Personnel will conduct a base-wide exercise on Langley Air Force Base from Tuesday to Friday to train for emergencies and practice deploying and operating in foreign environments. During the exercise, people may hear explosions and see smoke from simulated munitions, as well as hear sirens and announcements over the public address system, it is only a drill. Visitors and individuals working on base should expect traffic delays.
A former FBI agent and his wife are due in federal court in Richmond for sentencing in an investment fraud case. John and Sara Graves of Fredericksburg were convicted of conspiracy, mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud in April. John Graves also was convicted of investment adviser fraud and lying to the FBI. John Graves founded an investment company in 2003. Prosecutors said he and his wife targeted elderly investors and used their funds to buy real estate and pay business and personal expenses. Federal sentencing guidelines call for up to 17½ years for John Graves and up to nine years for Sara Graves.
PUMP PRICES FELL BY 3 CENTS ON AVERAGE OVER THE PAST WEEK IN VIRGINIA – ACCORDING TO AAA. WE’RE NOW PAYING 3.20 A GALLON AND THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS 3.35. GAS ANALYST AND PRESIDENT OF WHOLESALER VIRGINIA FUELS SAYS PRICES CONTINUE TO MOVE DOWN AS THE THE MARKETS WAIT TO SEE WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE SO CALLED FISCAL CLIFF. CRUDE SUPPLIES ARE GOOD – AND IF THE CURRENT DOWNWARD TREND CONTINUES – WE COULD SEE SOME PRICES IN THE 2.75 RANGE EARLY NEXT YEAR.
VDOT has announced the following work plans for the Hampton Roads area. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 11, and continuing through Friday, Dec. 14, crews will perform scheduled maintenance at the Route 17 James River Bridge. Work is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the northbound direction and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the southbound direction. Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 12, at midnight, crews will temporarily close Interstate 64 west, at Mercury Boulevard, in Hampton, for no more than 15 minutes at a time to allow for removal of a mounted sign structure on the Cunningham Drive overpass. Work is expected to take about five hours to complete and all lanes will reopen by 5 a.m.
One man is dead and another has serious injuries after a rail car loaded with coal derailed in southwest Virginia and landed on a van the two were in. According to Virginia investigators, the CSX rail car derailed in St. Charles late Sunday. The van used to shuttle railroad employees was parked along the train tracks with the two men inside when the coal car overturned on it. State police are investigating.
A GROUP OF SMALL BUSINESSES IS LOBBYING WASHINGTON NOT TO REQUIRE SMALL BUSINESSES TO PAY SALES TAXES IN EVERY STATE. CURRENTLY SALES TAXES ARE ONLY COLLECTED IN STATES WHERE THERE ARE ACTUAL REAL, NOT VIRTUAL, LOCATIONS. PHIL BOND, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF “WE R HERE,” SAYS IT’S ABSOLUTELY UNFAIR TO REQUIRE ALL THIS WORK FOR A STATE WHERE YOU MAY ONLY HAVE A FEW SALES. THE ISSUE IS EXPECTED TO COME UP NEXT YEAR IN CONGRESS. STATES LIKE THE IDEA BECAUSE IT LEADS TO MORE REVENUE IN A TOUGH ECONOMY.