ROANOKE, Va. (AP) _ Floyd County school officials say a 13-year-old basketball player died after collapsing on court. School officials say in a statement released to media outlets that attempts to revive 13-year-old Leah Goff were unsuccessful. Goff was playing with the Roanoke Spectrum, a traveling recreation team, in Roanoke when she collapsed Tuesday night. Goff was a rising eighth-grader at Floyd County High School. Counselors are available at the high school on Wednesday and Thursday to assist students.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ For the first time, a subset of Virginia Tech fans will be able to buy a beer while watching a football game at Lane Stadium. Multiple media outlets report that the university plans to introduce beer and wine sales in the indoor club seats this season. University athletics spokesman Pete Moris confirmed Wednesday that the alcohol would only be available in the club seats, meaning an estimated 2 percent of ticketholders will have the opportunity to purchase alcohol. The decision follows an emerging nationwide trend as college athletic departments look to generate more revenue to cover the rising cost of doing business, including cost-of-attendance stipends for players. Club seat tickets cost $2,350 each, which includes a $500 scholarship donation, a $1,500 capital improvement gift and the $350 season ticket.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia business leaders say the Old Dominion has an urgent need for a more diversified economy and say new state-funded incentives aimed at promoting regional cooperation would help. Business, university and government officials unveiled a new initiative called “Go Virginia” Tuesday at news conferences around the state. The plan calls for new state incentives to assist in regional collaboration, details of which will be unveiled in coming months. Go Virginia members stressed that there would be no need for new taxes to pay for the initiative. It would instead draw from existing sources of state funds. Among those spearheading the effort are Dominion Resources Inc. CEO Thomas Farrell II and former Landmark Communications chief executive John O. “Dubby” Wynne.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking state lawmakers to meet in Richmond next week to hammer out a consensus on new congressional districts. The Democratic governor sent a letter to legislative leaders Tuesday asking them to work together in a nonpartisan and transparent way to redraw Virginia’s congressional maps ahead of a court-ordered special session on redistricting set for Aug. 17. A 2-1 ruling in June by a panel of judges directed the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by Sept. 1 to correct a 2012 redistricting plan the court found used race as the predominant factor in drawing boundaries. State Republicans have asked that the special session be postponed while that decision is appealed.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $2.9 million in grants for 13 projects in Virginia. The recipients include the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, George Mason University, the Public Broadcasting Service, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. They are part of nearly $37 million in grants for 212 humanities projects nationwide. Among the projects the funding will support are traveling exhibitions, digital research tools, professional development opportunities for teachers and college faculty, cultural collection preservation and the production of films, television, and radio programs.