Dec 13

Plans to renovate the Thomas Calhoun Walker Educational Center have hit a bit of a snag, with the bidding process slowed by the complexity of the project, In an update from schools and county staff on Tuesday night, the Gloucester School Board learned that complete plans, specifications and drawings will be done a week later than expected. That in turn pushes a number of other deadlines back. Bids on the project, expected to cost in the millions and still awaiting a funding decision, are due Feb. 5. That’s three days after a joint meeting between the School Board and Board of Supervisors.
 
 
An officer and a suspect were shot during a traffic stop last night. Police stopped a BMW on the Interstate 664 off-ramp near Jefferson Avenue and 35th Street in Newport News just before 7 p.m., The suspect then drove away from the scene, Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect and both an officer and the man were shot. They were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. In addition to the criminal investigation, the professional standards division of the police department is conducting an internal investigation, which is standard in officer-involved shootings
 
 
Virginia has awarded a dozen grants totaling over one and a half million dollars to protect 1,642 acres of farm and forestland, natural areas and historic tracts. The grants aare going to Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation for 92 acres of the Port Republic Battlefield, the Civil War Trust for a 1-acre property in Henrico County that was the site of the last battle of the Seven Days’ Campaign, and to Sundance LLC to purchase 206 acres of forestland in Rockingham County, among others.
 
 
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced awards to speed the development of offshore wind projects, and Dominion Virginia Power is among the recipients. The grants provide up to $4 million for each recipient to complete engineering, design and other costs. The Dominion award is for two 6-megawatt turbines off Virginia Beach. Oceana’s Nancy Sopko says the awards provide much-needed support to a growing and promising industry. The ocean advocate said offshore winds provide clean, renewable energy while creating thousands of jobs. The federal government plans to sell leases for wind farms off the coast of Virginia next year.
 
 
The Peace Corps says Virginia ranks ninth among states in the number of people who volunteer to serve. The program currently has 303 Virginia residents. No other states from the mid-Atlantic region placed on the top states list. Volunteer projects relate to agriculture, economic development, education, environment, health and youth development. Since the Corps’ founding in 1951, more than 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers from Virginia have served in 139 countries.
 
 
Virginia will receive more than $1.2 million in a settlement with Pfizer Inc. over its marketing of drugs Zyvox and Lyrica. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Wednesday that Virginia’s share is part of a $42.9 million settlement between the pharmaceutical company and 32 states and the District of Columbia. The states claim that Pfizer used unfair and deceptive practices in promoting Zyvox, an antibacterial agent, and Lyrica, which is used to treat fibromyalgia. Under the settlement, Pfizer does not admit wrongdoing but says it will change how it markets Zyvox and Lyrica.

December 13, 2012 |

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