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Va. president: 'deep concern' for missing student

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says the university community is deeply concerned about a student who has been missing since early Saturday.

Sullivan issued the statement Monday as police continued to search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham. Police say she was last heard from at 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted a friend.

Charlottesville police say their search has found no trace of the 18-year-old Graham.

In her statement, Sullivan said the U.Va. community is "united in our deep concern" for Graham.

According to U.Va. officials, Graham is 5-foot-11 with blue eyes, light brown hair and freckles.

Anyone with information on Graham's whereabouts is asked to contact the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280.


Governor, lawmakers announce Va. budget cuts

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers are announcing cuts to state agencies, universities, and local governments to help fill a projected budget gap and preserve Virginia's AAA bond rating.

The governor and Republican lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that they have agreed to cuts of $192 million to state agencies, $90 million for higher education, and $60 million for aide to local governments over the next two years.

The budget plan won't affect K-12 spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes.

McAuliffe praised GOP lawmakers for their willingness to work with him to address a projected $882 million shortfall over the biennium, saying the bipartisan approach was needed "to send a signal to Wall Street" and preserve the state's sterling bond rating.


Va. version of FDR's CCC seeking applicants

Virginia is looking for stewards of public lands under a program inspired by the Depression-era Civil Conservation Corps.

The modern-day version is called the Virginia Service and Conservation Corps. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is teaming up with the Corporation for National Community Service to launch the inaugural season the Virginia version of the corps.

Members of the Virginia corps will help build and maintain trails and work to control invasive species, among other duties. They also could see short-term deployments for disaster relief.

Crew members will complete 1,700 hours of service from November through August 2015.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and 17 and older, be a high school graduate and pass a background check.

Corps members are given a living allowance, among other benefits.


Va. university apologizes for segregation silence

Longwood University is apologizing for its silence during Massive Resistance in Prince Edward County.

Massive Resistance was Virginia's answer to a landmark Supreme Court decision banning racial segregation in the nation's schools.

Prince Edward public schools closed their doors for five years rather than comply with the court. Many other localities in Virginia also stubbornly resisted, creating separate whites only schools.

Longwood President W. Taylor Reveley IV said the university practiced a "conspicuous silence" during that era.

Besides the apology, Longwoood established a new scholarship program to help make amends.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the university's board of visitors adopted the resolution expressing Longwood's regret.

The resolution follows similar expressions of regret by the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia, among others.


Va. geologists to probe Petersburg Battlefield

The state Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has received a $79,000 grant to begin work on a digital geologic map for Petersburg National Battlefield.

The mapping is made possible through a grant from the National Park Service.

DMME geologists will collect data to create the maps for the western part of the Petersburg Battlefield, the Five Forks Battlefield and surrounding areas.

The project is expected to help explain how geologic conditions played a role in the battle between the North and the South.

The project is expected to be completed in September 2016.


Central Va. recorded only 1 unhealthy air day

It was a good summer for central Virginia, at least in terms of air pollution.

The main pollutant in smog - ozone - reached unhealthy levels just one day this year. That was June 16.

That matches the one day in 2013, but is far below the 11 days in the previous two years.

Ozone levels are driven up by hot, stagnant weather, especially when they are bunched together.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that cold fronts often interrupted hot spells this summer. In addition, state and federal clean air programs are working.

Virginia's ozone season runs from mid-April to late September.


Dominion installing solar project in central Va.


Dominion Virginia Power is planning to install nearly 2,500 solar panels at a Capital One facility in Chester.

The Richmond-based energy provider says it will be the first ground-mounted solar energy system in central Virginia.

Officials say the system will be capable of generating about 500 kilowatts of electricity, which is enough to power about 125 homes.

It's part of Dominion's Solar Partnership Program that will generate enough power for up to 7,500 homes when fully implemented.

The company is allowed to construct and operate up to 30 megawatts of solar facilities on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties in its service area.

Dominion already has completed installations at the Canon Industrial Resource Technologies facility in Gloucester and at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.


Va. AG's office to assist local inmates' re-entry

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia attorney general's office is creating the position of a statewide coordinator to prepare local inmates for their return to society.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring also announced Monday the creation of a re-entry portal to assist in that effort.

While the state has worked in recent years to assist the re-entry of state prison inmates, local correctional centers have had little guidance or resources to help the men and women held in their lockups.

The re-entry coordinator will identify and address service gaps and help coordinate communications between sheriffs' departments and government agencies. They include workforce development programs and mental health services.

Herring said re-entry programs have been proven to reduce recidivism and save taxpayers' dollars.

An estimated 29,000 people are held in jails statewide.

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