News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The boring machine that will help expand the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel has been named Chessie. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that Chessie is a fabled sea monster in the bay. Its legend is more than 80 years old with reported "sightings" of the snakelike creature picking up in the 1980s. The name Chessie was chosen from an online contest and submitted by Grace Bentley of Nandua Middle School in Onley on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Such machines often have female names.
(AP) - Students have begun leaving class to protest gun violence and honor shooting victims. Demonstrations from Washington to Florida and Michigan have drawn hundreds of students as part of the latest effort by youth activists pressing for gun control. More than 2,700 protests were planned across the country Friday on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of Virginia students are expected to hold a rally at the State Capitol as part of a nationwide protest against school violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. The National School Walkout was organized in response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and faculty members dead. Students across the country are planning to leave their schools at 10 a.m.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia will receive nearly $10 million in federal grant money to help combat the opioid crisis. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday its second year of funding through the Opioid State Targeted Response program. A press release says recipients used the first year's funding to implement medication-assisted treatment, promote prevention strategies as well as the use of the antidote naloxone, and build sustainable recovery support services.
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