The Virginia Museum of Transportation is preparing to send the iconic Norfolk and Western 611 back into action this weekend, excursions likely to benefit both the museum and the region’s economy. The trips are sold out — and many visitors come from out of town, spending money here on food and lodging. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Trio Alarm LLC have settled a complaint alleging the company tricked consumers. Herring announced the settlement with the home security system company on Wednesday. Herring alleged in the complaint that Trio Alarm tricked consumers into entering long-term contracts they didn’t need or want. The complaint says Trio Alarm door-to-door sales representatives made false claims that included telling consumers their existing home security service had been switched to the company. Consumers whose homes displayed signs for competing security systems were targeted. Under the settlement, Trio Alarm will provide more than $8,200 in refunds to Virginia consumers who suffered double charges or other monetary harm. Trio also agreed to pay a $6,250 civil penalty to Virginia.
SWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Sweet Briar College is getting a change of leadership to take it into a new academic year. Under terms of a mediated settlement, the resignation of the old governing board becomes effective Thursday evening and a new board steps in. That panel is then expected to name Harrisonburg lawyer Phillip Stone as its new president. This week, Saving Sweet Briar Inc. said it had delivered a $5 million payment to the college. That sum represented twice the amount it was required to submit, and it was paid early. The college was destined to close in late August after leaders said their financial challenges were insurmountable. But a group of dedicated former students responded swiftly, launching a national fundraiser to keep the women’s school afloat.