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Crab season shortened in Virginia, Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland and Virginia will end their respective crabbing seasons early this year, following a report indicating a drop in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population. News outlets report that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that its crab season will end Nov. 20, 10 days earlier than 2016’s extended […]

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MATHEWS VOTES TO REPAIR SCHOOL ROOF IN TIME FOR FALL CLASSES

The Mathews County School Board voted unanimously to spend $236,000 to repair the Lee-Jackson Elementary School gymnasium roof, where more than a year ago, the truss system was damaged and the roof failed, following a winter storm. First Class Contracting of Richmond submitted the most complete and responsive bid for the project, which includes the […]

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25-ACRE OYSTER REEF CREATED

25 acres of new oyster habitat have been created in the Piankatank River as part of the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery Project. The Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has taken the lead as the federal agency in charge of implementing the $2 million reef project, all designed to provide a variety of habitat […]

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Former officer who fatally shot unarmed teen loses appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A former Virginia police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed teen has lost an appeal. Portsmouth’s prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that a state appeals court in Richmond has denied the petition. Stephen Rankin was convicted last year of voluntary manslaughter after he fatally shot 18-year-old William Chapman II. […]

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Ex-convict sues state, jail for jailing him too long

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – A former convict is suing the Virginia Beach Jail and the state Department of Corrections for allegedly jailing him for 77 days longer than his sentence required. The Virginian-Pilot reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of John Louis Freeman Sr. The lawsuit […]

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