News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) - Human remains found in Yosemite National Park during the summer have been identified as a U.S. Navy sailor who was reported missing while visiting last spring. The National Park Service says the remains of Alexander Joseph Sevier were identified through DNA testing. A park statement Wednesday says Sevier was staying in lodgings known as Housekeeping Camp and was observed going out on hikes each day of his visit. He was last seen on May 3.
HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing her 6-year-old daughter. The Roanoke Times reported Wednesday that 27-year-old Darla Elizabeth Hise struck a plea deal that sends her to prison for 24 years. She also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of her 3-year-old son. Hise expressed remorse in court on Tuesday and spoke about how her drug addiction. According to court documents, Hise told police in February that she "believed her daughter and son were in danger from aliens."
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Confederate statue in Virginia has been vandalized for the second night in a row. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the word "racist" was again found spray-painted in red on the base of the Jefferson Davis statue in Richmond on Wednesday morning, this time joined by the words "Ban KKK." The word "racist" was found in the same spot Tuesday, before being cleaned.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Ed Gillespie is trying to attract very different Republican voters in Virginia's governor's race. He's trying to excite President Donald Trump's supporters with sharp-elbowed ads on immigration and Confederate statues. But he doesn't want to turn off the moderates he hopes to attract by talking up pocketbook issues. Polls show Gillespie in a tight race against Democrat Ralph Northam, but both conservative and moderate Republicans are calling his approach insincere.
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