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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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