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Hurricane evacuation is first test of system; Rocky tech breakup continues; Thumb drive could exonerate murder suspect and other headlines

By: - September 11, 2018 7:39 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

Order is first test of evacuation system 

As expected, Hurricane Florence is dominating the news today. Northam’s evacuation order is the state’s first test of a zone-based evacuation protocol rolled out last year.
But officials stress the storm’s impact won’t be limited to the coast. They said their biggest concern is flooding if the storm stalls over the state for days after it makes landfall Thursday.
The National Weather Service is currently forecasting between 6 and 15 inches of rain for a huge swath of the state, but things are pretty well in flux.
The Washington Post reports it “could be only the 11th major hurricane to hit the southeast coast since 1851.” Disaster kits are recommended.
More news
  • Virginia technology officials blamed Northrop Grumman for a rocky transition to new IT providers, calling them an “uncooperative incumbent.” The shift has cost the state upward of $100 million. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Attorney General Mark Herring asked federal judges to go ahead and redraw 11 state House districts ruled unconstitutional. Last week, Gov. Ralph Northam had asked House Republicans to make a similar request to the court. – Associated Press
  • A court-appointed lawyer in Portsmouth has spent weeks trying to access a video file on a thumb drive that he says could exonerate a client facing murder charges. Thwarted in his efforts, he got the court to approve $1,000 to hire a “technology firm” to help him. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Ginseng hunting season is upon us, but there are a few rules. —The Bristol Herald Courier
  • A former Virginia Tech professor goes on trial after allegedly defrauding the government out of $1 million. — The Roanoke Times.
  • The Hells Angels clash with rival motorcycle gang the Pagans in Augusta County, leaving one man in critical condition. — The News Leader.

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.