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New American Civil War Museum Explores the ‘Fullness of the Past’

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This weekend, the American Civil War Museum opens in Richmond for the first time.

The institution is six years in the making… the result of a merger between the American Civil War Center and the Museum of the Confederacy.

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, it’s a timely look at history that’s loomed large in recent years.

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East Coast States Act to Stop Overfishing of Striped Bass

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A dwindling population of striped bass, better known on restaurant menus as rockfish, has alarmed states from Florida to Maine.

This week, Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commissioners drew up a plan to cut back landings by the commercial and recreational fisheries, including in the Chesapeake Bay.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginia Representatives have Roles in Climate Committee

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One of the first things Democrats did after taking control of the House of Representatives was to create a new Select Committee on Climate Crisis.

As Michael Pope reports, the committee has Virginia congressmen on opposite sides of a debate over coal.

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State Fight Against Obesity to Include Environmental Factors

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Nearly a third of Virginia’s adult population has obesity. A new statewide plan is looking to address the issue.

Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Va. News: Danville residents mixed on Casinos, Pitcher from Southside brings local fish to Milwaukee

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A Southside Virginia native who has made it big in baseball is taking his favorite piece of his hometown with him.

And Danville residents seem to have mixed feelings about the possibility of a casino coming to town.

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 gets High Grade for Financial Education

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Here’s one thing Virginia is getting right: financial education in high schools.

Michael Pope explains why.

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After 100 Days Controlling the House, Virginia Dems Tout Accomplishments, Intra-Party Debate

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This month Democrats reached their 100th day controlling the U. S. House of Representatives. But some fissures are starting to show in the party.

Washington Correspondent Matt Laslo reports on how some new lawmakers are starting to show some frustration with life in the nation’s capital.

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Why Biden Bypassed Charlottesville for Campaign Kickoff

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Late last week rumors circulated that Joe Biden would come to Virginia to announce a run for the presidency, but it now appears he’ll be going elsewhere.

Sandy Hausman reports on why his campaign might have considered launching from Charlottesville and what may have scared them off.

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Va. News: Limits on catching Rockfish, Portsmouth may end Misdemeanor Marijuana charges

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Another Virginia prosecutor has announced plans to stop trying misdemeanor marijuana cases.  And Virginia may shorten this year’s striped bass season.

 

 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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NASA Aims for Space and Battles Erosion on Wallops Island

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NASA Wallops Flight Facility shoreline that is undergoing replenishment this year. To the left is the launch pad under preparation in February for April’s launch.
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NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore sits at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a climate change hot spot, where rising waters and stronger storms are eroding about 12 feet of shoreline every year.

For NASA, science and persistence are major tools in climate resilience.

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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New Analysis Catalogs the Wealth of Virginia Lawmakers

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How wealthy are members of the General Assembly?

Michael Pope found some answers.

Click here to see the complete data from VPAP

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Cardiac Cavs Force Overtime, Win National Championship

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The University of Virginia outlasted Texas Tech in overtime, 85-77, Monday night in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game.

Greg Echlin has more from Minneapolis where UVA made team history with its first men’s hoops title.

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UVA Squeaks by Auburn, Will Play for National Championship Monday Night

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After a bizarre finish to the first national semifinal game on Saturday night, the Virginia Cavaliers are in their first men’s basketball title game Monday night against Texas Tech.

Greg Echlin has more from Minneapolis.

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Va. News: Empty boxes at the Port of Virginia, One Person’s FOIA requests tying up Pulaski County

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The Port of Virginia says many of the containers it’s shipping out are empty. That’s not a good sign for the U.S. balance of trade.  And Pulaski County leaders say one person is using the Freedom of Information Act to tie up months of staff 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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Advocates for Menstrual Equity Shift Attention to Schools

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Women across Virginia are about to get a tax break on feminine hygiene products.

Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Cavaliers Ready for Final Four

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The University of Virginia men’s basketball team is getting ready to play Auburn in the Final Four Saturday night.

Greg Echlin  has more from Minneapolis.

UVA coach Tony Bennett isn’t far from his roots at the Men’s Final Four in Minneapolis.

Greg Echlin explains why.

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General Assembly Agrees to End License Suspensions for Unpaid Court Costs

 

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More than half a million people in Virginia with outstanding court fines are about to get their driver’s licenses back.

That’s thanks to a budget amendment from Democratic Governor Ralph Northam that was approved yesterday by a Republican-led General Assembly.

Michael Pope reports.

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Va. News: Virginia Lottery faced 1990’s controversy, new rules for Roanoke dog owners

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Rental property owners are bringing 21st-Century technology into the battle against dog poop…and we take a look back at the time the Virginia State Lottery was at the center of an intercontinental controversy. 

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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Data Shows Steady Decline of Virginia Manufacturing Jobs

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Manufacturing in Virginia is suffering, according to data from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

Michael Pope looked into the numbers.

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Virginia’s First Green Cemetery

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The National Funeral Directors Association reports a typical viewing and burial can cost more than seven-thousand dollars on average, and that doesn’t count the price of a spot in the cemetery.

That’s one factor feeding a growing trend toward cremation and natural burials.

Sandy Hausman stopped by Virginia’s first green cemetery and filed this report.

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Northam Proposes Regional Gas Tax, Fee Increases to Fund Interstate 81 Improvements

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The governor and state transportation officials are making a second run at funding improvements on Interstate 81.

David Seidel explains how.

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Fields Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges, Will Not Face Death Penalty

 

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U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen announces a plea deal. James Fields admits guilt in the Charlottesville car attack and will not be sentenced to death. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

After a conviction in state court earlier this year, James Fields has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the death of Heather Heyer and the injury of 28 others after a racist rally in Charlottesville.

As Sandy Hausman reports, the U.S. Attorney and Heyer’s mother are both satisfied that Fields will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Northam Moves to Restore 627,000 Licenses Suspended Over Court Fees and Fines

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Governor Ralph Northam says he’s added language to the budget that would end the practice of taking away a driver’s license if someone is unable to pay court fees or fines. (Credit: Sandy Hausman)

More than 620,000 Virginians have lost their driver’s license, because they couldn’t afford to pay court fines or fees that had nothing to do with driving.

Tuesday, Governor Northam announced a plan to restore driving privileges as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Va. News: Bath County school buses offer WiFi, Establishing a Line between two Va. Counties

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Two Virginia counties now know exactly where one of them ends and the other begins, something that hasn’t been clear for almost 200 years. And elementary school students in another county are getting a chance to make better use of their time on the bus.

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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Study Shows Many Virginia Communities Suffer from Poor Air Quality

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Virginia’s air quality has been a topic of debate in recent years, as environmentalists have clashed with business interests.

Meanwhile, as Michael Pope reports the quality of Virginia’s air has suffered.

 

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Virginia Democrats split on Medicare for All Proposals

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The Democratic Party seems to be moving to the left with most of its high-profile presidential candidates embracing proposals like Medicare for All.

But Virginia Democrats are resisting the trend, as correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Washington.  

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“I thank God every day” — Exhibit Traces Impact of Immigrants on Virginia

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More than a million Virginians were born in another country.

 

Those immigrants are just the latest in a long line of people who have shaped the state.

 

As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, their stories are being highlighted in an exhibit at the Library of Virginia.

 

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How Forests Help Mitigate Flooding

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Trees are big money in Virginia, generating some $21 billion each year, according to the state department of Forestry.

Another $6.6 billion is attributed to forest contribution to air and water quality.

 

Now, the city of Virginia Beach is looking at the value of the city’s forests as one solution to their flooding problems caused by climate change and the region’s sinking lands.

 

Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Study: Virginia Bucks National Trend for School Spending

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Many school districts across the country remain largely segregated by race.

Nationally, nonwhite school districts get $23 billion less in funding than white districts do.

But as Mallory Noe-Payne tells us, Virginia actually bucks that trend.

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Public Protest Casts a Shadow on Solar Arrays

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A group called Conservatives for Clean Energy recently surveyed 500 Virginia voters and found 72% want more emphasis on solar power here.

But as developers share plans with the public, they’re finding plenty of resistance.

Sandy Hausman reports on why some people object to solar arrays and whether their fears are founded.

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VT Biologists Find Cancer Connection to Our Body Clock

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A new discovery finds that timing is everything when it comes to preventing and treating cancer.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are the first to confirm the important role our body’s internal clocks play in whether we are more prone to develop the disease.

Robbie Harris reports.

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Va. News: Public investment in privately owned rail, Coal-fired power plants go off line

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Two more coal burning power plants have gone offline in Virginia as producers move toward other fuels…and passenger rail service is growing in the state thanks largely to public investment in private companies. 

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 Lawmakers find Common Ground Fighting Financial Crime

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Washington gets a lot of bad publicity for partisan gridlock, and there’s certainly a lot of that.

But two freshman Virginia lawmakers from different parties are working together to crack down on financial crimes.

Michael Pope reports.

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How Have Local Real Estate Taxes Changed Over the Years?

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Richmond’s Mayor is proposing a hike in the city’s real estate tax. He says the money is needed for schools and infrastructure.

And as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, in recent years real estate taxes have risen across the state.

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Changes in State Law Pave the Way for more Solar Jobs

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Virginia hasn’t traditionally had a great reputation for renewable sources of energy.

But the solar industry is now booming in Virginia.

Michael Pope sheds some light on the numbers.

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Democrats want to send Message with HR 1

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Virginia’s newly elected Democrats in Congress are hoping to re-write the rules for elections and campaign finance.

Michael Pope reports.

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Report Details the Potential Danger of Toxic Floodwaters

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In Richmond late last month, the James River flooded to more than 16 feet, its highest since 2010.

A new report looks at another danger to communities when the James floods –contaminants from industrial areas along the river.
Pamela D’Angelo reports.

 

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Scott: Raising Minimum Wage would have Postive Local Impact

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Lawmakers in Richmond rejected efforts to raise the minimum wage this year. But now Congress is considering raising the federal minimum wage.

And as Michael Pope, a Virginia congressman is leading the effort.

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Northam Makes First Public Appearances Since Scandal

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Governor Ralph Northam is slowly and quietly getting out and about.

Mallory Noe-Payne was at his latest public appearance in Richmond Tuesday and has this report.

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After 2019 Session, Can Virginia Republicans Maintain the Majority?

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Republicans have controlled Virginia’s House of Delegates for almost two decades.  At the height of their power they outnumbered Democrats two-to-one.

But shifting demographics and a fierce backlash to President Trump has put the party on defense.

Mallory Noe-Payne has this look at what Republicans did with what some predict may be their final year in the majority.

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Virginia AG says he wants to Repair Harm from Blackface

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Attorney General Mark Herring says he did not call on Governor Ralph Northam to resign because of blackface, but because the Governor flip-flopped on his story.

Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Va. News: Amazon impacts Real Estate cost in Northern VA, More Bears in Southwest Virginia City

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There are two places in Virginia dealing with invasive outsiders this winter. One is being inundated by bears while legions of real estate speculators have come to the other.

Those have been among the most frequently 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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More Democrats than Republicans Face Primary Challenges in 2019

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Don’t look now but another election is coming in just three months.

Michael Pope has this preview of the primary season.

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Blue Ridge Bucha Wins National Sustainability Award

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Virginia is for drinkers – or so it seems with all the wineries, breweries and cideries that have opened here.

And when you’re tired of those beverages, a company in Waynesboro is offering an award-winning alternative.

Sandy Hausman reports on Blue Ridge Bucha.

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Analysts: Republicans Energized at Start of 2019 Campaign

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The end of the General Assembly session last weekend means the beginning of the campaign season.

Michael Pope has this preview.

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What Passed, and Didn’t, When it Comes to School Safety

 

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School safety was at the top of everyone’s minds this legislative session.

Mallory Noe-Payne has this roundup of what passed and what didn’t.

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How Northam’s Eastern Shore Contributed to Scandal and Might Provide a Path Forward

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We’ve heard from many voices about the racist photos on Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page and his use of blackface.

Civil Rights advocates on the Eastern Shore, where Northam grew up, say the peninsula’s history and community shed light on what happened and how Northam might move forward.

Pamela D’Angelo talked with several leaders in the African American community there.

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Bipartisan Redistricting Amendment Still has Hurdles to Cross

2339958760_cba3816253_zPartisan gerrymandering in Virginia politics may soon be a thing of the past.

But as Michael Pope reports, the long fight to get there still has at least another year to go.

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Virginia Lawmakers Adjourn Scandal-marked 2019 Session

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It was a quiet end to anything but a quiet 2019 General Assembly session.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News: Survival of Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, Halifax Schools ban cell phone recording

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New research indicates that at least one Chesapeake Bay species could benefit from warmer temperatures… and the school superintendent in Halifax County has seen more than enough student videos on social media.

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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