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Virginia Politicians Respond to Alleged Abuse at Detention Facility

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Virginia politicians are responding to reports of physical and emotional abuse of immigrant children detained at a juvenile justice center outside Staunton.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Will Tax Incentives Lure Businesses to Struggling Parts Of Virginia?

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Businesses across the country are about to get major new tax incentives to move to some of the poorest parts of Virginia.

But will it work?

Michael Pope reports.

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Garrett’s Independent Streak Flourishes Since Reelection Announcement

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Leaving Congress can be a liberating time in the life of an elected official, a time when lawmakers don’t have to listen to leadership or donors.

Michael Pope has the story of one Central Virginia congressman who says he lived those values his entire time in office.

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Coming Near You? Boozy Baked Goods.

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Breweries and wineries are booming in Virginia.

And now, thanks to a change in state law, a new alcohol-inspired industry may soon blossom: boozy baked goods.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginia Students Design the Future of Travel

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SpaceX, the company run by Elon Musk has made headlines for revolutionizing space travel.

But the company is also focused on travel right here on Earth — a high-speed futuristic train called the Hyperloop.

It doesn’t exist yet, but college students around the world have done their part to inch the Hyperloop closer to reality, by taking part in an international design competition.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports two of the twenty teams that are worldwide finalists are from Virginia.

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A Civil War Camp for Kids

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Campers will discover not all Civil War soldiers dressed in blue or gray.
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Kids heading for summer camp have lots of choice – from conventional outdoor adventures to programs specializing in computers, the science of space travel and plenty of sports.

Here in Virginia, there’s a camp that allows children to experience the American Civil War.

Sandy Hausman traveled to Petersburg to check it out.

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Menstrual Equity Advocates Say Sales Tax, School Changes Still Needed

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Governor Ralph Northam will sign a bill Tuesday aimed at making feminine hygiene products more available in prisons and jails in Virginia.

But advocates for menstrual equity say much more needs to be done.

Michael Pope reports.

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State will Soon Provide Low-Income Virginians with Birth Control

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An intrauterine device is one of the most effective forms of birth control, but without insurance it can cost a $1,000. (Credit Sarah Mirk / Flickr CC)

In Virginia, almost 40-percent of women say their most recent pregnancy was unplanned.

A new pilot program funded in the latest state budget, is hoping to lower that number.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News: Year-Round Schools in Chesterfield County, Salem Meals Taxes

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Elementary students in Chesterfield County are about to become the latest in Virginia to experience year-round schools…. and in Salem the consequences of not paying the meals taxes just got a little more serious.

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

Fred Echols has more.

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Virginia Republicans Following Party Line In DACA Debate

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Republicans in Washington are locked in a debate over what Congress should, or even can do, about immigration reform this election year.

Washington correspondent Matt Laslo reports most Virginia Republicans are sticking to party leader’s script.

 

 

 

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Opportunity And Opposition In Pamunkey Tribe’s Casino Proposal

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Chief Robert Gray stands on the pier in front of the tribe’s now defunct shad fish hatchery. There are no longer enough shad to continue the hatchery that once helped boost the population. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Three years ago the Pamunkey Indian Tribe gained federal recognition.

Now the tribe is considering opening a casino as a step toward financial independence.

But the idea is not without controversy as Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Democrats Didn’t Always Pick The Most Progressive Candidate And That Might Help Them In November

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Democrats now have a slate of candidates heading into the fall election that may not be as progressive as some would like.

But Michael Pope reports that might end up helping them in the fall.

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Stewart Wins GOP Senate Primary

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Corey Stewart celebrates his nomination Tuesday night. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Corey Stewart beat back two challengers to emerge as his party’s nominee to take on Senator Tim Kaine.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Rally Over Kroger Jobs Draws Hundreds

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About 300 union workers took part in a protest across from the company’s regional offices in Roanoke. The dispute is over the possible loss of 74 jobs at a store in Hampton Roads. (Credit: Joe Staniunas)

A dispute over 74 jobs at a Kroger supermarket in Tidewater prompted a protest in Roanoke by hundreds of union workers this/Tuesday afternoon.

Joe Staniunas reports.

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Predicting Turnout In Senate Primary

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Republicans will head to the polls tomorrow to select a candidate to run against incumbent Senator Tim Kaine.

So how many voters will show up and vote?

Michael Pope gets some predictions.

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As Popularity Of Absentee Voting Grows, Depth Of Data Declines

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Recent years have seen tremendous growth of absentee balloting in Virginia.

Parties and candidates use that data to get out the vote.

But, as Michael Pope reports, the new trend is also making election returns less informative.

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Virginia Battens Down the Hatches Against Election Threats

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Tuesday is Primary Day in Virginia. Voters will be selecting candidates for November’s Congressional midterms.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, officials have been prepping to make sure voting systems are secured against cyber attacks.

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Va. News: Homebuilders Group needs skilled workers, Deactivated E-Z Passes

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America is running short on people who have the skills to fix things. And if you have an E-Z Pass in Virginia you should know that if you don’t use it you could lose it.

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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Virginia Congressman To House Speaker: Stay In Session And Pass Bills

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This week the Senate leader announced he plans to cancel part of their August recess, and a Virginia Congressman thinks the House should stay in session too.

Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Northam Signs Budget That Expands Medicaid, Thanks Republicans

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Governor Ralph Northam speaks at Thursday’s budget signing ceremony. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

A sense of celebration Thursday at the Capitol in Richmond, as the Governor signed a new two-year budget that includes Medicaid Expansion.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Congressman Says Interior Sec. Zinke May Not Be Interested In Drilling Off Virginia

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Rep. Scott Taylor speaking at a “State of the Water” forum held by the Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper at the Eastern Shore Community College on May 31. (Credit Pamela D’Angelo)

The fight over offshore drilling is heating up.

Tuesday, Richmond-area Congressman Donald McEachin introduced legislation that would prevent exploration and drilling off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Delaware.

Virginia Beach Congressman Scott Taylor has also publicly opposed a White House proposal to allow offshore drilling.

At a recent forum on the state of Virginia’s waters, the Republican had even more to say.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Va. News: Charlottesville Therapy for Mental Illness, Medical Marijuana Processor Licensees

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Medical marijuana processing may soon bring some much needed jobs to Virginia’s most economically depressed region. And there’s an effort underway in Charlottesville to help mentally ill offenders get community support instead of jail time.

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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Trip from Charlottesville to Ghana Brings New Insights on Slavery and America

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A group of more than 50 people traveled from Charlottesville to Ghana earlier this month to learn about the origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and how it can be better taught back here in the U.S.

Jordy Yager joined the group and has this report.

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Storms, Development Cause Erosion At Historic Fones Cliffs

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Developers who illegally cleared over 13 wooded acres for their golf course resort atop the historic Fones Cliffs are in trouble again after heavy rains this month sent trees and soil toward the Rappahannock River.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Va. News: Norfolk Preschool, Hockey Hype in Loudoun County

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Educators in Norfolk have a plan to introduce economic diversity into pre-school. And a Northern Virginia town is hoping to use excitement about the Washington Capitals hockey team to give itself an economic boost.

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

More now from Fred Echols.

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Scientists Disagree on Lost Gear, Crab Data in Chesapeake Bay

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A derelict crab pot washed up on one of Virginia’s miles of shoreline on Chesapeake Bay. Many lost traps lie on the bottom of the bay and its tributaries, according to VIMS. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Last year, a scientific report put some astounding numbers to crab pots lost by watermen and the subsequent economic loss when they become death traps for crabs that wander in and can’t escape.

Now, a committee of federal and state crab scientists say those numbers were overestimated.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Richmond Police Release Footage of Deadly Shooting

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This still image taken from the Richmond police body camera shows Richmond Police officer holding a stun gun at Marcus-David Peters approaches him on May 14.

Police in Richmond today released the video of an officer involved shooting that happened 11 days ago.

The video shows an officer killing an unarmed man who appears to be having a mental breakdown.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Cash Bail: Necessary Part Of Criminal Justice Or Debtors Prison?

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There has been increased national scrutiny of the cash bail system, which critics say creates a debtor’s prison for those who can’t afford to fork over money to a bail bondsman.

Now that debate has erupted in Virginia.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Advocates Expected a Vote on Medicaid, Instead the Senate Delayed

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The Virginia Senate reconvened for a brief budget session Tuesday, just long enough to kick the can down the road for another week.

Mallory Noe-Payne has the latest from the capitol.

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Calls for Transparency Persist, as Richmond Police Release Data

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  A community meeting in Blackwell, organized by New Virginia Majority, brought policing to the forefront of residents’ minds.
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Last week, police in Richmond shot and killed an unarmed man who was charging at an officer. The incident has renewed calls for more transparency around policing.

Earlier this year, Richmond agreed to release monthly data on complaints against officers, as well as use of force by officers.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, some community advocates are asking for more.

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Va. News: Richmond Courthouse Cell Phone Policy, Martinsville Med School Efforts

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The City of Martinsville wants to keep information about a failed attempt to build a medical school secret… and Richmond is now allowing people with mobile phones into its courthouse.

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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Housing Coalition Looks to Tackle Virginia’s High Eviction Rates

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A coalition of housing advocates is working together to reduce evictions across Virginia.

According to a recent report, five of the top ten large US cities with high eviction rates are in the Commonwealth.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

The Campaign to Reduce Evictions will hold its kick off meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, 2709 Monument Avenue.

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Tillerson To VMI Grads: American Democracy Faces A Growing Crisis Of Ethics

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Rex Tillerson has been largely out of the public eye since he was ousted as Secretary of State earlier this year.

But today/Wednesday at Virginia Military Institute, Tillerson told graduates about a crisis of ethics.

David Seidel has more from Lexington.

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New Research Sheds Light On Slaves Owned By Stonewall Jackson

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The Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington is undergoing a $700,000 renovation and expansion. Part of the work will provide deeper understanding of the six people the Jacksons owned as slaves.
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Numerous books have been written about the Confederate general Stonewall Jackson.

But almost nothing was known about the slaves he and his family owned.

Jessie Knadler reports on new research at Jackson’s home in Lexington that now sheds light on the lives of these six individuals.

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Virginia Senate Reconvenes to Finalize Budget, Medicaid

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Activists in favor of expanding Medicaid stage a “die-in” in Richmond.  They say they’ll continue to lobby state senators. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne/RadioIQ)

As the June 30th deadline approaches, Virginia lawmakers are back in Richmond to finalize the state budget.

A month ago, The House of Delegates passed a budget that includes Medicaid expansion. Now the Senate is taking its turn.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, it’s unclear if their opposition to Medicaid expansion has waned.

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General Assembly Action Means More Time For Recess

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School boards across Virginia are hunkering down over calendars now, trying to come up with a schedule for next year.

And, as Michael Pope reports, school board members have some new flexibility this year to increase recess time.

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Va. News: Contaminated Water And Police Radios

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For years the island town of Chincoteague has been challenged to find fresh drinking water. Now it’s gotten even harder.

And police scanner enthusiasts in Virginia Beach may soon find themselves out of the loop.

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

Fred Echols reports.

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Brat Revives Constitution Caucus; Democrats Question Constitutional Oversight

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Some Virginia Republicans are reviving a dormant Congressional caucus aimed at highlighting constitutional obligations, but Democrats accuse them of hypocrisy for failing to conduct simple oversight on the Trump administration.

Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.

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Students Challenging University’s Response To Anonymous Threats

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How far should a college go to investigate anonymous threats?

That’s the main issue in a lawsuit brought by University of Mary Washington students.

Brad Kutner has more from federal court in Richmond.

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Healthcare Difficulties Persist for Transgender Americans, Despite Increased Insurance Access

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Diversity Richmond’s transgender panel (Credit: Brad Kutner)

As state lawmakers consider broadening healthcare access for lower-income people through expansion of the federal Medicaid program, transgender Virginians are sure to be among those who benefit.

But barriers – either from insurance providers or from the federal government are still in place.

Brad Kutner has more.

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Old Frustrations, Potential New Solution For Out Of State Enrollment

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For students graduating high school this spring, getting into Virginia’s elite schools will be a challenge.

That’s because of financial incentives that has administrators looking outside Virginia.

Michael Pope has the story.

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Are May Elections Worth The Trickle Of Turnout?

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Is May the best time to vote in local elections?

That’s an open question in Virginia, where several local elections happened this week.

Michael Pope has the story.

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VT Lab Rates Protective Headgear for Soccer

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The risk of serious concussions for football players is well known.

But soccer has one of the highest head injury rates in sports. Several companies make lightweight protective head gear for soccer.

The Virginia Tech Helmet lab just finished testing them and it’s out with ratings today. Robbie Harris has more.

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Va. News: Hotel Serving as Rooming House, Mine Materials Going for Good Use

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A pile of mining waste that’s been part of the southwestern Virginia landscape for half a century may finally be on its way out.  And a Richmond hotel that helps nearly a dozen people avoid homelessness may be breaking federal law.

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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Committee on School Safety Takes Broad Approach

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A state legislative committee on school safety, formed in response to the shooting at a Florida high school, is getting to work.

Members will take a look at school security and mental health issues, but not gun control.

Mallory Noe-Payne was at the first meeting and has this report.

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State Officials: Now Is The Time To Get Flood Insurance

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Hurricane season begins in about a month, and state leaders are urging Virginia residents to start planning now.

Michael Pope has the story.

Click here for information about flooding and the Virginia Flood Risk Information System

Click here for information on flood insurance options

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Infant’s Death Draws Lawsuit Against Social Services Agencies

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The family of an infant who died two years ago while under watch of Rockbridge County Child Protective Services is suing the county and state Department of Social Services.

Jessie Knadler has more.

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VA News: Natural Bridge Safety, Virginia Beach Inmate Video Visits

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Inmates at the Virginia Beach jail can’t have visitors now because old technology has
failed. And a new study shows the state will at some point have reroute the highway that has crosses Natural Bridge.

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

More on that from Fred Echols.

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VPAP Analysis: General Assembly Committee Assignments = $

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For elected officials, getting into office is not the only goal on the agenda.

There’s also the issue of getting key committee assignments.

And, as Michael Pope reports, that is likely to influence how much money they’re able to raise.

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In Virginia, Should You Buy or Rent? A Look Into the Numbers

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Is buying a home always better than renting a home? Experts say it depends on how long you’re staying.

Michael Pope has this look at the numbers.

 

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