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Va Service Jobs Grow, Professional Jobs Drop

Virginia’s jobless rate has dropped for three consecutive months, but what areas of employment are seeing that reported influx of workers?

Virginia’s Employment Commission released The Seasonally adjusted employment rates Tuesday, and Wednesday, a report was released detailing what sectors gained and what sectors lost jobs.

The number of workers declined in Construction, Information, and Professional and Business Services all from a year ago, while the biggest gains in workers were in Education and Health Services, Leisure and Hospitality Services, and Manufacturing.

Those three areas combined accounted for about 72% of the total jobs gained in the private sector.

Federal and Local Government jobs in Virginia declined since 2013 while state government employment shows substantial gains.

Va Senate Repubs Won't Consider Marijuana Reform

At least for now, marijuana possession will remain a crime in the commonwealth.

The Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee stamped out Adam Ebbins marijuana decriminalization bill.

Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a criminal offense that can land otherwise law-abiding citizens behind bars.

Ebbins bill would have made possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil crime punishable by a $100 fine.

The 5 Democrats on the committee voted in support of the bill, but the 9 Republicans all voted against it, ensuring the bill wouldn’t make it to a full Senate vote.

Former C'ville Registrar, Former Electoral Board Member Plead Guilty to Misdemeanor Charges

Former Charlottesville Registrar Sheri Iachetta and former Electoral Board Member and Attorney, B. Stephanie Commander both pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges after an investigation headed by the Charlottesville Police Department in August 2014 concerning unauthorized cellphone usage.

Lease Renewed For West Main ABC Store

Va. ABC officials have renewed the lease for Charlottesville's West Main Street store for five years.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPORTS

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'Hoos Enjoying Time Off Before Facing Duke

Virginia men's basketball has six days to prepare for their showdown with Duke.

'Hoos Escape Tech's Bid at Upset

Justin Anderson scored eight of his 12 points during a late 12-0 run and No. 2 Virginia barely escaped a sold-out Cassell Coliseum with a 50-47 victory against Virginia Tech.

Downtown Athletic Power Poll -- January 26

The Blue Ridge boys and Monticello girls continue their reign atop the latest Downtown Athletic Power Poll. The Jan. 26 poll marks each team's fourth consecutive week at No. 1.

Harold Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

Former Virginia defensive end Eli Harold will get a chance to prove his talent to NFL scouts and executives at the league's premier pre-draft showcase next month.

NATIONAL NEWS

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Coroner to determine how 2 hostages were killed as inquest into Sydney cafe siege opens

An inquest into a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe began on Thursday, aimed at determining exactly how a gunman and two of his hostages ended up dead after a 16-hour standoff with police.

Spain blames Israel for death of peacekeeper in military's flare-up with Hezbollah

Spain's ambassador to the United Nations is blaming Israel for the death of a Spanish U.N.

North Korea may be restarting nuke plant, according to images reviewed by US institute

A U.S. research institute says North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown.

Unwanted: Bodies of foreign ISIS fighters pile up in Iraqi hospitals

Dozens of dead bodies of foreign ISIS recruits are piling up in Iraqi hospitals because their home countries don’t want them and local cemeteries won’t take them either, according to a high official in the nation’s Interior Ministry.

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