Manufacturing facility to create 50 new jobs in Chesapeake

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says a manufacturing company is bringing 50 new jobs to Chesapeake. The Democratic governor says Atlantic Core Building Products plans to invest $3 million to build a manufacturing operation facility in the city. He says the project by the manufacturer of steel and commercial construction projects will create 50 new jobs. McAuliffe's office says Virginia beat out North and South Carolina for the project.

Shayok, Reuter transferring from Virginia basketball program

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia coach Tony Bennett says junior Marial Shayok and sophomore Jarred Reuter are transferring. Bennett made the announcement Wednesday. He thanked both players for their work at Virginia and wished them well. Shayok, a 6-foot-5 guard from Ontario, Canada, made 23 starts for the Cavaliers.

Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Philip Zodhiates, Waynesboro, drove Lisa Miller and 7-year-old Isabella Miller-Jenkins from Virginia to the Canadian border in 2009 so they could fly from Toronto to Nicaragua. He also helped with their living arrangements in the Central American nation, according to Assistant U.S.

VCU welcomes Rhoades back, he says career ride 'stops here'

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Mike Rhoades received what felt like a hero's welcome when he returned to Virginia to be introduced Wednesday as VCU's next men's basketball coach. The popular former assistant was re-introduced to Rams fans Wednesday at the Siegel Center, where his work over five years with Shaka Smart endeared him to the VCU faithful.

The Latest: Court reviews practice of prayers at meetings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on a case in front of a federal appeals court examining a North Carolina county commission's practice of opening meetings with Christian prayer (all times local): 1 p.m. A federal appeals court is wrestling with whether it matters if a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official. The full 15-judge bench of the 4th U.S.

Court asks who should lead prayer before government meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Does it matter whether a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official? That's a question a federal appeals court is wrestling with in a unique case examining the constitutional requirement of separating church and state. The case will likely eventually wind up before the Supreme Court. An attorney for a North Carolina county commission told the 4th U.S.

'Norfolk 4' sailors pardoned by Virginia governor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four," ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor granted absolute pardons for the men in the 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko.

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Rice coach, former VCU assistant returning to coach Rams

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams' head coach. The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart from 2009-14. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU. Rhoades told Fox 26 TV in Houston the VCU job is a "dream come true.

Muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge in Virginia is weighing a request from a Muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban than what other judges have imposed. Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked the vast majority of Trump's revised ban, which would restrict immigration by refugees and from six majority-Muslim countries.

Altered Facebook news headline jolts Virginia governor race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An altered Facebook headline on a newspaper story involving a statue of Robert E. Lee has blown up into a major sore point in the Virginia GOP primary for governor -- another instance of politicians or their allies changing headlines to suit their own purposes on that platform. Virginia's governor's race is being watched nationally as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump.

APNewsBreak: Virginia governor pardons 'Norfolk 4' sailors

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four," ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the governor granted absolute pardons for the men in the 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko.

Trump's budget plan would impact Shenandoah Valley airport

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's spending plan would eliminate funding that supports commercial air service at the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. The president's proposal recommends eliminating the Essential Air Service program, which subsidizes commercial service to rural airports that otherwise wouldn't receive it. WVIR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2mJ6MJM ) that a nearly $3.8 million subsidy supports Via Air's new jet service to Charlotte, North Carolina, and Orlando, Florida, from the airport in Weyers Cave.

VCU's Wade heading to LSU after pair of tourney appearances

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Will Wade is leaving VCU to take over LSU after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach. LSU vice chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva made the announcement Monday night on the school's athletics website and Twitter. Wade guided the Rams to the Atlantic 10 championship game and the NCAA Tournament in both of his seasons.

Virginia seeking more offensive solutions going forward

Virginia's Tony Bennett is facing a stinging reality. "We've got to improve our program," the Cavaliers men's basketball coach said after fifth-seeded Virginia lost 65-39 to No. 4 Florida . Bennett cautioned all season that this year's team was lacking the experience that fueled the Cavaliers to three straight high seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia governor signs bill giving $1.55M to exonerated man

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill to provide $1.55 million to a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Keith Allen Harward was released from prison in April 2016 at age 60 after DNA evidence proved him innocent of the 1982 killing of Jesse Perron and the rape of his wife in Newport News.

Cline leads Richmond past Oakland 87-83 in NIT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- T.J. Cline scored 25 points, including the clinching free throws with four seconds left, and Richmond defeated Oakland 87-83 on Sunday night in the second round of the NIT. ShawnDre' Jones and Khwan Fore added 17 each for the sixth-seeded Spiders (22-12), who play at fourth-seeded TCU on Tuesday. A layup by Jones with 1:30 to play put Richmond up 80-79, the 12th lead change.

NC man indicted in shooting death of wife of 53 years

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) -- A second grand jury has indicted a man in the shooting death of his wife of 53 years on a lesser charge than the first grand jury rejected. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports (http://bit.ly/2mJuV3T) the first grand jury in January did not approve an indictment for first-degree murder against 72-year-old Frank Mansfield of Elizabeth City. Mansfield told police he fatally shot his wife, Phyllis, in their garage on Dec.