Local News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
  • By VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — A Boston company plans to move its local software-development operations from the outskirts of Harrisonburg to downtown to make room for growth and hopefully attract more employees.

  • By NOLAN STOUT Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County will take up a contentious proposal for a cell tower near McGaheysville this week.

  • By TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — The crowd at the presidential debate at Hofstra University agreed to hold their applause, but there was no such restriction on Republicans and Democrats who gathered for watch-parties in the city Monday night.

  • By ERIN FLYNN Daily News-Record
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ELKTON — Rockingham County Superintendent Carol Fenn received a standing ovation after announcing her plans to retire during Monday night’s School Board meeting.

Monday, September 26, 2016
  • By CHRIS SLATER Byrd Newspapers
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LURAY — Despite the school day not ending until 3:15 p.m., 30 cars lined up outside Luray Elementary by 2:30 p.m. on a recent day, with more coming.

  • By ERIN FLYNN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Each morning, Janelly Lopez and Anna Kocka, like most of Waterman Elementary School’s 25 kindergarten- through fourth-grade teachers, arrive bright and early and prepare for their students to arrive.

  • By TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Security will be tight at Harrisonburg and Rockingham County’s polling places Nov. 8 for this year’s contentious presidential election. But it also will be stealthy, police and voting officials said Monday.

  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — About three months ago, Harrisonburg Police Department’s Lt. Chris Rush headed to Quantico to participate in the FBI National Academy — an elite training program only 1 percent of police officers are invited to attend.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — The best way for the city to avoid the risk of running out of fresh drinking water in the future would be to spend $21.5 million to $27.5 million to complete a 17-year-old project to tap the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

  • NOLAN STOUT Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Police are searching for a suspect after an early Sunday morning stabbing in Harrisonburg.

Monday, September 26, 2016
  • KELLY CLARK Daily News-Record
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New Market is launching a 5K during Veterans Day weekend to raise money for new fitness equipment in the town park.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • By TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — If you want to get a taste of a culture, you sample its cuisine.

Friday, September 23, 2016
  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by a former James Madison University student who accused the school of mishandling her sexual assault complaint.

  • By TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — It was one of those autumn days in the Valley where the sky is so blue it just aches, and Chad Layman could identify with that.

  • By VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Michael Stoltzfus said it took 23 years for Dynamic Aviation to reach 75 full-time employees.

  • By VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — In March 1982, when an addition to James Madison University’s Carrier Library opened, the original entrance on the building’s west side was closed.

  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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BROADWAY — First-grader Noah Kinman doesn’t normally get a chance to walk to school.

  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — An internal memo sent last week from the Virginia State Police superintendent to his employees indicates a serious manpower shortage and drastic decline in job applications.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
  • By NOLAN STOUT Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — George Hirschmann has clarified questionable comments he made at a City Council candidates forum earlier this week.

  • By ERIN FLYNN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — After spending the summer planning a class, many teachers wouldn’t be happy to hear that they needed to revamp their curriculum.

  • By CHRIS SLATER Byrd Newspapers
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SHENANDOAH — Still reeling from last year’s loss of McDonald’s, another major business is eyeing an exit from town.

  • By ERIN FLYNN Daily News-Record
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BRIDGEWATER — A few caterpillars and monarch butterflies are making North River Library their temporary home this fall.

  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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WOODSTOCK — A Shenandoah County man accused of shooting another man made his first court appearance in Shenandoah County General District Court last week.

  • By TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Commonwealth voters can start casting absentee ballots in the 2016 presidential election at 8 a.m. today in person and through the mail, just as polls nationally and in the critical state of Virginia are tightening.

  • By TONY BROWN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — The question came from the back of the room: “What if Hillary dies?”

  • By ERIN FLYNN Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — With Harrisonburg’s sixth elementary school slated to open next fall, officials are looking ahead to potential issues that could arise — traffic being one of them.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
  • By VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record
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WEYERS CAVE — When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February, the U.S. Supreme Court lost one of its most powerful conservative voices and a pretty reliable pro-business vote, Erin Ashwell said Wednesday afternoon.

  • By VIC BRADSHAW Daily News-Record
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WEYERS CAVE — A local farmer buys large numbers of beef cattle from across the state for a Canadian farm and ships them north of the border.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
  • By KELLY CLARK Daily News-Record
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MOUNT JACKSON — A 27-year-old Bowman Andros Products employee received local and federal recognition Tuesday for being the region’s first graduate of the American Apprenticeship Initiative.

  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — A Rockingham County grand jury indicted a Harrisonburg man accused of molesting a 9-year-old girl.

  • By PETE DeLEA Daily News-Record
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HARRISONBURG — Heavy black smoke from a recreational vehicle fire filled the Rockingham County skyline northwest of Harrisonburg on Tuesday morning.

Wire News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
  • By JOSHUA GOODMAN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press
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CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — After a half-century of combat that spilled blood across this South American nation, Colombians have embarked on a new, but difficult path to settle their political differences with the signing of a historic peace accord between the government and leftist rebels.

Monday, September 26, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A report on New York City Airbnb rentals has found cases of air mattresses in kitchens, bunk beds in a dining area and listings for up to 32 people, showing the need for tighter rules on the popular online home rental service, according to the two state lawmakers who issu…

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Asian Development Bank says the economies of developing countries in Asia are holding up despite stubborn global headwinds, and that earlier forecasts that the countries as a group will grow 5.7 percent in 2016 and 2017 remain unchanged. The group grew 5.9 perc…

  • By AMY TAXIN Associated Press
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FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends of the victims' teenage daughter. And according to friends and their social media pages, all five attended "furry" events where participants dress up in colorful animal costumes.

  • By VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press
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CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he is "deeply concerned" about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he holds his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

  • By BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a high-flying Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants over the last five years.

  • By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas legislator and civil rights attorney who has represented a group of black families in a long-running school desegregation lawsuit was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing governmental operations after filming a traffic stop.

  • By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer
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WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get moving: Simple physical activity — mostly walking — helped high-risk seniors stay mobile after disability-inducing ailments even if, at 70 and beyond, they'd long been couch potatoes.

  • By The Associated Press
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MIAMI (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine whether Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was at the wheel of his sportfishing boat when it slammed into a jetty in the early-morning darkness, killing him and two others on board.

  • By DAVID PORTER Associated Press
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A political revenge scheme to create traffic gridlock near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 was approved by two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie on trial for fraud and shared with Christie's then-campaign manager, the government's key witness testified Monday.

  • By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline's former director.

  • By PATRICK WHITTLE and DAVID SHARP Associated Press
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage on Monday released his informal documentation on drug arrests and they don't back up his claim that out-of-state blacks and Hispanics account for "90-plus percent" of Maine's trafficking arrests for heroin and similar drugs.

  • By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL Associated Press
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Canadian-Iranian retired professor was released from prison on "humanitarian grounds" and flown out of Iran on Monday, Iran's state-run news agency said, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hard-liners in the security services.

  • By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who carried out the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.

  • By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions that target North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

  • By HANNAH DREIER Associated Press
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition vowed Monday to press forward with its bid to recall President Nicolas Maduro this year and promised street demonstrations should the government continue to stymie the vote.

  • By MARLEY JAY AP Markets Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slumping Monday and banks are taking the biggest losses. Shares of Deutsche Bank hit an all-time low and interest rates are moving lower. Pfizer is pulling drugmakers down after it announced it won't break up into two companies.

  • By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Roman Catholic Church on Monday harshly criticized what it called a campaign to smear three priests murdered in less than a week by suggesting the victims had been involved in questionable behavior.

  • By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY Associated Press
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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's King Salman is reducing the salaries and benefits of senior officials and the Cabinet cut bonuses for public employees on Monday, as lower oil prices continue to pinch the kingdom's economy.