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Virginia DMV wants drivers to get 'REAL ID'

(WRIC)-- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles wants drivers to switch over to the REAL ID. By October 2020, you must have a REAL ID in order to board a domestic flight or access federal facilities such as military bases. It will also meet federal requirements.


Virginia State Police searching for suspect in interstate hit-and-run

RICHMOND, Va (AP) - Virginia State Police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a hit-and-run incident on Interstate 95 in Henrico County. Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday north of Parham Road.


Students participate in Civil Rights tour

On Thursday high school students from Rockingham County traveled to Farmville in order to lead an immersive walking tour of the Commonwealth’s unique civil rights history. In 1951, Farmville was the site of a landmark student strike at R.R. Moton High School in protest of segregation that later evol


The Court Report: Pamplin man pleads guilty to illegal firearm possession

The following case was decided April 11 in Appomattox County District Court with Judge S. Anderson Nelson presiding:. Chester Lee Hickman, Jr., 52, of Pamplin, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.


Charlestowne Assumes Management of Hotel Weyanoke in Virginia

Farmville, Va.—Charlestowne Hotels has added Hotel Weyanoke to its growing management portfolio. Located near Longwood University’s campus, the 70-room hotel recently underwent a $12 million renovation. The original structure houses 27 of the rooms and four dining concepts, including The Catbird Roo


Virginia police officer saves choking infant at Chick-fil-A. 'He knew what he had to do and he did it.'

Ashlee Hubbard and her fiance knew her 7-month-old daughter, Ava, was in serious danger when her face started turning red and then blue while she was gasping for air. Frantic, Hubbard said her first reaction was to try and remove whatever was lodged in her baby's throat.


Virginia taxpayers will get money back from the state in October

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- It's been a busy year for David Kembel Tax Services in Roanoke. Kembel just opened a second location in Salem and said it's been non-stop this tax season.


Friends donate money for prizes for poetry contest

April is National Poetry Month and the Friends of the Barbara Rose Johns Farmville/ Prince Edward Community Library are celebrating. The Friends partnered with the NEA Big Read grantees by donating money for prizes for the NEA Big Read: Heart of Virginia Poetry Contest.


Virginia State Police looking for missing elderly man

LOUDON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Virginia State Police need your help locating a missing elderly man. Police say Albert Vandegriek, 87, of Sterling, Va. was last seen April 22 around 2 p.m. at Providence Village Drive in Sterling. He was driving a white 2004 Subaru station wagon with VA plates ZJ-2363.


MidAtlantic Pulse: Construction bids for April 2019

Erickson Living Retirement Communities plans to redevelop the Marriott Corp. North Bethesda headquarters, which Erickson has acquired and plans to develop into a continuing-care retirement community. The $65-million, design-bid-build project is awaiting funding and approvals. It would be built on th


Virginia State Police investigating deadly crash

ORANGE COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Orange County. Police said the crash happened at 11:45 a.m. on Ponderosa Drive on Monday. Troopers said Lester M. Steenberg, 71, of Barboursville, was driving a 2013 Can-Am Spyder northbound when it ran off the righ


Body Found In Burned Virginia Apartment Building

CENTERVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say one person was found dead in a Centerville apartment building that was damaged in an overnight fire. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Capt. Tracey Reed tells news outlets the fire started early Monday morning at the Bent Tree Apartment complex and wa


15 tornadoes touched down in Virginia during outbreak on Good Friday

RICHMOND, Va. -- Four additional tornadoes were confirmed Monday by the National Weather Service (NWS), bring the total in Virginia to 15 on Good Friday, April 19. The 15 tornadoes rank as the 3rd most on any single day in Virginia recorded history and the second most for a non-tropical event.


Virginia residents will need a ‘REAL ID’ to board an airplane starting October 2020

Virginia residents who want to board an airplane will soon need a star on their driver’s license, indicating that it is a REAL ID credential. Without the star, they will need another form of approved identification to board their flight or enter a secure federal facility.


Racist video prompts calls for Virginia legislative hopeful to quit

A political newcomer seeking to oust Del. Luke Torian in Virginia’s June 11 Democratic primary is facing calls to end his candidacy over a racist video he posted to Facebook last fall.


How a fake Virginia Trump supporter ended up in the Muller Report

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — She was known for glamorous looks, and serious shade. But who would’ve thought an apparent - yes apparent - Virginia Trump supporter would end up in the Mueller Report?


Virginia Armed Robbery Suspect Flees Police, Crashes Into Potomac River

ARLINGTON, VA. (WJZ) — In Northern Virginia, an armed robbery suspect is in custody after leading police on a chase before crashing his car into the Potomac River. It happened in Arlington County Sunday afternoon. Police said the suspect robbed a store on Columbia Pike and took off.


Hampton Roads state lawmaker pleads guilty to DUI

PORTSMOUTH — A state lawmaker from Hampton Roads has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Del. Matthew James, D-Portsmouth, made a plea agreement Monday that allows him to avoid jail time if he stays out of trouble for the next year, The Virginian-Pilot reported. He also will need a restrict


NWS confirms at least 14 tornadoes touched down in Virginia

VIRGINIA (WWBT/WDBJ) — The National Weather Service has confirmed at least 11 tornadoes touched down in Virginia during Friday’s severe weather. The NWS will continue to conduct surveys on Monday and Tuesday, including in West Virginia as well.


ACHS band to play concert with alumni

On May 11, the Appomattox County Band Program will be hosting its first annual Raider Alumni Band Concert. Anyone who has been a member of the Appomattox County High School band at any time in history is welcome to join current band members from eighth through twelfth grade in the ensemble.