RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is not going to make an independent bid for governor of Virginia.
Bolling made the announcement in an e-mail to supporters Tuesday, more than 3 1/2 months after folding his Republican candidacy for the office in November.
In the end, Bolling wrote, his decision came down to the daunting task an independent candidate faces raising money without the help of a major party, and the fact that the lifelong Republican would have to forever sever his ties to the GOP.
A campaign by Bolling would have been a major obstacle to unchallenged GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli, possibly diluting the conservative vote in Cuccinelli's race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
The FBI is asking for the public's help to identify the suspects responsible for a string of bank robberies in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
One of two men accused of killing an off-duty Norfolk police officer in 2010 was denied bond Wednesday morning.
Newport News City Manager Jim Bourey has made a decision on the city's next police chief.