Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules
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Oil train wrecks increase pressure for tougher safety rules

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery wrecks of trains hauling crude oil have intensified pressure on the Obama administration to approve tougher standards for railroads and tank cars despite industry complaints that it could cost billions and slow freight deliveries. On Feb. 5, the Transportation Department sent the White House draft rules that would require oil … Continue reading

Amtrak cancels trains between DC, Norfolk, Va., due to snow
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Amtrak cancels trains between DC, Norfolk, Va., due to snow

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak has suspended some train service due to the winter weather moving through the mid-Atlantic region. Northeast Regional trains between Norfolk, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia were cancelled Thursday, along with the Northeast Regional between Newport News, Virginia and Washington. Amtrak says the Palmetto train that operates between New York City and … Continue reading

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Customers of Columbia Gas of Virginia to see bills dip

  CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Customers of Columbia Gas of Virginia will see their monthly bills drop in March because of what the company says is abundant and reliable domestic supplies of natural gas. The Chesterfield-based energy supplier has more than 250,000 customers in suburban Richmond, central and northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and elsewhere. The company … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education

Virginia Wesleyan board names Scott Miller as president

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Bethany College President Scott Miller has been named president of Virginia Wesleyan College. Virginia Wesleyan says its Board of Trustees chose Miller on Wednesday during a special meeting. Miller will succeed William T. Greer, who will retire in June. Miller has served as president of the private college in West Virginia for eight years. … Continue reading

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Va. panel kills bill to arm school officers with stun guns

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee has killed a proposal to allow school security officers to be armed with stun guns, pepper spray and similar weapons. The Republican-controlled Education and Health Committee rejected the measure Thursday on an 8-6 vote. Two Republicans, Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach and Thomas Garrett of Buckingham County, joined minority Democrats in … Continue reading

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‘Snow Buddy’ program seeking volunteer snow shoveler’s

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — a program that helps residents of three Hampton Roads cities shovel out if they can’t is looking for volunteers. The Virginia Beach humanitarian organization Operation Blessing operates the “Snow Buddy” program in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Since a storm left parts of Virginia under nearly a foot of snow this … Continue reading

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Virginia War Memorial has teamed up with bestselling author David L. Robbins to host ‘The Mighty Pen Project’

  RICHMOND, Va – Jon Hatfield, Executive Director at Virginia War Memorial, and bestselling author and Richmond native David L. Robbins are teaming up to host ‘The Mighty Pen Project,’ an opportunity for military veterans to share their stories. ‘The Mighty Pen Project’ is a ten-week seminar open to those who served in the military and … Continue reading