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police line ups getting better

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has made great strides in the past year in improving police lineup procedures, but a state crime panel agreed Tuesday that more should be done to guard against faulty eyewitness identifications. Police lineups are under scrutiny because 13 of the 16 people wrongly convicted in Virginia and later exonerated by [...]

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A mammoth, but careful restoration at Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday, October 20th, as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “It’s coming,” called one of four technicians perched on [...]

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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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Virginia aquarium to release 3 sea turtles

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team is releasing three rehabilitated sea turtles. A loggerhead sea turtle named Wolverine, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Lex Luther and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Loki will be released Monday,October 20th, afternoon along the shore in Virginia Beach. A Tangier Island [...]

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Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

  FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday, October 20th, with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also [...]

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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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Do remains belong to missing Virginia student?

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police blocked off roads, sifted through leaves and scoured a rural area where they found remains that could be missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. It’s not clear how long it will take authorities to identify the remains they discovered over the weekend, about 12 miles from campus. Police [...]

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