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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Beach city council has ordered an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding a recent mass shooting that killed 12 people.

News outlets report the council unanimously voted Tuesday to have the city auditor hire an independent contractor to investigate gunman DeWayne Craddock. The probe will analyze Craddock's employment and workplace history, city policies and how to prevent similar violence.

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(AP) The city of Virginia Beach may soon commission an independent investigation into the mass shooting that claimed 12 lives last month, but the findings might not come out quickly enough for some victims' families, state lawmakers and city officials. 

City Council members delved into a debate Tuesday over how a third-party probe would proceed. One contentious issue is whether police would have control over when the separate investigation could begin.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Bereaved families are beginning to hold services and lay to rest the 12 people who were killed during a mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

A funeral is scheduled Thursday for 42-year-old Katherine Nixon. The mass will be at a Catholic church about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the scene of the shooting in a municipal building.  

An obituary said Nixon was a compliance manager for the city. She was married with three children.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for a special legislative session on gun control and is insisting that his proposals be voted on by the entire state legislature. He says Friday's killings in Virginia Beach call for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers."

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia say they've arrested an 80-year-old man for the slaying of two young women more than 45 years ago.

The Virginia Beach Police Department announced the arrest Tuesday of Ernest Broadnax of St. Albans, New York, on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of rape. He is awaiting extradition to Virginia.

Janice Pietropola and Lynn Seethaler were both 19 years old and on vacation from the Pittsburgh area when they were found dead June 30, 1973, in a cottage near the Atlantic Ocean. 

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has passed sweeping new laws to regulate short-term rentals that are found on sites like Airbnb.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that Virginia Beach's regulations mark the first time the issue has been recognized in the city's laws. The city of nearly half a million people sits along the Atlantic Ocean in a tourist-heavy region.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Fishing boats off the East Coast recently encountered a rare sight: Two great whites feasting on a 50-foot dead whale.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that the whale was bloated and floating about nine miles from Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The fishermen said the whale was too decomposed to determine its species. They said one of the great whites was about 12 feet long.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia has moved one step closer to launching its first offshore wind project.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that Dominion Energy has filed for approval from the State Corporation Commission to erect two wind turbines.

The initial demonstration project would stand about 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. If approved, electricity would begin to flow in 2020.

The power company has teamed up with Orsted, a Denmark-based energy firm.

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VIRGINA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city is opening a shelter for residents in the wake of flooding from excessive rain and wind-driven tides.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that southern portions of Virginia Beach have been impacted by flooding. The city has already closed some roads. And residents say water has begun to enter some structures.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Police in Virginia Beach have made an arrest in the apparently random shooting of six people walking in a Fourth of July crowd near the oceanfront.

Virginia Beach police spokeswoman Linda Kuehn tells news outlets that 21-year-old Ladarius Malik Trisvan of Emporia was arrested Tuesday. He's accused of shooting into the crowd shortly after midnight on July 5th. Four men and two women were wounded.

Kuehn says police aren't aware of a motive, and do not believe the six were targeted.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A judge has ruled a sheriff's office cannot force-feed a hunger-striking Virginia man convicted of fatally poisoning his ex-girlfriend.

WAVY-TV reports Judge Steven Frucci issued the ruling Tuesday in the case of 30-year-old Joseph Merlino III.

Virginia Beach Sheriff Ken Stolle had asked that staff to be allowed to force-feed Merlino after he began refusing meals in mid-April. Court documents say Merlino had expressed fears someone was trying to poison him, though jail staff said his explanation kept changing.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia GOP state lawmaker says he's not going and run for mayor of Virginia Beach because he doesn't want Republicans to lose their slim majority in the House of Delegates.

Del. Glenn Davis announced Tuesday that he's decided not to run. Davis said he had "significant concern" that his departure from the House would alter the partisan balance of power.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking mariners to slow down off of Virginia Beach to protect a group of five endangered right whales seen in the area.

NOAA says the animals were spotted 69 nautical miles northeast of Virginia Beach on Tuesday. It's asking vessels to route around the area entirely or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

There are also mandatory speed restrictions in place, including one in Cape Cod Bay and another off of Block Island.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Virginia sheriff says an inmate who died in jail was mentally ill, and he's criticizing the state's mental health system.

Sheriff Ken Stolle said in a statement that 69-year-old Joseph Sisson Jr.'s mental illness was the cause of his incarceration. He called Virginia's mental health system "broken and ill-equipped to help all those who need it."

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The lawyer for Virginia's largest city says a Confederate monument outside an old courthouse cannot be moved.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that Virginia Beach's attorney has given his interpretation of a state law aimed at protecting war memorials. Such laws have spawned an ongoing debate across Virginia over local power to remove Confederate statues and memorials.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Some are calling for the removal of another Confederate monument in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that a rally is scheduled for Thursday afternoon to demand the removal of a Confederate soldier statue in Virginia Beach.

Confederate veterans built the 27-foot-tall structure in the early 1900s. It's located near a former county courthouse that now serves as city office space.

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Chesapeake will soon overtake Norfolk as Virginia's second-most populous city.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that new projections from the University of Virginia put Chesapeake's population at 253,000 by 2020. Norfolk will have 250,700 people.

Norfolk currently leads Chesapeake by 7,000 residents.

The projections were made by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service's Demographics Research Group. The numbers are shared with policymakers for planning purposes.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia's largest city has taken a position against offshore drilling.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Beach city council voted Tuesday to oppose any operations in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vote is a recommendation to President Donald Trump. The president has ordered a review of the Obama-era ban on drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. Trump will make the final decision.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach police say two people were arrested at an anti-Sharia law demonstration.

Police say the event on Saturday was mostly a quiet display of people expressing their First Amendment rights. But two participants were arrested toward the end of the event at Mount Trashmore for assault and disorderly conduct.

About 40 people gathered at the event.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For some neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, the long recovery from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is just beginning.

On Saturday, emergency management crews and other officials toured several communities where homes were damaged.

Virginia Beach emergency manager Erin Sutton says the teams saw more than 600 homes, and about 100 sustained major damage. Some had more than a foot of water inside. Many homeowners whose property was damaged did not have flood insurance.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Millions of mosquitoes have emerged in South Hampton Roads cities following a period of heavy rain.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that officials in the area have been inundated with requests to get rid of the bugs. Cities such as Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach have received more reports than usual and have been spraying for mosquitoes across the area.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Several agencies are searching for a man who went missing in the water near Virginia Beach.

Media outlets report that a 25-year-old white man fell off a tube while riding behind a boat Thursday evening near Little Creek Channel. Police say the tube has been recovered.

The man wasn't wearing a life jacket. He was last seen in a white and blue bathing suit.

The Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Police, Virginia Beach Fire Department and other agencies are searching for the man.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Donald Trump is speaking in Virginia Beach, but the speech isn't open to the public.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the speech is at 1 p.m. Monday at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee says on his website that the speech is not open to the public. Trump's campaign says he will speak about reforms to aid veterans.

The speech comes a week before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican state Del. Glenn Davis is running for lieutenant governor in Virginia.

The tech entrepreneur and former Virginia Beach city councilman announced Thursday he's running to "turnaround" the state's economy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Davis will make improving Virginia's business climate a centerpiece of the second-term delegate's campaign.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach police say a body has been recovered from a lake behind an apartment complex.

Police spokeswoman Tonya Borman says the body of 24-year-old Javonn Darnell Young of Virginia Beach was found floating in the lake Monday behind the Carriage Hill Apartments.

Borman says the cause of Young's death is under investigation.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A Powerball ticket worth $2 million has been claimed in Virginia.

The Virginian-Pilot reports state lottery officials plan to reveal the winner's name Monday. The ticket was bought in Virginia Beach.

The ticket was one of two $2 million tickets purchased for the Sept. 19 Powerball drawing in Virginia. Each ticket matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball. Each ticket's $1 million prize was doubled because the buyers paid an extra dollar for Power Play.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Authorities say a man died after he jumped into the Atlantic Ocean to help a teenager who appeared to be trouble.

Multiple media outlets report that the 17-year-old male was able to make it to the shore in Sandbridge in Virginia Beach. But the man didn't.

Virginia Beach emergency officials say rescue crews found the man about an hour later and pulled him out of the water. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Beach visitors guide publisher is challenging the state's rules and fees for distributing information at welcome centers and rest areas.

VistaGraphics Inc. president and owner Randy Thompson says in a lawsuit that the rules and fees violate his freedom of speech and due process rights.

Defendants include the Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Ride-sharing provider Uber faces a $2 million lawsuit after authorities say a driver assaulted a teenager in Virginia Beach.

WVEC-TV reports Uber and Isagini Marin, the driver, are listed as defendants in a civil suit filed June 3 by the mother of a 13-year-old girl.

Marin pleaded guilty in April to assault and battery of the teen. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail, with time suspended on the condition of one year of good behavior.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A regional fisheries panel has approved a plan to protect coral reefs from North Carolina to New York from fishing techniques that could cause them harm.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved the protections for more than 38,000 square miles of habitat in the Atlantic Ocean during a meeting in Virginia Beach on Wednesday. The plan still must be approved by the U.S. Commerce Secretary after a public comment period.

Within deep sea coral zones, fishermen would not be allowed to use bottom-tending fishing gear such as dredges and traps.

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