Clouds will increase today as a calm wind increases to 5 to 8 mph out of the south, according to the National Weather Service. Highs today should be about 45 degrees and lows should be in the mid-30s. It should be mostly cloudy tonight with a south wind of 9 to 15 mph, shifting to the west overnight, as a cold front crosses the region.
RICHMOND Proposals aimed at raising taxes on traditional and e-cigarettes to fund education went up in smoke Wednesday. On party-line votes, a House Finance subcommittee killed both bills by Del. Rob Krupicka, D-Alexandria. The measures had support from education and health groups. The tobacco lobby objected.
NEWPORT NEWS A New York man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 14 years in prison on charges he helped orchestrate an elaborate ID theft ring that involved burglaries of mortgage offices. Jeffrey “Lef” Washington, 30, pleaded guilty last year to one count each of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.
RICHMOND After confusion in a Senate committee Monday about whether a gun control measure had passed or failed, the bill was reconsidered Wednesday. This time, SB943 passed. The legislation would stop someone from owning a gun for a year following a conviction for misdemeanor stalking of a family member, sexual battery of a family member or assault and battery of a family member.
RICHMOND The mother of Travion Blount – who is serving more than six life terms for a robbery committed when he was 15 – delivered to Richmond this afternoon a petition asking for a pardon from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. It bore more than 14,000 signatures.
NORFOLK A Norfolk State University student was attacked and bitten by a police dog early Sunday morning as officers held her down and attempted to handcuff her, according to her father, two friends who were with her at the time and an official with the Norfolk branch of the NAACP.
RICHMOND Among the many exemptions to public records laws in Virginia are correspondence and "working papers" of public college presidents. Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, who annually targets a Freedom of Information Act exemption, thinks that should end. He defended his bill (SB893) during a Senate subcommittee hearing, saying the exemption is overly broad.
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