News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A two-year debate over whether to change the name of a northern Virginia high school honoring a Confederate general is coming to an end. The Fairfax County school board is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High in Falls Church. The debate began in earnest in 2015 when Hollywood actress and alumna Julianne Moore launched a petition supporting the name change. School system officials say changing the name could cost up to $900,000.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement officials have surrounded an auto shop in Virginia after they say a gunman shot an employee and barricaded himself inside. York-Poquoson Sheriff Danny Diggs said in a phone interview Tuesday that the shooting victim is an employee of Ebby's Auto Painting & Collision Repair in Williamsburg.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A man accused of killing a Virginia State Police special agent is scheduled to go on trial next year. News media outlets report that Travis Ball is scheduled to go on trial in October 2018. Ball is charged with capital murder in the death of 45-year-old Special Agent Michael Walter. Authorities say Ball shot Walter in the head while the officer was patrolling in a Richmond public housing complex.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The commandant of the Coast Guard says kayakers, paddleboarders and other groups can continue to use the Potomac River near a Virginia golf course owned by President Donald Trump. The Coast Guard has been closing a 2-mile section of the river when Trump is at his golf course, prompting protests from boaters and other groups, including a group of wounded veterans who use the area for therapy.
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