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Control of House may hinge on ‘Panera moms’ in the suburbs

Sally Mattson pulls out of a Starbucks at the Westchester Commons shopping complex in central Virginia, her trunk stocked with campaign literature. She’s about to go knock on doors for a Democrat who has a real chance of winning a House seat that’s been under Republican control for nearly five decades.

The last time voters here sent a Democrat to Congress, Richard Nixon was president, and the sprawling retail center that is disappearing in Ms. Mattson’s rear-view mirror didn’t even exist.

As the former nurse heads out on the highway that connects the suburb of Midlothian to downtown Richmond, green fields quickly give way to generously sized homes, and then smaller ones...

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Stratford University closing Virginia Beach, Newport News campuses

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Students at Stratford University got a shocking announcement on Wednesday.

The school sent out an email saying three campuses are shutting their doors — two of them are in Hampton Roads.

The campuses that are closing are in Virginia Beach, Newport News and Glen Allen, and over 500 students are affected.

The school said it’s working with students to help them through this transition, but some students said they were blindsided by the announcement.

“I was in shock like ‘what are you talking about?’ said Keith Reese.

Reese has been a culinary student at the Virginia Beach campus since 2015. Another student we spoke to off camera said some students were crying after the news spread.

10 On Your Side sat down with school administrators who said Stratford Uni...

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Stratford University closing Virginia Beach, Newport News campuses

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Students at Stratford University got a shocking announcement on Wednesday.

The school sent out an email saying three campuses are shutting their doors — two of them are in Hampton Roads.

The campuses that are closing are in Virginia Beach, Newport News and Glen Allen, and over 500 students are affected.

The school said it’s working with students to help them through this transition, but some students said they were blindsided by the announcement.

“I was in shock like ‘what are you talking about?’ said Keith Reese.

Reese has been a culinary student at the Virginia Beach campus since 2015. Another student we spoke to off camera said some students were crying after the news spread.

10 On Your Side sat down with school administrators who said Stratford Uni...

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Work underway to replace bridge in Newport News, expected to take two years

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — VDOT is tearing down the Denbigh Boulevard bridge and building a new one in its place. The bridge sits over Interstate 64 between Warwick Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue.

VDOT said the bridge, built more than 50 years ago, is structurally deficient, and the project will upgrade the interstate overpass to meet current design standards.

The work will be done in two stages so that VDOT can keep one lane of traffic open in each direction.

Right now, Denbigh Boulevard at the bridge is two lanes for the time being as VDOT works to build the first side of the new bridge. Once that’s finished, next year VDOT will replace the other side of the bridge. When it’s all said and done, drivers are getting a new four-lane bridge, raised median and wider sidewalks.

Jenna Vandijk said she...

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2 seriously injured in Newport News crash

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Police are investigating after two have been seriously injured in a crash Saturday night.

At around 9:19 p.m., Newport News police and fire department officials responded to a single vehicle accident in the area of 78th Street and Chestnut Avenue.

Upon arrival, officers found a heavily damaged black sedan that had struck a tree.

The driver, a 30-year-old Newport News man, and a passenger, currently only identified as an adult male, both suffered severe injuries in the crash.

They were both taken to a local hospital. Police are not certain at this time if their injuries are life-threatening.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, but officials say speed is believed to be a factor. There is no additional information at this time.

Stay with News 3 for updates.

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Student brought a knife to a Newport News middle school

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Newport News middle school student brought a knife to school on Wednesday.

Police said the 13-year-old student had brought a pocket knife to Mary Passage Middle School. The student never threatened anyone with the knife. The knife was seized by school staff.

Newport News Public Schools released the following statement about the incident:

"The middle school student showed the pocket knife to some other students by removing the lid of the box it was in. The pocket knife was never removed from the box. The student has been sanctioned in accordance to the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, which states that possession of any size or shape of knife (blade 3 inches or longer) or other sharp devices results in a long-term suspension."

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Castle Lanterra Acquires VA Community

Meridian Obici

Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP) has acquired a 224-unit luxury community in Suffolk, Va. The Class A property is situated in the Hampton Roads metropolitan region, one of the most popular areas in the country for new Millennial residents.

Located at 1000 Meridian Obici Way off Suffolk’s historic Main Street, Meridian Obici offers easy access to some of the largest employers in the market, including the Naval Station and Portsmouth Marine Terminal, Sentara Obici Hospital, Target, Sysco, Kraft, Unilever and GEICO.

The property features a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 718 square feet to 1,432 square feet. Amenities at Meridian Obici include:

a saltwater swimming pool a sundeck a fitness center a multimedia theater a car-care center a dog park

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Proposed teachers pay raise stirs debate in Newport News budget meeting

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Newport News held its first of two public hearings for its proposed 2020 operational budget on Tuesday night.

Many teachers and members of the community used the meeting to speak out about the funding for the school district. City manager Cynthia Rohlf recommended level funding for the district despite a 2% increase for the overall budget.

Earlier this year, the school board voted to ask council for $2.4 million more for funding that would allow them to give 2% raise to teachers and add other positions.

Rhonda Wagner, the president of the Newport News Education Association, says it felt like a slap in the face seeing the proposed budget.

She believed that council would be for the increase, but believes that many listened to the impassioned pleas...

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Newport News Weekend Weather Forecast

What to expect from the weather this weekend in the Newport News area.
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NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Here’s your local weather forecast for the coming weekend, as reported by Darksky.

Thursday, April 4

Mostly cloudy overnight.

High 62, low 50Chance of rain: 72%Visibility: 9 miles
Friday, April 5

Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.

High 61, low 52Chance of rain: 98%9 mph winds, with gusts up to 22 mph
Saturday, April 6

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

High 66, low 56Chance of rain: 80%
Sunday, April 7

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.

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High 66, low 51Chance of rain: 10%Visibility: 10 miles5 mph winds, with gusts up to 17 mph

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Man falls out of truck with furniture in Newport News, dies from injuries

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — On Sunday, March 17 at 10:52 a.m., Newport News police were sent to the intersection of Warwick Boulevard and Woodhaven Road for an accident with injuries.

It was reported to police that someone had fallen out of a moving vehicle.

When police arrived, a witness told them she saw a small, black truck in front of her driving south on Warwick Boulevard with furniture in the back. While driving several couches and a man fell out of the truck on the street in front of her.

The truck continued to drive without stopping and the woman had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the victim.

The victim, identified as 31-year-old Robert Banfiel, was taken to the hospital in life-threatening condition suffering from injuries to his head, face, arms and legs.

Police reported that Ban...

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