Five years after the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery was declared a federal disaster an annual scientific survey shows the population is far below the previous year, but scientists are not too worried.
Scientists from Virginia and Maryland conduct the so-called "winter dredge survey" while crabs are burrowed in the mud. Last year a baby crab boom led to the highest count in 20 years.
Virginia’s senators say they aren’t giving up on efforts to pass stricter federal gun laws even as they were dealt a major setback last week.
After the amendment to put in place near universal background checks failed last week… families from Newton, Connecticut huddled together…hugging each other as tears streamed down their faces. Erica Lafferty’s mom is Dawn Hochsprung- the principal who was gunned down protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.
The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8% or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states.
The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.
The historic, Giles County resort known as the Mountain Lake Hotel, will soon re-open as the new Mountain Lake Lodge.
A multi-million dollar renovation of the property and the lake, which had all but disappeared, are underway. A new restaurant and a host of new activities will mark the next chapter in the story of the famous mountain resort.
Robbie Harris reports on a new chapter in the storied history of this mountain retreat.