Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia’s death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of South Texas.

The service’s spokeswoman, Donna Sellers, says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

Scalia used his keen intellect and missionary zeal in an unyielding attempt to move the court farther to the right and to get it to embrace his “originalist” view of judging after his 1986 appointment by President Ronald Reagan.

His 2008 opinion for the court in favor of gun rights was his crowning moment in more than 30 years on the bench.

He was a strong advocate for privacy in favoring restrictions on police searches and protections for defendants’ rights. But he also voted consistently to let states outlaw abortions, to allow a closer relationship between government and religion, to permit executions and to limit lawsuits.

Scalia’s impact on the court was muted by his seeming disregard for moderating his views to help build consensus.

Winter Storm Watch in effect for Sunday Night into first of week

From the National Weather Service

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A WINTER

STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH

TUESDAY MORNING.

ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET ALONG WITH A

TENTH OR TWO OF ICE.

Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph.
Sunday
A slight chance of snow after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday Night
Snow, mainly after 10pm. Low around 20. Southeast wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Washington’s Birthday
Snow and sleet before 4pm, then sleet between 4pm and 5pm, then freezing rain and sleet after 5pm. High near 32. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Monday Night
Rain or freezing rain before 8pm, then rain between 8pm and 4am, then rain or freezing rain likely after 4am. Low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
Tuesday
A chance of rain or freezing rain before 7am, then a chance of rain between 7am and 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tuesday Night
A chance of rain showers before 9pm, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 9pm and 11pm, then a chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Mom of boy found dead in septic tank guilty of neglect

PULASKI, Va. (AP) — The mother of a Virginia boy found dead in a septic tank has been convicted of neglect and abuse.

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1PIitIO) that 31-year-old Ashley White was found guilty Friday on three felony counts in the death of her 5-year-old son, Noah Thomas.

The boy’s body was found in a septic tank near his Dublin home last March, four days after he was reported missing.

White and 32-year-old Paul Thomas were accused of leaving their son and their infant daughter home alone.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor argued that White left the children unattended when she drove her boyfriend to work, and again when she took a nap after returning.

Paul Thomas’ trial is scheduled for next month.

Former Virginia Gov. Gilmore ends bid for the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore says he is dropping out of the race for the White House.

The Republican says in a statement he plans to support his party’s nominee and will continue to speak out about what he called the dangers of electing Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, the two candidates for the Democratic nomination.

Gilmore announced his candidacy in July, saying his record as a national security expert and a fiscal conservative would set him apart in a crowded Republican field.

But his campaign failed to win any support, and Gilmore qualified for only two so-called undercard debates.

The former Army intelligence officer briefly ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2007 and lost a U.S. Senate bid in 2008 to another former Virginia governor, Mark Warner.

Senate passes protections for same-sex marriage opponents

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has approved legislation proponents say would protect businesses and individuals that oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds.

The GOP-controlled voted Friday to approve the measure after a heated and tense debate where senators invoked both Virginia’s role in enshrining religious liberty into law and its long history of racial discrimination.

The debate is likely all for show, as Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has already vowed to veto the bill.

Republicans said the legislation aims to prevent government entities from denying things like grants, contracts, and licenses to individuals and businesses that oppose same-sex marriage.

But Democrats said the measure would give such individuals and businesses a license to discriminate against LGBT citizens.

Chamber sponsoring CEO Roundtable – Public is invited

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a CEO Roundtable on Thursday, February 18 at NRCC in Rooker Hall from 5:30-7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

PCHS basketball games re-scheduled

From Scott Vest
PCHS Activities Director
Due to unfavorable weather conditions forecast for Monday, the Conference 24 boys and girls basketball games have been rescheduled. The games originally scheduled for Monday will now be played tomorrow, Saturday February, 13th. Admission price is $7.00 and Pulaski Co. All-Sports Passes WILL NOT be honored. Below are the details.
Saturday 02/13/16
Girls Basketball Conference 24 Tournament
Bassett @ Pulaski Co.
5:00 PM
Boys Basketball Conference 24 Tournament
Bassett @ Pulaski Co.
6:30 PM

Bill would make it $100 fine to smoke in car with kids

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — People who smoke cigarettes in cars with children could be hit with a $100 fine if legislation proposed by a Virginia House Republican becomes law.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1LhX33m) that the House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a car with a child under the age of 8.

Del. Todd Pillion, a pediatric dentist, said the measure would help protect the developing lungs of children. Drivers could not be pulled over for smoking in cars with children, but could be assessed a $100 civil fine if they are pulled over for other reasons.

Opponents of the bill said it an overly intrusive measure by state government.

Schools opening late Thursday

Pulaski County Schools will open two hours late Thursday and will dismiss at the regular time.  There will be no two-hour early release.

Parent – Teacher conferences will be held Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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