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10 indicted in medical fraud case in Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted 10 people on charges related to defrauding the Virginia Medical Assistance Program. According to the 105-count indictment, the defendants conspired to obtain reimbursement payments by submitting false claims for mental health support services in 2011 and 2012. Court records say the owner and operator of [...]

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Court in Va. examines death row isolation policy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts say could have repercussions beyond the state’s borders. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria ruled last year that around-the-clock isolation of condemned inmates is so onerous that [...]

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Va. health officials announce Ebola monitoring

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials are now actively monitoring all travelers arriving in the state from the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel and state Health Commissioner Marissa Levine announced the enhanced precautions Monday. Airport screeners are providing contact information for travelers from [...]

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Man drowns after falling off Virginia Beach bridge

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police have identified a man who drowned after falling off a bridge. Police spokeswoman Tonya Borman tells media outlets that witnesses reported seeing Bernard White fall off the bridge around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Virginia Beach rescue crews recovered the body of the 26-year-old Norfolk man around 6:10 p.m. Saturday. Borman [...]

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Affordable housing conference set in Norfolk

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly 800 Virginia affordable housing advocates, providers and policymakers are expected to attend an annual conference in Norfolk. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development says the three-day 2014 Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference begins Wednesday at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Gov. Terry McAuliffe will speak at a housing awards luncheon on Thursday. The [...]

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Inside Spartan Sports Returns Nov. 1

  NORFOLK, Va. - The Norfolk State football team has a bye this week, and so does Inside Spartan Sports. NSU’s one-hour news and information radio show on Star 1310 AM will not air this week (Oct. 25), but will return in its normal 11 a.m. to noon time slot next Saturday, Nov. 1.  Originally published [...]

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Senator Warner discusses college affordability, easing student debt burden

  An editorial by Sen. Mark Warner My story may be much like yours: I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I was able to pay for my degree by working part time and taking on student debt. And after finishing my education, I tried to start a business but failed [...]

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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 held Oct. 27 at [...]

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Coast Guard rescues 2 near Wachapreague

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued two men after their 17-foot boat ran aground on Cedar Island near Wachapreague. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a report from a concerned friend Friday night saying the two men had departed on a planned 20-minute trip, but had been gone for about two hours. The person [...]

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Underdog Gillespie says he sees path to victory

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In the final stretch of Elizabeth Dole’s successful 2002 Senate race in North Carolina, Ed Gillespie would get up every night at 2 a.m. to check on his candidate’s polling numbers. If the numbers were good, Gillespie, who was helping Dole’s campaign, would go back to sleep. If they were bad, [...]

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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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