Tyre Nichols: Cop accused of murder has links to disturbing fraternity

One of the five former Memphis police officers charged with murder in the deadly beating of Tyre Nichols was the president of a fraternity with several recent scandals at its chapters. Tadarrius Bean, 24, was the president of the Omega Psi Phi’s Eta Zeta chapter at the University of Mississippi, according to his LinkedIn page. … Read more

Virginia teacher shot by student to sue school district

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia teacher who was shot by a 6-year-old student during class will sue the school district, the teacher’s attorney announced Wednesday. Diane Toscano, a lawyer for Abigail Zwerner, said Wednesday that on the day of the shooting, concerned teachers and employees warned administrators three times that the boy had … Read more

Maserati Melbourne GM Gary Nadin lists apartment on ‘super luxury car’ strip

Maserati Melbourne’s general manager is motoring away from his Richmond pad. Gary Nadin’s swish two-bedroom apartment at 703/205 Burnley St has been listed for $650,000-$700,000, with a February 11 auction through OBrien’s John Rombotis. Mr Nadin said his dealership was particularly busy with tennis tourists and then Grand Prix goers browsing the Richmond “super car … Read more

Virginia gov calls for legislation on delayed school awards

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In response to widening concerns about how some northern Virginia school districts handled recognizing student achievements on a standardized test, Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Wednesday for legislation to require student and parental notification about certain scholastic awards. Youngkin asked two lawmakers to sponsor legislation on his behalf during the ongoing legislative … Read more

Anger grows in Virginia city where first-grader shot teacher

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — When a 6-year-old shot and wounded his first-grade teacher in this shipbuilding city near Virginia’s coast, the community reacted with collective shock. But the sentiment percolated over 12 days into rage from parents and particularly from teachers, with many lambasting school administrators Tuesday night for what they said was a … Read more

Va. Senate Democrats kill effort to repeal electric car rule

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated several Republican efforts to repeal a so-called “clean cars” law that aims to reduce carbon pollution through the adoption of California’s stringent rules for vehicle emissions. The committee vote marked a critical juncture in the GOP repeal effort — one of this session’s highest-profile environmental … Read more

Jury mostly backs police sued by soldier over a traffic stop

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A federal jury in Virginia on Tuesday found mostly in favor of two police officers who were sued by a U.S. Army lieutenant after he was pepper sprayed, struck and handcuffed during a traffic stop. Video of the 2020 incident in the small town of Windsor got millions of views … Read more

Superintendent: Official learned of weapon before shooting

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Administrators at the Virginia school where a first-grader shot his teacher last week learned the child may have had a weapon in his possession before the shooting but did not seize the 9mm handgun he brought to his classroom, the school system’s superintendent said. School system Superintendent George Parker told … Read more

Shooting fallout: Metal detectors in elementary schools?

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The shooting of a first-grade teacher by a 6-year-old boy has plunged the nation into uncharted waters of school violence, with many in the Virginia shipbuilding city where it happened demanding metal detectors in every school. But experts warn there are no easy solutions when it comes to preventing gun … Read more

Taxes, abortion on agenda as Virginia lawmakers back at work

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Taxes, abortion and energy policy are among the issues the Virginia General Assembly is expected to debate when it convenes Wednesday for its annual legislative session. But expectations on how much could be accomplished are modest, given that every legislative seat in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and the Democratic-held Senate … Read more