2023 has been laden with natural disasters, both in the U.S. — Maui and northeastern fires — and abroad — Libya flooding, among many others. The United Nations weather agency forecasts that natural disasters aren’t going anywhere, and the need to address climate change is urgent as ever.
The truce between Israel and Hamas has been extended another day. But the exchange of prisoners from both sides will likely not free everyone. And fighting will resume soon.
Several Lexington hotels are now refusing to accept homeless guests. This comes at a time when demand for local housing assistance has increased. Local advocates say that building more affordable housing is their primary focus in alleviating homelessness.
Nationally, food tourism is on the rise. Local businesses are working to draw in this niche group of tourists to the county.
Documents obtained by the Rockbridge Report reveal Virginia State Police spread across Lexington after Washington and Lee University received an email threat and a UPS driver reported possible shots fired near downtown.
Police Chief Angela Greene says body-worn cameras can instill a greater sense of trust in the community by creating more transparency and trust in the police department. The cameras could be in use within the next few months.
A new study revealed charged offenders in Mississippi are typically stuck in jail for at least three months if they are ordered to pretrial detention or can’t afford to post bond. Consistent with Virginia, Mississippi has no limit on how long charged offenders can be held.
Israel released 30 Palestinian prisoners Tuesday on the fifth day of its temporary ceasefire with Hamas. Earlier Tuesday, Hamas released 12 hostages the group had been holding captive since Oct. 7. The exchange is part of an ongoing cease-fire between the warring sides.