Huntington Ingalls Industries and its Newport News Shipbuilding subsidiary have donated $2.1 million to the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. The donation is a combination of company funds and donations from shipyard employees. Shipbuilders who donated were able to direct their contributions to the organizations of their choice. Organizations that benefit from the campaign include health and human service agencies across the region that address everything from hunger and homelessness to affordable childcare and services for the elderly.
Norfolk Southern says it has completed a major upgrade to its Lamberts Point export coal transloading facility in Norfolk. The railroad operator says the improvements position the facility to be the largest and fastest of its kind in the Northern Hemisphere. Officials say the $18 million upgrade was completed over a 90-day period beginning in August. It involved overhauls of the facility’s system that transfers coal from rail cars to a conveyor system, and its two rolling structures that deliver the coal to the ships. The upgrades coincide with the 50th anniversary of the facility that has an annual throughput capacity of 36 million tons of coal.
The Virginia Historical Society is being recognized for its slave name database. The historical society launched the database in September 2011 with more than 1,500 names of enslaved blacks gathered from manuscripts in its collection. The free online resource now includes more than 10,000 names and more than 1,400 images of documents from which the information was extracted. It was funded by a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources Inc.
Six middle school students in Richmond face felony charges after a school bus driver was assaulted.
The Richmond Police Department says each student is charged with aggravated assault and assault by mob. The incident occurred Tuesday morning. The 55-year-old male driver stopped the bus and called police. The students have been suspended pending a disciplinary panel review. A seventh student also was suspended in connection with the incident.
Police have defused a bomb that a student brought to a private school for special-needs children in Lynchburg. Neighboring homes and businesses were evacuated Thursday while state police took the chemical bomb to a secure location away from the school and defused it. Nobody was injured. Police said the 14-year-old student brought the foot-tall bomb to school in his backpack, Staff became aware of the threat and took the bomb outside and the student was taken into custody. The school is designed for students who have psychological, emotional or learning problems but do not require inpatient treatment.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is encouraging state employees and others to participate in a bone marrow donor drive. As part of Virginia Marrow Awareness Month, McDonnell is hosting the drive on today in partnership with Be The Match. The governor says that the drive will help patients find matching donors for life-saving transplants. Those interested also can participate by visiting join.marrow.org/VAGOV.