News to know for April 23: Shooting deaths; budget battle; big day at Colonial Downs

Wake-up roundup for April 23, 2019

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FORECAST: Sunny with low humidity

Death investigations in Petersburg, Richmond

Early Tuesday, a man was found shot multiple times in the 2100 block of N. Jamestown Drive in Petersburg.

He later died at the hospital.

A few hours earlier in Richmond, a man was found shot to death inside a home in the 600 Block of Bancroft Avenue.

No suspects have been named in either shooting.

Man dies after being shot multiple times in Petersburg

Richmond budget battle

Richmond City Hall was packed Monday night with people waiting in over-flow rooms for their chance to speak.

Residents sounded off on proposed tax hikes and school funding, included in next year’s budget.

Long lines of residents sound off to Richmond City Council on tax hikes, RPS funding

Rosie’s to open at Colonial Downs

Get ready to place your bets, as horse racing is one step closer to returning to Virginia.

After months of preparation and years of talk, Colonial Downs will finally open its doors once again and bring electronic betting back to the Commonwealth.

Tuesday morning will be the official opening of Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at the Colonial Downs racetrack, which will see horse racing return in August.

Colonial Downs opens Tuesday

Charlottesville official quiet on Joe Biden

Rumors are flying, but there is no local confirmation yet about whether or not former Vice President Joe Biden will launch his 2020 presidential campaign in Charlottesville.

Actually, his campaign isn't officially confirmed either.

However, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Biden is planning a run for the White House and sources tell the newspaper he will be launching that campaign in Charlottesville on Wednesday.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

‘It sounded like a bomb went off’

It looks like a long journey to recovery for some Charles City County residents.

One man was inside his home with his family when the EF-2 tornado roared through on Friday barely missing his house.

“It sounded like a train was coming through. It was a big roaring sound, and it was so loud the house was shaking,” one homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said.

It was one of at least 15 tornadoes to touch down in Virginia.

‘It sounded like a bomb went off’: Charles City Co. residents describe EF-2 tornado

Metal detectors on Twisted Timbers

Metal detectors have been installed at Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion in order to ensure rider safety.

Riders have lost items while on the ride, resulting in injuries.

In a blog post, Kings Dominion said, “The coaster’s unique forces and elements may cause personal items to become loose even when placed snugly in a pocket.”

(Source: Kings Dominion)

Final thought

“Remember that an attitude is contagious, so remember to have a good one.” - Unknown

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