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Big Congressional Race May Be Headed for Recount

Conservative Bob Good, who fell out of favor with Trump, is fighting to keep seat

(Newser) - They're still counting votes in Virginia in one of this week's biggest primary contests . GOP Rep. Bob Good—who chairs the conservative House Freedom Caucus but fell out of favor with Donald Trump—trailed challenger John McGuire by about 300 votes in the latest AP tally. Good insists...

Suspect in Murder of 3 Roommates Is Caught

Virginia woman spotted by troopers in New York

(Newser) - Virginia police investigating the murder of three roommates in their home got some help apprehending the main suspect—another roommate—hundreds of miles to the north. New York state troopers spotted Alyssa J. Venable, 23, driving her Honda Civic and detained her after a high-speed chase roughly 100 miles from...

Who Wants to Live in a Lighthouse?
For Sale:
1897 Lighthouse

For Sale: 1897 Lighthouse

At Virginia's Smith Point Lighthouse, you don't even have to change the lamp

(Newser) - You'll get 360-degree views of Chesapeake Bay and plenty of privacy on your very own island. The catch, apart from crabs? You'll be living in a lighthouse. Smith Point Lighthouse, some 2.5 miles off the shore of Reedville, Virginia, at the mouth of the Potomac River, is...

School Board Votes to Bring Back Confederate Names

Decision by Virginia's Shenandoah County school board came despite pushback

(Newser) - A Virginia school board has become the first in the country to restore school names honoring Confederate generals shortly after removing them. The school board in Shenandoah County, Virginia, on Friday approved a proposal to rename Mountain View High School to Stonewall Jackson High School and Honey Run Elementary School...

Sanitation Firm Fined $650K for Hiring Kids to Clean Factories

Fayette Janitorial Service has also agreed to no longer hire minors to work in meatpacking plants

(Newser) - A Tennessee-based sanitation company has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars after a federal investigation found it illegally hired at least two dozen children to clean dangerous meat-processing facilities in Iowa and Virginia. The US Department of Labor announced Monday that Fayette Janitorial Service LLC entered into...

In George Washington's Basement, a 'Spectacular Find'
In George Washington's
Basement, a 'Next Level' Find

In George Washington's Basement, a 'Next Level' Find

Bottles containing whole cherries were likely buried 250 years ago

(Newser) - A bottle of 250-year-old cherries likely intended for George Washington has been found in his former home in Virginia—a discovery that's both sweet and distasteful, as enslaved people likely picked and preserved the fruit at Washington's mansion overlooking the Potomac River. Archaeologists working at the Mount Vernon...

At Reagan Airport, a Near Disaster on Runway

Southwest plane nearly crossed runway in front of departing JetBlue plane Thursday in Virginia

(Newser) - Two planes nearly collided at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, and might have done so if an air traffic controller hadn't yelled "Stop!" Around 7:40am, an air traffic controller instructed Southwest Flight 2937 to cross runway 4 on its way to runway 1....

Virginia Looks to Ban Child Marriage

A bill to end exemption that allows minors to marry was sent to state's governor

(Newser) - Virginia is set to ban marriage before age 18 after legislators sent a bill to Gov. Glenn Youngkin's desk, NPR reports, which would make it the 12th state with laws on the books that prohibit the marriage of minors with no exceptions. The bill knocks out loopholes that allowed...

Former Assistant Principal Indicted in School Shooting

She allegedly showed 'reckless disregard for human life' after boy, 6, brought gun to school

(Newser) - A former assistant principal at a Virginia elementary school has been indicted on eight felony counts of child neglect in the case of a 6-year-old boy who shot and wounded his first-grade teacher in Newport News, Virginia, last year. A special grand jury found that Ebony Parker showed a reckless...

Wildlife Center Gets Creative in Caring for Newborn Fox

Staffers in Richmond, Virginia, dress up in fox costume to keep baby from habituating to humans

(Newser) - Animals often forge a strong bond with the first creature to care for them (typically their mother), a phenomenon called imprinting. So when an abandoned baby fox showed up at Virginia's Richmond Wildlife Center shortly after it was born, staffers wanted to make sure it made the right imprint—...

They Found the Gas Leak. Then, 'Total Devastation'

One firefighter is dead, 12 other people hurt after blast at home in Sterling, Virginia

(Newser) - At least one firefighter is dead and 12 other people are injured after a gas leak check at a Virginia residence ended in an explosion. According to a Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System release, fire crews reported to a home in Sterling around 7:30pm local time on...

Here Are the Most, Least Educated States in America

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, West Virginia brings up the rear

(Newser) - If your mantra is "surround yourself with people smarter than you are," some US states may be a better bet than others, per WalletHub , which looked at the data to see which states offer more in the way of education. The site examined 18 metrics in two main...

Man 'On the Lam' Arrested 30 Years After Wife's Brutal Murder

Virginia's Jose Lazaro Cruz has been extradited back to States after trying to cross into Costa Rica

(Newser) - A Virginia man on the run for more than three decades has been extradited back to the States, wanted in the long-ago killing of his then-estranged young wife. In a Monday presser, officials with the Fairfax County PD announced that Jose Lazaro Cruz is in their custody, nearly two years...

Retiring Soon? Consider These States

Florida comes in first in WalletHub's rankings; Kentucky is last

(Newser) - Whether you're nearing retirement age or simply planning way ahead, where you ultimately stick out your golden years can make a big difference in how you live those years, and how much it affects your pocketbook. WalletHub looked at all 50 states, using nearly four dozen metrics in three...

Virginia County Finds 4K Misreported Votes From 2020

Joe Biden was shorted during the last election, per officials in Prince William County

(Newser) - Former President Trump complains often about the results of the last presidential election, with no evidence to back up his claims, but in one part of Virginia, it's current President Biden who could have a valid beef. Per the Hill , officials in Prince William County have revealed that about...

Suspect Named in 3 Cold Case Murders in Virginia

Authorities investigate links the deceased Alan Wade Wilmer Sr. may have to other killings

(Newser) - If he were alive today, Alan Wade Wilmer Sr. would be charged in three cold case murders. But the fisherman and hunter—positively linked to two of the "Colonial Parkway Murders," a series of double killings in the late 1980s, as well as the murder of a woman—...

Woman Whose Son Shot Teacher Gets More Prison

Deja Taylor sentenced to another two years on child neglect charge

(Newser) - The mother of a 6-year-old who shot his teacher in Virginia was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for felony child neglect, nearly a year after her son used her gun to critically wound the educator. Friday's sentencing was the second time Deja Taylor was held to account...

Washington Capitals, Wizards Are Planning a Move

Owner plans to move NHL, NBA teams to Virginia in 2028 under nonbinding agreement

(Newser) - The owner of the Washington Capitals and Wizards plans to move both teams from the District of Columbia to northern Virginia, about 8 miles south, in as little as five years. Monumental Sports & Entertainment owner Ted Leonsis and Virginia's Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a nonbinding agreement Wednesday...

Candidate Outed Over Sex Videos: I Won't Be the Last
Candidate Outed Over Sex
Videos Issues a Warning

Candidate Outed Over Sex Videos Issues a Warning

Virginia Susanna Gibson says this is going to be an ongoing issue for younger candidates

(Newser) - Nurse practitioner Susanna Gibson was running an otherwise ordinary campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates earlier this year when the Washington Post came out with a story that upended both her campaign and personal life . The story revealed the 40-year-old Gibson had been livestreaming sex videos on a pornographic...

As Cops Converged on House With a Warrant, It Exploded

'I actually thought a plane exploded,' says witness in Arlington, Virginia

(Newser) - Hours before a massive explosion destroyed a duplex and shook a Virginia suburb of Washington, DC, a suspect inside his home fired a flare gun 30 to 40 times into the neighborhood, drawing a large police response, officials said Tuesday. All officers escaped serious injury, but it was unclear what...

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