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Shifts in Global Market Make it Important to Recycle Right


  As buyers of recycled materials raise standards, waste managers are encouraging people to be careful about how they recycle. (Credit kennysarmy / Flickr CC)

Much of recycled cardboard in the U.S. used to head straight to China.

But in March, the government there decided to raise standards for importing recycled material.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, that’s had an impact right here in Virginia.

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After Hours Emails & Texts Affect Employees and Families’ Well Being


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Our electronic devices have made communicating quick and easy.

But social scientists say there’s a downside to our ‘always on’ work culture that is hurting employees, and their families.

Robbie Harris reports.

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Va. News: Significance of an Old House in Roanoke, counterfeit Chesapeake Bay blue crabs


A Virginia civil rights leader will be honored with a long overdue monument…and counterfeiting isn’t just for money. It can happen with crab cakes too.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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Harmony, Not Hate, The Goal For C’ville Sing Out


More than 400 people are expected for the C’ville Sing Out at IX Park or — in the event of rain — at the Zion First African Baptist Church Sunday at 4 p.m. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Whatever happens this weekend in Charlottesville, some people are determined to make the best of it.

A group of more than 400 music lovers will gather at IX Park at 4 p.m. Sunday for the C’ville Sing Out!

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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One Year Out, Charlottesville Is a Different Place


Charlottesville looks the same, but much has changed since the Alt-Right invaded on August 12 of 2017. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

If white supremacists return to Charlottesville this weekend, they will find a very different city.

There are new rules in place, new leaders in charge, and an even larger group of vocal opponents.

Those changes would make for a different experience this year as Sandy Hausman reports.

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CodeRVA Heads into Second Year


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CodeRVA, central Virginia’s newest regional magnet school, is heading into its second year, with almost double the students and more than triple the employees.

Mallory Noe-Payne has this update.

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In An Election Year, Is There Political Will On Any Side To Fix The ACA?


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While the health insurance system set up under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare, remains in place, premiums are expected to rise again significantly this fall.

That has members of Congress from the commonwealth pointing fingers and also floating ideas for how to protect patients from rising costs.

Washington correspondent Matt Laslo reports it’s not clear any of the ideas have enough support to become law.

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VCU Research Aims To Reconnect Brain With Sense Of Smell


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Dr. Richard Costanzo (left) and Dr. Daniel Coelho (Credit: Sandy Hausman

It’s not unusual for people to lose some degree of hearing and vision as they age, and it turns out our sense of smell also declines over time.

Accidents and disease might also be to blame when people have trouble detecting odors.

Until now, there have been no good treatments, but scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University say they may have a solution.

Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Va News: Alexandria Struggles with New Park name, Plastic Straws in Clark County Schools


There’s controversy in Northern Virginia after the name of a Revolutionary War figure was removed from a new park and plastic straws are mostly a thing of the past in one Virginia school district.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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LEAF Program Connects Students With Wilderness


Participants in the Nature Conservancy’s LEAF program (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

The labor market in this country is tight right now, and the competition for young talent is especially keen at non-profits like the Nature Conservancy.

That’s one reason the organization started a program to interest urban kids in conservation.

Sandy Hausman met up with three city slickers in the Warm Springs Nature Preserve to see how they were adjusting to life in the country.

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Kaine-Stewart Fight Over Trade Focuses Attention On Danville

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The city of Danville in southside Virginia has become the epicenter of Virginia politics, as candidates for the United States Senate clash over international trade policy.

Michael Pope reports.

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Sister of Man Shot by Richmond Police Says He Was Having Mental Breakdown


Princess Blanding, the sister of Marcus David Peters, speaks to reporters. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

The sister of an unarmed man shot by Richmond Police back in May says his toxicology report has come back clean, reaffirming her belief that he was having a mental health crisis when he was killed.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Experts Say What Happens In The Arctic Affects Norfolk Flooding


  Andria McClellan asking a question of Joshua Saks, Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources.
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Parts of Hampton Roads have been swamped by rain this week.

Regardless of rain or shine, many parts of southeast Virginia have a flooding problem, affecting communities and military readiness.

The College of William & Mary Center for Climate and Security has been using small conferences to bring experts together to tackle the problem.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Scott’s College Debt Proposal Gets Attention, Skepticism


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Virginia Democrat Bobby Scott may not be locked in a tough reelection campaign, but party leaders want him to play a big role in the election outcome this fall through getting behind his plan for debt–free college.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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After legislative action, Dominion launches “Grid Transformation Program”

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Thanks to a new state law customers of Dominion Energy received a small rebate this month, and will again in January.

And now state regulators are getting their first look at how the law will affect Virginia’s power grid.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Tent Pitching Protest Against the ACP


Lynne and Bill Limpert are fighting to save their farm from destruction by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

Camping is a popular summer activity, and some opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline are hoping to capitalize on that – inviting those who’d like to pitch a tent in a beautiful place to come to Bath County.

Sandy Hausman reports on this novel approach to protest.

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Permit Request Dropped For Second “Unite The Right” Rally

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Community activist Rosia Parker (in pink) speaks with a reporter outside the courthouse. (Credit: Emily Richardson-Lorente)

The legal fight over a second “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville ended suddenly Tuesday afternoon.

Emily Richardson-Lorente was in the federal courtroom.

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Virginia Voter Roll Purges Attract Scrutiny


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Are the voter rolls in Virginia full of former voters who have moved or died?

Or as some argue, perhaps the problem is that election officials are becoming too aggressive in purging the rolls.

Michael Pope reports.

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Kaine And Stewart Square Off In First Debate


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Candidates on the ballot for United States Senate met in their first debate over the weekend, previewing the fall campaign season.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Va. News: Lee County Schools want to arm teachers and do Toll Roads hurt spending in Hampton Roads?


A Southwestern Virginia county plans to become the first in the state to arm teachers… and it’s proving very difficult to figure out how bridge and tunnel tolls affect business profits in Hampton Roads.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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Looking For Solutions To Rising Suicide Rate Among Virginia Women


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Suicide rates are on the rise in Virginia, especially among women.

And lawmakers are trying to figure out ways to reverse the trend. Michael Pope reports.


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VCU Gets Grant to Support STEM Education

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Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will give more resources to community college students, who transfer to the university studying in STEM fields.

That’s thanks to a new one-million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Stewart, Kaine Prep For First Debate This Weekend


Just as the summertime temperatures are rising, so is the heat of the summertime campaign season.

This weekend candidates for the United States Senate will meet for their first debate. And Michael Pope has this preview.

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Localities Get Creative to Pay for School Name Changes

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This week Roanoke City joined a growing list of localities dropping Confederate-related names from public schools.

A common argument against name changes has been cost.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, localities are finding a way to pay.

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Water Warrior Marc Edwards Warns of Scientific Dark Age if Science Goes “Post Truth”


Environmental Engineering professor, Marc Edwards leads a band of clean water warriors

Blowing the lid off the Flint Michigan water crisis was a watershed moment in this country.

It began as a crusade, first just to prove there was a problem and ultimately, for public officials to address it.

But its leader, Marc Edwards, an environmental scientist at Virginia Tech, sees a larger public issue bubbling just under the surface and he’s speaking out about it.

Robbie Harris has more.

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Manufactured Homes Could be Opportunity in Affordable Housing Crisis


This week, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor held a series of community meetings on the eviction crisis.

One underlying problem — a lack of affordable housing.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, some advocates think manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes, could be a part of the solution.

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Wittman Warns Of Trouble With Navy Readiness

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Is the United States Navy prepared to accomplish all the tasks the federal government is asking of it?

Michael Pope reports that one Virginia congressman says no, and he’d like to see some changes.

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Poll Finds Many Don’t Believe Elections Are Fair And Open


Voters are a few months away from the midterm elections.

But do they feel confident that their votes will count?

Michael Pope has some new poll results.

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Nonprofit News Site Will Connect Policy to People


  The Virginia Mercury Staff from left to right: Ned Oliver, Katie O’Connor, Robert Zullo and Mechelle Hankerson.
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Virginia’s newest media outlet launches today. The Virginia Mercury is a nonprofit state-wide news website.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports the scrappy start-up comes at a time when other outlets are cutting back.

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Is A Generational Fight Brewing Among Virginia Democrats?


The Republican Party is sharply divided over its controversial candidate for U.S. Senate.

But the Democrats are also divided.

As Michael Pope reports, some Democrats in the House of Delegates are staging an insurgency.

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Va. News: Lawsuit Over Virginia Tourism Slogan, Plans To Alter Richmond Neighborhoods


Virginia is going to court over alleged misuse of its “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan. And the gentrification battle is again being fought, this time in a pair of Richmond neighborhoods.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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Could More Mental Health Counseling Improve School Safety?


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The school shooting in Florida earlier this year caused a new round of discussions about gun safety, although Republicans in the General Assembly say they would rather talk about other ways to make schools safer.

As Michael Pope reports, one of those ways is to look at mental health in the classroom.

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Kaine Makes Point on Trade with Virginia Whiskey

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A frame of video shows Sen. Tim Kaine (D – Virginia) making a point with a bottle of Catoctin Creek whiskey.

A Virginia distillery got some unexpected attention this week/recently when Senator Tim Kaine held up a bottle of its whisky in Congress.

He was making a point about the effects of the Trump administration’s trade war.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Virginia’s Efforts To Restore Seaside Grasses May Be A Worldwide Model


Harvested eel grass with seed pods (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Sea grass world-wide is in trouble. Losses are estimated at an area the size of a football field every half-hour.

Along the Atlantic, near the very tip of the DelMarVa Peninsula, scientists and conservationists have been working for a decade to restore one underwater sea grass that succumbed to disease and the hurricane of 1933.

Pamela D’Angelo asked, why the big effort?

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Seeking Escape from Violence, She Came to Virginia. Now She’s Fighting to Stay.


  Abbie Arevalo-Herrera, center, hugs her sister and is embraced by her husband during a press conference at First Unitarian Universalist Church on June 22nd.
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It’s been three weeks since church members in Richmond offered sanctuary to a young mother facing deportation.

She and her daughter came to Virginia from Honduras in 2013, fleeing an abusive relationship and crossing the border illegally.

She’s since married a man here in Virginia and has had another child.

Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne visited her, and has more on how she’s doing.

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Charlottesville Civil Rights Pilgrimage Brings Painful Past To The Present


John Henry James was lynched 120 years ago this week. Now, soil collected from the site of his murder will be delivered to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Two tour buses rolled out of Charlottesville Sunday morning, with about 100 people and one jar of soil aboard.

They’re on a pilgrimage, of sorts, to commemorate John Henry James, a lynching victim who died in Charlottesville 120 years ago this week.

Emily Richardson-Lorente has the story.

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Local Governments Look To Recharge ‘War On Poverty’


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Cities across Virginia are taking action against poverty.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Child Poverty Is Rising But Children Getting TANF Benefits Is Declining


Some fear that the social safety net in Virginia may be crumbling.

Michael Pope explains why.

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Medicaid Will Expand In Virginia, But Spending Has Been Growing For Years


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Hundreds of thousands of people in Virginia are about to get health insurance as a result of Medicaid expansion.

But as Michael Pope reports, the program has been growing even before the expansion.

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Living History, Richmond’s Slave Trail

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  Janine Bell, president and creative director of the Elegba Folklore Society.
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For generations, the trade of enslaved Africans fueled Virginia’s economy, and Richmond was once the hub of that market.

For those who want to confront that difficult past, there’s the Richmond Slave Trail.

Reporter Mallory Noe-Payne went along on the night time tour, and has this report.

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State Republican Chair Resigns

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Virginia Republicans are in a state of flux right now, a shift that could have long-term consequences for Virginia politics.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Williams Aims to Make History in First Congressional District


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Only four women have ever represented Virginia on Capitol Hill, and never a woman of color.

Now a Democratic candidate in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District is hoping to change that.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Kaine Signs On To Legislation To Decriminalize Marijuana


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Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine surprised many political watchers when he tossed his support behind a new bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Va. News: Free AC for Richmond Seniors, Volunteer Rescue Squads Struggle to Keep Staff


Several hundred Richmond seniors who would have spent the summer without air conditioning are getting some relief…  and volunteer rescue squads are struggling to remain viable all across Virginia.

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

More from Fred Echols.

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Social Justice and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline


John and Ruby Laury fear the Atlantic Coast Pipeline will rob them of clean air, clean water and the quiet of their rural neirhborhood. (Credit Sandy Hausman)

Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have warned of possible harm to the environment and challenged Dominion’s right to take private property for this purpose.

Now, another group is coming forward with a different claim as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Warner Tours Virginia Facility Housing Detained Immigrant Children

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  Senator Mark Warner speaks to reporters Wednesday outside the Youth for Tomorrow facility in Bristow. (Credit Michael Pope)

Some of the children caught up in the recent immigration policy enforcement are here in Virginia.

Michael Pope went to one facility in Northern Virginia where more than a dozen children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are being housed.

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New Cabinet Post to Deal with Rising Seas


According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, much of Virginia’s coastline will face persistent and chronic flooding by the end of the century.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, a new cabinet member in Virginia is being tasked with fighting the flooding.

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Once Caught In Judicial Stalemate, Virginia Judge Now Considered For Federal Post


One lost opportunity is turning into a new gig for one Virginia judge.

Michael Pope explains.

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Va. News: Smithfield Hams, Gender-Neutral Graduation Wear in Richmond


Smithfield Foods is no longer curing hams in Smithfield. And Richmond’s school superintendent says it’s time for gender-neutral caps and gowns.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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Support for Corey Stewart Inches Toward Suburban and Urban Areas


Corey Stewart celebrates victory in the Republican primary on June 12. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Voting results in the recent Republican primary for U.S. Senate show some signs that the traditional urban-rural divide may be slipping a bid.

Michael Pope is looking at the numbers.

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