In a recap of local election results, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, was elected to another term in Congress after defeating Democrat Adam Cook and Independent Green Party member Glenda Gail Parker in the 1st Congressional District race. Voters approved an amendment to the Virginia Constitution limiting government’s ability to take private property through eminent domain, the other amendment allowing legislators to delay a one-day reconvened legislative session also passed. Gloucester County Sheriff Darrell Warren trounced challenger Clarence Bowser, retaining the office he had been appointed to earlier this year following the resignation of Sheriff Gentry.
Thousands of gallons of raw sewage continue to spill into a tributary of the Nansemond River from a ruptured main. The cause hasn’t been determined but authorities suspect Hurricane Sandy was a factor. A Hampton Roads Sanitation District spokeswoman says more than 14 million gallons of sewage has spilled into Shingle Creek since divers discovered the rupture last week. Officials say the spill isn’t affecting drinking water in the area and state regulators are monitoring the spill.
The test flight of a commercial suborbital rocket is being postponed because of weather concerns.
The launch of the 10-feet-tall rocket was scheduled for Wednesday morning from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility. NASA said Tuesday that poor weather is expected in the next few days. A new launch date will be no earlier than Saturday. Ventions LLC’s liquid-fueled Ventions VR-1 is 6 inches in diameter. It’s projected to fly up to about 3 miles altitude during its more than 3 minute flight.
The wrong ballots were handed out to voters in at least three voting precincts in Newport News on Tuesday, leading about 153 people to cast ballots for a congressional candidate outside their district. Though ballot scanning machines rejected the ballots, officials initially thought the machines were at fault before discovering the problem with the ballots. All three precincts involved in the faulty ballot issue were part of a major recent redistricting. All of the problem ballots were set aside and will be counted manually, It’s unclear what will happen to the faulty ballots now.
GAS PRICES FELL IN VIRGINIA BY 6 CENTS IN THE PAST WEEK – TO AN AVERAGE OF 3.34 ACCORDING TO AAA. JOHN ZEHLER, PRESIDENT OF VIRGINIA FUELS – SAYS WE GOT LUCKY WITH SANDY. SHE DIDN’T DAMAGE ANY EAST COAST REFINERIES AND ONCE THINGS GET BACK TO NORMAL IN THE NORTHEAST HE BELIEVES PRICES WILL FALL TO ABOUT THE $3 RANGE BY THANKSGIVING.
RICHMOND SPORTSBACKERS SAYS THEY’RE SEEING A SURGE OF ENTRIES FOR THE RICHMOND MARATHON TO BE RUN THIS SATURDAY SINCE THE NEW YORK MARATHON WAS CANCELLED LAST FRIDAY. THE SPORTSBACKERS’ JACKIE HOLT SAYS THEY GOT 100 REGISTRATIONS THE 90 MINUTES AFTER THE CANCELLATION WAS ANNOUNCED… AND WHILE IT’S SLOWED DOWN, THERE ARE STILL MORE COMING IN. TO ACCOMMODATE THIS, HOLT SAYS THEY’VE INCREASED THE ENTRY LIMIT TO ABOUT 6500… WHICH IS MORE THAN THE RECORD 5100 THAT RAN LAST YEAR. SHE SAYS RICHMOND’S COURSE IS A BIT MORE HILLY THAN THE FLAT N-Y-C COURSE.