SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ The non-profit formed to save Sweet Briar College says it’s making good on its latest installment to keep the women’s college afloat, and with dollars to spare. Saving Sweet Briar Inc. says it will make a payment in excess of $3.5 million on Wednesday. The group says the final sum was still being tallied late Tuesday and would top that number. The installment was part of a series of payments that were spelling out in a mediated settlement structured this summer to save the small liberal arts college from closure. Saving Sweet Briar was formed after the college’s former leaders said the school could not overcome financial challenges. Skeptical former students disagreed, and started raising money to ensure the start of classes this academic year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will not have to go to prison while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to consider his appeal of his public corruption convictions. The court on Monday overruled a lower court’s decision on McDonnell’s incarceration. McDonnell made a last-ditch plea to the high court to stay out of prison shortly after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond refused to grant the same request. The Republican former governor was facing the possibility of having to report to prison within the next several weeks to begin his two-year sentence, handed down in January for doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors is expected to discuss potential state budget requests during a quarterly meeting in Northern Virginia. The board is scheduled to meet on Monday at the Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington in Arlington. The agenda also includes a capitol project to expand the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Data Center and a review of plans for future research facilities at Kentland Farm.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Virginia medical officials say a TV news reporter and cameraman who were killed during a live broadcast both suffered gunshot wounds to the head. The medical examiner’s office in Roanoke office said Friday that WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker’s official cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Cameraman Adam Ward’s cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head and torso. Homicide is listed as the manner of death for both Parker and Ward. The medical examiner’s office did not specify how many times Parker and Ward were shot during Wednesday’s attack.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court is waiting to hear federal prosecutors say why they think it’s time for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to start serving his prison sentence for public corruption. McDonnell has asked the justices to let him remain free until they decide whether to review his case. Chief Justice John Roberts has ordered prosecutors to respond to McDonnell’s request by Wednesday. If Roberts or the court rejects McDonnell’s request, it will set the wheels in motion for him to report to prison. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted last September of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former Republican governor was sentenced to two years in prison. His wife got one year and one day.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ A fraternity has suspended activities at a university chapter in Virginia after an uproar over sexually suggestive banners hung from a private home where several of that fraternity’s members live. Sigma Nu’s national organization said it suspended the fraternity’s activities at Old Dominion University in Norfolk pending completion of its investigation. Monday’s suspension came after three large banners were draped Saturday from the balcony of a private home near the campus. The banners included one stating “Freshman Daughter Drop Off” with an arrow pointing toward the house’s door. The banners stirred outrage on social media and condemnation from university officials and student leaders. Sigma Nu aid any fraternity members found responsible would be held accountable. Its statement says it also condemns the derogatory and demeaning language used on the banners.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions. Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Monday giving prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to McDonnell’s request to remain free. The order also says a federal appeals court order that puts the wheels in motion to send McDonnell to prison will be put on hold until Roberts or the Supreme Court can decide on McDonnell’s request. The ex-governor last week made a last-ditch plea to the high court after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his request to remain free. McDonnell and his wife were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loan
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Students are returning to classes at Sweet Briar College, months after the women’s college in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains seemed destined to shutter. The school’s former leaders said in March the school would close under insurmountable financial woes. But former students refused to believe that. Alumnae took matters into their own hands, raising tens of millions of dollars to assure the 114-year-old liberal arts college would open this academic year. When students return this month, they’ll have a new president. Phillip Stone left a law practice with his grown children to take over Sweet Briar. He’s a former president at another liberal arts college where he oversaw large enrollment growth. Stone says growing enrollment from the present 300 to 800 students is key to Sweet Briar’s survival.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Seven Virginia Retirement System officials top a list of the highest-paid state employees. The annual list compiled by the Richmond Times-Dispatch shows chief investment officer Ronald D. Schmitz was the highest-paid state employee in fiscal 2015, with a compensation package of $930,913. Charles W. Grant was the second-highest paid state employee, with a compensation package of $741,630. Grant manages the system’s internal asset division. Five other retirement system officials earned at least $536,000. University presidents and professors, medical school administrators, and physicians also are among the top 25 earners. The newspaper says their total compensation may not reflect some forms of pay, such as deferred compensation and various allowances. The newspaper obtained the salary information through the Freedom of Information Act.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Commonwealth University is under federal investigation for how it addresses sexual violence. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that VCU has been added to the list of 131 higher-education institutions under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Neither the university nor the federal office would disclose details of the case that put VCU on the list. VCU this month put new procedures in place for addressing assault allegations, capping a yearlong effort to bring its Title IX polices into compliance at a cost of about $1 million. Five other Virginia schools are on the list of those being investigated. They are the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, James Madison University, the University of Richmond and Washington and Lee University.