RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is organizing multiple state agencies into a unified command group as part of an effort to safeguard against any spread of the Ebola virus in Virginia. McAuliffe announced Friday that the group will work to make sure first responders have adequate training to treat Ebola patients and that state hospitals are able to coordinate potential care. State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine said Ebola prevention efforts are based on the same principles and approaches Virginia’s health system uses every day, but the unique aspects of the virus required the state to make sure its plans are up to date. The agencies involved include the Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, the state police, and the Virginia National Guard.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed the 2015 sentencing of former first lady Maureen McDonnell on nine public corruption convictions. Judge James R. Spencer granted a request Friday to push back McDonnell’s sentencing to sometime after Feb. 16. One of her attorneys had requested the change. The attorney said he had a conflict with the original Jan. 6 sentencing date. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted in September of performing “official acts” to promote former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams’ dietary supplement products in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans. Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 public corruption counts. His sentencing remains set for Jan. 6.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are asking Virginia hospital and health officials how prepared the state is to deal with any patients who have symptoms of Ebola. The Virginia Democrats expressed their concerns in a letter to Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Services William Hazel and the CEO of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Sean Connaughton. In the letter released Friday, Kaine and Warner ask Hazel and Connaughton what is being done to ensure that Virginia hospitals and health care professionals have the supplies and training to deal with the deadly virus. They also ask whether additional resources are needed with preparedness efforts. The letter cites potential resources from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, among other federal agencies.
From Virginia State Police: The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash that killed a Henry, Virginia man early this morning around 12:30 am on Route 780 two tenths of a mile south of Route 605 in Franklin County. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Ford F-150 pick up that was being operated by Michael Henrey Guilliams, age 34 of Henry, Virginia ran off the left side of the roadway overcorrected, then ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Guilliams who was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. No further information is available regarding the crash which remains under investigation.
From the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: “Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Krantz and investigators for the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police traveled back to Montgomery County Maryland this week. The team from Bedford County continues to work with Cold Case Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department interviewing witnesses and reviewing the large amount of case files in the Lyon Sisters’ case.”
10-year-old Katherine Lyon and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon vanished from a mall in Wheaton, Maryland, March 25, 1975.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie is temporarily ditching television ads in the state with less than three weeks before Election Day. Records posted on federal websites show Gillespie canceling or sharply reducing ad buys in multiple markets this week. A Gillespie campaign spokesman said Thursday that the campaign will launch a new $300,000 ad buy statewide starting on Saturday. Polls show Gillespie trailing his first-term Democratic rival, Sen. Mark Warner, who is blanketing the state with ads. Gillespie is the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and one of its best fund raisers.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, of Roanoke County, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he use his authority to temporarily ban individuals traveling to the U.S. from affected West African countries.
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STAUNTON, Va. (AP) _ Virginia State Police are investigating what led to a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred during a traffic stop on Interstate 64. Officials say the incident took place after a Virginia State Police trooper stopped a Ford Windstar minivan along I-64 in Augusta County at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver displayed a firearm. Just as the trooper retreated to his patrol car to take cover, a female juvenile passenger jumped out of the minivan screaming. Shots were then fired by both the driver and the trooper. The adult male driver died at the scene. Neither the officer nor the juvenile was injured. Officials say the driver’s name, as well as additional details are expected to be released Friday.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman and 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, of Roanoke County, says he wrote a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Transportation seeking answers about the Ebola outbreak.
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