Ben’s Recent Stories
Economy Sep 06Labor shortage leaves union workers feeling more emboldened
When negotiations failed to produce a new contract at a Volvo plant in Virginia this spring, its 2,900 workers went on strike. The company soon dangled what looked like a tempting offer: Pay raises. Signing bonuses. Lower-priced health care. Yet…
Nation Jun 01New report details sexual assault, racism at Virginia Military Institute
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and other state officials ordered an investigation after The Washington Post reported that Black cadets and alumni faced "relentless racism."…
Nation May 18Prosecutor finds deputies justified in shooting of Black man
North Carolina sheriff's deputies were justified in their fatal shooting of a Black man in April, a district attorney said Tuesday.
Economy May 13Gas crunch continues across much of U.S. after pipeline hack
Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline says the gas is flowing again but it could take days before it's totally back to normal. A cybersecurity attack forced a temporary shutdown and panic-buying that drained supplies.
Nation Apr 28Judge denies requests for video in North Carolina shooting
The decision came shortly after a North Carolina prosecutor said that Andrew Brown Jr. had hit law enforcement officers with his car before they opened fire.
Nation Apr 28Prosecutor says man killed by deputies hit them with car
District Attorney Andrew Womble told a judge at a hearing that he viewed body camera video and disagreed with a characterization by attorneys for the family of Andrew Brown Jr.
Nation Apr 27Deputies shot Andrew Brown Jr. 5 times, independent autopsy report shows
North Carolina deputies shot and killed Andrew Brown Jr., who is Black. The five shots included the back of the head, according to an independent autopsy report.
Arts Jan 12Pandemic has imperiled plans to retrieve Titanic’s radio
Fallout from the coronavirus pandemic is threatening a company's controversial plans to retrieve and exhibit the radio that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic.
Politics Oct 14Federal judge extends Virginia voter registration deadline
A federal judge on Wednesday extended the deadline for registering to vote in Virginia by 48 hours after the state's online voter registration system went down because of an accidentally severed cable.
Nation Sep 10Lawsuit says EPA failed to enforce Chesapeake Bay pollution caps
The lawsuit says the EPA is allowing the two states to miss an upcoming deadline for meeting pollution-reduction goals.