Richmond Man Goes Upscale with Swine Skins

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Pork rinds are a staple for Southern snackers – crispy fried pig skin, salty and deep fried.  Now, thanks to the efforts of a Richmond man, this humble food is going upscale. Sandy Hausman reports.

 

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Fishery Limits Cause Disputes At Regional Commission Meeting

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Meetings of fisheries managers are not exactly a big draw.

But this week, Atlantic state commissioners’ changes in harvests of a menhaden, a baitfish used by crabbers and lobstermen, turned into a hand-wringing session for commercial fishermen, environmentalists, anglers and even the commissioners. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginia Approves Carbon Cap and Trade Plan

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Virginia is one step closer to implementing a cap and trade program. Regulators in Richmond Thursday gave the preliminary stamp of approval on a plan to reduce carbon emissions. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Report Shows Virginia Has Significant Amount of Burdensome Licensing Requirements

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Does Virginia impose an unnecessary burden on low-income workers? Michael Pope has this report about a new study that calls attention to the state’s requirements for licensing.

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The Eighties Return to Richmond

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Gigi Gits, a Richmond celebrity in the 80’s.

Much has been written about the decades when America’s baby boomers came of age.  Now, as children raised in the 80’s step into leadership roles, some are looking back on that decade, and the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond is hosting a new show. Sandy Hausman reports.

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A Potential Ballot Issue in Fredericksburg Could Determine Who Controls House of Delegates

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Control of the House of Delegates is still in play, and Democrats are calling attention to problems in Fredericksburg. Michael Pope has the story.

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Monument Avenue Commission Gets Back to Work

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Three months after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission has deemed it time to get back to work. They held a meeting Tuesday evening at the Library of Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Campaign Managers Dish the Dirt on Gubernatorial Campaign

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George Mason University professor Mark Rozell, left, moderates a panel in Arlington featuring Gillespie campaign manager Chris Leavitt, center, and Northam campaign manager Brad Komar. (Credit: Michael Pope)

So what was it really like behind the scenes of a campaign for governor? Michael Pope has this look inside the two major party campaigns.

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Women Win Big in Virginia’s Elections

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Danica Roem is among the many candidates who won historic elections in Virginia Tuesday. (Credit: Getty Images / The Washington Post)

Although half of Americans are female, only about a quarter of state lawmakers are. Arizona and Vermont have the most women in office: 40%. And while Virginia is nowhere close to that, women did win big election night. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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JLARC: Some State Salaries Aren’t Competitive Enough

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Three-quarters of HR directors at state agencies say they have trouble filling open jobs. The biggest hurdle? Money. That’s according to a new report lawmakers heard in Richmond Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Virginia’s Congressional Representatives Respond to Last Week’s Democratic Sweep

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Last week’s results on Election Day is causing some soul searching among Virginia Republicans. But members of the Congressional delegation are at odds over what the takeaway is. Correspondent Matt Laslo has this report from Washington.

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Va News Topics: Portsmouth Police Outreach Unit, Staunton Historic Buildings

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Portsmouth has created a special police outreach unit as way of dealing with homeless people. And, Staunton is hoping Congress will spare credits for historic buildings as it tries to re-write federal tax law. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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Republican Bloodbath: 12 House GOP Members Unseated

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12 Republican House members are packing up their offices in Richmond and headed home after being fired by voters this week. Michael Pope has this look at the unseated.

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Bluegrass Kids Boost Traditional Appalachian Music

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Presley Barker and his bandmates took top honors in the youth competition at this year’s Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax. (Credit: Sandy Hausman / RADIO IQ)

Washington and Lee’s Bluegrass Ensemble presents its fall concert Nov. 11 at 8 – an event that’s free and open to the public. The program will feature a first – the debut of Dueling Basses. It might surprise you to find enthusiasm for this traditional Appalachian music on a college campus, but as Sandy Hausman discovered at the Old Fiddler’s Convention, bluegrass has made a comeback.

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Former Felons Also Took to the Polls Election Day

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More than two and a half million Virginians went to the polls Tuesday to elect a new Governor. For some it was the first time they had voted in years, if at all. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Flood-Proofing Virginia’s Military Bases Could Be A Very Expensive Venture

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Col. Keith Morrow, U.S. Army (Ret.), Deputy Mission Support Commander talks about flooding issues at Fort Eustis and Langley Air Force Base. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

You may remember earlier this year when President Trump made a call to the mayor of Tangier Island. The island is slowly disappearing into the Chesapeake Bay, sinking at the same time sea-level is rising at a faster pace due to climate change. Trump told him not to worry. But his Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is doing the opposite, facing down climate change as a threat to national security.

Recently, top regional brass spent a day with scientists and policymakers at the William & Mary Law School. All agreed, it’s going to be a long, very expensive battle. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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With A Few Races Still Undecided, Talk of Power Sharing Picks Up in Richmond

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Democrats are within striking distance of taking control of the House of Delegates. But as Michael Pope reports, they’re not there yet.

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Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Gives First Post-Election Press Conference

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Governor-elect Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond earlier today. Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Thursday’s election. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginians are getting a first glimpse of their new Governor today. Democrat Ralph Northam beat Republican Ed Gillespie in Tuesday’s election. Mallory Noe-Payne reports from the state capitol.

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Early Numbers Suggest Voter Turnout Could be Stronger than 2013

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Karina Smith holds her son Kyler Smith, 2, as she fills out her ballot at a polling place Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 2017, in Alexandria, Va. (Credit: AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Election officials are reporting a steady stream of voters across the state, as Virginians pick a new governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Some close races for the House of Delegates and lots of local contests are also drawing voters out.

In Roanoke, about 13% of the city’s registered voters had cast ballots as of 10 am. And in Montgomery County, the turnout figure as of 10 o’clock was 16%. Joe Staniunas has this early look at voter turnout.

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Gillespie, Northam and Hyra Make Last Pitches Before Election Day

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The candidates vying to be Virginia’s next governor campaigned across the state today with hopes of making one last appeal to voters before polls open tomorrow morning.

When Virginians head to the polls tomorrow, they will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates will also be up for grabs. And, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, Democrats are feeling the pressure.

Republican Ed Gillespie says he’s finishing his race for governor strong, and that he’s the one heading into Election Day with the big momentum. Michael Pope has details.

With polls showing such a tight race, Libertarian Cliff Hyra says he’s not afraid to possibly play spoiler.

Hyra has been polling at about 2%. He says success Tuesday would be mean better setting up his party for the future.

Polls open tomorrow morning at 6 and will remain open until 7 PM. You can find more details on where to vote and what materials are needed to cast your ballot here.

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Va News Topics: Richmond City Treasurer, Dilwyn Town Council

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Voters in Richmond know they will soon have a new City Treasurer, but they have no idea what the treasurer’s duties will be once in office. Meanwhile, in Dilwyn the entire town council missed the filing deadline to run for re-election. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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It’s Open Enrollment: Here’s What You Need to Know About the ACA in Virginia

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It’s open enrollment season for health care via the Affordable Care Act. And while uncertainty over federal policy has meant a big jumps in prices, it’s also meant a jump in subsidies. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Since August, Candidates Have Shifted Tactics on Confederate Monuments

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If you had asked Virginians a year ago what topics would dominate the race for Governor, Confederate monuments might not have topped the list. But a rally in Charlottesville changed everything. Now, Confederate monuments have become a flashpoint in the race for Virginia’s next Governor. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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A Look Into Turnout Projections Ahead Of Next Week’s Statewide Elections

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Voters are headed to the polls this week to elect a governor, a lieutenant governor and an attorney general. Plus all 100 seats of the House of Delegates. But how many voters will show up on Election Day? Michael Pope has this look at turnout projections.

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The Makeup of This Year’s Voter Turnout Could Determine Election

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Voters are headed to the polls this month to vote for three statewide races and every member of the House of Delegates. But the electorate this year will not look like the one that turned out last year for the presidential election. Michael Pope takes this look at odd-year voters.

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Libertarian to Other Candidates for Governor: Grow Up

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Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian candidate for Virginia governor, gestures during an interview in Richmond. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Five days before Virginians elect their next Governor, the third-party candidate is accusing his opponents of acting like children. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Polling is All Over the Map in Hotly Contested Race for Governor

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Democratic candidate Ralph Northam and Republican candidate Ed Gillespie at a debate last month. A number of recent polls show different results in the hotly contested race for governor. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Polling in Virginia’s gubernatorial race is a mixed bag, with different polls predicting different results next week. Michael Pope has the story.

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Following The Money From High-Interest Lenders To Lawmakers

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LoanMax is the most generous high-interest leader lender, giving about $350,000 this election cycle. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Companies that offer high-interest loans are fighting back against efforts to reform their industry, and part of that effort involves writing checks to political campaigns. Michael Pope reports.

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Church’s Plan To Relocate Washington, Lee Plaques Raises Ire Of Senate Candidate

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A historic Episcopal church in northern Virginia has decided to relocate two plaques in its sanctuary that honor George Washington and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, who worshiped there. Michael Pope has details.

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Virginia Lawmaker Wants to Decriminalize First Marijuana Offense

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Members of the public largely came out to support decriminalizing marijuana. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Over the past decade Virginia has arrested more than 130,000 people for possession of marijuana. Those arrests are almost entirely men, and more than half are college-aged. Even though Virginia’s population is only 20% black, almost half of all marijuana arrests are of African Americans.

Those were the findings of a new report released by Virginia’s State Crime Commission Monday. Now one lawmaker plans on using that data to fight for decriminalization. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Transgender Candidate Misgendered in Recent Republican Mailer

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Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates’ 13th District, Danica Roem, places a campaign sign in a Manassas neighborhood. Roem, Virginia’s first transgender candidate, has been misgendered by state Republicans who recently sent out a direct mailer that attacks her as a him. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The politics of gender and language are colliding in one race for the House of Delegates. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Prepares to Shut Down Health Insurance Program for 66,000 Children

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66,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women could lose health insurance if Congress doesn’t act soon. They get their insurance through a federally funded program called CHIP, and Congress hasn’t agreed to keep paying the bills. Now Virginia is preparing to shut the program down, because there’s no more money. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va News Topics: Mary Baldwin University, Higher Seat Belt Usage

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One the first colleges for women founded in Virginia now has now opened its campus to men. And, it seems more drivers in the state are buckling up these days. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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GWAR: Richmond’s Home-Grown Metal Rock Band

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Blood, guts, and space alien monsters bent on destroying earth. That’s what the metal band GWAR is known for internationally. It’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. But for those in Richmond, where the band calls home, it’s much, much more than noise. Brad Kutner reports.

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Democrats Hoped for a Wave in House, But GOP Incumbents Tough to Beat

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Democrats started this election cycle with a head full of steam, eager to run against Republicans in an environment that was supposed to the best possible election cycle for them to take back the House of Delegates. But, as Michael Pope reports, that’s not how things turned out.

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How Would Gillespie Tax Cut Proposal Affect You?

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie during a debate in McLean, Virginia last month. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Ask the Republican and Democrat running for Governor how Virginia’s economy is faring, and you’ll get two very different answers.

Democrat Ralph Northam says the state’s doing well, pointing out that unemployment is the lowest its been in almost a decade. But Republican Ed Gillespie highlights slow economic and wage growth to paint a bleaker picture. And to turn things around, he’s proposing the state’s first tax cut in more than 40 years.

To understand what that would mean for Virginia’s economy, reporter Mallory Noe-Payne enlisted help.

 

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Goodlatte Aims to Undo Obama-Era Policy

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President Trump isn’t the only person in Washington trying to undo the Obama legacy. One powerful member of the Virginia Congressional delegation is also trying to take action against what he sees as a problem created in the last administration. Michael Pope reports.

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Controversial Attack Ad Likely Just the Beginning Leading Up to Election Day

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The attack ad from Democrats this week depicts President Donald Trump and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie superimposed over a crowd of torch-bearing white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Republicans are up in arms about a piece of direct mail in the hotly contested race for governor. Michael Pope has the story.

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Connecting Past to Present: Facing Uncomfortable Truths, Honoring UVA’s Slaves at First Symposium

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The Slave Dwelling Project recently held its largest ever event at the University of Virginia to commemorate the hundreds of enslaved men, women and children who built and ran the school in the 19th century. Nearly 3-dozen panels saw more than 100 speakers over the three days. But at the center was an outdoor sleepover in near freezing temperatures, where the enslaved would have slept. Jordy Yager reports.

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Useful Drones? Unpiloted Vehicles’ Safety being Measured

image_1Drones are taking off as the ‘go-to’ option for, well, just about everything. Right now, FAA rules prohibit unpiloted aircraft from flying over people, but that’s changing. Robbie Harris has more.

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Does More Money Lead to More Competitive House of Delegates Races?

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Republicans and Democrats are both targeting certain races for the House of Delegates this year, hoping to invest in retaining seats or in some cases flipping them to the other side. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Representatives Weigh In on Tax Reform

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Lawmakers who represent the Commonwealth in Washington are engaged in a fierce debate over tax reform. Matt Laslo reports.

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Va News Topics: Sheriffs Court Ruling, I-81 Tolls

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A court ruling in Virginia has reaffirmed the right of sheriffs to fire deputies for political reasons. And, the question of tolls to finance improvements on Interstate 81 in western Virginia is back. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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With Election Day Looming, Education Policies Move to Forefront of Gubernatorial Race

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During the election season, Virginia’s two major-party candidates for governor have clashed on everything from environmental issues to health care. This week a new division is emerging on education policy. Michael Pope has details.

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Marriage Penalty, Local Taxes On Businesses Hurting Virginia’s Reputation As Low-Tax State

TaxFoundation-450x270Virginia has a reputation as a state with low taxes and a friendly business environment. A new study challenges that reputation, however. Michael Pope reports.

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State Legislators Taking Closer Look At Biosolids

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Unless you’re a farmer or an avid gardener, you probably don’t know much about fertilizers. You put some down and your lawn gets greener and your tomatoes bigger. For people living next door to a farm field, fertilizers have become a worry as some farmers use treated human waste to enrich their soil. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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For Better or Worse, Politics Central to Virginia’s Attorney General’s Race

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John Adams, the Republican candidate for Attorney General in Virginia, has repeatedly attacked his opponent, Democrat Mark Herring, for politicizing his office. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia’s Attorney General has sued the Trump administration five times. He’s challenged the president’s decision to end DACA, the so-called Muslim Ban, and the recent decision to end subsidies that help poor Virginians afford health insurance. Now Mark Herring is up for re-election, and criticized for being too political. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Polls Give Hope To Both Northam And Gillespie

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The latest polls are showing a mixed picture in the hotly contested race for governor. Democrat Ralph Northam has a small but consistent lead against Republican Ed Gillespie in two new polls. Michael Pope reports.

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Cotton Yield Almost Double Last Year’s

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Most areas of Virginia saw little to no rain for all of September, and that’s actually been a good thing for many farmers. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Key Ingredient In Craft Beer Boom Finally Taking Off In Virginia

craftbeerVirginia’s beer industry is booming. Some brewers wonder, though, if the state is doing enough to nurture homegrown brewers and the local farmers who want to supply them the grain. Jessie Knadler reports.

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