Latest Virginia News | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Latest Virginia News

Play associated audio

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The governor says more jobs are on the way as a rechargeable battery pack supplier will establish its U.S. headquarters in Virginia Beach. BMZ USA Incorporated will create 15 jobs at start-up with plans to grow to 50 employees after the first year.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A Somali man federal prosecutors say was the chief negotiator for a group of pirates who took four Americans hostage and later killed them has been indicted on piracy and kidnapping charges. Mohammad Saaili Shibin was scheduled to make a court appearance today in Norfolk.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) An enterprising Roanoke County family is helping others bridge the language gap after conquering their own. Baraka Kasongo and his family fled genocide in Rwanda and the Congo about 10 years ago. Now his family has launched an interpreting business called Volatia that employs 75 interpreters locally.

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) A Staunton man who drove 100 miles per hour in a 35-mph zone has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for causing an accident that injured four people. The News Virginian reports 31-year-old Scott Edward Knight was sentenced yesterday.

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) A search of the New River for a fisherman who's been missing for more than a week has been suspended due to high, fast-moving water. National Park Service Chief Jeff West said today that runoff from recent rains has increased the river's flow in the search area to more than 36,000 cubic feet per second.

CHARL0TTESVILLE, Va. (AP) The Virginia Department of Corrections has settled a lawsuit that challenged the agency's ban on inmates receiving spoken-word compact discs. Kyle Mabe's lawsuit claimed that prison officials violated his right to exercise his religious beliefs when they refused to let him order a sermon on CD.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

NPR

Advice For Trevor Noah From The 'Jon Stewart Of South Africa'

The Daily Show isn't the only fake news show around. South Africa has Late Nite News, starring comedian Loyiso Gola. We asked him how he feels about Noah's new job — and what advice he has to offer.
NPR

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

British colonialists brought lamb ham to America, where a sugar-cured, smoked variety became popular. Easier-to-cure pork ham eventually took its place, but now two Virginians are bringing it back.
WAMU 88.5

Legal Cloud Lifts For Controversial Alexandria Waterfront Plan

Thanks to a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond, developers now have a green light to start demolishing a series of old abandoned warehouses and building structures in Alexandria that are much larger than what's there now.
NPR

If Drones Make You Nervous, Think Of Them As Flying Donkeys

In Africa, where there aren't always roads from Point A to Point B, drones could take critical medicines to remote spots. But the airborne vehicles make people uneasy for lots of reasons.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.