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2008-07-03 12:00:54

By Kate Wiltrout, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 3--PORTSMOUTH -- A 13-bed unit soon to be created at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center will allow injured sailors and Marines to live near their doctors and therapists while recovering. Called The Patriots' Inn, the unit will be on the seventh floor of the old hospital building. The 18,500-square-foot unit will include office space for Navy liaisons, disability counselors and representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs....

2008-07-03 12:00:46

By Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 3--An elementary school closed in 2007 as part of a plan to settle a desegregation case will reopen this fall. The former Askewville Elementary School will now cater to younger students as Bertie County's second center for the More at Four/Pre-K programs. All Bertie County children who will be 4 years old on or before Aug. 31 and live within district lines are eligible to attend at no cost. The Askewville school will be the...

2008-07-02 09:01:03

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 2--Each year, several dozen teenage girls in Franklin get pregnant. The number might seem small compared with the 2,716 teen pregnancies in South Hampton Roads in 2006. But in this city of 8,400 surrounded by Southampton and Isle of Wight counties, a few dozen adds up to more than 6 percent of the community's teenage girls. The rate of teen pregnancies in Franklin was nearly 2-1/2 times the state average every year from 2004 to...

2008-07-02 09:00:50

By Hattie Brown Garrow, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 2--Virginia fourth- and eighth-graders continue to surpass national rates in math and reading achievement and the state's high school graduates enroll in college at a higher rate than their peers, but more progress is needed, according to a study released Tuesday. Among the highlights of the Southern Regional Education Board biennial report: Growth Virginia's K-12 public school enrollment from 2006 to 2016 is expected...

2008-07-02 09:00:30

By Richard Quinn, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 2--VIRGINIA BEACH -- City leaders got a peek into the future Tuesday -- and it looked pretty trashy. That's because City Council got its first public glance at a report on waste disposal if the Southeastern Public Service Authority closes in 2018. That's when SPSA, which handles trash for the five cities of South Hampton Roads, is scheduled to cease to exist as an agency. Virginia Beach's answer to the end of SPSA could be an...

2008-07-01 09:01:01

By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 1--Columbia Gas of Virginia has raised its natural gas supply rates for the second time in 30 days to address wholesale fuel prices that keep climbing. The latest change, announced Monday, will boost Columbia Gas' bills by $3.36, or about 6.4 percent, for residents using 2,300 cubic feet of natural gas per month, which is average in the summer for Virginia residents. Those customers saw an average 18 percent increase in their...

2008-07-01 09:00:56

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 1--HAMPTON -- Although the Virginia School for the Deaf, Blind and Multi-Disabled had only 41 students at the end, it had many more friends. Some of them gathered Monday night to say one last goodbye to the 99-year-old school. The last employees closed the school hours earlier. Holding candles and backlit cell phones, about 100 parents, students, staffers and advocates gathered to hear speeches and to pray. The vigil was...

2008-07-01 09:00:35

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 1--PORTSMOUTH -- Associated Naval Architects, a Portsmouth shipyard, has agreed to pay the state a $28,280 penalty for many of the same environmental violations that led to a $7,000 fine last year and promises to do better. Since the back-to-back crackdowns, however, the company has cleaned up its work space on the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River and has put its environmental performance in the hands of different personnel,...

2008-07-01 09:00:12

By Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 1--Sometimes the secret to losing weight is not a diet or a gym membership or a lean, mean personal trainer. Your best allies can be the people facing you at the dinner table: your family. They are so important in the mind of Barbara Benson, who coordinates a weight-management class at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, she requires a parent to come with youngsters enrolled in the Healthy You class. "Sometimes...

2008-06-30 12:03:07

By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 30--Columbia Gas of Virginia has raised its fuel supply rates for the second time in 30 days in response to wholesale energy prices that continue to climb. The latest change will increase Columbia's bills by $3.36, or about 6.4 percent, for residents using 2,300 cubic feet of natural gas per month in the summer. Those customers saw an 18 percent increase in their bills last month after Columbia made its quarterly gas adjustment...