• Tuesday March 28th, 2017 Icicles hang off a strawberry plant Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, in Plant City, Fla. Temperatures overnight in the fields dipped into the low 30's. Farmers spray water on their crops to protect the plants from being damaged by a freeze.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Unseasonably warm winter weather followed by a cold snap late this month has central Virginia orchard owners and farm managers trying to assess the damage to their crops. The Roanoke Times reports ( ) the recent weather mostly took a toll on fruits such as peaches, nectarines and plums that were blooming when the weather suddenly changed. Late-blooming tree fruits like apples ...
  • Tuesday March 28th, 2017 mcauliffe-2
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he wants to reinstitute a law limiting gun sales to one handgun a month. The governor, a Democrat, said Monday he was adding an amendment an unrelated bill related to concealed carry permits to include a provision reinstituting a 1993 one-handgun-a-month law. McAuliffe’s proposal has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled General Assembly. The governor said the law, which ...
  • Tuesday March 28th, 2017 redcross
    The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations. Type O negative blood and type AB plasma are two of the most in-demand ...
  • Monday March 27th, 2017 mcauliffe-2
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed legislation that would allow people protected under a court order to carry a hidden handgun without getting a permit. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said Friday that the bill “perpetuates the dangerous fiction” that domestic violence victims would be safer if they were armed. Democrats have generally opposed the bill, saying it would encourage victims of abuse to ...
  • Monday March 27th, 2017 ed gillespie
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) – Former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has won a straw poll in Fairfax County in the race for the GOP nomination for Virginia governor. Gillespie took about 56 percent of the vote Saturday in a straw poll at Robinson Secondary School during a candidate event hosted by the Fairfax County Republican Committee. Gillespie will face off in a June 13 primary against ...
  • Monday March 27th, 2017 identity theft
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia taxpayers may have to wait a little longer for expected tax refunds as state officials work to combat tax refund fraud related to identity theft. State officials have mailed about 104,000 letters to taxpayers this year asking for additional information to verify their identities. Officials say the extra paperwork helps ensure refunds go to the right people. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) ...
  • Friday March 24th, 2017 uva
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Faculty members at the University of Virginia are calling on the search committee for the school’s next president to choose someone with an academic background. The Daily Progress reports ( ) that faculty members said at a public meeting this week that they believe the next president should have experience in higher education, as opposed to business or politics. Other universities have hired ...
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