Archive for category VaNews from VPAP

VaNews: Craft Beer Culture

VPAPnewVirginia’s growing craft beer culture is running into complications as the state tries to decide how to regulate the brewers…and Petersburg’s sheriff is facing a lawsuit from a surprising source, the City of Petersburg. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Civil Forfeiture, Essay Submition for Farm

VPAPnewAn essay and a 200-hundred dollar entry fee could get you a central Virginia farm. And being suspected of a crime can cause one to lose their property.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org.

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VaNews: Energy Efficieny, Paying Jurors

VPAPnewVirginia power companies will be doing more to help low income homeowners make their houses more energy efficient. And, the idea of using cash cards to pay jurors is picking up some critics. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org.

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Two Topics from VA News: Virginia Wineries, Virginia’s Obsolete Courthouses Present Preservation Issues

VPAPnewAs more wineries are opening in Virginia grape production in the state is not keeping pace…and with many Commonwealth counties looking to replace obsolete courthouses issues of historic preservation may create complications. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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Va News for 07.20.15: Loud Colonial Times, More Valedictorians Than Ever

VPAPnewThe sounds of colonial life in Williamsburg may be getting a lot louder soon…and the term ‘valedictorian’ is taking on a whole new meaning for some high school students in Virginia and across the nation. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap,org. More from Fred Echols.

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VA News: Indian Tribe Wins Federal Recognition

VPAPnewA Virginia Indian tribe has won its long battle for official federal recognition…and there’s more controversy over a plan to widen one of the nation’s busiest highways. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on vpap.org.

Fred Echols reports.

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Va News for 06.22.15: High School Diplomas Online

VPAPnewArlington County has made it a little more costly for people who violate the anti-profanity law…and Virginia will begin offering students a chance to get their public high school diplomas without ever seeing the inside of a classroom. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More on that from Fred Echols.

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VA News: Wildlife Habitats in the News

VPAPnewA government agency has moved to protect thousands of square miles of ocean bottom habitat – including areas off the Virginia coast – from damage by commercial fishing operations…..and a thriving elk population in southwest Virginia has created complications for state wildlife managers. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Self-Driving Cars, Passenger Rail Service

VPAPnewVirginia is making a move to embrace the future of train travel as plans for faster passenger rail service between Richmond and DC are considered… and Google’s self-driving cars will soon be seen among the hordes of vehicles packing the roads in Northern Virginia. Those are among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org.  Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Gun Store Opposition, Artificial Turf Removal

VPAPnewPeople in an Arlington neighborhood are looking for a way to stop a gun store from opening nearby but the law is not on their side. And some Loudon County parents want artificial turf removed from school athletic fields. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews: Privacy, Free Speech & Civility

VPAPnewElectronic license plate readers are back in the news in Virginia but this time it’s not because they’re on police cars…and Norfolk City Council is trying to find a balance between free speech and civility at its meetings. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More from Fred Echols.

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VA News: National Motto, Political Opinions

VPAPnewA Floyd County bailiff has lost his job after expressing his political opinion and Madison County Supervisors got into a spat about whether or not to post the national motto in their chambers. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews: Replacing Shaka Smart, VA Beach Employee Access

VPAPnewVirginia Commonwealth University is suddenly in need of a replacement for the man who’s been the face of the school for the past few years. And city leaders in Virginia Beach were surprised to learn that an employee had been given access to millions of dollars in official bank accounts.

Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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VaNews: Pot Problems, Magnet School Admissions

VPAPnewPeople who smoke pot legally in Washington, DC but work in Virginia could be risking their jobs. And, a public magnet school in Fairfax is facing questions about its admissions process because of the high percentage of Asian-Americans among its student body.Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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VaNews: Veteran Health Care, Picking up After Dogs

VPAPnewA rule change in Washington is making it easier for veterans in Virginia to get health care. And modern criminal science is being used to bring violators of ‘poop pickup’ laws to justice.Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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VaNews for 03.15.16

VPAPnewEven though Virginia imposes a financial penalty on localities when they create bike lanes on public streets Richmond has been given one year to do so without losing any money….and a Henrico County woman had to take drastic action to defend herself against a rabid raccoon. Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews on vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

 

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VaNews: Execution Bill, Civilian Peace Officer Training

VPAPnewThe failure of a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates could stop executions in the Commonwealth, at least temporarily. And the General Assembly has increased training requirements for civilian peace officers. Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link onvpap.org. 

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VA News for 3.2.15: Deer Hunting, Southern Virginia University Policies

VPAPnewA plan to bring deer hunters into an Albemarle County’s subdivision has neighbors at odds with one another…and a Virginia university that primarily educates Mormon students has been cleared of an anti-gay harassment accusation but told to institute some new policies. Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports. S

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VaNews: General Assembly Stories

VPAPnewConcerns about government surveillance have created an unlikely political alliance in Richmond. And the Virginia General Assembly has second thoughts about brass knuckles. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews from VPAP: Most Read Stories

VPAPnewVirginia’s James City County paid $25-million to buy water it never bought and may have to pay $33-million more…

VCU is preparing for major schedule disruptions when a world cycling event comes to downtown Richmond this fall. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on V-PAP-dot-org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews: Mugshot Bill, William and Mary Mountain

VPAPnewVirginia lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for a website to post mugshots online and then charge a fee to take them down. And the College of William and Mary wants a mountain in Colorado to bear its name — but the idea is encountering some resistance. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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VaNews: Blue Crab Decline in the Chesapeake Bay

VPAPnewAs the blue crab harvest in the Chesapeake Bay continues to decline there’s still uncertainty over the causes and disagreement about what should be done. That’s been one of the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

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VaNews: Ride Sharing Challenges, Controlling the Deer Population

VPAPnewInternet based ride sharing is presenting a competitive challenge for Virginia taxi operators and a regulatory one for the General Assembly. And, one Northern Virginia county is looking at a controversial idea for controlling its deer population. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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VaNews: Biking in Snow, School Bus Driver Controversy

VPAPnewBicycle commuters in Arlington will have an ally in their local government this winter when snow threatens to slow them down. And there’s controversy in Portsmouth after the city denied bonuses for school bus drivers who worked extra on a day when many of their colleagues stayed home to protest low pay.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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Unregulated Daycare Centers & Traffic Frustration Focus of VaNews from VPAP

VPAPnewThe Virginia General Assembly is likely to consider new rules for unregulated day care centers next year…and commuters who make the difficult slog through Interstate 66 gridlock in Northern Virginia are using license plates to vent their frustration. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.   More now from Fred Echols.

 

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Issues in VaNews from VPAP: Older Drivers, Loss of Farmland

VPAPnewA Virginia family wants the state look more closely at older drivers after a fatal highway accident…and the  issue of loss of farmland in the Commonwealth is at the center of a debate in York County.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 10.13.14

VPAPnewDanville City Council must decide whether the Confederate flag will continue to fly over the site of the final cabinet meeting of the Confederacy…and gun rights activists are angry after the sheriff of Stafford County moved to prevent the open carrying of firearms at a National Night Out event. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

 

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VaNews for 09.29.14

VPAPnewA Hanover County supervisor is upset because students are seeing a film in which Muslims say U-S actions abroad were among the causes of the 9-11 attacks…and growing numbers of state employees in Virginia are on public assistance while working full time. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

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VaNews for 9.22.14

VPAPnewOne of Virginia’s most polluted industrial sites is now usable again….and something that looks like a cougar has Fairfax County on edge. Those have been among the most read stories in recent days at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 09.15.14

VPAPnewKeeping a campaign promise is costing Governor McAuliffe money…and a Virginia fifth-grader is challenging her school’s limit on the use of lip balm. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols has more.

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VA News for 09.08.14

VPAPnewA new elementary school in Northern Virginia could serve as a model for urban districts all over the state…and a county sheriff is defending the use of military style equipment by local police. Those have been among the most read stories in recent days on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 09.01.14

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A resort lake in Southwestern Virginia is having trouble holding its water….and a state delegate is claiming a constitutional right to a booth at his local county fair. These have been among the most read stories this week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

 

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VaNews for 08.25.14

VPAPnewLocal officials in Appomattox County are contesting with one another to see who can take the most impressive pay cut…and Virginia Tech’s new president found a surprising way to connect with incoming freshmen. Fred Echols talks with David Poole.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews for 08.18.14

VPAPnewOne Virginia locality has taken a step toward ending its prohibition of fortune telling while another will offer a second chance to dogs that kill chickens. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A news link on V-PAP-dot- org. Fred Echols reports.

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VPAPnewResidents in counties around Richmond are up in arms about a plan to fertilize fields using industrial sludge and a Virginia sheriff is questioning the state’s moratorium on drones. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 07.28.14

VPAPnewA Virginia town is exploring its options for regulating fortune telling…and the state has come up with a new idea for moving more people into farming. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 07.21.14

VPAPnewWith parts of Hampton Roads facing a rising sea level and stronger Atlantic storms one idea being talked about is a flood wall across the lower Chesapeake Bay…and someone in Portsmouth stirred things up when they decided to rejuvenate a sign at a subdivision entrance. Those are among the most read stories over the past week on  the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 07.14.14

VPAPnewA Virginia County is trying to find out what happened to seven thousand people its police have identified as undocumented over the past few years…and organizers of a Fourth of July demonstration in Richmond in favor of gun owners rights went ahead with their plan even when no one answered their call for support. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 07.07.14

VPAPnewStarting this month Virginians who use a certain type of two-wheeled transportation are no longer allowed to cruise without a title and license plate…and if you think nobody saw the downfall of Eric Cantor coming, think again. Those are among the most read stories recently on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 6.30.14

VPAPnewA Virginia legislator is trying to help a long-­banned crop make a comeback in the Commonwealth…and Portsmouth City Council has learned that owning goats is not so simple as it might appear to be.  Those stories are among the most read in recent days at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V­A News link on V­PAP­.­org.

Fred Echols reports.

 

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VPAPnewThere’s controversy over ownership of volunteer fire department vehicles in a Virginia county where population growth is bringing demand for standardized emergency services…and people who walk and bike across a bridge in Norfolk are wondering who’s responsible for keeping them safe. These are among the most read stories in recent days at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 06.16

VPAPnewThe political spotlight has suddenly focused on a small Virginia College where two faculty members are running against each other for Congress… and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay creates a surprising consequence for Boy Scouts in Arlington.  Those stories have been among the ones attracting the most attention in the past few days at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews  link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 06.09.14

VPAPnewVirginia is trying to figure out what to do with a new taxi service that may not actually be a taxi service…and one of the most extraordinary paintings ever created will be displayed in Yorktown. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

 

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VaNews for 06.02.14

VPAPnewVirginia localities react – or don’t – to a Supreme Court ruling on prayer by government bodies and a state senator from Northern Virginia speaks out in support of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

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VA News for 05.26.14

VPAPnewIt was raises and pink slips for McDonald’s employees in Southside Virginia…and a school board member in Fairfax has changed his prom night plans after a public stir over his Twitter exchange with a student. Those are among the most read stories over the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

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VaNews for 05.12.14

VPAPnewLegal partying turns rowdy in Northern Virginia while a crowd of illegal drug users keeps it peaceful in Nelson County. Those stories have been among the most read this past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

 

 

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VaNews for 05.05.14

VPAPnewFinancial troubles at a small private college in Virginia are raising questions about what will happen to the professional archives of Bristol’s most famous native son….and historic sites across the Commonwealth are in danger of being lost to development and neglect.

Those have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s  VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews for 04.28.14

VPAPnewOne Virginia school district  is looking at adjusting class schedules so students can get more sleep…and the streets of Richmond will soon be filled with some of the world’s fastest bicycle riders. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 04.14.14

VPAPnewIn spite of a ruling against it, some Virginia police departments are still using license plate cameras that could allow them to track your car as you travel…and a Second Amendment advocacy group has taken exception to a letter written by a Chesterfield County high school principal. Those have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews for 04.07.14

VPAPnewInmates in a Virginia jail will now be able to get their nicotine the high-tech way…and four student-athletes at William and Mary act fast and save a friend’s home. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link  on vpap.org

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