McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Two people were injured after a small fire at CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the Fairfax County fire department said Saturday.Capt. Steven Bonkoski told The Washington Post that a small fire in a building was put out by sprinklers about 12:30 a.m.Two agency employees were taken to a hospital for evaluation of possible smoke inhalation.The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Virginia’s governor is asking for federal assistance to help Buchanan County recover from extreme rainfall that destroyed homes and caused an estimated $13.8 million in damage to public infrastructure in August. According to a news release, Gov. Ralph Northam requested Thursday that President Joe Biden approve federal assistance through a major disaster declaration to help the county and residents recover after a storm dumped 8 to10 inches of rain in the Hurley area, causing flash flooding and landslides. Virginia officials say in addition to the damage to infrastructure, such as roads and water lines, assessments found 31 homes were destroyed, 27 sustained major damage, and eight had minor damage from this extreme rainfall event.
The Christian Broadcasting Network says Pat Robertson is stepping down as host of the long-running daily television show the “700 Club. “The 91-year-old televangelist says Friday was his last show as host of the weekday program, and his son, Gordon, is taking over as full-time host. CBN began airing in 1961 after Robertson bought a bankrupt UHF television station. The “700 Club” began production in 1966. The network is now based in Virginia Beach. And its outreach extends to more than 100 countries and territories in dozens of languages. The “700 Club” talk show can be seen in the vast majority of U.S. television markets.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) – Authorities say a North Carolina man wanted for first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend has been apprehended in Virginia. Police in Newport News, Virginia, say 27-year-old Travis Jefferson was taken into custody around 2 p.m. on Thursday. A news release says local officers along with the U.S. Marshal Service and Virginia State Police had been looking for Jefferson. News outlets report 21-year-old Nicoda Melvin was shot in the head in a home that the couple shared. The shooting happened on Sept, 19, three days before two of her relatives were shot and killed.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake shook southwestern Virginia on Monday morning. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 2.6 happened around 9:37 a.m. It was centered about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers)north of Lafayette, and was about 8 miles (12.4 kilometers) deep. News outlets report that people in nearby Salem reported feeling the ground shaking, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the mandated tests are part of state legislation signed earlier this year that requires schools to administer a growth assessment system that includes testing at the beginning, middle and end of the school year.
Standards of Learning tests given in the spring already account for the testing at the end of the year, so the new growth assessments will be used for the fall testing during this school year, and then the fall and winter testing in 2022-23.
The new tests this fall come on the heels of SOL scores released last month that show significant drops in pass rates collectively across the state in math and reading. Not all students participated in SOL testing because of flexibility offered to Virginia students due to the pandemic.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin each raised more than $11 million in the last two months, but Youngkin loaned his campaign an additional $4.5 million to give himself a significant advantage, according to the most recent campaign-finance reports.
The $4.5 million Youngkin, a GOP businessman making his first run for office, loaned his campaign is on top of $11.2 million he had already lent.
McAuliffe and other Democrats have long expressed fears that Youngkin, who made his fortune as an executive with The Carlyle Group investment firm, will be able to use his personal wealth to give his campaign an edge.
The reports, which were due Wednesday, cover the months of July and August. McAuliffe raised $11.5 million. Youngkin raised $11.2 million, not including the $4.5 million loan.
For the election cycle, Youngkin has raised more than $35 million, while McAuliffe has raised nearly $33 million. Those amounts dwarf anything raised by Virginia gubernatorial candidates in any previous election. Youngkin’s total includes the $15.7 million he has lent to his campaign.
In the most recent reports, the biggest donors to McAuliffe include $2.5 million from the Democratic Governors Association fund and $500,000 each from labor and environmental political action committees. He also received $250,000 from liberal donor George Soros, according to a review of the reports by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project.
Youngkin received nearly $4 million from the Republican Governors Association fund and $250,000 from investment firm executive Thomas Saunders. He also received $12,500 from Betsy DeVos, who was education secretary in the Trump administration.
Youngkin outspent McAuliffe, as both campaigns have bombarded voters with advertising. Youngkin spent $12.3 million; McAuliffe spent $7.9 million.
But McAuliffe enters the final two months of the campaign with an advantage in cash on hand, with $12.6 million in the bank compared to $6.0 million for Youngkin.
In downballot races, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Hala Ayala received $800,000 and has $888,000 on hand. Her Republican opponent, Winsome Sears, raised $630,000 and reported $326,000 on hand.
For attorney general, Democrat Mark Herring raised $1.45 million and reported $1.34 million cash on hand. Republican Jason Miyares raised $707,000 and has $1.04 million on hand.
A towering statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond is about to come down. The imposing, 21-foot (6.4-meter) tall bronze likeness of Lee on a horse sits atop a granite pedestal nearly twice that high in the grassy center of a traffic circle on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue. Gov. Ralph Northam announced plans to take down the statue in June 2020, 10 days after George Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racism. The plans were stalled for more than a year by two lawsuits filed by residents opposed to its removal. But rulings last week by the Supreme Court of Virginia cleared the way for the statue to be taken down. Administration officials said they plan to remove the massive sculpture Wednesday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy on Sunday identified five sailors who died when a helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean off of Southern California.
They were Lt. Bradley A. Foster, 29, a pilot from Oakhurst, California; Lt. Paul R. Fridley, 28, a pilot from Annandale, Virginia; Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 2nd Class James P. Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah F. Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey J. Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.
Buriak was a 2012 Roanoke College graduate with a degree in Sports Management. He was assigned as rescue swimmer to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 8, and he received widespread acclaim in February 2020 when he rescued a swimmer on Guam. Click here to read the full US Navy account.
The MH-60S crashed on Aug. 31 about 70 miles (112 kilometers) off San Diego during what the Navy described as routine flight operations. It was operating from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
One sailor was rescued after the crash. Five sailors aboard the aircraft carrier were injured but were said to be in stable condition.
The Navy declared the sailors dead on Saturday following days of search-and-rescue efforts and switched to recovering their bodies.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The MH-60S helicopter typically carries a crew of about four and is used in missions including combat support, humanitarian disaster relief and search and rescue.
The aircraft belongs to the Navy’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 8.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Brennan Armstrong threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Virginia beat William & Mary 43-0 on in the opener for both teams Saturday night.
Armstrong hit Demick Starling on a 65-yard scoring pass and Ra’Shaun Henry from five yards out. It was Henry’s fifth touchdown in eight catches at Virginia.
Freshman Darius Wilson started at quarterback for William & Mary in place of Hollis Mathis, still recovering from shoulder surgery, and got a rude welcome to the college game. He completed nine of 15 passes, but for just 83 yards, and ran for 29 yards on six carries. The Tribe managed just 183 yards.
“Darius’ first start against an FBS team, you’ve got to give him some credit,” Tribe coach Mike London said. “There’s some things he’s got to get better at and we’ve got to help him to make sure he uses his arms and his legs.”
Armstrong, who scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, completed 20 of 30 attempts for 336 yards. The Cavaliers finished with 545 total yards.
“He’s a veteran quarterback that knows their scheme and knows their system,” Tribe coach Mike London said of Armstrong. “I knew he was a good football player and he proved it today.”
It was the Cavaliers first shutout since they beat South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl at the end of the 2018 season.
“We did a really nice job with our perimeters and our depth and so everything was inside and in front and we tackled well for an opening game,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. “We didn’t tackle much in fall camp and working to keep our depth as healthy as possible for a long season. And so that was a little bit of an unknown, except we had experienced players.”
Virginia started slow, twice failing to convert on fourth-down short-yardage situations, but Armstrong’s first scoring run nine minutes before halftime got them started. He hit Henry in the left corner of the end zone with 32 seconds left in the half. His pass to Starling broke the game open in the third quarter.
“I think the first half, I was trying to push the tempo and in my mind, I was pushing it,” Armstrong said. “I was just moving a little too fast.”
The defensive effort was especially appreciated until the offense got untracked.
“You know, they said they’re going to try to get a shutout every week and they did that,” Armstrong said. “And so it takes a lot of stress off us.”
William & Mary: The Tribe has all its starters back from last spring, when they finished 1-2, but three were absent from the lineup because of injury, including Mathis, a dual threat. Coach Mike London said this week Mathis would be a game-time decision, but also that he didn’t want to rush him back and risk losing him for the season.
Virginia: The Cavaliers registered only one sack against Wilson, although they had him scrambling quite a bit, and preserved the shutout when Nick Grant blocked a 36-yard field goal try by Ethan Chang.
William & Mary opens its home season against Lafayette on Saturday.
Virginia remains at home to face Illinois of the Big Ten next Saturday.