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BRISTOL, Va. — This week Boy Scout troops from the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America, are participating in the 47th annual continuous campfire event in Bristol, Virginia.

Documents released Tuesday provide a scathing account of what authorities are calling the “blatantly unprofessional” conduct of five officers involved in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop last month — including new revelations about how one officer took and shared pictures of the bloodied victim. The officer, Demetrius Haley, stood over Nichols as he lay critically injured from a police beating and took photographs, which he sent to other officers and a female acquaintance, according to documents released by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Haley’s lawyer declined to comment, and lawyers for the other four officers either declined to comment or could not be reached.

Officials say 13 Memphis officers could end up being disciplined in connection with the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols. As of Tuesday, six officers have already been fired and one more has been relieved of duty. Chief Legal Officer Jennifer Sink tells the Memphis City Council that the number of officers disciplined could rise to 13. Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says six officers whose involvement in the Nichols arrest has not been publicly disclosed could face administrative charges. Nichols, a Black man whose death has led to calls for police reform in Memphis and around the country, died Jan. 10.

Virginia Senate Democrats have voted to reject several appointees of GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, including the state health commissioner. The governor is calling the move “shameful.” The chamber approved resolutions containing dozens of Youngkin appointees after the names of Health Commissioner Dr. Colin Greene, parole board member Steven Buck and education board member Suparna Dutta were stripped out. Another Youngkin appointee to the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, Bert Ellis, survived an attempted removal. The resolutions now move to the GOP-controlled House, which could attempt to restore the appointees. The three have already been serving in their roles.

Several thousand workers at CSX will soon get one of the things that pushed the railroad industry to the brink of a strike last fall: paid sick time. Florida-based CSX announced the deal Tuesday with two of its 12 unions. About 5,000 workers will get four days of paid sick leave as part of the agreements. They will also be able to convert three of their personal leave days into sick-leave days. Quality-of-life concerns about the lack of paid sick time and demanding schedules prompted more than half of all rail workers to reject a five-year deal last fall. Ultimately, that contract was imposed on all the workers at CSX, BNSF, Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern railroads.


ABINGDON, Va. — A federal judge has scheduled a mediation session March 14 in an attempt to resolve the lawsuit between both Bristols over the Bristol Virginia landfill.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D- Va., on Friday announced that his guest to Tuesday’s Presidential State of the Union Address will be Bristol, Virginia resident and At-Large International Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America, James Gibbs.

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