, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — A manufacturer of work vans used by package delivery companies and other businesses plans to employ 700 workers at a Virginia IKEA furniture plant slated for closing. Gov. Ralph Northam's office said Friday that Morgan Olson LLC would move into the nearly 1-million-square-foot site...

Virginia to develop 4 new solar energy projects

Oct. 4, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Permits were issued Thursday for the construction and operation of four new solar projects that are expected to offset carbon dioxide emissions in the state by 459 million pounds — the equivalent of driving more than 44,000 cars for a year. "Virginia is adopting solar technology...

'Religious motivation' probed in pitcher's family's slaying

Sep. 30, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia man who police say killed the wife, son and mother-in-law of a minor league baseball pitcher may have operated under some kind of "religious motivation." That's according to a search warrant filed in Pittsylvania County. The Danville Register & Bee reported Friday that...