Oct 24

Almost one in four Newport News Shipbuilding employees offered buyouts last month have agreed to retire early. The shipyard offered the buyouts to 1,200 salaried shipbuilders who will be 60 or older by the end of this year. Officials for the shipyard are pleased with the number of people who took buyouts, and said the program will allow the company to cut costs over the long-term. The shipyard and its largest union, United Steelworkers Local 8888, which represents more than 10,000 workers, are currently preparing for contract negotiations. The current contract is set to expire in March 2013.
 
 
A 20-year-old York County man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in a violent robbery in a neighborhood in Lackey where three men were held at gunpoint. Aaron Smith Jr. pleaded guilty in York-Poquoson Circuit Court to one count of attempted robbery. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed eight additional charges including multiple counts of robbery, abduction and the use of a firearm in a felony. Smith, who is currently out on bond, will face up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in January.
 
 
A power line replacement will cause the temporary closure of Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach on Thursday. VDOT will close both directions of I-264 between First Colonial Road and Birdneck Road beginning at 11 a.m. so Dominion Virginia Power can replace a power line that runs across the interstate. The work is expected to take about an hour and Virginia State Police will control traffic during the closure, the release said.

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