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2008-07-21 03:00:37

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 21--VIRGINIA BEACH -- More than a year after consultants recommended Virginia Beach City Public Schools reduce excess capacity by closing two elementaries, there has been no movement on the suggestion. In April 2007, consultants hired to study the division's building plans said they would name schools to cut within weeks. They also said that they would be back in the fall to help pick the schools. That didn't happen, either. "You...

2008-07-20 03:00:40

By Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 20--In an effort to get ahead of what could be a contentious public hearing on electric rates, the City Council of Elizabeth City invited a representative of ElectriCities to explain the increasing cost of wholesale energy. The hour long presentation on Friday by Ken Raber, senior vice president of ElectriCities, will be rebroadcast on Elizabeth City's channel 11 Monday night and throughout the week. Elizabeth City's public...

2008-07-19 03:00:30

By Hattie Brown Garrow, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 19--SUFFOLK -- As the cost of damaged and missing textbooks mounts, Suffolk school officials are trying to crack down on offenders. The division is waiting for students to return or pay for about $180,000 worth of textbooks issued this past school year. That amount could rise as schools continue to submit their inventory lists. Other local divisions are also in the process of tallying lost and damaged textbooks. At the...

2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Richard Quinn, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 18--VIRGINIA BEACH -- Armada Hoffler, one of four bidders to build a headquarters hotel for the Virginia Beach Convention Center, may get a practice run. In Baton Rouge, La. The Virginia Beach developer is working with East Baton Rouge Parish to build two hotels for $99.3 million. The plan, which still needs approval from Baton Rouge politicians, and then voters in the fall, is part of a $989 million public works initiative....

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 17--VIRGINIA BEACH -- State marine police completed a massive enforcement sweep Thursday against illegal crabbing in coastal waters and the Chesapeake Bay, a campaign described as the first of its kind in Virginia, aimed at protecting slumping crab stocks during the summer harvest season. The crackdown, from the Potomac River to the North Carolina line and along the Eastern Shore, involved almost the entire marine police force of 70...

2008-07-17 03:00:33

By Amy Jeter, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 17--NORFOLK -- Preliminary results show that at least five of the city's nine middle schools are projected to meet all state benchmarks on standardized tests taken last school year, Superintendent Stephen C. Jones said Wednesday. A sixth middle school is "too close to call," he said. If the results hold, it will be an improvement over the previous two years, when no more than three of Norfolk's middle schools met Virginia Department...

2008-07-17 03:00:21

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 17--NORFOLK -- The plain truth is this -- environmental agencies, at the state and federal levels, are staffed mostly by white scientists, regulators and engineers. Not only is this imbalance unfair and unwanted, it also hurts efforts to spread the word to minority communities about environmental threats and solutions in the 21st century. Such was the message Wednesday when the Environmental Protection Agency came to Norfolk and...

2008-07-16 03:00:44

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 16--VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach City Public Schools are on the right track with special education, but specific changes are in order, according to a consultant's audit. The school system should evaluate widely varying inclusion programs in different schools, establish a curriculum for severely disabled students and expand training for teachers and other school staff, according to the report, which was presented to the School...

2008-07-15 09:00:44

By Cindy Clayton, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 15--The threat of rip currents at beaches from the Eastern Shore to the Outer Banks continues today while the weather service predicts mostly cloudy skies today. A light chance of rain will continue through until noon with patch fog predicted for some areas, including Southampton County and Franklin, according to the National Weather Service. The risk of rip currents has been downgraded from high yesterday to moderate today as...

2008-07-15 03:00:28

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 15--NEWPORT NEWS -- Not long ago, the U.S. Maritime Administration had to give millions of dollars to shipyards so they would accept junk vessels and scrap them. No more. With scrap-metal markets through the roof, those same yards now are paying the government more and more for those same junk ships, which are loaded with steel, copper, nickel and other recoverable valuables. On Monday, the federal government announced that...