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Aircraft carrier Bush to begin heading home to Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is set to begin heading to its homeport in Norfolk. According to the Navy, the ship was relieved in the Arabian Gulf by the carrier Carl Vinson on Saturday, Oct 18, and should soon depart for home. The USS George H.W. Bush was deployed in mid-February. [...]

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$1m gang violence initiative launched in Norfolk

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities have launched a $1 million initiative to reduce gang and gun violence in Norfolk. Attorney General Mark R. Herring, Rep. Bobby Scott and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced the community-based effort on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in a news release. The initiative will be funded with a $500,000 federal grant and $500,000 of asset forfeiture [...]

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Student record label hits campus

    by Chantelle Polite Entertainment Alliance is a student run record label on Norfolk State’s campus. The organization gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents musically by holding different musical events. Entertainment Alliance also houses students from other universities in the Hampton Roads area to join their record label. “The purpose of the [...]

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3 Va. colleges’ support staff pay exceed average

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report says support staff salaries at three public higher education institutions in Virginia exceed the average of similar schools nationally. According to the report, the average salaries of upper- and mid-level support staff at most public higher education institutions were near or below the average of their peers nationally. Average [...]

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Meetings set on Norfolk light rail extension

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Hampton Roads Transit is holding public meetings in Norfolk on extending light rail to Norfolk Naval Station. The first meeting will be held Monday at Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University. Another meeting is scheduled Thursday at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch library. Other meetings will be [...]

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Contract awarded for new facility at NASA Langley

  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A New York City-based company has been awarded a $23 million contract to build a new computational research facility at the NASA Langley Research Center. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Turner Construction Company will build the new 40,000 square-foot facility in Hampton. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1Cvg0uo) that [...]

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Navy to give public tours of 3 warships in Va.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is inviting the public to come aboard and tour three of its warships in Virginia. The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and the guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely and USS Gonzalez will be open to public viewing on Oct. 18. The tours at Naval Station Norfolk are part of Fleet [...]

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NASA-WILDFIRE DRONE

NORFOLK — NASA is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the use of drones to spot wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Va. and northeast N.C. In 2011, a wildifre in the swamp burned for nearly four months and caused poor air quality in the heavily-populated Hampton Roads region on some days [...]

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Va. governor formally presents energy plan

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe formally rolled out his energy plan for Virginia on Tuesday, advocating more renewable sources such as solar and wind, efficiency and traditional resources including natural gas. Federal dollars that have sustained the economies of northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, which has a huge military footprint, can’t be relied on in [...]

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Va. man pleads guilty in tax refund scheme

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Norfolk man faces up to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a tax refund scheme. U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente says 52-year-old Ronald Chisholm pleaded guilty Wednesday, Oct. 15, to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. Chisholm’s sentencing is set for Jan. 22, 2015, in U.S. District [...]

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NASA drones in national airspace to spot wildfires

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — NASA plans to fly small drones to spot fires in a wildlife refuge along the Virginia and North Carolina border next spring, marking the first time the agency has integrated drones into the National Airspace System for wildfire spotting on the East Coast, officials said Wednesday. NASA has previously used [...]

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