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Tropical Storm Michael cost Danville $8.7M; Congressmen oppose a Norfolk pipeline and a Roanoke shoe thief who only managed to get the right foot

By: - October 19, 2018 7:19 am

Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

  • Danville estimates damage from Tropical Storm Michael totals $8.7 million. Major flooding destroyed four residential structures and damaged another 151. The city’s infrastructure had about $2.9 million in damage. – The Danville Register & Bee
  • A student of Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics and an instructor had a small crash during an emergency landing at Lynchburg Regional Airport Thursday morning. Neither was hurt when the aircraft had to land and ran off the runway. – The News & Advance
  • It seems that Norfolk Southern’s move to Atlanta is definitely happening, according to a video from the company’s CEO to employees. A full relocation wouldn’t happen until 2021, CEO Jim Squires said, since the company would need to construct a new building to house all the employees. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Lawyers in Louisa County filed a motion to argue a capital murder case in a courtroom without a portrait of Robert E. Lee in it. Their client, Darcel Murphy, is black and carrying out his trial in a room with Lee in it violates his constitutional rights, lawyers said. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • President Donald Trump thinks U.S. Rep. Dave Brat is one of the “hardest working” and “smartest” people serving in Washington and rewarded him Thursday with his “Total Endorsement” for his race against Democrat Abigail Spanberger. – Associated Press
  • A shipyard in Norfolk is concerned about a plan to run a pipeline under the business and has asked U.S. representatives Donald McEachin and Bobby Scott to get the Navy involved. “Any sort of accident along the (pipeline) could be catastrophic to these shipyards and any Navy asset and personnel stationed near the pipeline,” the congressmen wrote to officials. – The Virginian-Pilot
  • Lynchburg’s school board is trying to find a way to increase the amount of recess time young students get while continuing to work toward division-wide accreditation. “I think if you look at the research and what it does for kids, the benefits are enormous,” said board member Belle Evans. – The News & Advance
  • A California startup will set up shop on Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore to launch small, temporary satellites into space. The satellites can provide imaging services on anything from flooding to deforestation. Flights could begin as early as next summer and the venture could create up to 100 new jobs, depending on how often launches are scheduled. – Associated Press
  • A former Richmond-area teacher will appear in federal court next week for hacking into email accounts of more than 200 people, including colleagues and students at the school he worked at as well as celebrities. His hearing is part of several hearings related to the “Celebgate” scandal that has already resulted to convictions in three other states. – Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • A shoe thief that got away only with shoes for his right foot and 18 shirts was caught in Roanoke County this week. It was the third burglary in as many months at Clean Soles, where the owner only displays the right foot of a shoe pair. A different person was charged for one of the break-ins and police are still looking for someone responsible for an August break-in. – The Roanoke Times

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Mechelle Hankerson
Mechelle Hankerson

Mechelle, born and raised in Virginia Beach, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in mass communications and a concentration in print journalism. She covered the General Assembly for the university’s Capital News Service and was among 12 student journalists in swing states selected by the Washington Post to cover the 2012 presidential election. For the past five years, she has covered local government, crime, housing, infrastructure and other issues at the Raleigh News & Observer and The Virginian-Pilot, where she most recently covered the state’s biggest city, Virginia Beach. Mechelle was with the Virginia Mercury until January 3rd, 2019.