RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Authorities say remains found Oct. 18 in a rural area are that of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. Graham disappeared Sept. 13 after a night out with friends. The remains were found about 12 miles from campus. The man Graham was last seen with, 32-year-old Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. The remains were discovered roughly 6 miles from where the body of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was found after she vanished in 2009. Police have said forensic evidence connects Matthew to Harrington’s killing, which in turn is linked by DNA to a 2005 sexual assault in northern Virginia. Matthew has been charged in that case as well.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Appalachian Power is proposing ways for its Virginia customers to reduce energy usage and demand. The utility on Friday filed a request with the State Corporation Commission seeking approval for four residential programs and two for commercial and industrial customers. The residential programs would provide home assessments and incentives for long-term energy reduction; provide free pickup and cash incentives for removing second refrigerators or freezers from the power grid; give incentives if new manufactured housing is built to efficiency standards; and offer retail rebates and markdowns for high-efficiency lighting and appliances. A financial incentive for commercial and industrial users would tie to specific results from installing high-efficiency lighting and heating and cooling equipment. Another would provide rebates for certain larger energy conservation projects. Appalachian Power has about 500,000 Virginia customers.