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Virginia sees first vaping-related death as national toll rises to 16

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Virginia health officials this week announced the first vaping-linked death in the state, bringing the U.S. death toll to 16.

Officials with the Virginia Department of Health announced Tuesday the death of an adult from the “southwest region.” No other details were provided.

“I am deeply saddened to announce the first death of a Virginia resident related to this outbreak. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time,” said State Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, in a statement.

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There have been at least 16 vaping-linked deaths reported in the U.S. since the illnesses were first reported. Federal health officials are still investigating what’s behind the more than 800 cases reported across 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, described a possible link between the current outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries and the use of THC-containing vaping products.

The CDC’s findings indicated that out of 514 patients with suspected vaping-related illnesses, 77 reported they had been using products containing THC — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — or using both nicotine and THC-containing products.

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That said, federal health officials have not yet linked the illnesses to a specific product, substance or additive.

In the meantime, health officials across the country — such as those in California — have issued a strong warning to residents: Stop vaping. In some states, such as New York and Massachusetts, government officials have banned flavored e-cigarettes as a way to dissuade residents, especially teens, from vaping.

The news of the Virginia resident’s death comes after New Jersey, Alabama and Nebraska health officials announced the first deaths linked to vaping in their respective states.

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Virginia doctor could face life in prison for prescribing hundreds of thousands of opioids

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A Virginia doctor could face life in prison at his sentencing next week for prescribing half a million doses of opioids to patients over a two-year period.

Joel Smithers, a 36-year-old father of five, was arrested at his southern Virginia practice in 2017.

In May, he was found guilty on more than 800 counts of illegally prescribing drugs, including the oxycodone and oxymorphone that killed a West Virginia woman.

Smithers’ mandatory minimum sentence is 20 years.

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Officials said Smithers was part of an interstate drug distribution ring throughout West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.

“I went and got medication without — I mean, without any kind of physical exam or bringing medical records, anything like that,” a woman who said she became addicted after getting pills from Smithers testified in court.

His office was described in court as lacking medical supplies and having patients who slept outside and urinated in the parking lot.

“People only went there for one reason, and that was just to get pain medication that they (could) abuse themselves or sell it for profit,” Christopher Dziedzic, a supervisory special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration who oversaw the investigation into Smithers, said.

“He’s done great damage and contributed … to the overall problem in the heartland of the opioid crisis,” he added.

Smithers didn’t accept insurance and made more than $700,000 from his patients in two years.

During his trial, he testified that when he moved to Virginia he was inundated with patients from other states that said their pain clinics had been shut down.

He testified that he reluctantly treated them and said if he wasn’t able to examine them he spoke to them over the phone.

He said that he had been deceived by some of his patients.

“I learned several lessons the hard way about trusting people that I should not have trusted,” he testified.

Once, Smithers met a patient in a Starbucks parking lot and for $300 gave her a prescription for fentanyl, a pain reliever up to 100 times more potent than morphine, he said.

Smithers worked out of the small city of Martinsville, which had the nation’s third-highest number of opioid pills per capita between 2006 and 2012.

He previously had complaints at his former practice in West Virginia, but when authorities came to his office with a subpoena they found a dumpster filled with shredded documents and untested urine samples.

Smithers is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

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Opioids have killed about 400,000 people over the last 20 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Pro-Second Amendment lawmaker tones down ad after Dem opponent calls it ‘violent rhetoric’

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A Republican state senator in Virginia changed a Facebook campaign ad Friday after her Democratic challenger called the pro-Second Amendment post “violent rhetoric,” according to a report.

State Sen. Amanda Chase’s original ad showed her at a gun range and read “I’m not afraid to shoot down gun groups,” prompting her opponent Amanda Pohl to call for an apology, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

“This kind of rhetoric and threats towards those you disagree with from my opponent is disturbing,” Pohl wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I’m ready to listen to everyone in our community and work for real solutions to the challenges we face.”

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Shortly thereafter, Chase’s campaign changed the Facebook message to “I’m not afraid to shoot down attacks from any anti-gun groups, because gun rights are women’s rights.”

The Chase camp said the original wording was a “communications oversight,” according to the Times-Dispatch.

“Mistake or not, it’s still violent rhetoric that has to be addressed,” Pohl said. “While Senator Chase might not agree with me and other activists who want to prevent gun violence in our communities, she at the very least needs to listen to our concerns and not take out campaign ads threatening to shoot us.”

Chase is an unapologetic gun rights advocate who gained notoriety earlier this year for openly carrying a .38-caliber revolver onto the Senate floor in Richmond, saying she was concerned about possible violence from protesters at the Statehouse.

“Unfortunately in the General Assembly we see the good, we see the bad, we see all types of things,” she told the Times-Dispatch. “It’s just for personal safety, quite honestly.”

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She described openly carrying guns as empowering women and even likened it to her own Equal Rights Amendment.

Chase is running for a second term.

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Virginia GOP committee censures congressman after he officiated same-sex wedding

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U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Va., was censured by the Rappahannock County Republican Committee last week over his voting record, his third reprimand by a local GOP group since officiating a same-sex wedding several weeks ago.

The committee cited Riggleman’s votes for sending military support to Saudi Arabia and ignoring protests against granting more visas for foreign workers for its effort against the freshman lawmaker.

A committee member told the Rappahannock News the vote was “not even close.”

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A statement announcing the censure said Riggleman, who represents Virginia‘s 5th Congressional District, has voted “for continuing resolutions for out-of-control spending that increase inflation and jeopardizes the economic stability and well-being of the citizens of Rappahannock County and of the … district.”

Riggleman’s office on Monday defended his conservative record in an interview with The Hill, saying the censure was a form of punishment for officiating the July 14 wedding.

“This censure in Rappahannock is part of an ongoing effort to punish Denver Riggleman for his recent officiation of a same sex wedding. Denver Riggleman has an excellent conservative voting record that has brought jobs back to the 5th District,” Riggleman spokesman Joe Chelak told The Hill in a statement.

The couple are two conservative Republicans who volunteered for Riggleman’s campaign last year, the politics website said.

The GOP committee is the third local GOP group to admonish Riggleman. The Bedford County Republican Committee voted to censure Riggleman earlier this month and the Cumberland County Republican Committee passed a vote of no confidence in July.

A group from the 5th District Republican Committee unsuccessfully tried censuring Riggleman in July.

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His office did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment.

The most recent censure effort has fueled speculation that local GOP groups are looking to run a more conservative challenger against Riggleman. He garnered national headlines in 2018 when his Democratic opponent accused him of circulating “Bigfoot erotica” and supporting white supremacists.

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Jeb Bush shames ‘irate passengers’ complaining about airport security on 9/11

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush expressed disbelief Wednesday after witnessing two incidents of travelers getting angry about security measures at an airport — on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“I am flying today and have seen two incidences where irate passengers are challenging basic security measures,” Bush tweeted. “On September 11. Amazing. I appreciate the patience and professionalism of American Airlines personnel.”

Bush – who made a White House run in 2016 – is the younger brother of George W. Bush, who was president during 9/11 when Al Qaeda terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people after hijacking three airplanes and flying them into the World Trade Center complex in New York City and the Pentagon, outside of Washington, D.C. Another plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was also hijacked but crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers thwarted the terrorists’ attempts to steer the plane to Washington.

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Since the 9/11 attacks, security at airports across the nation has remained heightened and a number of additional measures were implemented.

One of the biggest changes post-9/11 was the creation of the Transportation Security Administration, which came into being when Congress passed a law creating the security organization only a few months after the attack. Before 9/11, airport security was generally handled by private security companies.

One of the main tasks of TSA agents is to inspect travelers and their luggage for weapons, explosive devices and any other banned substances before they head to their gate. This is why – unless a person has TSA PreCheck – travelers have to take off jackets, hats, shoes and belts, and empty their pockets before passing through body-scanning devices.

Along with the routine screening measures, some travelers, especially those on watchlists or who fit a certain profile, are selected for additional screening measures by TSA officials.

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The agency also regulates what travelers can carry on planes with items like knives, box cutters, darts, baseball bats and scissors now banned. The TSA further limits the amount of liquid travelers can take through security.

The 9/11 attacks saw changes inside the airplane too, with cockpits being sealed and locked to prevent passengers from entering and an increase of air marshals on flights.

While all the extra security has forced travelers to arrive at airports much earlier than before the attacks – with it being recommended that travelers show up three hours before their flight when traveling international – it has also been credited with preventing a similar type of attack to the one witnessed 18 years ago.

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Jerry Falwell asks FBI to investigate alleged ‘criminal conspiracy’ against him by former Liberty U officials

Liberty University President  Jerry Falwell Jr. said he’s asked the FBI to investigate a “criminal conspiracy” against him that he alleges has been orchestrated by disgruntled former board members and employees of the evangelical Christian college.

Falwell said Tuesday he has evidence the former members shared emails belonging to the Lynchburg, Va.university with reporters in an attempt to damage his reputation.

“Our attorneys have determined that this small group of former board members and employees, they’re involved in a criminal conspiracy, are working together to steal Liberty property in the form of emails and provided them to reporters,” Falwell told The Hill.

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The accusations come after Politico published a story Monday, citing unnamed sources only described as current or former officials or associates of Falwell, alleging the university president “presides over a culture of self-dealing” that has inappropriately benefited him and his family.

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Jerry Falwell Jr., pictured here in November 2016, said Tuesday he has asked the FBI to investigate what he called a “criminal” smear campaign against him by former Liberty University board members and employees. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Falwell, one of President Trump’s earliest and staunchest supporters, has also come under increased scrutiny recently over his personal life and business investments, including his involvement in a Miami hostel.

Falwell claimed the emails were leaked as part of an “attempted coup” to oust him as school president, in part because of his support for Trump and the school’s financial stress following the death of his father — Rev. Jerry Falwell, the evangelist who founded Liberty and served as Moral Majority leader before dying in 2007 — as “leverage to take over.”

Speaking to the Associated Press, Falwell said he’s “not going to dignify the lies that were reported yesterday with a response, but I am going to the authorities and I am going to civil court.” He referred to the reporter who wrote the story as a “little boy.”

Falwell added Liberty University has hired “the meanest lawyer in New York,” whom he declined to identify, to pursue civil cases. Falwell also declined to identify the people he said were spreading the emails.

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“Liberty owns every single one of those emails. It’s our property. They were working for us when they used our server,” he told the AP. “Our policies make it clear every email sent on our server is owned by Liberty and if anybody shares it with anybody outside Liberty, it is theft. And so that’s the underlying crime.”

Liberty was founded in 1971 with just 154 students, but now boasts an enrollment of more than 100,000, including those in its massive online education program. It has become an influential hub of conservative politics, frequented by candidates courting evangelical voters.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Navy orders ships, aircraft to leave Norfolk, Va., base ahead of Hurricane Dorian

The Navy on Wednesday went into overdrive to protect the world’s biggest naval base in Norfolk, Va., ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

The Navy sent more than 100 helicopters and airplanes inland and 20 ships to sea. Personnel filled10,500 sandbags to protect the flood-prone areas at Naval Station Norfolk, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

The base, which provided training during World War II, houses 149,000 personnel and provides facilities and installation services for the Navy, including some 75 ships and 134 aircraft, officials said.

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The Navy estimated that 15,000-20,000 sailors were aboard the ships sent out to sea in advance of Dorian. A Dutch cruiser, HNLMS De Ruyter, was visiting the naval station when orders came to leave port.

Other preparations at the naval base included removing debris from drainage areas, fueling up emergency generators and preparing portable water supplies. In addition, sailors were urged not to leave their vehicles on base or near piers because of possible flooding.

Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, the commander of the Norfolk-based Second Fleet, said officials have been monitoring the monster storm, which has been creeping up the southeastern coast and is expected to lash the region with destructive winds and storm surge.

The Category 2 storm, which ravaged the Bahamas with over a full day of deadly wind and rain, threatened to swamp low-lying regions from Georgia to southeastern Virginia. According to a flood chart posted by the National Weather Service, the storm could get dangerously close to Charleston, S.C., with a combined high tide and storm surge of 10.3 feet. The record, 12.5 feet, was set by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.

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Duke Energy said Dorian could trigger in excess of 700,000 power outages in eastern regions of North Carolina and South Carolina, and Georgia Power said about 2,800 homes and businesses were already coping with the loss of electricity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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With Hurricane Dorian looming, South Carolina starts evacuating hundreds of thousands

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As Hurricane Dorian threatens, an evacuation order affecting 820,000 people along the entire South Carolina coast went into effect Monday afternoon.

So far, evacuations have gone well, Gov. Henry McMaster said. He pointed out that transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 about four hours earlier than planned Monday after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day.

Officials were encouraging people to leave before tropical storm force winds arrive on Hilton Head Island sometime Wednesday and move up the coast for 24 hours.

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McMaster ordered coastal schools and government offices closed Tuesday, but said he would wait and see how many schools might be needed for shelters before talking to districts about canceling classes in inland areas later this week.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp urged people living along the coast to escape ahead of Hurricane Dorian, citing the storm’s powerful winds and uncertain path. He issued an executive order Monday night freeing up 2,000 members of the National Guard to prepare for hurricane response and recovery.

The governor told reporters Monday in Savannah: “This is not one to play with.”

Kemp said people living on Georgia’s barrier islands especially ought to get out, warning that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if causeways get flooded or blocked by debris. Georgia officials have planned to turn Interstate 16 linking Savannah and Macon into a one-way evacuation route Tuesday.

In Florida, state officials said more than 70 nursing homes and assisted living facilities along the Atlantic coast, as well as seven hospitals, were evacuated. Disney World announced it would close early Tuesday, and Sea World — also in Orlando — announced it would stay closed all day.

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Warnings also were ramping up along the North Carolina coast as well with Dorian still days away.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Saturday for the entire state, saying he’s activated 300 members of the National Guard to help with preparations and storm response.

North Carolina officials also said they expect far less rain or flooding from Dorian than the state experienced during Florence last year.

Florence was blamed for 45 storm-related deaths in North Carolina and the National Hurricane Center listed it as causing $22 billion in damage.

A state of emergency also took effect in Virginia.

“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may affect parts of Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”

Northam took the action Monday anticipating the storm would start to show its effects in southeastern Virginia on Thursday. Dorian could trigger include coastal and inland flooding and prolonged power outages.

The hurricane unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that officials urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.

The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Back in the United States, the National Hurricane Center extended watches and warnings across the Florida and Georgia coasts. Forecasters expected Dorian to stay off shore, but meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that “only a small deviation” could draw the storm’s dangerous core toward land.

By 5 p.m. ET Monday, the storm’s top sustained winds fell slightly to 145 mph. It had been crawling along Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph and then remained stationary.

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Dorian was likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the southeastern coast of the U.S.

The system is expected to spin 40 to 50 miles off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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Hugh Freeze coaches Liberty football team, gives motivational speech from hospital bed

Liberty University head football coach Hugh Freeze, who is recovering from a life-threatening staph infection found during back surgery last month, coached his team and even gave a motivational speech from a coaches’ box hospital bed at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia, this past Saturday.

Freeze, 49, arrived at the stadium in a wheelchair where he was taken up to the box and placed in a hospital bed overlooking the football game between his Flames and the 22nd ranked Syracuse Orange.

His effort was in vain, however, as Liberty lost, 24-0.

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Hugh Freeze, seen here coaching the Ole MIss Rebels in 2016, coached the Liberty Flames from a hospital bed during the team’s opening game in Virginia on Saturday against Syracuse. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images, File)

Even so, his dedication and the images of him lying in the bed with a headset on, or waving to the opposing head coach, Dino Babers, as the clock was about to strike zero made for a surreal day of college football in Virginia.

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“If felt different. It’s odd that I’m not down there talking to officials and calling timeouts when we need to,” Freeze said after the game while lying down and holding a soda in his right hand. “I had a hard time kind of finding the clocks too from here, I didn’t have the game clock here that I could look at. It was kind of hard to see it over there, so it was a little different. Hopefully, I’ll be back down there very, very soon.”

Freeze’s health issues began when he started experiencing back pain last month. He reportedly had suffered from back pain for years, but it started getting much worse during a scrimmage on Aug. 10. The next morning, he could barely walk.

“We had to call the ambulance to come get me,” he told ESPN.

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He underwent surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center the following week. Doctors ultimately found a staph infection, causing him to miss nearly two weeks of football practice.

“The hardest thing is just walking with the muscles being tight in the lower back,” said Freeze, who added he’s been trying to stay off his feet. Technology has helped him stay involved with the team from a distance, through the use of phones, live cameras and a walkie-talkie.

Saturday was the chance for Freeze to get back out there with his team as Liberty hosted a Power Five school for the first time in school history. Liberty had never had a ranked opponent at its 25,000 seat Williams Stadium.

“You got these Orange men from Syracuse that are coming down to our place. They are the bullies, they are the bigger boys,” Freeze said during a pep talk before the game on Saturday “It really doesn’t matter what conference you’re from or what your rating is. Really, what matters is what you do for the given plays that you have out there today… Go get ’em, boys.”

This was Freeze’s first coaching opportunity since he resigned from Ole Miss over a scandal involving an apparent phone call to an escort service. He had a 39-25 record in five seasons as the Ole Miss Rebels head coach.

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He says he will fly to Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., next Saturday, where his team is set to take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns.

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Elderly man survives on Coca-Cola for 5 days after falling in Virginia home: reports

An elderly man unable to get up after falling in his Virginia home last week, survived off Coca-Cola for five days before he was found, according to reports.

The man, identified as Glenn Smith, fell on the kitchen floor of his home in Arlington on July 29, Washington, D.C.’s WUSA 9 reported. For the next five days, he drank Coca-Cola that was within arm’s reach, the report said.

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Authorities say a man who fell in his home and couldn’t get up survived on Coca-Cola for 5 days before he was rescued.  (fire.arlingtonva.us)

On Aug. 2, a mail carrier became suspicious after noticing that Smith’s front door had been left open for several days and his mail was piling up, ARLnow reported. The mail carrier notified a neighbor who called the police.

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Officers arrived at Smith’s home around 12:45 p.m. to investigate and found him lying on the floor and “in need of medical assistance,” police said. Arlington County Fire Department medics arrived on the scene and transported the man to Virginia Hospital Center, police said.

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Captain Ben O’Bryant, a Fire Department spokesman, said Smith was in stable condition when he was transported to the hospital. Smith’s age was not disclosed in local reports.

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