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Balloon crash looms over U. of Richmond graduation

By LARRY O’DELL Associated Press DOSWELL, Va. (AP) – The University of Richmond community prepares for graduation with heavy hearts after two athletic staff members were aboard a hot air balloon in a fiery crash in Virginia. Undergraduate commencement was scheduled for the afternoon. Meanwhile, investigators were planning to resume their efforts to scour the […]

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McAuliffe announces train task force

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is creating a new rail safety task force in the wake of a train derailment in Lynchburg. McAuliffe surveyed the site of the derailment Friday and announced the formation of the new task force. He says Virginia needs to be a national leader in preventing and preparing for […]

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U. of Richmond: 2 athletic staffers on Va. balloon

DOSWELL, Va. (AP) – University of Richmond administrators say that two members of its women’s basketball staff were aboard a hot-air balloon that went down in a fiery crash. A university news release says that assistant coach Ginny Doyle and director of basketball operations Natalie Lewis were aboard the balloon that crashed Friday. President Edward […]

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Wind Energy Grant

Dominion Virginia Power will get up to another $47 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help build off-shore wind turbines. The demonstration project is one of three the DOE is funding as it looks for ways to cut the cost of offshore wind projects. Dominion will use the money to help build turbines […]

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Urbanna Budget Meeting Held

The Urbanna Town Council plans to begin work on the FY15 budget at its work session on Friday. The meeting begins at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the town hall, and the public is invited. The proposed budget contains no increases in the tax rates or water rates. The real estate tax rate […]

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Virginia Women and Motorcycles

The number of female motorcycle riders in the nation and in Virginia has soared in the past decade while crash fatalities, at least here in Virginia, are going the other way. According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, the number of female operators shot up from 4.3 million in 2003 to 7.1 million in 2009, the […]

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Fort Nonsense Ceremony

The grand opening ceremony for Fort Nonsense, Mathews County’s new historical park, will start at 10:00 A.M. this Saturday with J. Michael Moore, historian and curator at Lee Hall Mansion, as the keynote speaker. During the all day event, visitors will be able to experience life as it was during the American Civil War. A […]

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Sunken Barge Removed

That sunken barge in Urbanna Creek is no more. The sunken 50-ton steel barge that had been on the bottom of the creek since April 2012, was removed last week. The sunken barge was deemed a boating hazard, and its location had been marked on the water’s surface to alert boaters to avoid that area. […]

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McAuliffe to be brief on train cleanup

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to meet with responders from last week’s Lynchburg train derailment. The governor is travelling to Lynchburg Friday morning to thank officials for their work and receive a briefing regarding ongoing cleanup efforts. Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the 17-car derailment of a CSX […]

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Coast Guard: Kayaker missing on Potomac

COLES POINT, Va. (AP) – The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a 23-year-old man after his kayak was found overturned on the Potomac River. Officials say a friend reported the kayaker missing Wednesday. The friend told authorities that they left Coles Point Marina in Virginia for Tall Timbers Marina on the Maryland […]

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