Anheuser-Busch plans $10M investment in Va brewery
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Anheuser-Busch says it will invest $10 million in its Williamsburg brewery to help expand its packaging operation.
The company announced the investment Thursday.
The brewery's general manager, Rick Shippey, says in a news release that the investment includes the addition of a slim package to one of the existing can lines.
Vice president of supply and head brewmaster Pete Kraemer says upgrades also will be made to improve the operation's water and energy efficiencies.
The Williamsburg brewery opened in 1972. It produces more than 40 different beers, including the flagship Budweiser and Bud Light brands.
CANDY HEIRESS-FATAL CRASH
Mars co-owner pleads guilty in fatal Va. crash
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) - A co-owner of the Mars candy company has pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a fatal crash.
A Loudoun County judge Thursday ordered Jacqueline Mars to pay a $2,500 fine and suspended her license for six months.
The judge could have sentenced Mars to a year in jail on the misdemeanor charge, but the victim's relatives asked the judge not to incarcerate her. They say they have forgiven Mars.
Mars apologized for the crash and said she will live with grief for the rest of her life.
Court papers say Mars told a witness she fell asleep just before the October crash. The sheriff's office says Mars' Porsche SUV crossed the center line and hit a minivan carrying 86-year-old Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas, who died at the scene.
Va.'s jobless rate holds steady in October
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained steady in October at 5.6 percent.
While the October rate was unchanged from September's unemployment, the Virginia Employment Commission says the two months blunted a four-month climb in the jobless rate. From April's 5.2 percent rate, unemployment increased to 5.8 percent in August.
VEC said Thursday that the October rate was affected by the partial government shutdown.
In October, employment gains were made in private education and health services and in the leisure and hospitality sector, among others. Job losses were in the professional, scientific and technical services sector.
The department says while nonfarm employment is trending upward, it has yet to surpass the pre-recession peak in April 2008.
Virginia's unemployment rate compares favorably with the U.S. rate, which was 7.3 percent in October.
GEORGE MASON-PLAYER SUSPENDED
GMU player suspended after stepping on opponent
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - George Mason has suspended Anali Okoloji after the junior forward stepped on an opposing player during the Patriots' loss to South Florida.
Coach Paul Hewitt said Thursday that Okoloji's actions were "inexcusable and not what we expect from a George Mason student-athlete."
Hewitt did not specify the length of the suspension but says it will include Sunday's game against Oklahoma in the BB&T Classic.
Okoloji was involved in the momentum-shifting sequence in the second half of Wednesday night's 68-66 loss. South Florida's Anthony Collins was tripped from behind by Okoloji near the foul line, then was stepped on by Okoloji as Okoloji's momentum took him down the court. Okoloji was whistled for both a personal and a technical foul.
Okoloji has appeared in eight games this season, averaging 2.4 points.
Body ID'd as that of missing Lynchburg teen
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Lynchburg police say a body found in a heavily wooded area has been identified as that of a missing teenager.
Police tell media outlets that the medical examiner's office in Roanoke positively identified the body as 18-year-old Jamisha Gilbert of Lynchburg. Police say there's no further information to release.
A team searching for Gilbert found the body Wednesday morning.
She was reported missing Sunday by her mother. Friends last saw her between midnight and 1 a.m. Friday.
Police found her car crashed into a guardrail in the city late Friday morning.
Dominion makes names presidents of 2 units
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion has named two executives as presidents of its Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion Energy units.
Robert M. Blue will serve as president of Dominion Virginia Power and Diane Leopold will serve as Dominion Energy's president.
Richmond, Va.-based Dominion says both will report to Energy Infrastructure Group CEO Paul D. Koonce.
Blue is currently senior vice president for law, public policy and environment. Leopold currently is senior vice president for Dominion Transmission.
Their promotions are among several executive changes announced Wednesday by Dominion.
The changes are effective Jan. 1.
Copper theft puts damper on Va. town's light show
BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) - Copper thieves have put a damper on a holiday light show in Bluefield, Va.
City parks and recreation director Dwight Goodwin says copper cables were stolen from Holiday of Lights displays at Lotito Park twice this week.
Goodwin tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the thefts darkened large sections of the light show.
He says the city restored as much of the light show as it could for Wednesday night.
He says the thefts are disappointing.
Kennedy Center raises $90 million for expansion
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Kennedy Center says it has raised an additional $40 million in gifts and pledges to fund the first major expansion of the memorial to President John F. Kennedy.
The performing arts center plans to add pavilions housing rehearsal halls and classrooms, a memorial garden to honor Kennedy and an outdoor video wall to simulcast performances.
The gifts announced Thursday bring the fundraising total to $90 million of the $125 million project. Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein made an earlier pledge of $50 million when the project was announced in January.
New gifts from about a dozen donors include a lead pledge from Kennedy Center Treasurer Michael Neidorff and the Centene Charitable Foundation.
A groundbreaking is planned in 2014 for the expansion. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017.
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