RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina Republican Party has apologized to the Democratic vice presidential nominee for mocking him for wearing what it thought was a lapel pin of the Honduran flag.
The pin was in fact a symbol worn by families of military service members and was worn by Kaine during his acceptance speech Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention. His son is deployed with the U.S. Marines.
The party tweet said the pin was “shameful.” It was later deleted.
State GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said in a statement Thursday that the party offered its sincere and unqualified apology to Kaine. He said the tweet was “wrong on the facts” and “wrong in tone.”
Kaine spent a year in Honduras as a missionary. A reporter in New York had pointed out the mistake on Twitter.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – State officials are touting Virginia’s compliance with a federal law designed to help students with disabilities.
State education officials said Thursday that the Old Dominion has earned the “Meets Requirements” rating from the U.S. Department of Education, which officials said was the highest possible rating.
Virginia is one of 23 states and territories to receive the designation.
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ranks states on a number of factors, including graduation rates of special education students.
Vinton Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide.
Authorities say officers discovered two dead bodies in a home yesterday afternoon on a safety and welfare check in the 300 block of Raleigh Avenue in Vinton.
Officers arrived at the home but didn’t receive a response at the door. Police saw the couple’s cars in the driveway so the officers entered the home. The couple’s bodies were found in the upper level of the home.
Officers found the bodies of Arwen Harless, 39, and Randall Whetzel, 36 in the upper level of the home.
From the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office: Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle reports that the Botetourt County 911 Communications Center received a call for service today at approximately 11:42 am to the 100 block of Taylor lane in Trouville in reference to a man having fallen about 30 feet out of a bucket truck. The man was trimming trees when he fell and was pinned by several logs that had fallen on top of him. Botetourt County Fire, EMS and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found the subject was deceased. The initial report says that the tree trimming crew was on the scene to trim trees that were damaged by lightening yesterday. The investigation is still ongoing but at this time it appears to be an accident. The body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke. The name of the deceased will not be released until the man’s family has been notified.