AllergEase moving HQ, distribution to Danville
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - AllergEase is moving its headquarters and distribution operations from Arlington to Danville.
The city said Thursday in a news release that AllergEase plans to invest $7.5 million in the move over three years. It will create 150 jobs during this period.
AllergEase makes organic allergy relief lozenges.
The company will receive support for the move from the city and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.
Officials: Shooting of Virginia girl accidental
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Albemarle County police say the state medical examiner's office has ruled that the shooting of a 10-year-old Crozet girl was accidental.
Police have released few details about the shooting of Margaret "Maggie" Hollifield other than that she was shot Tuesday morning by a juvenile male. They have refused to reveal the relationship between the two or to disclose the age of the shooter.
Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville says services for Hollifield will be held on Friday.
Albemarle County Police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said the investigation is ongoing.
Emory & Henry, King consider possible partnerships
EMORY, Va. (AP) - Emory & Henry College and the King School of Medicine plan to look for ways that they could collaborate in health sciences.
In a memorandum of understanding announced Thursday, the schools agree to begin exploring possible partnerships.
Next year, Emory & Henry will take its first step in establishing a proposed school of health sciences when it launches a doctorate in physical therapy program on its campus in Marion.
Emory & Henry president Rosalind Reichard says in a news release that discussions with the King School of Medicine will benefit her college's health sciences initiatives in Smyth College.
NASA HARDWARE-HIGH SCHOOLS
Va. students build disorientation chair for NASA
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - High school students in Virginia have finished building NASA a spinning chair that astronauts in Texas will use to practice being disoriented.
The chair was made by 16 students under a NASA program where high school students build real-world products. It underwent its first test spins at NASA's Langley Research Center on Thursday.
Every four years, astronauts are required to undergo a refresher course in what's called a Barany Chair. The chairs are hand-spun at speeds much slower than an amusement park ride. But whoever sits in one and rests their head on a bar surrounding the chair as it spins becomes dizzy and loses their bearings as they lift their heads and raise their arms.
The chair will be sent to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in June.
AP Source: Elon joins CAA in latest expansion move
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A person familiar with the situation says Elon is joining the Colonial Athletic Association for the 2014-15 season.
The person said Thursday that Elon, a member of the Southern Conference, will announce the move at a scheduled 2 p.m. press conference. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made.
Elon will join as an all-sports member, giving the CAA 10 basketball schools and 12 in football.
The CAA has lost VCU and George Mason to the Atlantic 10 and Old Dominion to Conference USA in the last year.
The league also is adding the College of Charleston for all sports next season, while Albany and Stony Brook are joining as football-only members next year.
SHAKEN BABY DEATH
Quantico woman gets 8 years in baby's murder
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A Quantico woman has been sentenced to eight and half years for fatally shaking and fracturing the skull of a 9-month-old girl that had been left in her care.
Amy Hunter pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder in the 2011 death of Chelsea Peterson. At the time, Hunter lived on Marine Corps Base Quantico with her husband and provided day care for Peterson, whose family also lived on base.
Court records indicate the baby died from violent shaking that resulted in the baby's head hitting a wall.
The plea deal required the judge to impose a sentence somewhere between five and 19 years when Hunter at sentencing Thursday in federal court in Alexandria.
The defense sought the minimum sentence; prosecutors and Peterson's family sought the maximum.
Man dies after being hit by train in Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) - A man is dead after he was hit by a CSX train in Waynesboro.
Waynesboro police tell media outlets that the accident occurred around 12:20 a.m. Thursday.
The victim appeared to be in his late teens or early 20s.
Police say the body will be sent to the Department of Forensics in Roanoke for an autopsy and identification.
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