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Lawsuit calls for full public view of executions in Virginia

Sep. 23, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia by blocking witnesses from seeing certain steps in the process, four news organizations allege in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Richmond allegesthe...

Longtime AP employee Bobby Baker dies at 79

Sep. 23, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Bobby E. Baker, who worked for more than 43 years in technology and communications for The Associated Press, has died. Baker, who had been battling lung cancer, died Monday surrounded by family, his wife, Marilyn Baker, said. He was 79. Baker joined the AP as a temporary operator in...

Capitals Cup window remains open, though unknowns lie ahead

Sep. 23, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, they did so after their championship window was supposed to be closed. Unlike when a roster shake-up and infusion of youth actually augmented the core of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and John Carlson, the...

Woman pardoned by Clinton appointed to parole board

Sep. 23, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Richmond woman who served more than six years of a lengthy federal prison sentence before being pardoned by President Bill Clinton has been appointed to a state board that grants and denies parole. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Kemba Smith Pradia to...

Virginia police: Jail inmate found unconscious in cell dies

Sep. 23, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say a jail inmate who was found unconscious in his cell over the weekend has died. News outlets report that Prince William County police say 34-year-old Dale Wayne Fox was found unresponsive at Prince William-Manassas regional jail during a routine cell check on...

Appalachian Power offers discount for electric car owners

Sep. 23, 2019 3:52 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Appalachian Power is offering a discount to electric car owners who charge their vehicles during lower demand hours. The Roanoke Times reports the deal is part of a pilot program recently approved by the State Corporation Commission. The company said in a news release that residential...

School bus woes causing Roanoke students to run behind

Sep. 22, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Students in Roanoke continue to arrive late to classrooms five weeks into the school year because of busy delays. The Roanoke Times reports the transportation contractor for Roanoke City Public Schools is facing a driver shortage and is struggling to communicate with the community when...

ACLU calls for probe of fatal police shooting of woman

Sep. 22, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is calling for an independent investigation of the fatal shooting by police of a woman inside her Henrico home. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Saturday the organization is also asking for the release of footage from cameras worn by...

Truex wins again at Richmond; Gibbs' Jones disqualified

Sep. 22, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. seemed to have a "pinch me" moment as he climbed from his car in victory lane. Nudged off the lead with 87 laps to go, Truex rallied Saturday night, ultimately passing Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go and winning his second consecutive NASCAR Cup...

Blacksmithing nonprofit helps veterans forge new future

Sep. 22, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Steve Hotz found his groove in blacksmithing. He also found peace. The medically retired Gulf War veteran is the director of Black Horse Forge, a Stafford County-based nonprofit focused on supporting veterans and first responders. Work at the forge helps participants learn the...