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Beamer Ball here to stay

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has given football coach Frank Beamer a two-year contract extension. Athletic director Whit Babcock announced the extension on Wednesday, which will keep the winningest active coach at the Division I level on the Hokies’ sideline through Jan. 1, 2019. Financial terms were not released. Babcock says the extension is [...]

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Feds reviewing Reynolds’ deal to buy Lorillard

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal regulators are putting Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.’s planned $25 billion takeover of rival Newport maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company said Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has asked for additional information as part of an antitrust review of the deal. The [...]

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Budget Cuts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to come [...]

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No. 7 UCLA comes east to face Virginia

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia has a new quarterback and all sorts of optimism heading into its opener. The Cavaliers also have one of the most formidable opponents in the country in No. 7 UCLA. The Bruins have two players — dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker and running back Myles Jack — expected [...]

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Va. gets grant for education, workforce trainin

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia has been selected to receive a $170,000 grant to help better align education and workforce training with economic development priorities. In addition to the grant from the National Governor’s Association, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that Virginia also has been selected to participate in an 18 month national policy academy [...]

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Testimony wraps up in former Va. governor trial

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An FBI agent testified Thursday, August 28, that former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife spent many nights together in the governor’s mansion, a final effort to undercut the defense argument that the couple’s failing marriage made a conspiracy implausible. The agent was the final witness jurors heard from in the McDonnells’ [...]

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Military pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

  DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials said Thursday, August 28, bringing to a sad end an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers. Col. James Keefe announced the news [...]

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McAuliffe orders cuts to Virginia state agencies

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is ordering state agency heads to come up with across-the-board budget cuts for the next two years in order to cope with a more than $880 million budget shortfall. McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, sent a memo to agency chiefs on Friday ordering them to [...]

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Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

  WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media [...]

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Toddler drowns in Northern Virginia

  WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Prince William County police say they’re investigating the apparently accidental drowning of a 20-month-old girl in a family swimming pool in Woodbridge. Police said Wednesday that officers were called Tuesday afternoon to the home on Ohio Ave. They found Nichole Moran unresponsive in the pool. They began CPR and took [...]

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High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Same-sex couples will have to forget their plans to marry in Virginia — at least for now — after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to delay an appeals court ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban. The nation’s highest court granted a request from a county clerk in [...]

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