RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A new study shows a sharp rise over the last decade in the number of arrests for possession of marijuana in Virginia. The report issued by the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance shows that marijuana possession arrests in Virginia rose from 13,032 in 2003 to 22,948 in 2014, an increase of 76 percent. Over that same period, possession arrests declined 6.5 percent nationwide. The report shows that possession arrests of black people in Virginia increased 106 percent between 2003 and 2013. Black Virginians accounted for 47 percent of arrests in 2013 even though they make up 20 percent of the state’s population. Claire Gastanaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, tells the Washington Post that misdemeanor pot arrests “needlessly ensnare people in the criminal justice system.”
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) _ Virginia health officials say the flu season is off to a slow start, with no confirmed cases in the state so far. The Daily Press reports that at this time last year, Virginia had reported sporadic activity for several weeks. Flu became widespread in December. The season runs from October to May and typically peaks in the U.S. between December and February. Andrea Alvarez, influenza program coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health, says every season is a little different. And this year, Virginia is in line with what the nation as a whole is seeing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months and older, unless not recommended by their doctor.
News release: Amherst – On Saturday, December 12 The Amherst County Museum and Historical Society on behalf of the Amherst County Board of Supervisors and the Town of Amherst will retrieve the December 1938 Time Capsule in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on the Courthouse grounds. Amherst Archaeologist Keith Adams, along with 1938 attendee, Mr. Paul Wailes, III, have located the general area where the capsule was buried. Adams has begun archaeological testing to pinpoint the exact site. Once located, the excavation will begin.
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From the Lynchburg Regional Air Show: Wednesday, December 2nd at 4:00PM, two members of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron the Blue Angels will be arriving in the #7 F/A-18 at the Lynchburg Regional Airport. They will depart Thursday, December 3rd at 11:00AM. They will be parking at Freedom Aviation at the General Aviation Terminal, 979 Airport Road. The purpose of their visit is to finalize arrangements for their participation in the 2016 Lynchburg Regional Airshow, May 21st & 22nd, 2016. The public is encouraged to welcome their arrival from the hill overlooking the runway, adjacent to the aircraft control tower. Overflow parking will be available.