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Portsmouth police chief will stay, just a little bit longer (access required)

PORTSMOUTH—Interim Portsmouth Police Chief William Corvello has agreed to stay on the job several more months, reversing a decision to step down at the start of September. Corvello agreed last week to extend his time until at least January. He ...

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Officials say wildfire in Dismal Swamp, under control, smoldering (access required)

SUFFOLK—Officials say the nearly 5,000-acre wildfire in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Suffolk is contained but it continues to smolder in spots. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says has been 100 percent contained. It began June ...

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Man who pleaded to VCU murder wants sentence tossed (access required)

An amateur photographer sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of a Virginia Commonwealth University student is asking that his sentence be thrown out. Benjamin Fawley entered an Alford plea in 2006 to charges that he killed Taylor ...

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Personal data released on Internet from Prince William (access required)

WOODBRIDGE—Personal information including Social Security numbers and home addresses of more than 2,500 Prince William County students, employees and volunteers was accidentally released on the Internet this summer. Officials said last week that the information was disclosed by a school ...

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Beach to monks: Stop using home as temple (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—The Virginia Beach City Council says Buddhist monks must stop conducting services at their home in the city’s rural Pungo section. By an 8-2 vote last week, the resort’s City Council denied the monks’ request to use their house ...

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Smokes-smugglers ring snuffed out in Alexandria (access required)

ALEXANDRIA — Authorities say they’ve broken up a major cigarette-smuggling ring in Northern Virginia. According to documents filed in federal court, conspirators in New York paid smugglers in Fairfax County more than $4 million for about 200,000 cartons of cigarettes ...

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Kaine backs preservation plan for Fort Monroe (access required)

Governor Tim Kaine is endorsing a plan for the future of Fort Monroe, saying it ensures the preservation of the historic Hampton property for generations to come. The governor on Tuesday backed a plan developed by the Fort Monroe Federal ...

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Liberty U. fined for wetland, stream damage (access required)

LYNCHBURG—Liberty University has agreed to pay $9,270 in fines for minor wetland and stream damage resulting from a dorm project. Department of Environmental Quality enforcement officer Marvin Booth says the damage involved a small amount of forest wetlands and 65 ...

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VDOT launches new traffic info Web site (access required)

The Virginia Department of Transportation is launching an improved 511 traffic information Web site. Officials say the new site allows travelers to personalize information about construction, accidents and driving directions. Travelers can also receive free mobile alerts. The free 511 ...

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UVa: No signs at ball games will be tolerated (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—The University of Virginia is enacting a new policy that bans all signs at its athletic events. The Charlottesville school notified students of the policy last week. Athletics department officials say the change is intended to support and promote sportsmanship ...

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