New Virginia lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany’s first order of business will be hiring his staff. In a perfect world, Tiffany would be able to bring both Sean Kirwan and Kip Turner with him from Brown. However, both assistant coaches could be under consideration for the Bears’ head position. “My objective is to keep this staff intact,” Tiffany said. “I’m in a very fortunate position to have created this staff that is the key, in my opinion, to our success... “We’ve created a really special, unique bond between the three of us where it’s not me the authoritarian voice as the head coach telling people what we’re doing. Instead, it’s the three of us really sharing this mission of how we make our lacrosse program great.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans still want to own homes — if they can afford to. That's the finding of a report being released Wednesday by the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. The pressures of student debt, rising rents and the leftover wreckage from the nearly decade-old housing bust have restrained people's ability to buy, even though the dream remains alive. The report sees reasons for both optimism (more millennials are poised to leave the nest) and concern (rising numbers of renters face extreme costs). Those factors could determine whether the share of Americans who are renting keeps rising or whether the nation's home ownership rate can rebound from a near 48-year low of 63.5 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are unveiling new proposals to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law, as Speaker Paul Ryan seeks to showcase a GOP governing agenda amid the tumult of the presidential campaign. The plan, revealed Wednesday, relies on individual tax credits to allow people to buy coverage from private insurers, and includes other largely familiar GOP ideas such as medical liability reform and expanding access to health savings accounts. It proposes putting $25 billion behind high-risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions and for others, and transforming the federal-state Medicaid program for the poor by turning it into state block grants or individual per-capita allotments to hold down spending.
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is set to lambaste Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as a failed secretary of state out of step with Americans on trade and immigration. Trump's address Wednesday morning at his hotel in New York's SoHo neighborhood marks his official opening salvo against Clinton in the general election. It comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces growing questions about his readiness not just for the presidency, but for the campaign he will need to run to get there.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "dump Trump" movement is gaining followers among delegates to next month's Republican National Convention, an effort that could tarnish Donald Trump's coronation even if it ultimately fails. Several hundred Republican delegates are organizing to oppose Trump at the convention. That's not enough delegates to topple Trump. But it's more than enough to create turmoil at an event that is typically used to bring a political party together in support of a presidential candidate. "If Trump is the nominee, we truly believe it's the end of our party," said Kendal Unruh, a Colorado delegate who is leading the effort to dump Trump. "We're trying to save the party."
Red-clad supporters of Pleasant View Elementary School spilled out of the board room Thursday night at a public hearing before the fate of the school is decided at an Amherst County School Board meeting set for next week. Superintendent Steven Nichols recommended closing the school due to falling enrollment, saying staff could find no other alternative. The elementary school’s enrollment last was reported at 56 students. Before the hearing began, Nichols addressed some concerns raised in prior meetings, including dropping enrollment and changing the school district lines.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a stunning triumph for a political outsider, Donald Trump all but clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a resounding victory in Indiana that knocked rival Ted Cruz out of the race and cleared Trump's path to a likely November face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Trump still needs about 200 delegates to formally secure the nomination, but Cruz's decision to end his campaign removed his last major obstacle. "Ted Cruz — I don't know if he likes me or he doesn't like me — but he is one hell of a competitor," Trump said of his last fierce competitor whom he had dubbed "lyin' Ted." Trump, in a victory speech that was much lower-key than usual, promised victory in November, vowing anew to put "America first."
The election results announced inside Grassroots Local Market on Main Street were accompanied by cheers Tuesday night. Among candidates who emerged victorious during Tuesday municipal elections was MaryJane Dolan, who was elected to serve as Ward I representative on Lynchburg City Council. “The entire community has just been so supportive, and I’ve just been overwhelmed with the amount of support that I’ve gotten, and I’m ready to go to work …,” Dolan said. Two incumbents, meanwhile, will continue to hold their seats — Jeff Helgeson, who has served as Ward III representative on City Council since 2004 and Turner Perrow, who has represented Ward IV since 2008.
Noting Appomattox County is among Virginia’s “most disadvantaged jurisdictions,” a letter sent by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management last week to President Obama seeks to overturn a denial for federal disaster relief for communities impacted by the Feb. 24 tornadoes. The appeal follows an initial request made March 25 seeking a major disaster declaration from the president and federal aid known as Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance. The request was denied a week later.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is preparing to execute a man Wednesday who killed a trucking company owner and his two children in 1998. Daniel Anthony Lucas is scheduled to die by injection of the barbiturate pentobarbital at 7 p.m. (23:00 GMT) at the state prison in Jackson. Lucas, 37, was sentenced to death for the April 1998 killings of 37-year-old Steven Moss, his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin, who interrupted a burglary at their home near Macon in central Georgia. The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday declined to spare Lucas' life after holding a clemency hearing. His lawyers had asked the board to spare his life, citing his rough childhood and saying he's been reformed in prison. The board is the only entity authorized to commute a death sentence in Georgia.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plea agreement for real estate heir Robert Durst to serve 7 years, 1 month in prison on a weapons charge. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the sentence in New Orleans on Wednesday. The 72-year-old Durst had accepted the sentence as part of his guilty plea in February and was waiting for judicial approval. Ten years and a $250,000 fine would have been the maximum sentence that Durst could have faced for illegally carrying a .38-caliber revolver after being convicted of a felony.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing CEO of embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals will tell lawmakers Wednesday that he was "too aggressive" and regrets drastically hiking prices for several critical medicines, according to testimony provided to The Associated Press. J. Michael Pearson will issue the unusual mea culpa on Capitol Hill for the business strategy that made Valeant an industry powerhouse but also triggered a vigorous backlash against the Canadian drugmaker. "Let me state plainly that it was a mistake to pursue, and in hindsight I regret pursuing, transactions where a central premise was a planned increase in the prices of the medicines," Pearson states in the written testimony.
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Testimony has resumed in the case of three Franciscan friars charged with allowing a suspected sexual predator to teach at a Pennsylvania high school and hold other jobs where he molested more than 100 children. Wednesday's preliminary hearing will determine whether Giles Schinelli, Robert D'Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli will stand trial on child endangerment and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors say the three were aware of the allegations dating to 1977 against Brother Stephen Baker, who killed himself in 2013.