News Minute: Here is the latest Virginia news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Political battle lines are forming in Virginia where a woman who served as a Navy commander wants to lead Democrats in capturing a Republican congressional seat held by a former Navy SEAL. National Democrats have their eyes on the 2nd Congressional District spanning Virginia's coast where Democrat Elaine Luria hopes to win a June primary and face Republican Congressman Scott Taylor in the fall.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions has appointed Zach Terwilliger to serve on an interim basis as US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Alexandria-based office has a high profile in the Justice Department. It handles numerous terrorism and espionage cases. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is scheduled to go on trial there in July. Virginia's senators have recommended Terwilliger for the post, but he has not yet been nominated by President Trump.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - After 57 days and a food blockade orchestrated by law enforcement, the Mountain Valley Pipeline protester known as Nutty has descended from her perch atop a pole in Virginia. The Roanoke Times cites a Facebook post from Nutty that says she ran out of food several days ago, and was forced Wednesday to leave the small platform suspended from a 50-foot pole blocking a construction access road in Giles County.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The International Space Station has accepted delivery of more than 7,000 pounds of supplies from Virginia. A commercial cargo ship arrived at the orbiting lab Thursday, three days after launching from Wallops Island. Virginia-based Orbital ATK shipped the goods for NASA in a Cygnus capsule, named after the swan constellation. U.S. station astronauts used a big robot arm to snag the Cygnus from orbit 260 miles up.
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