Here is a recap of today’s top stories: Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Perry names will be listed on the Virginia Primary Ballot in March. Governor Bob McDonnell is requesting more FEMA aid for Virginia. New jobs are coming to the area thanks to Amazon.Com.
*It’s official Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Ricky Perry and Newt Gingrich names will appear on the Virginia GOP president primary on March 6, 2012. GOP candidates Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum will not.
The State Board of Elections received the required signatures from Romney, Paul, Perry and Gingrich only. However, all signatures must be checked for validity. We will find out next week if all four candidates will remain on the ballot.
*The extended payroll tax cuts have been approved by both the House and Senate. This ends the stalemate as House Republicans surrendered their objections to a short-term extension. Under the terms of the agreement between GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, congressional Democrats and Republicans will formally enter negotiations to extend the payroll tax cuts for one year and this includes federal unemployment benefits.
*Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell wants to add more localities to the FEMA aid wish list. The governor wants funding for an additional nine location, including Goochland County, Spotsylvanina and the city of Fredericksburg. The funds will help communities still recovering from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in August and the over 50 aftershocks.
*New jobs are coming to Virginia by next fall thanks to Amazon.Com. The online company is planning to open two distribution centers. The facilities will create approximately 1300 jobs. This is the state’s largest economic deal since 2004 for job creation. Governor Bob McDonnell is calling the 135 million dollar investment project “a tremendous win for the Greater Richmond region.”
*Henrico police had to shoot a man for alledgely wielding a knife in the 7800 block of Wistar Village Drive. Derrick Williams, 40, estranged wife called police to her home on Thursday at 10 a.m. because he was in a neighbors driveway wielding a knife and yelling. Williams was asked by police several times to drop the knife and he did not that’s when he was shot in the lower torso. Williams was taken to VCU Medical Center where he remains in stable condition.
The officer in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave following the completion of the investigation. This is proper procedure.
*Registered nurse, mother and wife was shot Thursday as she left her son’s gravesite at Oakwood Cemetery. Richmond Police believe Bonnie C. Marrow, 56 of Henrico was shot between 7:15 a.m. and 7:20 a.m at Nine Mile or Mechanicsville Turnpike. Marrow managed to drive to the 1100 block of North 25th Street before crashing.
Marrow was taken to VCU Medical Center where she was employed. She later died from her gunshot wound. Marrow’s son was gunned down in June 2010 while in his car. The murder was never solved.
Please help Richmond Police solve this murder by calling Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or the Richmond Police tipsline at 804-514-TIPS (8477). Text Crimestoppers at 274637 using the keyword “ITIP”. All methods are anonymous.