RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia business leaders say the Old Dominion has an urgent need for a more diversified economy and say new state-funded incentives aimed at promoting regional cooperation would help. Business, university and government officials unveiled a new initiative called “Go Virginia” Tuesday at news conferences around the state. The plan calls for new state incentives to assist in regional collaboration, details of which will be unveiled in coming months. Go Virginia members stressed that there would be no need for new taxes to pay for the initiative. It would instead draw from existing sources of state funds. Among those spearheading the effort are Dominion Resources Inc. CEO Thomas Farrell II and former Landmark Communications chief executive John O. “Dubby” Wynne.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts. The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia’s congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17. A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries. State Republicans have asked that the special session be postponed while that decision is appealed.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $2.9 million in grants for 13 projects in Virginia. The recipients include the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, George Mason University, the Public Broadcasting Service, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. They are part of nearly $37 million in grants for 212 humanities projects nationwide. Among the projects the funding will support are traveling exhibitions, digital research tools, professional development opportunities for teachers and college faculty, cultural collection preservation and the production of films, television, and radio programs.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia residential real estate market saw its strongest second quarter since the 2008 recession, according to recent report. Multiple media outlets report that the Virginia Association of Realtors released a report Tuesday that said sales reached $10.6 billion, up 11 percent from the same period a year ago. The median price rose in six of seven regions, including central Virginia, where it ticked up 5.7 percent in the second quarter to $219,000 from a year ago. The report considers central Virginia to include Richmond, the Tri-Cities and 18 surrounding counties. There, overall sales numbers rose 13.9 percent from a year ago. The Hampton Roads/Chesapeake area reported the only decline in median sales price _ $202,000, down 5.4 percent from the year-ago period.
The theft happened on July 15 at the Walmart on Wards Road. The Lynchburg Police Department says the suspect took a backpack from the sporting goods section and then put numerous miscellaneous items inside of it. The suspect also removed all the tags from the merchandise. The man then left the store without paying. The total value of the backpack and stolen items inside exceed $200. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Detective K.S. Mitchell at (434) 455-6122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Archaeologists have discovered the human remains of four of the earliest leaders of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America. Four burial sites were uncovered after more than 400 years. They were discovered in what’s left of the floor of Jamestown’s historic church. The site is the same church where Pocahontas famously married Englishman John Rolfe. The Jamestown Rediscovery archaeology team revealed their findings Tuesday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The museum helped study the burial sites to identify the remains. The team identified the remains of Rev. Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister; Capt. Gabriel Archer, a rival of John Smith; Sir Ferdinando Wainman, likely the first knight buried in America; and Capt. William West, who died in a fight with Powhatan Indians.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Norfolk Southern’s 23 percent drop in second-quarter profit follows the same story line as other railroads seeing a sharp decline in coal shipments. Norfolk Southern posted $433 million net income, or $1.41 per share. That’s down from $562 million, or $1.79 per share, a year ago. The Norfolk, Virginia, railroad fell just shy of the per-share earnings of $1.42 that analysts were looking for, according to a poll by FactSet. Norfolk Southern’s revenue decreased 11 percent to $2.71 billion because coal volume fell 21 percent and total volume declined 2 percent. That revenue figure was also more meager than expected. Union Pacific and CSX railroads both cited similar challenges when they released results earlier this month.
Beginning Sunday, August 2, and continuing through Sunday, August 16, 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. daily, crews will be milling and paving on Wards Road, from the Lynchburg City limits north bound to Harvard Street. Traffic will be restricted to one lane. Motorists should expect minor delays and use caution while traveling through the work zone.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Gov. Terry McAuliffe has appointed Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush to the Virginia Supreme Court. Roush will succeed Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr., who is retiring at the end of the month. The appointment, announced Monday, requires General Assembly confirmation. Fairfax County’s 13-member legislative delegation, which includes both Democrats and Republicans, recommended Roush in a letter to McAuliffe in May. Roush is best known for presiding over the 2003 trial of D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo, who is serving life in prison. The Virginia Supreme Court also chose Roush to preside in the ongoing case of Charles Severance, who is charged with killing three people in Alexandria. Roush has been a circuit judge for 22 years.