Virginia State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/TVO279Y3BX/feeder Virginia State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 29 Aug 2020 14:22:00 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Northam, fellow Virginians take advantage of first day of early voting in Virginia https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/northam-fellow-virginians-take-advantage-of-first-day-of-early-voting-in-virginia/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:235af42f-65d1-85bc-85ab-74fc719d63e5 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:45:02 +0000 ov. Ralph Northam and Virginians across the commonwealth turned out to vote on the first day of the 45-day in-person voting period ahead of the November 2020 election. <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) &#8212; Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginians across the commonwealth turned out to vote on the first day of the 45-day in-person voting period ahead of the November 2020 election. </p> <p>Northam voted Friday morning at the Richmond general registrar&#8217;s office, and said Virginians can be sure their vote is secure whether it&#8217;s made in-person or by mail.</p> <p>&#8220;Virginians can be confident their vote is secure, and will be counted,”&nbsp;Northam said. “While the pandemic has made this an unprecedented election year, Virginia voters have several safe and easy ways to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Voting is an essential part of our democracy, and I encourage every Virginia voter to know their options and make a plan for safely casting their ballot.”</p> <p>In-person voting is taking place at local registrar’s offices across the state, as well as satellite locations <strong><a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/chesapeake/chesapeake-council-approves-in-person-satellite-voting-locations-at-city-libraries/">such as public libraries</a></strong>. It runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 31, the Saturday before Election Day (Nov. 3).</p> <p><em><strong>To find your satellite voting location, <a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/your-local-election-hq/voter-guide-what-you-need-to-know-before-casting-your-ballot-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/">click here.</a> </strong></em></p> <h2>Latest Posts: </h2> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/180000-face-masks-donated-to-richmond-public-school-students/">180,000 face masks donated to Richmond Public School students</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/northam-fellow-virginians-take-advantage-of-first-day-of-early-voting-in-virginia/">Northam, fellow Virginians take advantage of first day of early voting in Virginia</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/hanover-county/hanover-elementary-school-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/">Hanover elementary school employee tests positive for COVID-19</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/local-sports/richmond-kickers-saturday-game-postponed-positive-covid-19-test-on-visiting-team/">Richmond Kickers&#8217; Saturday match postponed; positive COVID-19 test on visiting team</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/weather/stormtracker-8-daily-forecast/">StormTracker 8: Slow clearing skies with breezy conditions</a></li> </ul> Hanover elementary school employee tests positive for COVID-19 https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/hanover-county/hanover-elementary-school-employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:609409e3-855e-d403-8276-3a3b696c2e35 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 16:42:12 +0000 A second employee at Kersey Creek Elementary School in Hanover County has tested positive for COVID-19, school officials said. <p>HANOVER COUNTY, Va. 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(WAVY) &#8212; Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginians across the commonwealth turned out to vote on the first day of the 45-day in-person voting period ahead of the November 2020 election. Northam voted Friday morning at the Richmond general registrar&#8217;s office, and said Virginians can be sure their vote is secure whether it&#8217;s made [&#8230;] <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; Gov. Ralph Northam and Virginians across the commonwealth turned out to vote on the first day of the 45-day in-person voting period ahead of the November 2020 election. </p> <p>Northam voted Friday morning at the Richmond general registrar&#8217;s office, and said Virginians can be sure their vote is secure whether it&#8217;s made in-person or by mail.</p> <p>&#8220;Virginians can be confident their vote is secure, and will be counted,”&nbsp;Northam said. “While the pandemic has made this an unprecedented election year, Virginia voters have several safe and easy ways to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Voting is an essential part of our democracy, and I encourage every Virginia voter to know their options and make a plan for safely casting their ballot.”</p> <div class="wp-block-buttons aligncenter"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-very-light-gray-color has-background" href="https://www.wavy.com/news/your-local-election-hq/voter-guide-what-you-need-to-know-before-casting-your-ballot-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/" style="background-color:#0071a1" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>WAVY.com Voter Guide</strong></a></div> </div> <p>In-person voting is taking place at local registrar’s offices across the state, as well as satellite locations <strong><a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/chesapeake/chesapeake-council-approves-in-person-satellite-voting-locations-at-city-libraries/">such as public libraries</a></strong>. It runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 31, the Saturday before Election Day (Nov. 3).</p> <p>There was a relatively long line at the Virginia Beach registrar early Friday. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-631963" srcset="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg 4608w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?resize=300,138 300w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?resize=768,352 768w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?resize=1280,587 1280w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?resize=1536,704 1536w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?resize=2048,939 2048w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/IMG_20200918_091842.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>Voters line up in Virginia Beach on the first day of early voting on Virginia for the 2020 election. </figcaption></figure> <p>In Hampton, the Hampton branch of the NAACP is holding a National Black Voter Day&nbsp;event at noon at the satellite voting location at the old courthouse at 101 Kings Way. </p> <p><a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/elections/in-person-early-voting-in-virginia-starts-friday/"><strong>Registrar Walt Latham in York County told WAVY</strong></a> that voters should bring their patience, with long lines expected. 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(WRIC) &#8212; The Richmond headquarters for the Republican Party of Virginia was damaged by vandalism last week for the second time this summer, the party&#8217;s chairman said last Friday. A photo shared by state party spokesman John March showed that the front door and window had been shattered and glass scattered around the entrance. </p> <p>Rich Anderson, the party&#8217;s chairman, claimed Gov. Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, two Democrats, &#8220;enabled&#8221; the vandalism by neglecting to address protests, some of which have turned violent, that have taken place in the city during the summer. </p> <p>&#8220;In prior months, these violent attacks on families and businesses in Virginia’s capital city have gone unchecked by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, whose neglect enabled last night’s attack on the building that has been the home of millions of Virginia Republicans for four decades,&#8221; Anderson said in a statement on Sept. 11. </p> <p>Anderson called on Northam and Stoney to condemn the vandalism, which he labeled &#8220;a clear attempt to induce a sense of terror in Virginia Republicans.&#8221; Stoney, who has faced criticism during the protests and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/protestors-gathered-at-mayor-stoneys-apartment-tuesday-night/" target="_blank"><strong>even had a group of demonstrators gather outside his Richmond apartment</strong></a>, reacted to the damage done to the GOP headquarters on Twitter. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-575507" width="766" height="574" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg 1280w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=766,574 766w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 766px" /><figcaption>A photo shared by state party spokesman John March showed that the front door and window were shattered and glass was scattered around the entrance. (Photo taken by John March)</figcaption></figure> <p>&#8220;Although I may not agree with this party&#8217;s stances, violence and vandalism have no place in this city,&#8221; <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/LevarStoney/status/1304448736551227392?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Stoney wrote.</a></strong> &#8220;Destruction is not how we win arguments.&#8221; </p> <p>Protests erupted in cities across the country, including Richmond, in the wake of George Floyd&#8217;s killing by police in Minneapolis on May 25. Demonstrations continued in Virginia&#8217;s capital city throughout much of the summer months, especially in late May and June, prompting Stoney to ask Northam <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/breaking-news/gov-northam-declares-state-of-emergency-after-weekend-violence-in-richmond/" target="_blank"><strong>to impose a curfew</strong></a>. </p> <p>The curfew eventually ended days later but not before <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/richmond-police-arrested-233-people-on-sunday-night-most-were-for-curfew-violations/" target="_blank"><strong>more than 200 people were arrested</strong></a> for violating it during protests and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/protesters-march-through-richmond-for-4th-consecutive-night/" target="_blank"><strong>tear gas was fired at demonstrators</strong></a> near the Robert E. Lee statue on Richmond&#8217;s Monument Avenue before the 8 p.m. curfew on June 1. </p> <p>The Virginia GOP, who said the total cost of the damage was not clear, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/VA_GOP/status/1304424654812176385?s=20" target="_blank"><strong>tried to link the damage</strong></a> done to its headquarters to policies backed by Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden.</p> <p>March, the spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia, said in an interview Tuesday with 8News that a staff member noticed the broken glass when they arrived at the headquarters early last Friday. The employee informed authorities and filed a police report. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-576481" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg 4032w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=2048,1536 2048w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>The glass door and window at the Richmond headquarters for the Republican Party of Virginia has been boarded up since last week&#8217;s damage. (Photo taken by 8News&#8217; Dean Mirshahi)</figcaption></figure> <p>When asked whether there&#8217;s any evidence linking the vandalism to protesters in the city, March said there was none but to &#8220;put two and two together,&#8221; citing the general sentiment of the party throughout Richmond and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/crime/suspects-sought-in-wells-fargo-vandalism-break-in-amid-richmond-riots/" target="_blank"><strong>damage done to a bank&#8217;s ATM across the street in May</strong></a>. It was around that time when, according to March, one of the windows at the headquarters was smashed. </p> <p>The state GOP spokesman noted that the party doesn&#8217;t entirely disagree with what the recent demonstrations have been about, but does take exception to the &#8220;misplaced anger directed at Republicans.&#8221; March dismissed unfounded claims that the vandalism was possibly &#8220;an inside job,&#8221; a phrase March used himself, laughing it off as an effort from internet trolls. </p> <p>&#8220;Dumbest thing I&#8217;ve heard,&#8221; March said of the notion that the party tried to frame protesters. When asked if that was the official response from the Virginia GOP, he paused for a moment and said &#8220;the stupidest thing I&#8217;ve heard.&#8221; </p> <p>March added that the party will still have to cover some of the cost from the vandalism, including deductibles and expenses, despite their insurance. Richmond police spokesman James Mercante told 8News on Thursday that the lead detective on the case has yet to find any images of anyone in the area at the time, the incident took place between Thursday evening and Friday morning, &#8220;but is continuing to canvass for cameras in the area that may have captured usable images.&#8221;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-576479" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg 4032w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=2048,1536 2048w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>The surveillance camera outside the front entrance of the headquarters of the Republican Party of Virginia in Richmond was &#8220;pointed down&#8221; during the recent vandalism overnight. (Photo taken by 8News&#8217; Dean Mirshahi)</figcaption></figure> <p>The detective, according to Mercante, does not believe the vandalism came after a large-scale demonstration but was the result of an isolated incident. Mercante added that the detective &#8220;has some individuals with private cameras to coordinate with to view the images&#8221; but running down every possibility takes time with the government, public and private buildings in the area.</p> <p>The GOP&#8217;s headquarters in Richmond won&#8217;t be able to provide any footage as its surveillance camera was &#8220;pointed down&#8221; when the damage occurred, March said. He added that &#8220;all the cameras in the world won&#8217;t help with a mask.&#8221;</p> <p>When asked if there was any extra precautions being put in place since the incident or if any employees have expressed concerns with returning to work, March said in jest, &#8220;No, we&#8217;re Republicans,&#8221; before saying that the party is &#8220;exploring options&#8221; on adding safety measures. </p> Coronavirus update: Local colleges seeing decrease in COVID-19 cases https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-update-states-positivity-rate-drops-to-6-6-percent/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:ba7dbc80-c1d2-944c-bcd8-e9a3ad95448f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:37:08 +0000 Here's the latest update from the Virginia Department of Health for Friday, September 18. <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; Here&#8217;s the latest update from the Virginia Department of Health for Friday, September 18.</p> <p>According to the health department Virginia now has 138,702 cases including 132,090 confirmed and 6,612 probable. A total of 10,520 people have been hospitalized due to the virus and 2,949 people have died.</p> <p>The current 7-day positivity rate across all health districts in the state is 6.6 percent.</p> <h2>Upcoming testing locations</h2> <p><strong>Richmond</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Tuesday, September 22 &#8212; </strong>Neighborhood Resource Center in Greater Fulton&nbsp;4:00 PM &#8211; 6:00 PM</li><li><strong>Thursday, September 24 &#8212; </strong>Neighborhood Resource Center in Greater Fulton&nbsp;4:00 PM &#8211; 6:00 PM</li></ul> <p>Call the COVID-19 hotline to register: (804) 205-3501</p> <p><strong>Chesterfield</strong></p> <p><strong>Beulah United Methodist Church</strong></p> <ul><li>6930 Hopkins Road</li><li>5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 16, 23 and 30</li></ul> <p><strong>Walmsley Boulevard United Methodist Church</strong></p> <ul><li>2950 Walmsley Blvd.</li><li>5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 15, 17, 22 and 29</li></ul> <p><strong>Cornerstone Church</strong></p> <ul><li>10551 Chalkley Road</li><li>1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 17 and 24</li><li>5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 21 and 28</li></ul> <h2><strong>COVID-19 at local universities</strong></h2> <p><em><strong><a href="https://together.vcu.edu/dashboard/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Virginia Commonwealth University</a></strong></em></p> <p>As of Sept. 18, the college has reported:</p> <ul><li>41 active student cases and 8 active employee cases of COVID-19.</li><li>9 students are in isolation on campus.</li><li>17 students are in quarantine on campus.</li></ul> <p><strong><em><a href="https://www.richmond.edu/coronavirus/dashboard/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">University of Richmond</a></em></strong></p> <p>As of Sept. 16, here is what the college has reported:</p> <ul><li>15 total cases and 0 active cases of COVID-19.</li><li>The university said there were 25 people who tested positive before arriving on campus.</li><li>0.4 percent cumulative testing positivity rate</li></ul> <p><strong><em><a href="https://www.jmu.edu/stop-the-spread/dashboard.shtml" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">James Madison University</a></em></strong></p> <p>The university’s dashboard as of Sept. 18 shows that:</p> <ul><li>261 total (students and employees) active cases.</li><li>1,140 people have recovered from the virus since July.</li><li>The overall positivity rate of the university’s health center’s test is 24.62%</li><li>Read about one JMU student’s experience with COVID-19&nbsp;<strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/jmu-student-returns-home-with-covid-19-and-stories-of-insufficient-efforts-to-contain-the-virus/" target="_blank">here.</a></strong></li></ul> <h3><strong>COVID-19 Cases in Central Virginia</strong></h3> <div class="wp-block-group"><div class="wp-block-group__inner-container"> <ul><li><strong>Charles City County</strong>: 81 cases, 5 death</li><li><strong>Chesterfield County</strong>: 5,702 cases, 90 deaths</li><li><strong>City of Colonial Heights</strong>: 242 cases, 24 deaths</li><li><strong>City of Hopewell</strong>: 378 cases, 7 deaths</li><li><strong>City of Richmond</strong>: 4,434 cases, 55 deaths</li><li><strong>Dinwiddie County:</strong> 355 cases, 10 deaths</li><li><strong>Goochland County</strong>: 254 cases, 7 deaths</li><li><strong>Hanover County</strong>: 1,198 cases, 35 deaths</li><li><strong>Henrico County</strong>: 5,182 cases, 206 deaths</li><li><strong>New Kent County</strong>: 179 cases, 2 death</li><li><strong>Powhatan County</strong>: 207 cases, 5 deaths</li></ul> </div></div> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg" alt="Coronavirus Updates" class="wp-image-485246" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/06/coronavirus-1.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></a></figure> <p></p> Virginia Sept. 18 COVID-19 update: 1,242 new cases, 29 new deaths reported after backlog; Chesapeake drops below 5% positivity https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/virginia-sept-18-covid-19-update-1242-new-cases-29-new-deaths-reported-after-backlog-chesapeake-drops-below-5-positivity/ Virginia News urn:uuid:f8a0c5b1-7a5d-17d5-5759-d7804ccda3c2 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:33:50 +0000 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; Virginia reported 1,242 new COVID-19 cases and 29 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, about two weeks out from Labor Day Weekend. New cases are holding steady, with trends following a pattern of less cases reported earlier in the week and more closer to the weekend. Cases in Hampton Roads are still [&#8230;] <p>PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; Virginia reported 1,242 new COVID-19 cases and 29 new COVID-19 deaths on Friday, about two weeks out from Labor Day Weekend. </p> <p>New cases are holding steady, with trends following a pattern of less cases reported earlier in the week and more closer to the weekend. Cases in Hampton Roads are still mostly steady, but have trickled up this week by about 10 cases per day. </p> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <div class='tableauPlaceholder' id='viz1600435941610' style='position: relative'><noscript><a href='https:&#47;&#47;www.vdh.virginia.gov&#47;'><img loading="lazy" alt=' ' src='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;W4&#47;W4H5SZBGG&#47;1_rss.png' style='border: none' /></a></noscript><object class='tableauViz' style='display:none;'><param name='host_url' value='https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.tableau.com%2F' /> <param name='embed_code_version' value='3' /> <param name='path' value='shared&#47;W4H5SZBGG' /> <param name='toolbar' value='yes' /><param name='static_image' value='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;W4&#47;W4H5SZBGG&#47;1.png' /> <param name='animate_transition' value='yes' /><param name='display_static_image' value='yes' /><param name='display_spinner' value='yes' /><param name='display_overlay' value='yes' /><param name='display_count' value='yes' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:display_count=yes' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:showVizHome=no' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:toolbar=no' /></object></div> <script type='text/javascript'> var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1600435941610'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 800 ) { vizElement.style.width='827px';vizElement.style.height='1750px';} else if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 500 ) { vizElement.style.width='827px';vizElement.style.height='1750px';} else { vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height='1600px';} var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); </script> </div> <p>The Virginia Department of Health said earlier this week it was inputting a backlogged of COVID-19 death data, and it appears to be the case still on Friday with the 29 new deaths added. 206 new deaths have been reported by VDH in the last four days. </p> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <div class='tableauPlaceholder' id='viz1600435926998' style='position: relative'><noscript><a href='https:&#47;&#47;www.vdh.virginia.gov&#47;'><img loading="lazy" alt=' ' src='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;WH&#47;WHWXGY2DJ&#47;1_rss.png' style='border: none' /></a></noscript><object class='tableauViz' style='display:none;'><param name='host_url' value='https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.tableau.com%2F' /> <param name='embed_code_version' value='3' /> <param name='path' value='shared&#47;WHWXGY2DJ' /> <param name='toolbar' value='yes' /><param name='static_image' value='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;WH&#47;WHWXGY2DJ&#47;1.png' /> <param name='animate_transition' value='yes' /><param name='display_static_image' value='yes' /><param name='display_spinner' value='yes' /><param name='display_overlay' value='yes' /><param name='display_count' value='yes' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:display_count=yes' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:showVizHome=no' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:toolbar=no' /></object></div> <script type='text/javascript'> var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1600435926998'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 800 ) { vizElement.style.width='827px';vizElement.style.height='1750px';} else if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 500 ) { vizElement.style.width='827px';vizElement.style.height='1750px';} else { vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height='1600px';} var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); </script> </div> <p>Less and less people are being hospitalized due to the virus, with Virginia at its lowest level of current hospitalizations since a spike back in July due to a surge in Hampton Roads. Hospitalizations went down from 995 patients on Thursday to 945 on Friday. </p> <div class="ns-block-custom-html"> <div class='tableauPlaceholder' id='viz1600436376778' style='position: relative'><noscript><a href='https:&#47;&#47;www.vdh.virginia.gov&#47;'><img loading="lazy" alt=' ' src='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;G3&#47;G37DXTCNS&#47;1_rss.png' style='border: none' /></a></noscript><object class='tableauViz' style='display:none;'><param name='host_url' value='https%3A%2F%2Fpublic.tableau.com%2F' /> <param name='embed_code_version' value='3' /> <param name='path' value='shared&#47;G37DXTCNS' /> <param name='toolbar' value='yes' /><param name='static_image' value='https:&#47;&#47;public.tableau.com&#47;static&#47;images&#47;G3&#47;G37DXTCNS&#47;1.png' /> <param name='animate_transition' value='yes' /><param name='display_static_image' value='yes' /><param name='display_spinner' value='yes' /><param name='display_overlay' value='yes' /><param name='display_count' value='yes' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:display_count=yes' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:showVizHome=no' /><param name='filter' value='amp;:toolbar=no' /></object></div> <script type='text/javascript'> var divElement = document.getElementById('viz1600436376778'); var vizElement = divElement.getElementsByTagName('object')[0]; if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 800 ) { vizElement.style.width='827px';vizElement.style.height='1750px';} else if ( divElement.offsetWidth > 500 ) { vizElement.style.width='827px';vizElement.style.height='1750px';} else { vizElement.style.width='100%';vizElement.style.height='1600px';} var scriptElement = document.createElement('script'); scriptElement.src = 'https://public.tableau.com/javascripts/api/viz_v1.js'; vizElement.parentNode.insertBefore(scriptElement, vizElement); </script> </div> <p>Percent positivity dropped again to 6.6% statewide, down from 6.7% on Thursday. The biggest development is Chesapeake became the first local health district to drop back below 5% positivity, the benchmark the World Health Organization said back in May was needed to safely reopen. The city was as high as 13% just over 2 weeks ago. Virginia Beach and Norfolk are just above 5% (more on that below). </p> <p><strong>Here’s the latest cumulative count for Hampton Roads, where cases have been decreasing:</strong></p> <ul><li>Accomack 1,167 cases, 89 hospitalized, 19 deaths <strong>(+4 cases, +1 hospitalized) </strong></li><li>Chesapeake: 4,169 cases, 382 hospitalized, 66 deaths <strong>(+28 cases, +1 hospitalized, +8 deaths) </strong></li><li>Franklin: 383 cases, 18 hospitalized, 9 deaths <strong>(+3 cases) </strong></li><li>Gloucester: 225 cases, 13 hospitalized, 2 deaths <strong>(+1 case)</strong></li><li>Hampton: 1,761 cases, 58 hospitalized, 21 deaths <strong>(+13 cases, +1 death) </strong></li><li>Isle of Wight: 688 cases, 34 hospitalized, 16 deaths <strong>(+5 cases, +1 hospitalized) </strong></li><li>James City County: 818 cases, 63 hospitalized, 19 deaths <strong>(+6 cases) </strong></li><li>Mathews: 31 cases, 2 hospitalized, 0 deaths <strong>(+4 cases, +1 hospitalized) </strong></li><li>Newport News: 2,638 cases, 90 hospitalized, 32 deaths <strong>(+9 cases) </strong></li><li>Norfolk: 4,721 cases, 346 hospitalized, 67 deaths<strong> (+14 cases, +4 hospitalized) </strong></li><li>Northampton: 305 cases, 49 hospitalized, 31 deaths <strong>(+1 case, +1 death) </strong></li><li>Poquoson: 76 cases, 3 hospitalized, 2 deaths <strong>(+1 death) </strong></li><li>Portsmouth: 2,500 cases, 268 hospitalized, 49 deaths <strong>(+11 cases, +2 hospitalized, +1 death) </strong></li><li>Southampton: 526 cases, 21 hospitalized, 16 deaths <strong>(+1 case, +3 deaths) </strong></li><li>Suffolk: 1,885 cases, 123 hospitalized, 70 deaths (+8 cases, +1 death) </li><li>Virginia Beach: 6,596 cases, 354 hospitalized, 78 deaths <strong>(+43 cases, +5 hospitalized) </strong></li><li>Williamsburg: 170 cases, 12 hospitalized, 7 deaths <strong>(no change)</strong> </li><li>York: 520 cases, 16 hospitalized, 6 deaths <strong>(+6 cases, +1 hospitalized) </strong></li></ul> <p><strong>Key local metrics</strong></p> <ul><li>157 new cases, <strong>trending down </strong></li><li>16 new cases, reported deaths up due to backlog, steady trend overall</li><li>-34 current hospitalizations, trending down </li><li><a href="https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia-testing/"><strong>7 day rate of positive tests</strong></a> (excluding Eastern Shore)<strong>: 6.75%, </strong>trending down</li></ul> <p>Chesapeake — 4.7% — <strong>trending down (steep drop</strong> from 13% in late August)<br>Eastern Shore — 1.9% — <strong>low overall</strong>,<strong> (low overall testing)</strong><br>Hampton— 5.7% —<strong> trending down (steep drop)</strong><br>Norfolk — 5.2% — <strong>trending down (steep drop)</strong><br>Peninsula — 5.2% — <strong>trending down (steep drop)</strong><br>Portsmouth — 9.4% — <strong>trending down overall, but still relatively high</strong><br>Virginia Beach — 5.1% — <strong>trending down</strong><br>Western Tidewater — 10.6% — <strong>trending down overall, but still relatively high</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/Testing-2.png?w=509" alt="" class="wp-image-631871" width="382" height="539" srcset="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/Testing-2.png 827w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/Testing-2.png?resize=212,300 212w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/Testing-2.png?resize=768,1086 768w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/Testing-2.png?resize=509,720 509w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/Testing-2.png?resize=382,539 382w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 382px" /></figure> <p></p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://oppo.vcu.edu/media/oppo/September2020Release2.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>A</strong></a><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://oppo.vcu.edu/media/oppo/September2020Release2.pdf" target="_blank"> new poll</a></strong> released Thursday by Virginia Commonwealth University showed 66 percent of Virginians are against a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for residents and 40 percent said they don’t plan on getting a no-cost vaccine when it’s available.</p> <p>For more information from VDH, <a href="https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-in-virginia/"><strong>click here</strong></a>.</p> In-person early voting in Virginia starts Friday https://www.wavy.com/news/elections/in-person-early-voting-in-virginia-starts-friday/ Virginia News urn:uuid:bd63a994-5dd4-3779-04a8-24f9a3f504af Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:26:46 +0000 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; A record-shattering 790,000 Virginians have requested absentee ballots, which will be mailed to homes Friday. Friday is also the day Virginia will launch in-person early voting at local registrar&#8217;s offices across the state. Local registrar Walt Latham in York County advises voters to bring their patience; he is expecting lines when [&#8230;] <p>PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; A record-shattering 790,000 Virginians have requested absentee ballots, which will be mailed to homes Friday. </p> <p>Friday is also the day Virginia will launch <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/" target="_blank"><strong>in-person early voting</strong></a> at local registrar&#8217;s offices across the state. </p> <p>Local registrar Walt Latham in York County advises voters to bring their patience; he is expecting lines when doors open Friday morning.</p> <p>&#8220;If everyone shows up, we may have a line. I&#8217;m not wanting to dissuade people from voting, but if they show up on Friday and there is a line [keep in mind] we are going to be doing this for the next few weeks through October,&#8221; Latham said. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/your-local-election-hq/virginia-department-of-elections-launches-free-to-be-absentee-campaign-ahead-of-election/" class="promo-link__link" > Virginia Department of Elections launches ‘Free to Be Absentee’ campaign ahead of election<br> </a> </aside> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/northam-holding-coronavirus-press-conference-tuesday/" class="promo-link__link" > Northam provides update on COVIDWISE app downloads, announces 790,000 requests for absentee ballots already<br> </a> </aside> <p>In-person early voting runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 31. </p> <p>October 13 is the last day to <a href="https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>register to vote </strong></a>or update your address and October 23 is the last day to <a href="https://ballotscout.org/partners/5a8f1161-23a0-4fa0-8ec9-3e090e97e9b3/va-search" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>request an absentee ballot</strong></a> by mail. The last day to get a postmark on your mail-in ballot is&nbsp;November 3, the federal election day. </p> <div class="wp-block-buttons aligncenter"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-very-light-gray-color has-background" href="https://www.wavy.com/news/your-local-election-hq/voter-guide-what-you-need-to-know-before-casting-your-ballot-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/" style="background-color:#0071a1" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>WAVY.com Voter Guide</strong></a></div> </div> <p>Virginia now has what state officials call no excuse voting. &nbsp;Don&#8217;t have a government-issued ID or utility bill? You can sign a note attesting to your identity. You don&#8217;t have to state a reason as to why you want to vote early in-person, and, under a new law, if you make a mistake on your ballot, you get a second chance.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wavy.com%2Fcandidate-profiles%2F&#038;data=02%7C01%7CBrian.Reese%40wavy.com%7Ce175eec16f744ceb6c0708d85a6ecb00%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637358779180106227&#038;sdata=tJVkreBs6s%2FvH%2FyQYjDLsqmrRNfHeIaTyyDjGDNHVxo%3D&#038;reserved=0" class="promo-link__link" > Candidate profiles for races in WAVY&#8217;s viewing area </a> </aside> <p>&#8220;If the ballot can be <a href="https://ballotpedia.org/Cure_period" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>cured</strong></a>, then we have to notify the voter and give them a chance to fix it,&#8221; Latham said. </p> <p>Because of the pandemic, a record number of voters across the country will <a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wavy.com%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2Finteractive-state-by-state-look-at-mail-in-early-voting-options%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CBrian.Reese%40wavy.com%7Ce175eec16f744ceb6c0708d85a6ecb00%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637358779180116224&amp;sdata=UlYU6mFiwY3DRNfJ%2F8%2Bh3BZD7eS05Z6gwdNC9oVpQ8U%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>cast their ballots by U.S. mail.</strong></a> There&#8217;s a stack of allegations that the postmaster general, at the behest of the president, has <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/09/16/dejoy-usps-delays-senate-report/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>intentionally slowed down the mail</strong></a> in efforts to suppress votes. </p> <p>This week the Postal Service generated and distributed a controversial postcard nationwide. Officials in several states, where ballots are mailed to all voters, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/politics/usps-misinformation/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>say the postcard contains misleading information</strong></a> about how to cast ballots by mail. Registrar Latham advises voters to contact their local registrar&#8217;s office for details on when, where, and how to vote.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/post-crd.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-628117" srcset="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/post-crd.jpg?resize=640,438 640w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/post-crd.jpg?resize=300,205 300w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 640px" /><figcaption><strong><em>Postcard generated and delivered by USPS</em></strong></figcaption></figure></div> <p>&#8220;If [voters] get anything election-related in their mail or in their e-mail or forwarded to them on Facebook, or in Facebook Messenger or posted on Facebook; if they have questions they should contact their local registrar or visit their local office,&#8221; Latham said.</p> <p>Latham says early voters should not fret; all voters will be able to get the coveted &#8220;I Voted&#8221; stickers, regardless of how a ballot is delivered.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/voting-sticker-2.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-628056" srcset="https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/voting-sticker-2.jpg?resize=420,440 420w, https://www.wavy.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/09/voting-sticker-2.jpg?resize=286,300 286w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 420px" /><figcaption><em>Sticker used in York County</em></figcaption></figure></div> <p>&#8220;We just bought 50 rolls so that we can make sure that everyone has a sticker, we would not anyone to be stickerless,&#8221; Latham said. </p> <p>Beginning Friday morning, upon entering registrar&#8217;s offices, voters can expect to see signs advising social distancing and the wearing of masks. 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(WAVY) &#8212; Drivers may see some changes around the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel starting soon. The Virginia Department of Transportation&#8217;s HRBT Expansion project hit a new milestone: VDOT has issued a notice to proceed to Hampton Roads Connector Partners, the company charged with building the $3.8-billion expansion. The project will add twin two-lane tunnels [&#8230;] <p>NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; Drivers may see some changes around the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel starting soon.</p> <p>The Virginia Department of Transportation&#8217;s HRBT Expansion project hit a new milestone: VDOT has issued a notice to proceed to Hampton Roads Connector Partners, the company charged with building the $3.8-billion expansion.</p> <p>The project will add twin two-lane tunnels next to the existing HRBT tunnels. 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(WNCN) &#8211; If the first week of ACC play proved anything &#8211; it was that COVID-19 can cancel games at any time and Clemson is still a force to be reckoned with. In the hours leading up to the start of the season on Sept. 12, this weekend&#8217;s Virginia at Virginia Tech game [&#8230;] <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) &#8211; If the first week of ACC play proved anything &#8211; it was that COVID-19 can cancel games at any time and Clemson is still a force to be reckoned with. </p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.cbs17.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2020/06/GettyImages-1087941806.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-423125" width="285" height="190"/><figcaption>(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>In the hours leading up to the start of the season on Sept. 12, this weekend&#8217;s Virginia at Virginia Tech game was postponed due to COVID-19 cases within the Hokie football program. </p> <p>The Wahoos and Hokies will now meet on Dec. 12. </p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-GhDZchVg' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=GhDZchVg&#038;cid=9361&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>On Thursday, North Carolina&#8217;s Sept. 19 game against Charlotte was canceled due to the disease affecting the 49ers. </p> <p>In that same lane sits N.C. State. </p> <p>The Wolfpack start their season on Saturday after COVID-19 forced the postponement of their Sept. 12 season opener against Virginia Tech. </p> <p>That leaves the Hokies with two season opening games being postponed due to COVID-19.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.cbs17.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2020/09/AP20255125342279.jpg?w=672" alt="" class="wp-image-485777" width="271" height="291"/><figcaption>Miami quarterback D&#8217;Eriq King (1) leaps for a second-quarter touchdown against UAB on Sept. 10, 2020. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>No. 17 Miami faces off against No. 18 Louisville in this week&#8217;s sole AP Top 25 matchup in the ACC. </p> <p>The Hurricanes and Cardinals are just two of the ACC&#8217;s seven teams ranked in the AP Top 25. </p> <p>Clemson sits at No. 1 while Notre Dame moved up from No. 10 last week to No. 7. </p> <p>The Tigers 37-13 dismantling of Wake Forest left no doubt that Dabo Swinney still has a powerhouse at Clemson. </p> <p>North Carolina jumped six spots in the AP rankings to No. 12 following their domination of Syracuse. </p> <p>Virginia Tech &#8211; despite not playing a single snap this year &#8211; jumped from not being ranked to No. 20 and Pitt moved into the rankings at 25.</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sept. 19 ACC schedule</span></strong></p> <ul><li>Syracuse at Pitt, Noon, ACCN</li><li>Boston College at Duke, Noon, RSN</li><li>USF at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., USA Network</li><li>UCF at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ESPN</li><li><s>Charlotte at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m., RSN</s></li><li><s>Virginia at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., ABC*</s></li><li>Miami at Louisville, 7:30 p.m., ABC</li><li>The Citadel at Clemson, 4 p.m., ACCN</li><li>Wake Forest at N.C. 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The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted traditional means of voter registration. <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; This year&#8217;s presidential election is like no other in history. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted traditional means of voter registration.</p> <p>Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill into law declaring Election Day a state holiday. He also approved measures to expand early voting, broaden access to absentee voting including funding for prepaid postage and allowing ballot drop boxes. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/2020-election/" class="promo-link__link" > 2020 Election </a> </aside> <p><strong>How can I register to vote?</strong></p> <p>-Online at the State Department of Elections website:&nbsp;<a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elections.virginia.gov%2Fregistration%2Fhow-to-register%2Findex.html&amp;data=02%7C01%7CENorth%40wric.com%7C0651e14a92a543ee7af908d85b74ba6b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637359904194187293&amp;sdata=wkodhs7IAgSMwjPHOCIeri3UWtlAeFan7zJb%2F1RiAWE%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/how-to-register/index.html</a></p> <p>-Local Elections Offices</p> <p>-Public libraries</p> <p>-The Department of Motor Vehicles</p> <p><strong>When is my last day to register?</strong></p> <p>Tuesday, October 13th.</p> <p><strong>When does in-person early voting start and end?</strong></p> <p>In-person early voting starts Friday, September 18th and will end on October 31st &#8211; the Saturday before election day.</p> <p>Voting precincts are open from 6 am to 7 pm. Voters can find their polling place at:&nbsp;<a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elections.virginia.gov%2Fcasting-a-ballot%2Fin-person-voting%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CENorth%40wric.com%7C0651e14a92a543ee7af908d85b74ba6b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637359904194197294&amp;sdata=C2qaXk8Y%2F%2BXq8dI93bMpwq70ZWONFaMHn8PZ2CUc8LA%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/</a></p> <p><strong>What do I need to bring with me?</strong></p> <p>Make sure you bring a valid ID which includes, but is not limited to a Virginia driver&#8217;s license, U.S passport, or student photo ID.</p> <p><strong>When is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?</strong></p> <p>Friday, October 23rd. This year, anyone can apply to vote by mail and does not need a special reason to do so.</p> <p><strong>Who will I be voting for?</strong></p> <p>Virginians will vote for the president, a U.S senate seat, as well as the state&#8217;s 11 seats for U.S House of Representatives.</p> <p>For more information about absentee and early voting, visit: <a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.elections.virginia.gov%2Fcasting-a-ballot%2Fabsentee-voting%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CENorth%40wric.com%7C0651e14a92a543ee7af908d85b74ba6b%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C0%7C637359904194197294&amp;sdata=1DLrRYogVQ7Fb1tOOpmQ%2FC1SEyPZB8LhxFL0Ikco7ck%3D&amp;reserved=0">https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/</a>. </p> <p>LATEST HEADLINES:</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/politics/2020-election/voter-guide-what-you-need-to-know-ahead-of-novembers-election/">VOTER GUIDE: What you need to know ahead of November&#8217;s Election</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/washington-dc/native-american-ancestral-remains-artifacts-returned-to-u-s-soil/">Native American ancestral remains, artifacts returned to U.S. soil</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/politics/2020-election/ex-pence-adviser-says-trump-bungled-virus-shes-for-biden/">Ex-Pence adviser says Trump bungled virus; she&#8217;s for Biden</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/politics/2020-election/ahead-of-election-us-judge-blocks-postal-service-changes-that-slowed-mail/">Ahead of election, US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/entertainment-news/forrest-gump-author-winston-groom-dies/">&#8216;Forrest Gump&#8217; author Winston Groom dies</a></li> </ul> Man wanted in connection to triple shooting involving infant near Lynnhaven Mall https://www.wric.com/news/crime/man-wanted-in-connection-to-triple-shooting-involving-infant-near-lynnhaven-mall/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:7920d8cc-0527-d520-0628-ff336fb35785 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:39:21 +0000 Virginia Beach Police are searching for a man wanted in connection to a triple shooting earlier this week that involved an infant and two adults. <p>VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) &#8212; Virginia Beach Police are searching for a man wanted in connection to a triple shooting earlier this week that involved an infant and two adults.</p> <p>The incident happened just after 3 p.m. on Sept. 14 when a drive-by shooting was reported near the Lynnhaven Parkway and Avenger Drive intersection by the Lynnhaven Mall. Police say the infant and one adult are suffering from life-threatening injuries.</p> <p>Officers arrived on the scene to find &#8220;numerous&#8221; spent shell casings on Lynnhaven Parkway. The Taco Bell nearby at 2009 Lynnhaven Parkway was also damaged by gunfire, police said.</p> <p>After the shooting, additional reports came in regarding a vehicle that may have been involved, saying it was traveling eastbound on Interstate 264. That vehicle was located crashed and unoccupied near the First Colonial Road exit.</p> <p>On Sept. 17, police released that 20-year-old Tanell Shyhiem Platt&nbsp;of Virginia Beach is wanted in connection to the shooting. He is wanted on charges for three counts of felonious assault, reckless handling of a firearm, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and shooting from a vehicle.</p> <p>The investigation is still evolving and active, police said.</p> <p><em>Stay with WAVY.com for updates. </em></p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h3>Latest Posts:</h3> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/crime/man-wanted-in-connection-to-triple-shooting-involving-infant-near-lynnhaven-mall/">Man wanted in connection to triple shooting involving infant near Lynnhaven Mall</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/mans-body-pulled-from-water-in-croatan-beach-area-of-vb/">Man&#8217;s body pulled from water in Croatan Beach area of VB</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/vhsl-approves-championships-1-format-va-high-school-sports-to-start-in-december/">VHSL approves &#8216;Championships + 1&#8217; format, Va. high school sports to start in December</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/washington-huddle-jakes-fantasy-takes-week-2/">Washington Huddle: Jake&#8217;s Fantasy Takes Week 2</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/virginia-tech-hokies/virginia-tech-safety-devon-hunter-suspended-indefinitely-after-arrest-on-felony-strangulation-charge/">Virginia Tech safety Devon Hunter suspended &#8216;indefinitely&#8217; after arrest on felony strangulation charge</a></li> </ul> Man’s body pulled from water in Croatan Beach area of VB https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/mans-body-pulled-from-water-in-croatan-beach-area-of-vb/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:35f8164f-2728-26bf-ef59-26952c972a6f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:34:59 +0000 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. 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(WFXR) — The Virginia High School League’s Executive Committee unanimously voted to approve the “Championships + 1” format for the 2020-2021 school year, paving the way for high school sports in Virginia to return as early as December.</p> <p>The plan will have schools play 60 percent of its normal regular season schedule and allow for regional and state tournaments. In team sports, such as basketball, volleyball and football, the four region champions would advance to the state tournament, eliminating the need for a quarterfinal round. The top seed in each bracket would host the state championship.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/vhsl-releases-recommended-guidelines-for-reopening-sports/" class="promo-link__link" > VHSL releases recommended guidelines for reopening sports </a> </aside> <p>The “Plus One” portion of the plan guarantees that schools who don’t qualify for a postseason would get to play an extra game.</p> <div class='s2nFriendlyFrame k k-GhDZchVg' data-type='float'></div><script type='text/javascript' src='https://embed.sendtonews.com/player4/embedcode.js?fk=GhDZchVg&#038;cid=9361&#038;offsety=140&#038;floatwidth=400&#038;floatposition=top-right' data-type='s2nScript'></script> <p>Winter sports would return first, with basketball practices happening as early as December 7 and contests beginning on December 21. Football is scheduled to begin practice on February 4, with competition commencing on February 22. 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The death toll at Deerfield now stands at 8, the most at any of Virginia's state prisons since the pandemic began. <p>SOUTHAMPTON, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; Two more people have died from the coronavirus at Deerfield Correctional Center in Southampton and now there are calls for the Governor’s Office and Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety to step in. The death toll at Deerfield now stands at 8, the most at any of Virginia&#8217;s state prisons since the pandemic began.</p> <p><a href="https://vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/">Nearly 300 inmates and 19 prison employees </a>are currently fighting the virus.</p> <p>8News has learned the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NCPSO/">Virginia Chapter of the National Coalition of Public Safety Officers,</a> an association that represents corrections officers in the state has reached out to the Governor&#8217;s office as well as <a href="https://www.pshs.virginia.gov/about/secretary-moran/">Virginia&#8217;s Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran</a>. NCPSO is calling on them to do more. 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All 188 students in the building were notified and were to be tested Wednesday evening.</p> <p>UVA student residents were told to remain in their rooms except to use the bathroom or retrieve meals as they await test results. Those with positive tests will be moved to quarantine rooms.</p> <p>The school has reported <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://returntogrounds.virginia.edu/covid-tracker?utm_source=ReturnToGrounds&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=Fall2020" target="_blank"><strong>378 total virus cases</strong></a>. That includes 330 students. 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Raleigh police said Thursday a body, likely that of William “Andy” Banks, was discovered in Virginia with help from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office. Bank’s body will be sent [&#8230;] <p>UPDATE 8:10 p.m.: The Virginia man previously arrested in connection in the disappearance of a Raleigh man has now been charged with murder, arrest records show.</p> <p>Raleigh police said Thursday a body, likely that of William “Andy” Banks, was discovered in Virginia with help from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.cbs17.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2020/09/1A35857D-1F09-42DA-8677-5D21B8A4F174.jpg?w=576" alt="" class="wp-image-486066" width="249" height="311"/><figcaption>Justin Fernando Merritt on Sept. 17, 2020. (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Bank’s body will be sent to the coroner in Roanoke, Virginia for an autopsy, Raleigh police said.</p> <p>Justin Fernando Merritt, of Danville, Virginia&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/virginia-man-arrested-in-connection-with-raleigh-mans-disappearance/" target="_blank"><strong>was arrested Monday</strong></a>&nbsp;in relation to the disappearance of Banks.</p> <p>Thursday afternoon, Merritt was charged with murder, arrest records show.</p> <p>Banks, 39, was last seen Saturday afternoon after his family said he was meeting someone in the K&amp;W Cafeteria parking lot at Cameron Village about selling his 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport.</p> <p>Banks’ Range Rover was located in Danville on Monday.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/raleigh-missing-man-case-now-a-homicide-investigation/" target="_blank"><strong>Merritt was charged&nbsp;</strong></a>with robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the stolen vehicle.</p> <p>Merritt wasn’t served with those warrants until he was brought to Raleigh. The 34-year-old&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/virginia-man-extradited-back-to-wake-county-following-arrest-in-connection-with-raleigh-mans-disappearance/" target="_blank"><strong>waived extradition early Tuesday.</strong></a></p> <p>Raleigh police said Wednesday the disappearance of Banks was now being investigated as a homicide.</p> <p>Earlier Thursday,&nbsp;Bank&#8217;s body was found on a farm on Beechnut Road in rural Chatham.</p> <p>Public records show Merritt once lived on Dry Fork Road – which is around a mile from Beechnut Road.</p> <p>Beechnut Road is around 12 miles northwest of Danville.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wfxrtv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/09/Andy-Banks-and-Range-Rover.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-471241"/><figcaption>Andy Banks and his 2011 Range Rover</figcaption></figure> <p>In court Wednesday, Wake County Judge Ned Mangum raised Merritt’s bond from $265,000 to $2 million.</p> <p>Detention Center records show Merritt is now being held without bond on the murder charge.</p> <p><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/raleigh-missing-man-case-now-a-homicide-investigation/" target="_blank"><strong>Wake County Assistant District Attorney Patrick LaTour said</strong></a>&nbsp;in court that Merritt came from Virginia “under the guise” of buying Banks’ SUV.</p> <p>According to warrants for his arrest, Merritt used a firearm to threaten Banks’ life during the robbery.</p> <p>“All of these charges relate to a situation here in Raleigh which the victim, in this case, is still unaccounted for.&nbsp;Law enforcement suspects further of these charges, foul play involved. I would ask you substantially the defendant’s bond increase bond,” said LaTour.</p> <p>LaTour said Merritt has no ties to the Raleigh area, and physical evidence linked Merritt to the Range Rover.</p> <p>“They spoke to several witnesses that corroborated at least that, and based on physical evidence that they have found within the car that they believe there to have been a dangerous weapon used in the taking of that automobile,” LaTour said.</p> <p>LaTour asked Mangum to also consider Merritt’s three previous felony convictions when considering his bond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“The defendant has prior criminal convictions that I think are important and enlightening for the court when considering the defendant’s bond,” LaTour said.</p> <p>Merritt has three previous felony convictions – including illegal use of a firearm and burglary.</p> <p>The attorney representing Merritt in court Wednesday objected to raising his bond, saying it was already high for the charges he’s currently facing.</p> <p>There is zero evidence of criminal conduct by Banks, LaTour said.</p> <p>Merritt was scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. However, he will likely appear before a Wake County judge on Friday following the murder charge.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <p>ORIGINAL STORY:</p> <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The body of a 39-year-old man missing since Saturday afternoon is believed to have been located in Virginia, Raleigh police said.</p> <p>William “Andy” Banks’ body was discovered in Virginia with help from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wfxrtv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/09/90DBC9A2-C3CC-403F-828D-3593EB05EF1C.jpeg?w=290" alt="" class="wp-image-470913" width="228" height="285"/><figcaption>Justin Fernando Merritt on Sept. 15, 2020. (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Bank’s body will be sent to the coroner in Roanoke, Virginia for an autopsy.</p> <p>Banks, 39, was last seen Saturday afternoon after his family said he was meeting someone in the K&amp;W Cafeteria parking lot at Cameron Village about selling his 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport.</p> <p>Banks’ Range Rover was located in Danville on Monday.</p> <p>Justin Fernando Merritt, of Danville, Virginia was arrested Monday in relation to the disappearance of Banks.</p> <p>Merritt was charged with robbery, larceny of motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the stolen vehicle.</p> <p>Merritt wasn’t served with those warrants until he was brought to Raleigh. The 34-year-old waived extradition early Tuesday.</p> <p>In court Wednesday, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Patrick LaTour said Merritt came from Virginia “under the guise” of buying Banks’ SUV.</p> <p>According to warrants for his arrest, Merritt used a firearm to threaten Banks’ life during the robbery.</p> <p>“All of these charges relate to a situation here in Raleigh which the victim in this case is still unaccounted for.&nbsp; Law enforcement suspect further of these charges, foul play involved. I would ask you substantially the defendant’s bond increase bond,” said LaTour.</p> <p>LaTour said Merritt has no ties to the Raleigh area, and physical evidence linked Merritt to the Range Rover.</p> <p>“They spoke to several witnesses that corroborated at least that, and based on physical evidence that they have found within the car that they believe there to have been a dangerous weapon used in the taking of that automobile,” LaTour said.</p> <p>LaTour asked Wake County Judge Ned Mangum to also consider Merritt’s three previous felony convictions when considering his bond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“The defendant has prior criminal convictions that I think are important and enlightening for the court when considering the defendant’s bond,” LaTour said.</p> <p>Merritt has three previous felony convictions – including illegal use of a firearm and burglary.</p> <p>The attorney representing Merritt in court Wednesday objected to raising his bond, saying it was already high for the charges he’s currently facing.</p> <p>Mangum raised Merritt’s bond from $265,000 to $2 million.</p> <p>There is zero evidence of criminal conduct by Banks, LaTour said.</p> <p>He is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.</p> <p>While Banks’ disappearance is now a homicide investigation – no additional charges have been filed in the case.</p> <p>Anyone with information on his disappearance is asked to call 911.</p> <h4>Latest Stories</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/hokies-all-access-sept-17-part-4-a-look-ahead-to-nc-state/">Hokies All Access (Sept. 17) Part 4: A look ahead to NC State</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/hokies-all-access-sept-17-part-3-coachs-corner/">Hokies All Access (Sept. 17) Part 3: Coach&#8217;s Corner</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/hokies-all-access-sept-17-part-2-helmet-research-labs-create-face-shields-for-vt-football/">Hokies All Access (Sept. 17) Part 2: Helmet research labs create face shields for VT football</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/sports/hokies-all-access-sept-17-part-1-commonwealth-clash-postponed/">Hokies All Access (Sept. 17) Part 1: Commonwealth Clash Postponed</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/traffic/multiple-road-closures-in-chesterfield-county-due-to-rain/">Multiple road closures in Chesterfield County due to rain</a></li> </ul> It could be months before rapid COVID-19 testing is widespread in Virginia, VDH says https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/richmond/it-could-be-months-before-rapid-covid-19-testing-is-widespread-in-virginia-vdh-says/ Virginia News urn:uuid:65091b70-2145-5af9-ff4a-514ca94f0009 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 00:36:06 +0000 RICHMOND, Va. 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Gov. Larry Hogan announced earlier this month that Maryland would be the first of 10 states to receive a shipment of 250,000 rapid antigen tests.&nbsp;</p> <p>&#8220;They may be ahead of the curve compared to other states because they were the first state to engage in these relationships,&#8221; Jaberi said when asked why Virginia is lagging.</p> <p>At a press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Carey said the administration is nearing the end of its analysis. He didn’t specify when an order would be finalized but, even when that happens, Carey said the distribution will be targeted at first.</p> <p>“Our priorities remain the care of the most vulnerable,” Carey said. </p> <p>Jaberi said they&#8217;re looking at places most prone to outbreaks like nursing homes, schools, prisons and other congregate settings.</p> <p><a href="https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?202+sum+SB5095"><strong>A bill being considered in the special session</strong></a> directs the health commissioner to prioritize access to rapid testing to essential workers, including healthcare providers, first responders, law enforcement officers, nursing homes, K-12 schools, universities and childcare centers. The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and will take effect immediately if the governor signs it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jeff Stover, Executive Program Advisor to the Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Heath, said the federal government sent limited shipments of antigen tests to 235 nursing homes in the state this week. </p> <p>Jaberi said this will help providers <a href="https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/trump-administration-strengthens-covid-19-surveillance-new-reporting-and-testing-requirements"><strong>meet new testing requirements</strong></a> recently imposed by CMS. 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Earlier this month, the <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/resources/antigen-tests-guidelines.html"><strong>CDC published an updated guidance</strong></a> saying antigen tests can be an effective tool for screening asymptomatic cases. </p> <p>&#8220;My best estimate is still weeks to months before the average Virginian can have access to antigen testing as readily as some of the other forms,&#8221; Jaberi said.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/calls-for-government-officials-to-step-n-as-death-toll-rises-at-state-prison/" class="promo-link__link" > Calls for government officials to step in as death toll rises at Deerfield Correctional Center </a> </aside> <p>Those comments come more than a month after Virginia Gov. 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Gov. Larry Hogan announced earlier this month that Maryland would be the first of 10 states to receive a shipment of 250,000 rapid antigen tests.&nbsp;</p> <p>&#8220;They may be ahead of the curve compared to other states because they were the first state to engage in these relationships,&#8221; Jaberi said when asked why Virginia is lagging.</p> <p>At a press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Carey said the administration is nearing the end of its analysis. He didn’t specify when an order would be finalized but, even when that happens, Carey said the distribution will be targeted at first.</p> <p>“Our priorities remain the care of the most vulnerable,” Carey said. </p> <p>Jaberi said they&#8217;re looking at places most prone to outbreaks like nursing homes, schools, prisons and other congregate settings.</p> <p><a href="https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?202+sum+SB5095"><strong>A bill being considered in the special session</strong></a> directs the health commissioner to prioritize access to rapid testing to essential workers, including healthcare providers, first responders, law enforcement officers, nursing homes, K-12 schools, universities and childcare centers. 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(WNCN) – The body of a 39-year-old man missing since Saturday afternoon is believed to have been located in Virginia, Raleigh police said.</p> <p>William “Andy” Banks’ body was discovered in Virginia with help from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wfxrtv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/09/90DBC9A2-C3CC-403F-828D-3593EB05EF1C.jpeg?w=290" alt="" class="wp-image-470913" width="228" height="285"/><figcaption>Justin Fernando Merritt on Sept. 15, 2020. (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Bank’s body will be sent to the coroner in Roanoke, Virginia for an autopsy.</p> <p>Banks, 39, was last seen Saturday afternoon after his family said he was meeting someone in the K&amp;W Cafeteria parking lot at Cameron Village about selling his 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport.</p> <p>Banks’ Range Rover was located in Danville on Monday.</p> <p>Justin Fernando Merritt, of Danville, Virginia was arrested Monday in relation to the disappearance of Banks.</p> <p>Merritt was charged with robbery, larceny of motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the stolen vehicle.</p> <p>Merritt wasn’t served with those warrants until he was brought to Raleigh. The 34-year-old waived extradition early Tuesday.</p> <p>In court Wednesday, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Patrick LaTour said Merritt came from Virginia “under the guise” of buying Banks’ SUV.</p> <p>According to warrants for his arrest, Merritt used a firearm to threaten Banks’ life during the robbery.</p> <p>“All of these charges relate to a situation here in Raleigh which the victim in this case is still unaccounted for.&nbsp; Law enforcement suspect further of these charges, foul play involved. I would ask you substantially the defendant’s bond increase bond,” said LaTour.</p> <p>LaTour said Merritt has no ties to the Raleigh area, and physical evidence linked Merritt to the Range Rover.</p> <p>“They spoke to several witnesses that corroborated at least that, and based on physical evidence that they have found within the car that they believe there to have been a dangerous weapon used in the taking of that automobile,” LaTour said.</p> <p>LaTour asked Wake County Judge Ned Mangum to also consider Merritt’s three previous felony convictions when considering his bond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“The defendant has prior criminal convictions that I think are important and enlightening for the court when considering the defendant’s bond,” LaTour said.</p> <p>Merritt has three previous felony convictions – including illegal use of a firearm and burglary.</p> <p>The attorney representing Merritt in court Wednesday objected to raising his bond, saying it was already high for the charges he’s currently facing.</p> <p>Mangum raised Merritt’s bond from $265,000 to $2 million.</p> <p>There is zero evidence of criminal conduct by Banks, LaTour said.</p> <p>He is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.</p> <p>While Banks’ disappearance is now a homicide investigation – no additional charges have been filed in the case.</p> <p>Anyone with information on his disappearance is asked to call 911.</p> <h4>Latest Stories</h4> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/crime/police-identify-victim-in-wednesday-night-shooting/">Police identify victim in Wednesday night shooting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/it-could-be-months-before-rapid-covid-19-testing-is-widespread-in-virginia-vdh-says/">It could be months before rapid COVID-19 testing is widespread in Virginia, VDH says</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/education/fairfax-county-schools-considering-admissions-changes-to-thomas-jefferson-high-school/">Fairfax County schools considering admissions changes to Thomas Jefferson High School</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/business/us-world-business/instagram-down-instagram-back-after-earlier-outage/">Instagram down: Instagram back after earlier outage</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/body-of-missing-raleigh-man-found-in-pittsylvania-county-police-say/">Body of missing Raleigh man found in Pittsylvania County, police say</a></li> </ul> Former Beckley VAMC doctor pleads guilty to civil rights offenses https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/former-beckley-vamc-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-civil-rights-offenses/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:cf2804b7-5091-63bc-8b26-055129c9d380 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:11:44 +0000 BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) &#8212; 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020: A doctor accused in a sexual abuse case involving veterans pleaded guilty on Thursday. Jonathan Yates, 51, of Bluefield, Virginia admitted to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law. Yates was previously indicted on five counts of the offense [&#8230;] <p><strong>BECKLEY, WV (WVNS)</strong> &#8212; <em>1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020:</em> A doctor accused in a sexual abuse case involving veterans pleaded guilty on Thursday. Jonathan Yates, 51, of Bluefield, Virginia admitted to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law.</p> <p>Yates was previously indicted on five counts of the offense under <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/242" target="_blank">Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 242</a>, and two counts of abusive sexual contact, in violation of<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2244" target="_blank"> Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 2244(b)</a>.  He was a doctor of osteopathic medicine working at the Beckley VA Medical Center (VAMC) at the time.</p> <p>During the hearing on Thursday, Yates admitted to the sexual abuse under the guise of legitimate medicine in three instances. According to court records, the incidents deprived the victims of their constitutional right to bodily integrity and caused them pain. The plea states the veterans were treated by Yates to manage chronic pain through osteopathic manipulative therapy.</p> <p>“This doctor abused his position of trust by preying on veterans who came to him for medical treatment,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. &nbsp;“As this prosecution demonstrates, he will now be held accountable for using his position as a VA physician to deceive and molest his patients.”</p> <p>“By virtue of today’s plea agreement, Yates stands convicted of heinous criminal acts committed against military veterans who served our country honorably and with great sacrifice,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart for the Southern District of West Virginia.&nbsp; “Throughout this matter, from the commencement of this investigation to today’s plea, our focus has been on seeking justice for these veterans by holding Yates accountable for these terrible acts.”</p> <p>“What occurred at the Beckley VA Medical Center is particularly despicable because this abuse was at the hands of a doctor who was entrusted with providing compassionate and supportive care to veterans,” said VA Inspector General Michael J. Missal. &nbsp;“The result today was due to the tireless and dedicated efforts of the VA OIG investigators and our law enforcement partners. This doctor will no longer be able to prey on the trust of those who have dedicated their lives in service to our nation.”</p> <p>A sentencing hearing for Yates is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2021. He faces up to 30 years in prison.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <p><em>4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020: </em>The case of sex crimes involving a former doctor at the Beckley VA Medical Center (VAMC) is seeing new developments. Jonathan Yates agreed to plead guilty to eight charges on July 7, 2020. However, a court order dated Aug. 17 indicates the state would move to strike an allegation from the indictment.</p> <p>As a result, his guilty plea hearing was continued until 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 4 at the Federal Courthouse in Beckley. </p> <p>A criminal trial scheduled for Aug. 25, 2020 was also postponed. It will be held on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. This is planned in case the plea deal falls through, according to the U.S. Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>Pretrial motions are being heard on Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. in front of the Honorable Omar Aboulhosn.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <p><em>Tuesday, May 12, 2020 7 p.m. UPDATE:</em> A former doctor at the Beckley VA Medical Center was indicted on multiple charges. </p> <p>A federal grand jury in Charleston returned a seven count indictment on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Dr. Jonathan Yates was charged with five counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law and two counts of abusive sexual contact. The indictment alleges Dr. Yates examined six men at the Beckley VA Medical Center and sexually molested them between September 2018 and February 2019.. The indictment also alleges that Yates temporarily immobilized two of the veterans by cracking one the individual&#8217;s necks and using acupuncture needles on the other. He then allegedly sexually molested them while they were both incapacitated. </p> <p>The indictment also alleges his abuse caused five of the veterans to suffer bodily injury. He also reportedly engaged in sexual contact with five of the veterans without their consent. </p> <p>If convicted, Yates faces life in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Special Litigation Counsel Samantha Trepel and Trial Attorney Kyle Boynton of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg McVey of the Southern District of West Virginia.</p> <p>This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5342).</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <p>BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) &#8212; Disturbing allegations arose from patients at the Beckley VA medical center. </p> <p>Attorney Stephen New, who is representing these patients, said veterans, who were there seeking help, claim they began to feel uncomfortable with their treatment.</p> <p>&#8220;Indicating that they had been fondled in a way that was outside what they thought they were going there for,&#8221; New said.</p> <p>Thirty-seven victims came forward with concerns about their doctor. Of them, 14 filed formal complaints with the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine. The Executive Director of the Board confirmed they received those complaints on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, and one previous complaint. All of those complaints are against Dr. Jonathan Yates.</p> <p>&#8220;The idea was they would be getting manipulation and sort of alternative medicine that didn&#8217;t involve prescriptions. Then that manipulation turned into something that was a violation of their privacy,&#8221; New said.</p> <p>The Beckley VA released this statement regarding the allegations: </p> <p>&#8220;As soon as the Beckley VA Medical Center discovered these allegations, we immediately brought them to the attention of the VA’s independent inspector general on June 12. Additionally, the Beckley VAMC fired the individual at the center of these allegations. VA has made clear it will hold employees accountable when they fail to live up to the high standards Veterans and taxpayers expect, and that’s exactly what happened in this case. This is an isolated incident and as the&nbsp;<a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.va.gov%2Foig%2Fpubs%2Fpress-releases%2FVAOIG-StatementonBeckleyWV.pdf&amp;data=02%7C01%7CPDunford%40wvnstv.com%7Cc0b3c5270d4c4a6bcda808d7b63c83f4%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C1%7C637178243340362404&amp;sdata=D8QMKgCIfmrFKtxEfQvy4ipikOqyg%2Bs3v0CJ%2BpOe1eo%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">independent IG said</a>, the facility &#8216;has taken steps to ensure the immediate safety of its patients.&#8217; VA is cooperating fully with the independent IG’s ongoing investigation.&#8221;</p> <p>New wants Dr. Yates held accountable, both by the board of medicine, and by the court of law.</p> <p>&#8220;You have to follow a process called the Federal Torte Claims Act. We are in that process now, which may or may not lead to a civil lawsuit in federal court against the VA and the Office of Personnel Management,&#8221; New said.</p> <p>With multiple agencies investigating these allegations, New hopes his clients, who fought for our country, will receive justice.</p> <p>&#8220;They were wronged. That&#8217;s why this was so important. Not just who they are, but the fact that a person in a position of trust wronged them,&#8221; New said.</p> Calls for government officials to step in as death toll rises at Deerfield Correctional Center https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/calls-for-government-officials-to-step-n-as-death-toll-rises-at-state-prison/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:abacc6cd-a552-d04f-c091-fadfca442cdf Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:00:54 +0000 Two more people have died from the coronavirus at Deerfield Correctional Center in Southampton and now there are calls for the Governor’s Office and Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety to step in. The death toll at Deerfield now stands at 8, the most at any of Virginia's state prisons since the pandemic began. <p>SOUTHAMPTON, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; Two more people have died from the coronavirus at Deerfield Correctional Center in Southampton and now there are calls for the Governor’s Office and Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety to step in. The death toll at Deerfield now stands at 8, the most at any of Virginia&#8217;s state prisons since the pandemic began.</p> <p><a href="https://vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/">Nearly 300 inmates and 19 prison employees </a>are currently fighting the virus.</p> <p>8News has learned the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NCPSO/">Virginia Chapter of the National Coalition of Public Safety Officers,</a> an association that represents corrections officers in the state has reached out to the Governor&#8217;s office as well as <a href="https://www.pshs.virginia.gov/about/secretary-moran/">Virginia&#8217;s Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran</a>. NCPSO is calling on them to do more. The Coalition says conditions inside the prison are bad and employees haven&#8217;t been given proper PPE.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/taking-action/they-werent-sentenced-to-death-families-fear-for-loved-ones-in-prison-with-covid-19-outbreak/">Earlier this week</a>, inmates and their families told 8News there is no social distancing and those who are sick are not being checked on and waiting days for medication to relieve symptoms. Kelly Hodge’s husband is in Deerfield she says her husband is scared. Hodge says, “He is in a dorm with about 100 men, they sleep head to foot.&#8221;</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/two-more-inmates-die-from-covid-19-at-deerfield-correctional-center/" class="promo-link__link" > Two more inmates die from COVID-19 at Deerfield Correctional Center </a> </aside> <p>Hodge’s husband qualifies for the early release program that was set up to reduce capacity in the prisons during pandemic but she says the state is dragging its feet.<br>And now, he has tested positive for the virus. “I am part broken, I am scared to death. I don&#8217;t want my husband to die. Is he going to be coming home in a body bag? I hate to be graphic but I am scared to death for him.&#8221;</p> <p>Late Monday, the <a href="https://vadoc.virginia.gov/">Virginia Department of Corrections </a>told us they were offering incentives for DOC medical staff to help come to Deerfield to help with the outbreak and that temporary nurses were being recruited. &#8220;They are down to a skeleton crew there,” says Hodge.</p> <p>8News asked for an update on staffing and the latest deaths but DOC has not responded.</p> <p>LATEST HEADLINES:</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/former-beckley-vamc-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-civil-rights-offenses/">Former Beckley VAMC doctor pleads guilty to civil rights offenses</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/the-waters-are-about-to-get-much-muddier-vcu-doctor-shares-concerns-as-flu-season-collides-with-covid-19/">&#8216;The waters are about to get much muddier&#8217;: VCU doctor shares concerns as flu season collides with COVID-19</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/cher-tapes-emotional-psa-for-south-texas-county-ravaged-by-covid-19-after-her-concert/">Cher tapes emotional PSA for South Texas county ravaged by COVID-19 after her concert</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/business/bristol-hard-rock-hotel-casino-unveils-new-3d-model-of-resort-thursday-morning/">Bristol Hard Rock Hotel &#038; Casino unveils new 3D model of resort Thursday morning</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/military/project-aims-to-tell-the-story-of-all-400000-members-of-us-military-killed-in-world-war-ii/">Project aims to tell the story of all 400,000 members of US military killed in World War II</a></li> </ul> Governor Northam has proclaimed Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month in Virginia https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia/governor-northam-has-proclaimed-hispanic-and-latino-heritage-month-in-virginia/ Virginia News urn:uuid:1e9181fe-0b9b-454d-34db-c5a3f66c9ed8 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:56:24 +0000 RICHMOND (WAVY) &#8211; On Thursday, Governor Northam encouraged all Virginians to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, which is observed each year between September 15 and October 15. This year Northam is encouraging Virginians to celebrate virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic, by recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Virginians. Governor Northam signed legislation during [&#8230;] <p>RICHMOND (WAVY) &#8211; On Thursday, Governor Northam encouraged all Virginians to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month, which is observed each year between September 15 and October 15.</p> <p>This year Northam is encouraging Virginians to celebrate virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic, by recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Virginians.</p> <p>Governor Northam signed legislation during the 2020 legislative session, that would extend eligibility for in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants and make obtaining valid identification accessible to all Virginia residents, regardless of their immigration status.</p> <p>The Northam administration said in a press release they have, &#8220;worked diligently to increase outreach and provide COVID-19 resources to Virginia’s communities of color, including distributing personal protective equipment, sharing culturally-competent translated guidance documents, hiring multi-lingual contact tracers, expanding no-cost testing opportunities, and hosting engagement calls and webinars.&#8221;</p> <p>Virginia was one of the first states in the nation to form a health equity task force and brought in experts to lead outreach for the Latino community.</p> <p>The text of Governor Northam’s Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month proclamation can be found below in English and <strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/executive-actions/2020-Hispanic-and-Latino-Heritage-Month---SP.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong> in Spanish.</p> <blockquote class="wp-block-quote"><p>&#8220;As Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month begins, Pam and I invite Virginians across the Commonwealth to join us in celebrating the tremendous contributions that Hispanic and Latino men and women have made throughout our Commonwealth and our country. For generations, Hispanic and Latino Americans have shaped our Commonwealth and their stories are woven into the fabric of our communities. We must recognize that Hispanic and Latino history is Virginia history. And with nearly 800,000 Virginians of Hispanic and Latino descent who proudly call the Commonwealth home, our communities are richer and more vibrant thanks to their culture and traditions.</p><p>Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month recognizes integral role of the Hispanic and Latino men and women in business and education, in our military, in our government, and in the fight against COVID-19. It is in part because of these contributions that our Hispanic and Latino communities have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic. As we battle this virus and work together to move our Commonwealth forward, we must also renew our commitment to confronting generational health inequities and remain focused on ensuring that Hispanic and Latino Virginians are counted in the 2020 Census.</p><p>America is a nation of immigrants, and our communities are strengthened by hard-working individuals striving to create a better life for themselves and their children—this is the spirit that makes Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family. As we celebrate the strength of our diversity, let us also unite in our efforts to build a more equitable, more welcoming, and more inclusive Commonwealth.&#8221;</p><cite>Governor Ralph Northam</cite></blockquote> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h3>Latest Posts </h3> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/hr-show/senior-living-autumn-care-of-chesapeake/">Senior Living: Autumn Care of Chesapeake</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/hr-show/senior-living-help-with-hearing-loss/">Senior Living: Help With Hearing Loss</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/hr-show/senior-living-personal-in-home-care-service-with-seniorcorp/">Senior Living: Personal In-Home Care Service with Seniorcorp</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/hr-show/senior-living-a-touch-of-loving-care/">Senior Living: A Touch of Loving Care</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/hr-show/senior-living-the-bridge-between-hospital-and-home/">Senior Living: The Bridge Between Hospital and Home</a></li> </ul> Bristol Hard Rock Hotel & Casino unveils new 3D model of resort Thursday morning https://www.wric.com/business/bristol-hard-rock-hotel-casino-unveils-new-3d-model-of-resort-thursday-morning/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:187ca06a-5bc3-40bf-65f4-2d0a16ad433e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:53:55 +0000 Officials with the proposed Hard Rock Hotel &#038; Casino are showing the Bristol, Virginia community a new look at the planned resort. <p>BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) &#8211; Officials with the proposed Hard Rock Hotel &amp; Casino are&nbsp;showing&nbsp;the Bristol, Virginia community a new look at the planned resort.</p> <p>Officials unveiled the new 3-D model of the casino and hotel.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-twitter aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">More views of the Hard Rock Bristol model <a href="https://t.co/aHvpglGFrZ">pic.twitter.com/aHvpglGFrZ</a></p>&mdash; Kaylyn Kluck WJHL (@KaylynKluck) <a href="https://twitter.com/KaylynKluck/status/1306595179256717316?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <figure class="wp-block-embed-twitter aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The cover is off <a href="https://t.co/gDwpzhnIAt">pic.twitter.com/gDwpzhnIAt</a></p>&mdash; Kaylyn Kluck WJHL (@KaylynKluck) <a href="https://twitter.com/KaylynKluck/status/1306588959846342656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <figure class="wp-block-embed-twitter aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hard Rock Bristol 3D model <a href="https://t.co/4HXtRvHZhJ">pic.twitter.com/4HXtRvHZhJ</a></p>&mdash; Kaylyn Kluck WJHL (@KaylynKluck) <a href="https://twitter.com/KaylynKluck/status/1306590360559218696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div></figure> <p>It will be on display to the public until September 19.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/u-s-world/new-orleans-to-explode-huge-unstable-hard-rock-hotel-cranes-ahead-of-storm/" class="promo-link__link" > New Orleans to explode huge unstable Hard Rock Hotel cranes ahead of storm </a> </aside> <p>You can watch our live stream of the press conference below:</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-facebook aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-facebook"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="true" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/wjhlTV11/videos/772952936857114/"></div> </div></figure> <p>The resort also released new renderings of the proposed casino and hotel.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-twitter aligncenter wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NEW RENDERINGS: leaders behind the Hard Rock Bristol Resort &amp; 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Casino unveils new 3D model of resort Thursday morning</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/military/project-aims-to-tell-the-story-of-all-400000-members-of-us-military-killed-in-world-war-ii/">Project aims to tell the story of all 400,000 members of US military killed in World War II</a></li> </ul> Children’s Museum of Richmond reopens with new COVID-19 guidelines: ‘It was a long and difficult 6 months’ https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/childrens-museum-of-richmond-reopens-with-new-covid-19-guidelines-it-was-a-long-and-difficult-6-months/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:0417b95e-d527-ae24-4b54-f1b1276d613b Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:11:38 +0000 The Children's Museum of Richmond is now open to the public for the first time since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Chesterfield and Downtown locations are open with an entirely new design and reimagined concept. <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; The Children&#8217;s Museum of Richmond is now open to the public for the first time since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Chesterfield and Downtown locations are open with an entirely new design and reimagined concept.</p> <p>The museum closed on March 14th. Due to a financial strain, the Short Pump and Fredericksburg locations had to permanently close. Directors believed the museum would only be closed for a few weeks, but realized that the closure would be for much longer than expected. The museum had to comply with specific Phase 3 guidelines to make the experience as safe as possible to reopen for museum goers.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-1.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-576903" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-1.jpg?resize=821,473 821w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-1.jpg?resize=300,173 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-1.jpg?resize=768,442 768w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 821px" /></figure> <p>&#8220;It was great. It was really exciting to be back,&#8221; said Erin Hanratta.</p> <p>Henratta took her daughter Penelope to the museum for the first time in over six months.</p> <p>&#8220;We felt very comfortable and very safe. I thought it was an appropriate amount of people and children. The mask requirement gives an extra layer of comfort. Everyone did a really good job,&#8221; said Hanratta.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-576907" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=837,471 837w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-4.jpg?resize=640,360 640w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 837px" /></figure> <p>When entering, museum goers will notice the new layout that allows a one-way traffic flow. Green barriers guide visitors through the spaced-out exhibits.</p> <p>Danielle Ripperton is the Executive Director of the Children&#8217;s Museum. According to Ripperton, some equipment from the closed Short Pump and Fredericksburg locations are being put to use at the facilities that have reopened. Other exhibits are being held in storage.</p> <p>&#8220;It was a long and difficult six months. When you don&#8217;t hear the joy of children and you don&#8217;t see the smiles on their faces or the parent interaction, it makes it really hard,&#8221; said Ripperton.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/science-museum-of-virginia-reopens-after-closing-in-march/" class="promo-link__link" > Science Museum of Virginia reopens after closing in March </a> </aside> <p>Team members are glad to be back at the museum because of the children.</p> <p>&#8220;I watched every team member light up as they saw families come back in and enjoy safe experiences,&#8221; said Ripperton.</p> <p>To minimize contact between visitors, individual activities and lunches are separated in bags. Visitors pick up their lunch out of a green box that is marked with &#8216;clean.&#8217; When they&#8217;re finished eating, they drop off the lunch in a red box that is labeled &#8216;dirty.&#8217;</p> <p>The team had to make sure everything inside could be sanitized.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-2.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-576904" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-2.jpg?resize=797,477 797w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-2.jpg?resize=300,180 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/childrens-museum-2.jpg?resize=768,460 768w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 797px" /></figure> <p>&#8220;We had to literally look at every single piece of equipment that families would be interacting with and figure it out how it was going to be safe in this new environment,&#8221; said Ripperton.</p> <p>Hand washing stations and hand sanitizing stations were added throughout the facility. While some exhibits had to close or be removed like &#8216;the cave,&#8217; others were modified for safety reasons. The bright room has replaced the library to avoid close contact. Between two hour play time sessions, employees will wipe down all of the equipment before the next rotation.</p> <p>General admission visitors can reserve a session <a href="https://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org/">online</a> Thursday through Sunday.</p> <p>LATEST HEADLINES:</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/childrens-museum-of-richmond-reopens-with-new-covid-19-guidelines-it-was-a-long-and-difficult-6-months/">Children&#8217;s Museum of Richmond reopens with new COVID-19 guidelines: &#8216;It was a long and difficult 6 months&#8217;</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/calls-for-government-officials-to-step-n-as-death-toll-rises-at-state-prison/">Calls for government officials to step in as death toll rises at state prison</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/police-man-seriously-injured-after-shootout-with-officers/">Police: Man seriously injured after shootout with officers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/crime/young-adult-from-king-george-county-killed-in-fredericksburg-shooting/">Young adult from King George County killed in Fredericksburg shooting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/politics/virginias-electronic-gaming-machines-face-ban-next-year/">Virginia&#8217;s electronic gaming machines face ban next year</a></li> </ul> Virginia GOP spokesman dismisses claim that vandalism at Richmond headquarters was an inside job: ‘Dumbest thing I’ve heard’ https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/__trashed-166/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:d5066816-41bd-c749-2f7d-aee3d1c558ce Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:07:31 +0000 The Richmond detective in charge of the case, who believes it was an isolated incident, is still looking for images of those who are responsible. The GOP's headquarters in Richmond won't be able to provide any footage as its surveillance camera was "pointed down" when the damage occurred. <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; The Richmond headquarters for the Republican Party of Virginia was damaged by vandalism last week for the second time this summer, the party&#8217;s chairman said last Friday. A photo shared by state party spokesman John March showed that the front door and window had been shattered and glass scattered around the entrance. </p> <p>Rich Anderson, the party&#8217;s chairman, claimed Gov. Ralph Northam and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, two Democrats, &#8220;enabled&#8221; the vandalism by neglecting to address protests, some of which have turned violent, that have taken place in the city during the summer. </p> <p>&#8220;In prior months, these violent attacks on families and businesses in Virginia’s capital city have gone unchecked by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, whose neglect enabled last night’s attack on the building that has been the home of millions of Virginia Republicans for four decades,&#8221; Anderson said in a statement on Sept. 11. </p> <p>Anderson called on Northam and Stoney to condemn the vandalism, which he labeled &#8220;a clear attempt to induce a sense of terror in Virginia Republicans.&#8221; Stoney, who has faced criticism during the protests and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/protestors-gathered-at-mayor-stoneys-apartment-tuesday-night/" target="_blank"><strong>even had a group of demonstrators gather outside his Richmond apartment</strong></a>, reacted to the damage done to the GOP headquarters on Twitter. </p> <p>&#8220;Although I may not agree with this party&#8217;s stances, violence and vandalism have no place in this city,&#8221; <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/LevarStoney/status/1304448736551227392?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Stoney wrote.</a></strong> &#8220;Destruction is not how we win arguments.&#8221; </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-575507" width="766" height="574" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg 1280w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/thumbnail_image002.jpg?resize=766,574 766w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 766px" /><figcaption>A photo shared by state party spokesman John March showed that the front door and window were shattered and glass was scattered around the entrance. (Photo taken by John March)</figcaption></figure> <p>Protests erupted in cities across the country, including Richmond, in the wake of George Floyd&#8217;s killing by police in Minneapolis on May 25. Demonstrations continued in Virginia&#8217;s capital city throughout much of the summer months, especially in late May and June, prompting Stoney to ask Northam <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/breaking-news/gov-northam-declares-state-of-emergency-after-weekend-violence-in-richmond/" target="_blank"><strong>to impose a curfew</strong></a>. </p> <p>The curfew eventually ended days later but not before <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/richmond-police-arrested-233-people-on-sunday-night-most-were-for-curfew-violations/" target="_blank"><strong>more than 200 people were arrested</strong></a> for violating it during protests and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/protesters-march-through-richmond-for-4th-consecutive-night/" target="_blank"><strong>tear gas was fired at demonstrators</strong></a> near the Robert E. Lee statue on Richmond&#8217;s Monument Avenue before the 8 p.m. curfew on June 1. </p> <p>The Virginia GOP, who said the total cost of the damage was not clear, <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://twitter.com/VA_GOP/status/1304424654812176385?s=20" target="_blank"><strong>tried to link the damage</strong></a> done to its headquarters to policies backed by Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden.</p> <p>March, the spokesman for the Republican Party of Virginia, said in an interview Tuesday with 8News that a staff member noticed the broken glass when they arrived at the headquarters early last Friday. The employee informed authorities and filed a police report. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-576481" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg 4032w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=2048,1536 2048w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3829.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>The glass door and window at the Richmond headquarters for the Republican Party of Virginia has been boarded up since last week&#8217;s damage. (Photo taken by 8News&#8217; Dean Mirshahi)</figcaption></figure> <p>When asked whether there&#8217;s any evidence linking the vandalism to protesters in the city, March said there was none but to &#8220;put two and two together,&#8221; citing the general sentiment of the party throughout Richmond and <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wric.com/news/crime/suspects-sought-in-wells-fargo-vandalism-break-in-amid-richmond-riots/" target="_blank"><strong>damage done to a bank&#8217;s ATM across the street in May</strong></a>. It was around that time when, according to March, one of the windows at the headquarters was smashed. </p> <p>The state GOP spokesman noted that the party doesn&#8217;t entirely disagree with what the recent demonstrations have been about, but does take exception to the &#8220;misplaced anger directed at Republicans.&#8221; March dismissed unfounded claims that the vandalism was possibly &#8220;an inside job,&#8221; a phrase March used himself, laughing it off as an effort from internet trolls. </p> <p>&#8220;Dumbest thing I&#8217;ve heard,&#8221; March said of the notion that the party tried to frame protesters. When asked if that was the official response from the Virginia GOP, he paused for a moment and said &#8220;the stupidest thing I&#8217;ve heard.&#8221; </p> <p>March added that the party will still have to cover some of the cost from the vandalism, including deductibles and expenses, despite their insurance. Richmond police spokesman James Mercante told 8News on Thursday that the lead detective on the case has yet to find any images of anyone in the area at the time, the incident took place between Thursday evening and Friday morning, &#8220;but is continuing to canvass for cameras in the area that may have captured usable images.&#8221;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?w=900" alt="" class="wp-image-576479" srcset="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg 4032w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=960,720 960w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=2048,1536 2048w, https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/IMG_3827.jpg?resize=876,492 876w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /><figcaption>The surveillance camera outside the front entrance of the headquarters of the Republican Party of Virginia in Richmond was &#8220;pointed down&#8221; during the recent vandalism overnight. (Photo taken by 8News&#8217; Dean Mirshahi)</figcaption></figure> <p>The detective, according to Mercante, does not believe the vandalism came after a large-scale demonstration but was the result of an isolated incident. Mercante added that the detective &#8220;has some individuals with private cameras to coordinate with to view the images&#8221; but running down every possibility takes time with the government, public and private buildings in the area.</p> <p>The GOP&#8217;s headquarters in Richmond won&#8217;t be able to provide any footage as its surveillance camera was &#8220;pointed down&#8221; when the damage occurred, March said. He added that &#8220;all the cameras in the world won&#8217;t help with a mask.&#8221;</p> <p>When asked if there was any extra precautions being put in place since the incident or if any employees have expressed concerns with returning to work, March said in jest, &#8220;No, we&#8217;re Republicans,&#8221; before saying that the party is &#8220;exploring options&#8221; on adding safety measures. </p> Calls for government officials to step in as death toll rises at state prison https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/calls-for-government-officials-to-step-n-as-death-toll-rises-at-state-prison/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:5043e5ff-7ab8-6fe2-3627-7db9c2e86cf2 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:06:08 +0000 Two more people have died from the coronavirus at Deerfield Correctional Center in Southampton and now there are calls for the Governor’s Office and Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety to step in. The death toll at Deerfield now stands at 8, the most at any of Virginia's state prisons since the pandemic began. <p>SOUTHAMPTON, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; Two more people have died from the coronavirus at Deerfield Correctional Center in Southampton and now there are calls for the Governor’s Office and Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety to step in. The death toll at Deerfield now stands at 8, the most at any of Virginia&#8217;s state prisons since the pandemic began.</p> <p><a href="https://vadoc.virginia.gov/news-press-releases/2020/covid-19-updates/">Nearly 300 inmates and 19 prison employees </a>are currently fighting the virus.</p> <p>8News has learned the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NCPSO/">Virginia Chapter of the National Coalition of Public Safety Officers,</a> an association that represents corrections officers in the state has reached out to the Governor&#8217;s office as well as <a href="https://www.pshs.virginia.gov/about/secretary-moran/">Virginia&#8217;s Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran</a>. NCPSO is calling on them to do more. The Coalition says conditions inside the prison are bad and employees haven&#8217;t been given proper PPE.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/taking-action/they-werent-sentenced-to-death-families-fear-for-loved-ones-in-prison-with-covid-19-outbreak/">Earlier this week</a>, inmates and their families told 8News there is no social distancing and those who are sick are not being checked on and waiting days for medication to relieve symptoms. Kelly Hodge’s husband is in Deerfield she says her husband is scared. Hodge says, “He is in a dorm with about 100 men, they sleep head to foot.&#8221;</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/two-more-inmates-die-from-covid-19-at-deerfield-correctional-center/" class="promo-link__link" > Two more inmates die from COVID-19 at Deerfield Correctional Center </a> </aside> <p>Hodge’s husband qualifies for the early release program that was set up to reduce capacity in the prisons during pandemic but she says the state is dragging its feet.<br>And now, he has tested positive for the virus. “I am part broken, I am scared to death. I don&#8217;t want my husband to die. Is he going to be coming home in a body bag? I hate to be graphic but I am scared to death for him.&#8221;</p> <p>Late Monday, the <a href="https://vadoc.virginia.gov/">Virginia Department of Corrections </a>told us they were offering incentives for DOC medical staff to help come to Deerfield to help with the outbreak and that temporary nurses were being recruited. &#8220;They are down to a skeleton crew there,” says Hodge.</p> <p>8News asked for an update on staffing and the latest deaths but DOC has not responded.</p> <p>LATEST HEADLINES:</p> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/childrens-museum-of-richmond-reopens-with-new-covid-19-guidelines-it-was-a-long-and-difficult-6-months/">Children&#8217;s Museum of Richmond reopens with new COVID-19 guidelines: &#8216;It was a long and difficult 6 months&#8217;</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/calls-for-government-officials-to-step-n-as-death-toll-rises-at-state-prison/">Calls for government officials to step in as death toll rises at state prison</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/police-man-seriously-injured-after-shootout-with-officers/">Police: Man seriously injured after shootout with officers</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/crime/young-adult-from-king-george-county-killed-in-fredericksburg-shooting/">Young adult from King George County killed in Fredericksburg shooting</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wric.com/news/politics/virginias-electronic-gaming-machines-face-ban-next-year/">Virginia&#8217;s electronic gaming machines face ban next year</a></li> </ul> Young adult from King George County killed in Fredericksburg shooting https://www.wric.com/news/crime/young-adult-from-king-george-county-killed-in-fredericksburg-shooting/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:1eba2ceb-0a58-8eba-f874-00af8d1b3449 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:04:19 +0000 An 18-year-old is dead and another is injured following a shooting at the 2500 block of Carriage Lane in Fredericksburg on Wednesday. <p>FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WRIC) &#8212; An 18-year-old is dead and another is injured following a shooting at the 2500 block of Carriage Lane in Fredericksburg on Wednesday. The Fredericksburg Police Department identified Connall Mullins of King George County as the deceased, the victims kin has been notified. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/drive-by-shooting-first-shooting-of-the-year-in-hopewell/" class="promo-link__link" > Drive By Shooting: First Shooting Of The Year In Hopewell </a> </aside> <p>According to police, they responded to calls for shots fired around 10:45 p.m. and located the two victims with bullet wounds. Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital where Mullins passed away. The other victims remains hospitalized and is expected to recover.</p> <p>FPD describes the shooting suspect as a male wearing a mask and driving a dark colored sedan. </p> <p>This is a continuing investigation. The Fredericksburg Police Department asks anyone with information regarding this incident call (540) 373-3122.&nbsp; To make an anonymous tip, send a text to “847-411” and text “FPDtip” followed by your tip. Or, download the free FPD Tip app available for Android and iPhones. 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(AP) — Police in Suffolk say that a man was taken to a hospital with serious injuries after exchanging gunfire with police. The Suffolk Police Department said in a statement that the incident occurred Wednesday night. </p> <p>Police said they were looking for a man who was wanted on charges that included burglary and malicious shooting. Police said they encountered the man and that he had a gun. Police said that shots were exchanged and that the man was rushed to the hospital. </p> <p>The officers were placed on leave, and the shooting is being investigated. 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But state lawmakers have said the machines will be banned next year. <p>ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — More than 9,000 electronic gaming machines are currently in circulation in Virginia. But state lawmakers have said the machines will be banned next year. </p> <p>The Roanoke Times reports that the Virginia Department of Taxation estimates the machines contributed about $12 million in tax payments in July. 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All 188 students in the building were notified and were to be tested Wednesday evening. <p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The<a href="https://www.virginia.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> University of Virginia </a>says it&#8217;s increasing testing of students after it identified a cluster of <a href="https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> cases in a residence hall. </p> <p>The Daily Progress reports that the school in Charlottesville reported five cases on Wednesday that were identified through wastewater and individual testing programs. 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(WRIC) — The effort to get Independent presidential candidate Kanye West back on the ballot in Virginia was&#160;denied by the state’s highest court&#160;on Thursday. Attorneys for West filed an appeal last week seeking to have a Richmond judge’s ruling taking the rapper-entrepreneur off of the ballot overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court. “I’m pleased the [&#8230;] <p>RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The effort to get Independent presidential candidate Kanye West back on the ballot in Virginia was&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/ORD-09-17-2020-West_-K.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>denied by the state’s highest court</strong></a>&nbsp;on Thursday.</p> <p>Attorneys for West <a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/politics/virginia-politics/kanye-west-files-appeal-to-get-his-name-back-on-virginia-ballot/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>filed an appeal last week</strong></a> seeking to have a Richmond judge’s ruling taking the rapper-entrepreneur off of the ballot overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court.</p> <p>“I’m pleased the Supreme Court of Virginia agreed with me today and denied Kanye West’s appeal,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement. “This case could have thrown the election into chaos, drastically changing the ballot and potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of Virginians during an election that has brought challenges like none we have ever dealt with before. 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(WRIC) &#8212; The effort to get Independent presidential candidate Kanye West back on the ballot in Virginia was <a href="https://www.wric.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/74/2020/09/ORD-09-17-2020-West_-K.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>denied by the state&#8217;s highest court</strong></a> on Thursday. </p> <p>Attorneys for West <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/kanye-west-files-appeal-to-get-his-name-back-on-virginia-ballot/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>filed an appeal last week</strong></a> seeking to have a Richmond judge’s ruling taking the rapper-entrepreneur off of the ballot overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m pleased the Supreme Court of Virginia agreed with me today and denied Kanye West&#8217;s appeal,&#8221; Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement. &#8220;This case could have thrown the election into chaos, drastically changing the ballot and potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of Virginians during an election that has brought challenges like none we have ever dealt with before. 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Warner, a Democrat who has represented Virginia in Congress for more than a decade, is ahead of his Republican challenger Daniel Gade by 17 percentage points (55% to 38%). The poll had a margin of error of 5.17 percentage points for all adults sampled and 6.22 percentage points for likely voters.</p> <p>Biden is leading in the Northern, South Central and Tidewater regions of the state, while Trump leads in Western and Northwestern Virginia.&nbsp;</p> <p>Stephen Farnsworth, director at the Fredericksburg-based University of Mary Washington Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said that Trump’s message resonates with rural voters in the western part of the state.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/politics/these-6-states-could-decide-the-2020-presidential-election/" class="promo-link__link" > These 6 states could decide the 2020 presidential election </a> </aside> <p>“His focus on the message of Christian conservatives resonates well in rural areas,” Farnsworth said. “Trump has appointed politically conservative judges, and Christians have been well served by him.”</p> <p>Farnsworth said that Trump tends to lose in suburban areas of Virginia such as Northern Virginia, where voters tend to be socially progressive but fiscally conservative.</p> <p>The poll also provided insight into the demographics of Biden voters.&nbsp;</p> <p>“Something that was interesting was the strength of women as an indicator of support for Biden,” said Farrah Stone, who directed the VCU poll.</p> <p>Women were more likely to support Biden over Trump by 22 percentage points (58% to 36%). Men preferred Biden over Trump by five percentage points (47% to 42%). In July, a Wilder School poll found that men were more likely to say they would vote for Trump.</p> <p>The poll also shows Biden’s nomination of Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his running mate does not significantly affect his support among women or minorities.&nbsp;</p> <p>“If you’re looking at Kamala Harris, there aren’t significant differences between whites and minorities, or men and women,” Stone said. “What was significant was whether you were a Democrat or Republican.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Farnsworth said that vice presidential candidates often don’t change people’s votes, but they can help a candidate by increasing turnout among people who support the candidate but wouldn’t otherwise vote.</p> <p>“If Biden’s pick of Harris ramps up turnout among African American voters, then that was a smart decision by Biden,” Farnsworth said. “This election is largely frozen in place; there aren’t many voters who are undecided.”</p> <p>Hillary Clinton secured a Democratic victory in the commonwealth during the last presidential race, beating Trump by over <a href="https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhistorical.elections.virginia.gov%2Felections%2Fsearch%2Fyear_from%3A2016%2Fyear_to%3A2016%2Foffice_id%3A1%2Fstage%3AGeneral&amp;data=02%7C01%7CENorth%40wric.com%7Cc0122bd151544307752508d85b49d673%7C9e5488e2e83844f6886cc7608242767e%7C0%7C1%7C637359720295627393&amp;sdata=ClLPf2lc7MOhjBN4yiEFjSwOfq0cPvaQ2mM34yYe3P0%3D&amp;reserved=0">212,000 votes.</a> The 2016 turnout of registered voters was higher than in 2012, but lower than 2008, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.&nbsp;</p> <p>The poll also asked voters about an issue that has recently come to the forefront of election news: the reliability of mail-in voting.&nbsp;</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/washington-dc/debate-continues-on-call-for-mail-in-voting-for-november-election/" class="promo-link__link" > Debate continues on call for mail-in voting for November election </a> </aside> <p>Virginians are split on whether mail-in voting is trustworthy. 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Adam DeMarco said the Defense Department’s lead military police officer for the National Capital Region sent an email asking if the D.C. National Guard possessed a long-range acoustic device — used to transmit loud noises — or an “Active Denial System,&#8221; the so-called heat ray.</p> <p>DeMarco said he responded that the Guard was not in possession of either device.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.npr.org/2020/09/16/913748800/military-police-leaders-weighed-deploying-heat-ray-against-d-c-protesters?utm_term=nprnews&amp;utm_source=twitter.com&amp;utm_campaign=npr&amp;utm_medium=social">National Public Radio</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-protest-lafayette-square/2020/09/16/ca0174e4-f788-11ea-89e3-4b9efa36dc64_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-banner-high_835p-lafayettesquare%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans">The Washington Post</a>&nbsp;first reported DeMarco&#8217;s testimony.</p> <p>Use of either the acoustic device or the Active Denial System would have been a significant escalation of crowd control for the Guard members, particularly since the Defense officials ordered that the Guard troops not be armed when they went into D.C.</p> <p>Law enforcement personnel were armed. And although active-duty military troops were sent to the region, they remained at bases outside the District in case they were needed but never actually entered the District.</p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/u-s-world/dc-task-force-targets-monuments-prompting-fierce-blowback-2/" class="promo-link__link" > DC task force targets monuments, prompting fierce blowback </a> </aside> <p>The Active Denial System was developed by the military nearly two decades ago, and was unveiled to the public around 2007. It’s not clear that it’s ever actually been used in combat, although there are reports it has deployed.</p> <p>The system, which emits a directed beam of energy that causes a burning heat sensation, was considered a non-lethal way to control crowds, particularly when it may be difficult to tell the enemy from innocent civilians in war zones. Use of the device appeared to stall amid questions about whether it actually caused more serious injuries or burns than initially thought.</p> <p>The Long Range Acoustic Device, also called a sound cannon, sends out loud messages or sounds and has been used by law enforcement to disperse crowds. The U.S. military has, in recent years, ordered the LRAD for the Navy’s Military Sealift Command to be used by ships to hail or warn other vessels.</p> <p>DeMarco testified in late July before the House Natural Resources Committee, which is investigating the use of force against crowds in Lafayette Square that night. His remarks on the crowd control devices came in response to follow-up questions from the committee. 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(WNCN) &#8211; The body of a 39-year-old man missing since Saturday afternoon is believed to have been located in Virginia, Raleigh police said Thursday. The body of William “Andy” Banks was discovered with help from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff&#8217;s Office. The Chatham Star Tribune reports the body was found on a farm on [&#8230;] <p>RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) &#8211; The body of a 39-year-old man missing since Saturday afternoon is believed to have been located in Virginia, Raleigh police said Thursday. </p> <p>The body of William “Andy” Banks was discovered with help from the Pittsylvania County Sheriff&#8217;s Office.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignright size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.cbs17.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2020/09/90DBC9A2-C3CC-403F-828D-3593EB05EF1C.jpeg?w=576" alt="" class="wp-image-484410" width="290" height="362"/><figcaption>Justin Fernando Merritt on Sept. 15, 2020. (Raleigh/Wake CCBI)</figcaption></figure></div> <p>The <a href="http://www.chathamstartribune.com/news/article_2447ad9a-f916-11ea-ab76-13a11ec0bdfa.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>Chatham Star Tribune reports</strong></a> the body was found on a farm on Beechnut Road in rural Chatham.</p> <p>Banks&#8217; body will be sent to the coroner in Roanoke, Virginia for an autopsy, <a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NCRALEIGH/bulletins/2a12d2d#.X2O3eQQ1GUU.twitter" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>Raleigh police said.</strong></a></p> <p>Justin Fernando Merritt, of Danville, Virginia <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wavy.com/news/crime/virginia-man-arrested-in-connection-with-raleigh-mans-disappearance/" target="_blank"><strong>was arrested Monday</strong></a> in relation to the disappearance of Banks. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/crime/virginia-man-arrested-in-connection-with-raleigh-mans-disappearance/" class="promo-link__link" > Virginia man arrested in connection with Raleigh man’s disappearance </a> </aside> <p>Public records show Merritt once lived on Dry Fork Road &#8211; which is around a mile from Beechnut Road. </p> <p>Beechnut Road is around 12 miles northwest of Danville.</p> <p>Banks, 39, was last seen Saturday afternoon after his family said he was meeting someone in the K&amp;W Cafeteria parking lot at Cameron Village about selling his 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport.</p> <p>Banks’ Range Rover was located in Danville on Monday.</p> <p>Merritt was charged with robbery, larceny of motor vehicle, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with the stolen vehicle.</p> <p>Merritt wasn’t served with those warrants until he was brought to Raleigh. <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.wavy.com/news/north-carolina/virginia-man-extradited-to-raleigh-following-arrest-in-connection-with-mans-disappearance/" target="_blank"><strong>The 34-year-old waived extradition early Tuesday.</strong></a></p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/north-carolina/virginia-man-extradited-to-raleigh-following-arrest-in-connection-with-mans-disappearance/" class="promo-link__link" > Virginia man extradited to Raleigh following arrest in connection with man’s disappearance </a> </aside> <p>In court Wednesday, Wake County Assistant District Attorney Patrick LaTour said Merritt came from Virginia “under the guise” of buying Banks’ SUV.</p> <p>According to warrants for his arrest, Merritt used a firearm to threaten Banks’ life during the robbery.</p> <p>“All of these charges relate to a situation here in Raleigh which the victim in this case is still unaccounted for.&nbsp;Law enforcement suspect further of these charges, foul play involved. I would ask you substantially the defendant’s bond increase bond,” said LaTour.</p> <p>LaTour said Merritt has no ties to the Raleigh area, and physical evidence linked Merritt to the Range Rover.</p> <p>“They spoke to several witnesses that corroborated at least that, and based on physical evidence that they have found within the car that they believe there to have been a dangerous weapon used in the taking of that automobile,” LaTour said.</p> <p>LaTour asked Wake County Judge Ned Mangum to also consider Merritt’s three previous felony convictions when considering his bond.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>“The defendant has prior criminal convictions that I think are important and enlightening for the court when considering the defendant’s bond,” LaTour said.</p> <p>Merritt has three previous felony convictions – including illegal use of a firearm and burglary.</p> <p>The attorney representing Merritt in court Wednesday objected to raising his bond, saying it was already high for the charges he’s currently facing.</p> <p>Mangum raised Merritt’s bond from $265,000 to $2 million.</p> <p>There is zero evidence of criminal conduct by Banks, LaTour said.</p> <p>He is scheduled to appear in court again Oct. 7 at 9 a.m.</p> <p>While Banks’ disappearance is now a homicide investigation – no additional charges have been filed in the case.</p> <p>Anyone with information on his disappearance is asked to call 911.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"/> <h2>Latest Posts</h2> <ul class="wp-block-latest-posts wp-block-latest-posts__list"><li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/president/trump-announces-1776-commission-to-promote-patriotic-education/">Trump announces &#8216;1776 Commission&#8217; to promote &#8216;patriotic education&#8217;</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/border-report-tour/mexico-border-travel-restrictions-again-extended-now-in-place-through-october/">Mexico: Border travel restrictions again extended, now in place through October</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/washington-dc/travel-restrictions-between-canada-us-hurting-local-economies-lawmakers-say/">Travel restrictions between Canada, US hurting local economies, lawmakers say</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/blogs/weather-blog/heavy-rain-expected-tonight-tidal-flooding-this-weekend/">Heavy rain expected tonight, tidal flooding this weekend</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.wavy.com/news/virginia/body-of-missing-raleigh-man-found-in-virginia-police-say/">Body of missing Raleigh man found in Virginia, police say</a></li> </ul> USPS changes led to 85 million late deliveries in a single week, Senate Democrat’s investigation finds https://www.wric.com/news/politics/usps-changes-led-to-85-million-late-deliveries-in-a-single-week-senate-democrats-investigation-finds/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:231c4430-42b2-7354-683b-9d2a72b53de4 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:00:32 +0000 DeJoy's directives led to delivery delays for 350 pieces of mail over the five weeks they were in place, totaling about 7 percent of all first-class deliveries, according to reporting from the Washington Post. <p>DETROIT (NEXSTAR) &#8211; Changes at the United States Postal Service initiated by a Trump Administration appointee caused a rapid deterioration in the first-class mail on-time delivery rate, according to a new report released by the top Senate Democrat in charge of postal oversight. </p> <p>On Wednesday, the office of Sen. 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(WRIC) &#8212; Sixty-six percent of Virginians are against a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for residents and 40 percent said they don&#8217;t plan on getting a no-cost vaccine when it&#8217;s available, <a href="https://oppo.vcu.edu/media/oppo/September2020Release2.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong>according to a new poll</strong></a> released Thursday by Virginia Commonwealth University. </p> <p>The poll, conducted by the Center for Public Policy at the university&#8217;s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, surveyed 804 adults living in Virginia from Aug. 28 and Sept. 7. 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Douglas Wilder said in a statement. </p> <p>The poll shows where residents with different political party preferences stand on an FDA-approved vaccine as well, with 59 percent of Democrats very likely or somewhat likely to get the vaccine and 51 percent of Republicans saying they would get one as well. </p> <p>The gap was evident when it came to schools reopening and mandating a vaccine. Sixty percent of Republicans said they think in-person classes are very or somewhat safe, compared to 77 percent of Democrats who said it&#8217;s not too safe or not at all safe to have students back the classroom. The poll found that 53 percent of parents with school-age children felt in-person learning was safe. </p> <p>No group favored a vaccine mandate, with 80 percent of Republicans and 52 percent of Democrats saying a vaccine shouldn&#8217;t be required. Independents also don&#8217;t want a vaccine requirement, with 67 percent believing it shouldn&#8217;t be mandated. </p> <p>The VCU poll, which was done over the telephone, surveyed 250 residents who identified as Democrats, 201 who identified as Republican and 337 Independents. The survey has an estimated margin of error of 5.17 percentage points for all adults sampled and 6.22 percentage points for likely voters. </p> More than 1,100 Liberty University residential students, employees asked to quarantine; 141 active COVID-19 cases reported as of Wednesday https://www.wric.com/health/coronavirus/more-than-1100-liberty-university-residential-students-employees-asked-to-quarantine-141-active-covid-19-cases-reported-as-of-wednesday/ Virginia News | 8News urn:uuid:ac1df011-d46b-c17f-1e80-ae640e6532be Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:48:29 +0000 More than 1,100 Liberty University residential students and staff members have been instructed to quarantine as of Wednesday as the total number of coronavirus cases at the university reached 184, with 141 of those cases counted as active. <p>LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) &#8212; More than 1,100 Liberty University residential students and staff members have been instructed to quarantine as of Wednesday as the total number of coronavirus cases at the university reached 184, with 141 of those cases counted as active.</p> <p>Liberty University&#8217;s dashboard says there are 137 active student cases and four active faculty and staff cases within the last 14 days &#8220;where the quarantine period has not ended.&#8221;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wfxrtv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/09/Liberty-U-cumulative-COVID-total-Sept-16.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-469679"/><figcaption>Liberty University has a 14-day cumulative total of 180 COVID-19 cases as of Sept. 15. (Photo: Courtesy Liberty University)</figcaption></figure> <p>School officials say the active cases make up 0.61% of the campus population, including 0.96% of residential students and 0.05% of residential faculty and staff. </p> <aside class="promo-link"> <a href="https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/liberty-university-announces-acting-president-of-the-university/" class="promo-link__link" > Liberty University announces Acting President of the University </a> </aside> <p>According to the university, 487 on-campus students are currently in quarantine, in addition to the 492 commuters and 139 employees who have been given instructions to quarantine. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.wfxrtv.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2020/09/Liberty-U-COVID-case-count-Sept-16.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-469674"/><figcaption>Liberty University&#8217;s total number of coronavirus cases has increased from four to 184 between Sept. 2 and Sept. 15. 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