Local News

Monday, November 28, 2022
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Harrisonburg Fire Department firefighters rescued a woman Friday afternoon from a Deer Run Apartments unit that had caught fire in the 800 block of Port Republic Road, according to a press release from the department. She was unable to evacuate due to her disabilities.

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Harrisonburg Fire Department firefighters discovered evidence of an intentionally set fire while responding to a call in the Shannon Hill Office Park on East Market Street around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a Monday press release.

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A 40-foot shipping container has been sitting behind the parking lot of New Creation’s retail store on South Main Street for months now. The stark white box transformed into a colorful mural this past holiday week, with a clear message to passerby on the road.

Saturday, November 26, 2022
Friday, November 25, 2022
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In June, the city purchased a property with plans to turn it into a low-barrier shelter for people experiencing homelessness. This month, a group of architects and engineers are getting started on plans for the long-awaited space.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022
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It was the day before Thanksgiving break for the students of Rockingham County Public Schools. Many were likely finishing up work and projects and lesson units, while others were taking a break and watching a movie.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022
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It’s about that time when school divisions start preparing for the inevitable winter weather and the choice of whether to have students in the school building or to keep them home.

Wire News

Monday, November 28, 2022

The Palestinian Health Ministry says a Palestinian was killed and 11 were wounded by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that clashes erupted between Israeli forces and residents of north Hebron city on Monday evening. The Israeli military says soldiers shot at Palestinians who hurled rocks and improvised explosive devices at the forces who were operating in the town. It says the Palestinians also shot at the troops. The ministry says nine Palestinians were wounded by live fire and two others suffered breathing problems from tear gas. One of the wounded succumbed early Tuesday. Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been surging for months.

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South Korea’s government has ordered some of the thousands of truck drivers who have been on strike to return to work, insisting that their nationwide walkout over freight fare issues is hurting an already weak economy. Despite facing the threat of delicensing or even prison terms, the strike’s organizers say they will defy the order and accused President Yoon Suk Yeol’s conservative government of suppressing their labor rights and ignoring what they described as worsening work conditions and financial strain caused by rising fuel costs and interest rates. The order targets the drivers of cement trucks among a broader group of truckers participating in the walkout.

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A federal judge will decide whether to block Mississippi from using three drugs when it puts inmates to death. His ruling could determine whether the state carries out its next execution in about two weeks. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed in 2015 on behalf of some Mississippi death row inmates. Wingate noted that one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Thomas Edwin Loden Jr., faces a Dec. 14 execution date. The mother of the 16-year-old girl killed by Loden watched the court hearing. Wanda Farris of Fulton says she has waited 22 years for justice for her daughter, Leesa Gray.

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The federal government says it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The agreement announced Monday on funding for the Salton Sea marks a key step in ongoing negotiations to conserve more of the river's water amid drought. The lake was formed in 1905 when the river overflowed and it's mostly fed by runoff from farms in California's Imperial Valley. But as those farms reduce their water use, less flows into that sea. That's caused water levels to shrink, exposing dry lake bed and dust that's harmful to nearby communities.

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Australia’s environment minister says her government will lobby against UNESCO adding the Great Barrier Reef to a  list of endangered World Heritage sites. Officials from the U.N. cultural agency and the International Union for Conservation of Nature released a report on Monday warning that without “ambitious, rapid and sustained” climate action, the world’s largest coral reef is in peril. The report, which recommended shifting the Great Barrier Reef to endangered status, followed a 10-day mission in March to the famed reef system off Australia’s northeast coast. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek says the report is a reflection on Australia’s previous government, which was voted out of office in May elections after nine years in power.

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The landmark trial over Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming care for children has resumed. A psychiatrist was called to the stand by the state on Monday as it defended its ban on doctors providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under the age of 18. A federal judge last year temporarily blocked the law, which also would have banned doctors from referring patients elsewhere for such care. The psychiatrist who testified Monday criticized the use of such care for trans youth, but also said he was concerned about the impacts of the law cutting off treatments for some children.

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An Oregon Senate panel has rescinded the security measure it imposed on state Sen. Brian Boquist after he made threatening statements during an acrimonious 2019 legislative session, in a case that centers on free speech. Since July 2019, Boquist has been required to give 12 hours notice before coming to the Oregon State Capitol, in order to give the state police time to bolster their security. Boquist maintained in a lawsuit that this measure violates his free speech rights as an elected official. In a ruling last April, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

A Texas prosecutor facing mounting criticism over the handling of the 2019 Walmart mass shooting in El Paso that killed 23 people has resigned. The decision by El Paso County District Attorney Yvonne Rosales on Monday came after the county took the extraordinary step of seeking to remove her from elected office. El Paso television station KTSM reported that Rosales' last day will be Dec. 14. Rosales’ job was put in jeopardy over accusations of incompetence involving hundreds of criminal cases in El Paso and slowing down the case against Patrick Crusius, the suspected Walmart shooter who faces the death penalty if convicted.

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A woman who long advocated for Indian Country and was known for organizing protests against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines has died. Joye Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux, died on Nov. 13 at the age of 53 at her home in Eagle Butte. Indian Country Today reports that Braun worked as a national pipeline organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. At the Dakota Access protest, her teepee was the first to go up at what became Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock. Her daughter said that seeing the Keystone XL pipeline blocked was one of Braun's proudest achievements.

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Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is asking to be removed from a civil lawsuit by the state of Mississippi that seeks to recover millions of dollars in misspent welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. An attorney for Favre filed papers Monday saying the Mississippi Department of Human Services “groundlessly and irresponsibly seeks to blame Favre for its own grossly improper and unlawful handling of welfare funds and its own failure to properly monitor and audit” how organizations used the money. It was not immediately clear how soon a judge might consider the request.