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Despite pandemic, some Virginia registrars report surge of poll workers

Despite pandemic, some Virginia registrars report surge of poll workers

By RICHMOND, Va. -- Several places in Virginia say they’ve seen a surge in people applying to be Election Day-workers, despite initial concerns there would be a shortage. The U.S. is facing a nationwide poll workers shortage, Gov. Ralph Northam said posted in early September urging Virginians to apply for the position. Some districts expected a shortage because they anticipated high turnout. Poll workers fulfill a variety of part-time and full-time roles, from assisting with absentee ballot distribution, answering phone calls, supervising early voting, and helping at the polls on Election...

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Richmond finishes up first medical marijuana harvest

Richmond finishes up first medical marijuana harvest

Richmond finishes up first medical marijuana harvest By RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Green Leaf Medical finished up their first medical marijuana harvest in the Richmond area, and is currently processing the drug into multiple products. In the four years since its inception, it has morphed from a CBD-only-program limited to patients with intractable epilepsy to a that includes products ranging from to lollipops. “We got lucky, usually there are a few growing pains but this harvest went exceptionally well,” said Phil Goldberg, CEO of Green Leaf Medical. “The material is already drying and soon we...

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‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

‘Forrest Gump’ author Winston Groom dead at 77

By FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Winston Groom, the writer whose novel “Forrest Gump” was made into a six-Oscar winning 1994 movie that became a soaring pop cultural phenomenon, has died at age 77. Mayor Karin Wilson of Fairhope, Alabama, said in a message on social media that Groom had died in that south Alabama town. A local funeral home also confirmed the death and said arrangements were pending. “It is with great sadness that I share the passing of our dear friend Winston Groom,” Wilson wrote on Facebook, adding her community had “lost an iconic author.” It is with great sadness that I share...

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Mass. man puts electric fence around Trump sign to protect it from thieves

Mass. man puts electric fence around Trump sign to protect it from thieves

Man surrounds Trump sign with electric fence after several stolen from Mass. yard By NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WJAR) - A supporter of President Donald Trump from Massachusetts has implemented extreme measures to protect his yard signs after he says several of them were stolen from his lawn. While a Trump campaign sign on a lawn isn’t uncommon, one surrounded by electric wire fence is. But that’s what John Oliveria, a member of the New Bedford School Committee, has done at his home in New Bedford, Massachusetts. “It’s a shame that I have to do this,” Oliveria said. “I believe in the president....

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Absentee voting in Virginia and what you need to know before Election Day

Absentee voting in Virginia and what you need to know before Election Day

Absentee voting in Virginia and what you need to know before Election Day By RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - You’re probably hearing a lot of terms right now about voting before Election Day. Here in Virginia, it’s called absentee voting. If that is how you plan to vote, you will need an absentee ballot application request form. You can pick it up at your local voter registrar’s office or have them mail it to you right now. Of course, . That let’s election officials know that you want to vote absentee in Virginia. Now in the state you can vote ahead of the election without needing a reason. “It’s no...

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Virginia General Assembly extends civil immunity to assisted living facilities during pandemic

Virginia General Assembly extends civil immunity to assisted living facilities during pandemic

By Legislation extending civil immunity to assisted living facilities, hospices and adult day cares during the COVID-19 pandemic passed through the Virginia General Assembly this week. Both bills passed with little discussion over objections from groups like AARP Virginia, which said, in letters to House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman John Edwards, D-Roanoke, that the legislation could “strip away the rights and protections” of residents. “Pursuing a neglect or abuse case against [a long-term care] provider in court is not easy to...

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Tenants file for class action against one of Virginia’s most prolific eviction law firms

Tenants file for class action against one of Virginia’s most prolific eviction law firms

By Three Virginia residents are asking a federal judge to certify a class-action lawsuit against a prolific Virginia law firm that in 2017 filed more than 20,000 eviction lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, alleges Hampton-based Senex Law violated federal debt collection laws and tacked on unreasonable attorney fees as they attempted to collect unpaid rent on behalf of landlords around the state. In a statement announcing the suit, the tenants' lawyers accused the firm of holding a “starring role in the state’s mass evictions.” “They lurk in the shadows so they can flout necessary...

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Virginia Senate passes sweeping police reform package, votes down qualified immunity roll back

Virginia Senate passes sweeping police reform package, votes down qualified immunity roll back

By RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Senate passed a sweeping police reform package on Thursday but did not pass a bill that would roll back qualified immunity for the police during a special session. The Senate passed more than a dozen reforms with a vote along party lines that was 21-19. They included legislation to prohibit the use of chokeholds and no-knock search warrants, and to make it easier to decertify police officers for misconduct. The bills passed included: “By making these changes to the Code of Virginia, by clarifying what is legal and what is not legal, we are taking...

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Franklin County parents charged after child found dead in hot car

Franklin County parents charged after child found dead in hot car

By FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - Two Franklin County parents face criminal charges after their 3-year-old child was found dead in a hot car Sunday. 20-year-old Dakota Heath Fowler and 21-year-old Brandi Michelle Burks are both charged with manslaughter. The pair told Franklin County Deputies that they put their 3-year-old boy to bed around midnight Saturday. When they awoke Sunday around 3 p.m. they found the boy in their car. The Sheriff’s Office says they were called to respond around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Emergency medical personnel tried to provide aid, but the child was already...

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Nonprofit mails 587,638 erroneous absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters

Nonprofit mails 587,638 erroneous absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters

By A misunderstanding of Virginia’s independent cities and counties apparently led a nonprofit voter registration group to mail 587,638 absentee ballot applications to Virginia voters that asked them to send the ballot back to the wrong election office. The Center for Voter Information said the mishap was an honest mistake mainly affecting voters in a handful of localities that share a name: including Fairfax City and Fairfax County, Richmond City and Richmond County, Roanoke City and Roanoke County, and Franklin City and Franklin County. “We regret the confusion caused in this case,” said...

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Four charged in gruesome animal abuse case caught on camera

Four charged in gruesome animal abuse case caught on camera

Four charged with abusing, killing goats By SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Four people have been arrested and charged in a gruesome animal abuse case in Spotsylvania County. Warning: some of the details in this story may be disturbing to some readers. Back in June, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a home in the county where people were letting their dogs attack goats and abusing goats with a bat. A video related to the incident was found during a lengthy investigation. When people at the home were initially questioned about the reports, they told deputies the...

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Aug 10
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Admitted KKK leader who drove through crowd of protesters found guilty on multiple charges

Admitted KKK leader who drove through crowd of protesters found guilty on multiple charges

A Henrico County General District Court Judge found Harry Rogers guilty of four misdemeanor assault charges and two additional property crimes, but not the hate crimes that were later added by the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney. In court Monday, the judge said the victims in the June 7 incident were white and there is no clear case law on how to deal with that. Hate crimes were specifically added after a lead investigator in the case says KKK paraphernalia was found inside Rogers’ residence and in his car, including his robe and his Klan bible. Prosecutors used cell phone data to...

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Aug 10
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‘Enough is enough’: Mayor Stoney calls for action after 2-year-old girl shot in Richmond

‘Enough is enough’: Mayor Stoney calls for action after 2-year-old girl shot in Richmond

2-year-old girl shot in Richmond By RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Richmond Police Department is investigating a shooting in the city’s east end, in which a 2-year-old girl was wounded. “Thank god she is going to be OK,” Mayor Levar Stoney said in a press conference Wednesday. Officers were called to the 2300 block of Ambrose Street in Whitcomb Court around 2:11 a.m. Wednesday for the report of a person shot. Police found the girl inside with a gunshot wound to the arm. Police later learned the girl was outside with her family when she was shot. Detectives don’t believe she was the intended...

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Aug 5
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VEC investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment fraud

VEC investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment fraud

VEC investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment fraud By CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) announces it is investigating more than 3,000 cases of unemployment benefit fraud across the Commonwealth. It is likely that criminals have scooped up millions of dollars, however, a VEC spokeswoman said investigators have been able to recover at least $50 million so far. All of this comes as a Chesterfield County woman claims people are using her home address to try and scam the state into handing out unemployment benefits. In a matter of days, the woman...

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Biden will not go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic presidential nomination

Biden will not go to Milwaukee to accept Democratic presidential nomination

By (AP) -Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual. It is the latest example of the pandemic’s sweeping effects on the 2020 presidential election and the latest blow to traditional party nominating conventions that historically have marked the start of fall general election campaigns. “From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” said...

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Busch Gardens set to reopen in early August with special event

Busch Gardens set to reopen in early August with special event

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Busch Gardens announced on Thursday that it will be opening in early August with a special event. In 2020, the company began the phase of reopening some of its parks with reduced operating days and capacity limitations. The park in Williamsburg will welcome back guests on Thursday, Aug 6 with an all-new, limited capacity special event – Coasters and Craft Brews. for the limited event. Coasters and Craft Brews will run Aug. 6 -16, Thursdays from 5 -9 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.   The company has set enhanced health...

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Publix employee: Customer refused to let Black worker bag her groceries, tried to drive over him

Publix employee: Customer refused to let Black worker bag her groceries, tried to drive over him

Employees: Customer didn't want to be helped by black teen By HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Henrico police were called to a grocery store after a customer allegedly told employees she refused to let a Black person bag her groceries. It led to a scene at the Publix Supermarket at White Oak Village Friday morning. On top of that, employees say the customer then tried to run over an employee with her car. “I almost cried. I’m fighting back tears now,” an employee told NBC12, asking not to be identified. Employees say a customer notified staff she didn’t want the teenager who was about to bag her...

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Jul 25
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Virginia State Police launching investigation into trooper after viral video comes to light

Virginia State Police launching investigation into trooper after viral video comes to light

VSP Trooper on leave following viral video By FAIRFAX, Va. (WWBT) - A Virginia State trooper has been placed on leave following a viral video that now has the department’s Superintendent sounding off. Officer Charles Hewitt can be seen forcibly grabbing a Black man out of his car during a traffic stop in Fairfax. It all started because the officers say they smelled marijuana in the car but they never found any drugs. The incident happened last year but the video the man recorded during the traffic stop is now gaining momentum following the death of George Floyd. Derrick Thompson, the man...

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Jul 16
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Netflix CEO to donate $120M to historically black colleges

Netflix CEO to donate $120M to historically black colleges

(AP) -- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The couple is giving $40 million to each of three institutions: the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College. The organizations said it is the largest individual gift in support of student scholarships at HBCUs. Hastings has a history of supporting educational causes, including charter schools. He launched a $100 million education fund in 2016, beginning with money toward college scholarships for black...

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Mayor Stoney announces Richmond Police Chief resignation

Mayor Stoney announces Richmond Police Chief resignation

Mayor Stoney announces Richmond Police Chief resignation By RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney announced that the city’s chief of police has resigned. Mayor Stoney said he requested Richmond Police Chief Will Smith’s resignation, and he turned it in. “He has served this city with grace but we are ready to move it in a new direction”, Mayor Stoney says about Chief Smith stepping down. Major William “Jody” Blackwell will be the Interim Chief of the Richmond Police Department. Sector 113 Lt. Blackwell has worked for the Richmond Police Department for 16 years. Blackwell has...

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Jefferson Davis monument torn down by protesters in Richmond

Jefferson Davis monument torn down by protesters in Richmond

Jefferson Davis monument torn down by protesters in Richmond RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Almost 113 years to the day, the Jefferson Davis statue is no longer towering over Richmond. It went up on June 3, 1907, and came down on June 10, 2020. The monument of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis was torn down by protesters Wednesday night - the third monument in the city to be toppled this week. A.J. Nwoko NBC12 Live on Monument Avenue where the Jefferson Davis statue has been torn down by protestors. >> https://bit.ly/3cMOC3PPosted by on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 The and a were also torn...

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Christopher Columbus statue torn down, thrown in lake by protesters

Christopher Columbus statue torn down, thrown in lake by protesters

By RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Christopher Columbus statue was torn down by protesters in downtown Richmond Tuesday night. It happened around 9 p.m. at Byrd park, following a peaceful demonstration outside of the statue in honor of indigenous people. Shortly afterward, the statue was ripped from its foundation, spray painted, then set on fire. After that, the statue ended up in the lake. At the height of the destruction, agitators attacked an NBC 12 photographer, demanding he leaves the scene. A small crowd of people waved boards in the photographer’s face, grabbed him and attacked his...

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Judge issues order halting Lee statue removal for 10 days

Judge issues order halting Lee statue removal for 10 days

Monument 10-day injunction RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WWBT) - A judge in Richmond has issued an injunction preventing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration from removing an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee for the next 10 days. The temporary injunction order issued Monday says the state is a party to a deed recorded in March 1890 whereby it accepted the statue, pedestal and ground they sit on and agreed to “faithfully guard and affectionately protect” them. Northam last week ordered the statue of Lee taken down, citing the pain felt across the country over the death of George...

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Va. prosecutor: Man who drove through group of protesters is leader of KKK

Va. prosecutor: Man who drove through group of protesters is leader of KKK

Police say a man from Hanover County has been arrested after driving through a group of protesters Sunday evening. On June 7 at approximately 5:45 p.m., Henrico County police received a call about an incident that occurred during the protest walk on Lakeside Avenue near Vale Street. An adult victim had stopped to report the incident in the city near the AP Hill Monument. “It was really peaceful, lots of kids there, lots of families,” said protester Adriana Ross. She was one of the hundreds of people drumming up support along Lakeside Avenue on Sunday. "We had a lot of people like...

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Va. prosecutor: Man who drove through group of protesters is leader of KKK

Va. prosecutor: Man who drove through group of protesters is leader of KKK

KKK leader accused of driving into protesters By and HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - Police say a man from Hanover County has been arrested after driving through a group of protesters Sunday evening. On June 7 at approximately 5:45 p.m., Henrico County police received a call about an incident that occurred during the protest walk on Lakeside Avenue near Vale Street. An adult victim had stopped to report the incident in the city near the AP Hill Monument. “It was really peaceful, lots of kids there, lots of families,” said protester Adriana Ross. She was one of the hundreds of people drumming up...

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