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Youngkin Policy for Transgender Students Upends Northam's

Teachers can't be made to call students by name, pronouns of choice: draft of revamped guidelines

(Newser) - A new draft for "model policies" within Virginia's public schools was released Friday, designed to replace those put in place in 2021 by former Gov. Ralph Northam for transgender and nonbinary students. Per WRIC , the new guidelines from the state's Department of Education under GOP Gov. Glenn...

Restaurant Apologizes for 'Appalling' 9/11 Tribute Menu

It included Remember-tini cocktail, Flight 93 crab dip

(Newser) - A country club in Virginia has apologized for what critics called a stunningly insensitive commemoration of the 9/11 attacks—a special September 11 menu that included dishes like the First Responder Flatbread, 9/11 Oysters, and the 2977 Chowder, an apparent reference to the number of people killed in the attacks....

Guy's Joke About Lottery Win Proves a Prescient One

Charles Smith of Newport News, Va., joked with wife he'd hit it big, then won nearly $230K

(Newser) - Charles Smith is probably joking about a lot more these days. That's because a wisecrack he made to his wife earlier this summer turned out to be prescient, and he's now nearly $230,000 richer, per WAVY . The man from Newport News, Va., was saying goodbye one day...

Firefighter Battled Blaze He Allegedly Set

Ray Boyd Kerns charged with felony arson, destruction of property in Woodstock, Va.

(Newser) - A volunteer firefighter who helped put out a blaze in Woodstock, Va., on Friday is also the person who set it, authorities say. A surveillance camera spotted Ray Boyd Kerns of the Woodstock Fire Department outside an abandoned multi-story, 22,000-square-foot building 30 minutes before a fire was reported by...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In
This Is the Best
State to Live In

This Is the Best State to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - There's no one perfect state in the US to live in, but you can likely find the perfect state for you. WalletHub looked at all 50 of them, examining more than four dozen metrics in five main categories: affordability, including home prices, taxes, and cost of living; economy (e....

They Were Enjoying Happy Hour. Then, 'Pure Panic'

14 hurt, 4 critically, after vehicle smashes into pub in Arlington, Va.

(Newser) - Fourteen people kicking off the weekend outside of DC were injured Friday night when a vehicle slammed into the side of a pub in Arlington, Va., setting the building on fire. NBC News reports that four people were critically hurt after the car plowed through the front of Ireland's...

The Business Climate Is Tops in This State

North Carolina comes out on top in CNBC survey of best, worst US states for business

(Newser) - Looking to close a deal? Conducting business and staying competitive can prove a challenging endeavor, but in some states, the business world is booming. CNBC has released its 15th annual "America's Top States for Business" survey to help point movers and shakers in the right direction. It scores...

Virginia Authorities Looking for 44 People After Devastating Floods
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After Virginia Flash Floods
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Everyone Is Safe After Virginia Flash Floods

More than 40 were initially unaccounted for in southwestern part of state

(Newser) - Update: Everybody is safe in southwestern Virginia after major flooding. Authorities initially counted more than 40 people as unaccounted for in Buchanan County, but they have since tracked everyone down, reports the Washington Post . "We are also happy to report that we are at zero fatalities," says county...

Richmond Police: 'Hero Citizen' Thwarted July 4 Shooting Plot

The intended target was reportedly the Dogwood Dell

(Newser) - Updated with more details on the alleged plot. Police in Richmond, Va., on Wednesday said a mass shooting was planned for their city on July 4, but that they fielded a tip that allowed them to thwart the plot. In an afternoon press conference, Police Chief Gerald Smith said a...

After Hearing, Alleged Killer of CEO Asks to Order Pizza

Joshua Danehower 'wanted to reconnect' with wife of Gret Glyer, documents state

(Newser) - A motive may have been established in the shocking murder of a nonprofit CEO at his Virginia home. According to court documents seen by Fox , the man accused of killing Gret Glyer is Glyer's wife's ex-boyfriend and had been seeking to reconnect with her. Court documents state that...

Cops: FedEx Worker Killed Nonprofit Founder as He Slept

Joshua Danehower arrested in murder of Gret Glyer

(Newser) - Police in Virginia are trying to determine the connection between the founder of a charity fundraising website and the FedEx worker accused of murdering him as he slept. The Fairfax County Police Department says Gret Glyer, 32, was shot in his bed at around 3am on June 24, Fox reports....

After Fatally Forgetting His Son in Car, Dad Kills Self

18-month-old was never dropped off at his Virginia daycare

(Newser) - Police say a father in Chesterfield County, Va., took his own life shortly after realizing he'd left his 18-month-old son in his car Tuesday and the child died. At some point in the morning, the man realized he'd left the boy in the car and brought him inside...

Congressional Candidate's Abortion Remarks Under Fire
Congressional Candidate's
Abortion Remarks Under Fire
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Congressional Candidate's Abortion Remarks Under Fire

Virginia Republican Yesli Vega suggests pregnancy isn't as likely after rape

(Newser) - It hasn't taken long for the question of abortion to surface as a point of controversy in at least one congressional race. Axios has produced audio of Republican candidate Yesli Vega in Virginia suggesting it's plausible that pregnancy isn't as likely after rape. Vega faces Democratic incumbent...

Missing at Sea for 11 Days, Va. Couple Emerges

Yanni Nikopoulos, Dale Jones OK after boat hit stormy weather in Atlantic, knocking out radio

(Newser) - On June 8, Yanni Nikopoulos and Dale Jones set sail from a marina in Hampton, Va., bound for the Azores archipelago in Portugal, then Greece. Five days later, one of Jones' daughters heard from them, and the news wasn't good: They were caught in stormy weather conditions in the...

In Alabama, an Unusual Test of Trump's Influence

Former president initially endorsed Mo Brooks in Senate race, then unendorsed him

(Newser) - A handful of states are holding contests Tuesday at the midpoint of a primary season that has been shaped by former President Trump's effort to influence the GOP, per the AP . Nowhere is that more in evidence than in Alabama, where GOP Rep. Mo Brooks and fellow Republican Katie...

Sitting Near Cliff's Edge, He 'Spontaneously Slumped'

Paul Classen of the Netherlands dies after falling 50 feet near Virginia's McAfee Knob

(Newser) - A Dutch hiker attempting to conquer a portion of the Appalachian Trail has died after falling from a cliff in Virginia. Paul "Grandmaster" Classen, 23, who was known to carry a chess set with him, fell 50 feet from a cliff just north of the iconic 3,200-foot-tall McAfee...

13 Shot at Graduation Parties in Virginia and Texas, 1 Fatally

Gunfire kills 20-year-old after fights break out

(Newser) - More than a dozen people were shot, one fatally, at graduation parties in Virginia and Texas on Friday night. Gunfire erupted during a gathering in central Virginia, about 15 miles south of Richmond, police said Saturday, killing a 20-year-old man and wounding seven other young people. Two separate fights among...

2 Missing Women Were Whisked Over Dam
2 Missing After
River Float Goes Awry

2 Missing After River Float Goes Awry

Women were part of a group whisked over 12-foot dam in Virginia

(Newser) - Crews are searching for two missing women, part of a group of floaters who were whisked over a 12-foot dam in Virginia on Memorial Day. A dozen people on rafts and paddleboards took to the James River from Watkins Landing in Powhatan, intending to reach shore at Robious Landing in...

Millennials, You May Want to Head to This State

Washington ranks first in WalletHub's rankings for most appealing places for the 26-41 set

(Newser) - Whether you call them Generation Y or millennials, the group wedged between Generation X and Generation Z—ie, those born between 1981 and 1996 —has its own particular wants and needs when looking for a place to settle down. WalletHub wanted to figure out the most appealing states for...

Virginia Republicans Take Barnes & Noble to Court

Judge finds probable cause that 2 books are obscene, may bar sale to minors

(Newser) - A judge in Virginia is considering whether to issue a restraining order against Barnes & Noble, after saying there's probable cause that two books it sells are obscene. The request for a restraining order accompanies a lawsuit filed by two Republicans, state Del. Timothy Anderson and congressional candidate Tommy...

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