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RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker on Monday backed off his plans to swiftly introduce an impeachment bill seeking the ouster of the state’s leading black elected official as Democrats struggled to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. The effort to impeach Democratic … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia lawmaker backs off fast track for impeachment bill

RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia lieutenant governor resists calls to step down

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s embattled lieutenant governor has urged authorities to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him, but hasn’t heeded calls to resign and it is unclear what comes next for the once-rising star of the state Democratic Party. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Saturday issued a statement repeating his strong denials that … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia lieutenant governor resists calls to step down

RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia Democrats try to thread the needle on crisis

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Confronted with a triple threat to the party’s top ranks, Virginia Democrats are trying to thread the needle, demanding anew that Gov. Ralph Northam resign but giving the benefit of the doubt — for the time being — to the lieutenant governor and attorney general. Key Democratic groups began weighing in … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia Democrats try to thread the needle on crisis

RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia governor survives scandal by staying out of sight

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — He promised to start an honest conversation about race and how to heal the lingering wounds of Virginia’s painful past. Then he disappeared. For the past week, Gov. Ralph Northam has defied widespread calls for his resignation after a racist yearbook picture and a bungled response upended his career. The 59-year-old … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Virginia governor survives scandal by staying out of sight

RICHMOND, Va. | Democrats mute calls for Va. resignations with power at risk

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prominent Democrats came down hard on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after he apologized for a racist photo. But they were quieter as two more scandals — one involving race, another a sexual assault allegation — rocked Virginia’s statehouse. The subdued response from national Democrats shows how their zero-tolerance approach has put … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Democrats mute calls for Va. resignations with power at risk

RICHMOND, Va. | Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia’s top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political implications. Gov. Ralph Northam‘s career was already hanging by a thread over a racist photo in his 1984 medical … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

RICHMOND, Va. | Political crisis engulfs Virginia’s top 3 elected officials

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The political crisis in Virginia spun out of control Wednesday when the state’s attorney general confessed to putting on blackface in the 1980s and a woman went public with detailed allegations of sexual assault against the lieutenant governor. With Gov. Ralph Northam‘s career already hanging by a thread over a racist … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Political crisis engulfs Virginia’s top 3 elected officials

RICHMOND, Va. | Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

RICHMOND, Va. — A normally low profile citizen panel that votes on air pollution permits is set to take a closely watched vote Monday on whether Virginia’s most powerful corporation can build a natural gas compressor station in a historical African-American community. Dominion Energy needs the State Air Pollution Control Board to sign off on … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Panel to take closely watched vote on pipeline station

RICHMOND, Va | A look at what’s in Amazon’s new deal with Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.  — Virginia regularly awards grants, tax breaks and other goodies to businesses that move to the state or expand their operations, sometimes even for small projects that produce just a dozen or so jobs. But Amazon’s announcement Tuesday that it plans to put at least 25,000 highly paid new workers in a new … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va | A look at what’s in Amazon’s new deal with Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. | Source: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.— Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, according to a person familiar with the plans. The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Source: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

RICHMOND, Va | Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — A person familiar with the plans says Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia. The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va | Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

NEW YORK | Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split

NEW YORK — After a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon is now reportedly looking to build offices in two cities instead of one, a surprise move that could still have a major impact on the communities it ultimately selects. Virginia officials and some state lawmakers were recently briefed by the head of the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split

RICHMOND, Va. | Kaine, Stewart clash over sexual misconduct in final debate

RICHMOND, Va. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and GOP challenger Corey Stewart are trading accusations of hypocrisy and bad faith in a campaign debate heavily focused on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and some members of Congress. The pair squared off Tuesday in Richmond in their third and final … Continue reading RICHMOND, Va. | Kaine, Stewart clash over sexual misconduct in final debate

BLADENBORO, N.C. | Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

BLADENBORO, N.C. — Hurricane Florence is by no means done with the Carolinas, where some rivers are still rising and thousands of people were told to plan to leave their homes on Monday before rivers reach their crest. About 6,000 to 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina, were alerted to be prepared to evacuate … Continue reading BLADENBORO, N.C. | Florence: Evacuations continue as North Carolina rivers rise

WILMINGTON, N.C. | APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

WILMINGTON, N.C.  — Florence’s floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the company does not believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C. | APNewsBreak: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill

SPRING LAKE, N.C. | Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

SPRING LAKE, N.C.— With Florence’s floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters. When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to flee their homes in multiple inland cities. Now … Continue reading SPRING LAKE, N.C. | Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

WILMINGTON, N.C | Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake. Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Thursday that the dam containing Sutton Lake appears stable and they … Continue reading WILMINGTON, N.C | Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm