Norfolk Southern reports its coal shipments rose significantly for the first three months of the year, and it expects the rise to continue through 2017. First quarter coal earnings rose 20% from the year before, driven largely, the railroad says, by increased demand in foreign countries. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Norfolk Southern expects the trend to continue through the year.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s restored voting rights to more felons who have completed their sentences than any other governor.McAuliffe announced yesterday he’s restored voting and other civil rights to 156,000 felons, surpassing a total set by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s administration.Last April McAuliffe issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of more than 200,000 felons at once. But the Virginia’s Supreme Court struck down that order months later, ruling that governors cannot restore rights en masse but must handle them on a case-by-case basis.After the ruling, McAuliffe began restoring individual rights under a new process.The governor, a Democrat who is set to leave office in January, has said he views his rights restoration efforts as one of his most important legacies.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia wants a rival deposed in a bitter fight over an anonymous email alleging an adulterous relationship.The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports an attorney for state Sen. Bryce Reeves is asking a judge to allow state Sen. Jill Vogel and her husband be deposed by May 24. Reeves has previously said there is strong evidence the Vogels, or someone at their direction, sent an email to state Republicans alleging Reeves was having an affair with a campaign staffer.Vogel has denied any connection to the email and said in court filings that Reeves is trying to abuse the legal process.The lieutenant governor is a largely ceremonial position often used as a springboard to run for governor.The Republican primary is June 13.
A team from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School came home from Richmond with top honors yesterday in the Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance. The team competed in the Economics category, winning a Quiz Bowl competition. Close to 150 students from across the state participated in the day-long challenge at Virginia Commonwealth University.
(Continue reading for the full news release from Governor McAuliffe’s office.)