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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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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - In an effort to better avoid conflicts of interest, Virginia Beach has revamped a disclosure form used to shed light on transactions involving developers, bankers and contractors.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the change comes in the wake of state and federal probes.

Applicants for a wide variety of items, including rezoning requests, must complete the disclosure. The updated document is now twice as long as the previous version and asks for more details.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach's hotel association has voiced its disapproval of offshore drilling.

The Virginian Pilot reports Virginia Beach hoteliers are against exploring for oil and natural gas off the city's beaches.

Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced a plan to allow drilling in federal waters in an undetermined area somewhere off Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The site would be at least 50 miles offshore, according to the proposal.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach's tourism industry experienced a record year for lodging and restaurant sales.

The city says tax receipts show lodging sales increased about 5 percent in 2014 compared with the previous year, for a total of about $315 million. Those figures include hotels, campgrounds, vacation rental homes and condo rentals.

Citywide restaurant sales in 2014 increased 3.6 percent compared to 2013, amounting to $1.1 billion.

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ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) - Another trial has been scheduled for a woman charged in an arson spree on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WAVY-TV reports that Tonya Bundick's third trial will be held Dec. 15 in Virginia Beach. The trial was moved from Accomack County because of difficulty finding impartial jurors in the county.

A judge ruled in April Bundick can have separate trials on each of 62 arson charges.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach's City Council wants the General Assembly to require owners to report lost or stolen guns.

Media outlets report that the proposal is part of the city's legislative agenda. Council members approved the agenda on Tuesday.

The city's proposal would impose a civil fine for failing to report lost or stolen guns within two days of realizing the firearms were missing.

Police chief Jim Cervera requested the proposal. He says it would make reuniting gun owners with their property easier.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach officials says mosquitoes in some parts of the city have tesed positive for West Nile virus.

Media outlets report the testing occurred over the past three weeks.

West Nile is spread by mosquitoes and can lead to severe headaches and dizziness.

Officials say there will be increased spraying for mosquitoes in the affected areas, which include those near Red Wing Park, the Thalia and Kings Grant neighborhoods and Old Dam Neck Road in Ocean Lakes. Other crews are treating standing water in the same areas.

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Virginia State Police say at least two people have been confirmed dead and at least 20 people injured in Cherrystone Campground in Cheriton this morning after a storm moved through the area in Northampton County.

County Sheriffs and EMS teams are on their way to the scene with all those who were injured being taken to nearby hospitals.

There were also rescue squads from Virginia Beach, who met with Eastern Shore ambulances at the visitor’s center plaza on the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to take some of the injured to get medical care.

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The arson trial of 40 year-old Tonya Bundick has been moved from Accomack County to Virginia Beach.

Substitute Judge Glen Tyler said that he had never seen an Eastern Shore Case receive such publicity and noted that county’s community of firefighters and police officers would probably make jury selection a problem.

In addition, Judge Tyler noted that the charges faced by Bundick’s fiancé 39 year-old Charles Smith could have an impact on potential jurors.

He noted that Smith had been charged with 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Eight energy companies will bid Sept. 4 on a lease for a vast expanse of ocean off Virginia's coast set aside for the development of wind farms.

The Bureau of Ocean Management on Monday announced the scheduled auction of 112,800 acres on the Outer Continental Shelf, 23.5 miles east of Virginia Beach. It is an important step in establishing what will be among the first wind turbines in offshore U.S. waters.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley told members of a reformulated state Senate committee that an offshore wind bill he is promoting for a third straight year could create hundreds of jobs.

O'Malley appeared Wednesday before the Senate Finance Committee that has twice failed to pass the key part of his environmental agenda.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates of wind power are celebrating the survival of a tax credit for research and development of renewable energy such as wind-generated electricity.

The credit survived the high-stakes debate in Washington over taxes and spending in the so-called fiscal cliff drama. Advocates argue that the tax credit is critical to support an emerging and costly energy industry.

Nancy Sopko of Oceana said the investment tax credit provides certainty to the financial sector that wind-power development is a viable job-creating industry.

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