Top 3 Headlines on January 23

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Sheriff's Office Looking for Missing Man

Reporter: Jeff Williamson

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Augusta County Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing endangered man.

Matthew Jason Biggs, 34, was last seen in Verona on Jan. 2.

He is 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, has brown hair, green eyes and a beard.

Biggs is very active and likes to hike and camp; however, he has no means of transportation or a cell phone.

He has depression and some mental health issues and may need medical help.

If anyone knows where Biggs is or has seen him, contact the Augusta County Sheriff's Office at 540-245-5333.






Snow Days May Create Problems for Teachers

Reporter: Garrett Wymer

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Teachers will be forced to play catch-up after a slew of snow days across the Valley.

Wednesday was a quiet day at Waynesboro High School after another snow day in the Valley, already the fourth for Waynesboro schools.

"Even though they know it's outside of their control, those are the things that worry them," said Tim Teachey, the principal at Waynesboro High School.

Wednesday's snow day means it might be harder for teachers and students when they fill classrooms when schools reopen.

"Things go most smoothly when you can get in a rhythm. Once that rhythm gets interrupted, it's hard to get everybody back on the same page and thinking," said Teachey.

Regardless of the number of snow days, students will still have to be ready for SOL testing in May.

"When the semester starts to get shortened, my folks begin to lose that freedom of enrichment and it becomes more teaching to, I've just got to cover what the state expects me to cover," said Teachey.

Teachers might also have to change how they teach certain things, especially if more snow days are on the way. Waynesboro and Staunton schools are all over the limit of snow days built into their calendars.

Harrisonburg City Schools reports the division does not have to make up any days.

Harrisonburg City Schools has five snow days remaining.

Augusta and Rockingham counties did not return our calls asking about their remaining snow days.


Va. AG's Office: Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The office of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says he's concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it.

In an email to The Associated Press early Thursday, Herring spokesman Michael Kelly says the state will instead side with the plaintiffs who are seeking to have the ban struck down.

Kelly says the attorney general decided the ban was unconstitutional after a thorough legal review of the matter.

Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight for gay marriage.

The state's shift comes on the heels of recent court rulings in which federal judges struck down gay marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

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