RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's two U.S. senators are calling on the Navy to maintain its existing shipyards before spending on moving a Norfolk-based nuclear powered aircraft carrier to Florida.
Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb cited a new report Friday in calling on the shift in priorities. They say the Government Accountability Office report found a multibillion dollar backlog of restoration and modernization needs at the nation's four naval shipyards.
The Virginia Democrats contend that's a compelling reason for the Defense Department to maintain its existing shipyards before investing $1 billion to make the Mayport, Fla., station carrier-ready.
Naval Station Norfolk is the homeport for the Navy's East Coast carrier fleet. State officials are fighting a proposal to move a carrier to Mayport.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
State Police have made an arrest in the deadly shooting of a 15-year-old in Sussex County in September.
Four teenagers have been arrested in connection to a fight at Oscar Smith Middle School Halloween night.
A routine traffic stop in Chesapeake resulted in a three-city pursuit Friday morning.