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Unusual Pipeline Rulings Leave Advocates to Wonder: What Now?

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A No Pipeline sign is posted next to a property line marker only a few feet from the center line of the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Anti-pipeline advocates are taking stock this week, after a confusing set of decisions by state regulators. They’ve decided to treat two pipeline projects differently, granting approval to one but demanding more review on the other. Mallory Noe-Payne has this look at what’s next.

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Lawsuit Could Open Virginia To Uranium Mining

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In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 photo, a Virginia Uranium Inc. project manager operates a Geiger counter in a hole next to the road near a uranium deposit on the Coles Hill Farm in Chatham, Va. A three-decade ban on uranium mining in Virginia has put the richest known deposit of the radioactive ore in the U.S. off limits to mining. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

A lawsuit that could clear the way for a uranium mine to open in Southside Virginia will likely be argued early next year in Wise County. Fred Echols reports.

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Both Sides Claim Cautious Victory on Key Regulatory Hurdle for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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Hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Va. The pipeline has broad support from political and business leaders, but is staunchly opposed by environmentalists and many affected landowners. (Credit: Steve Helber / AP Photo)

Anti-pipeline protesters were vocal through two days of public hearings on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But when a vote finally came, there were no rounds of applause, no shouts of anger. Just confusion. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Last Hurdle in Virginia

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Virginia Department of Environmental Quality director, David Paylor, walks along a retention pond for a spring near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces its final regulatory hurdle in Virginia: permits to be voted on by the state water control board. The two day board meeting began Monday morning with a pump-up for anti pipeline activists. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News Topics: Adjunct Faculty Pay And Padlocks

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Annoyed residents in a Norfolk neighborhood are calling for a grand jury to investigate a footbridge. And Virginia Commonwealth University is under pressure to increase pay for part-time teachers in its nationally-acclaimed art school. 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.

Click here for more from the Virginia Public Access Project

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Virginia Water Board Certifies Mountain Valley Pipeline

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A crowd listens during the start of a meeting of the State Water Control Board in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

After two full days of public hearings, Virginia’s State Water Control Board has given its stamp of approval on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The pipeline is slated to carry natural gas, running 300 miles through southwest Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Canine Brain Cancer Treatment May Help Humans

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Bentley is a Boxer with brain cancer being treated at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg. (Credit: Alyson Taylor)

A treatment being tested for brain cancer in dogs may one day help humans with the same disease. Clinical trials at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg are showing promising results and a new round of trials is set to start early next year. Robbie Harris reports.

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Eliminating State and Local Tax Deduction Would Hit Virginia Harder Than Most States

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A portion of the Republican Senate bill “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” This week lawmakers will try to resolve differences between House and Senate versions in hopes of finishing around Christmas. (Credit: AP Photo / Jon Elswick)

As leaders in Congress move toward finalizing a huge tax cut proposal, taxpayers in Virginia are preparing to take a bigger hit than most states. Michael Pope has the story.

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Richmond’s Newest Mural Showcases Black Girl Magic

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Research shows black women are held to higher standards in the workplace, and when they make a mistake they’re more harshly punished. But one Virginia based nonprofit is trying to change the way the world views black girls, and they recently enlisted a local artist to help with the cause. Mallory Noe-Payne has look behind one of Richmond’s newest murals.

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New Tolls Hit Eye-Popping Levels On Virginia Interstate

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Drivers in Northern Virginia are being hit with tolls for a one-way trip that are about as much as a tank of gas. Michael Pope reports.

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State Water Board Will Get Final Say on Mountain Valley Pipeline

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Virginia Delegate elect, Chris Hurst, D-Roanoke, speaks during a news conference prior to a meeting of the State Water Control Board in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. The board is holding two days of meetings and will make a decision on the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The fate of a controversial pipeline is now in the hands of Virginia’s Water Control Board. The board heard final public comment on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Wednesday. If approved, it would carry natural gas through much of southwest Virginia. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Question of Pipeline Water Safety to Come Before Board

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Hydrologist William K. Jones, walks up a mountain near the route of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Bolar, Virginia. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

For those who have been following the progress of two natural gas pipelines, all eyes are on Richmond this week, where members of a citizen board could determine the future of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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With General Assembly Looming, Lawmakers Expected to Discuss Virginia’s Coal Ash Ponds

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A drain pipe sticks out of a coal ash retention pond at Dominion Power’s Possum Point Power Station in Dumfries, Va. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber, File)

One issue that’s on the agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session is dealing with decades of pollution, a problem that could potentially divide Democrats. Michael Pope has details.

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A Recount in Newport News Could Determine House of Delegates Control

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Election officials in several jurisdictions are preparing for recounts in tight races for the House of Delegates. But the recount in Newport News is one that might actually change the outcome of the election. Michael Pope reports.

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Monument Honors Virginia’s Women

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Zaria Milligan (center) was one of several young women at the ceremony. Virginia Secretary of Administration Nancy Rodriguez (right) brought her 2-year-old granddaughter as a special guest. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

A Jamestown settler, one of only two women who arrived on the first boat.  An enslaved woman who bought her own freedom. A Native American chief. These women, among others, will be honored in a new monument at Virginia’s capitol. Mallory Noe-Payne was at the ceremony and has this report.

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Hundreds Gather to Protest Natural Gas Pipelines

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Protestors, who oppose the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, hold posters and get ready to walk around the Virginia Capitol Square in Richmond this weekend. (Credit: Daniel Sangjib Min / Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Hundreds of anti-pipeline protesters circled the state capitol this weekend, holding hands and forming a human chain more than ten blocks long. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va. News Topics: Water Quality And Marijuana Laws

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Some residents of King George County are angry about the quality of their drinking water and they’re using social media to make their point and the push to loosen marijuana laws may be winning more converts in the Virginia. 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.

Click here for VPAP’s Va News Link 

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The Connection Between Dental Pain and Opioid Abuse

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Prescription painkillers and their chemical cousin – heroin – killed more than 1,400 people in this state last year alone. Experts blame doctors for prescribing too many addictive pills, but another group of professionals that bears some responsibility for this epidemic and some power to prevent future deaths. Sandy Hausman has the story.

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​Hair Braiders No Longer Caught Up In Tangle of Regulation​

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How much training and education is needed to braid hair? Should the people who perform this service need a license? Michael Pope looks at the issue.

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Traffic Light Dilemma: How Close Should You Get to the Car in Front of You?

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Right now, you might be sitting at a stop light, inching forward to make it through the intersection on the next green signal. Researchers at Virginia Tech recently did some work that might get you through faster. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Virginia Senators Welcome Virginia Vets To Washington

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Marine Rob Jones, center, ran 31 marathons on 31 consecutive days in 31 different cities to raise money for veterans charities. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Veterans from across Virginia were on Capitol Hill this week, meeting with senators over coffee and doughnuts. Michael Pope reports.

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Mussel Men and Women; Resurrecting a Species

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Tagged Golden Riffle Shell Mussels bred in vitro to repopulate nearly extinct strain. (Credit: Gary Peeples / USFWS

A federally endangered species of fresh water mussel could be found in only one water way in the world; southwestern Virginia’s Clinch River. But 20 years ago, a chemical spill nearly wiped them out. Now biologists may be on their way to resurrecting them. Robbie Harris got into the creek with the scientists and the baby mussels.

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The Campaigns of the Future May Rely Increasingly on Text Messaging

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Political campaigns are moving from the television to your smartphone as candidates try to use new technology to reach voters. Texting has become the next frontier for elections. Michael Pope has the story.

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With Deadlines Looming, Officials Hope Congress Renews CHIP Funding Soon

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In this May 23, 2017 photo, budget director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. His $4.1 trillion plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 generally proposed deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. (Credit: AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Thousands of children and pregnant women may be on the verge of losing their health insurance if Congress does not take action. And, as Michael Pope reports, state officials are hoping that happens soon.

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Richmond Hosts Native American Film Fest “Pocahontas Reframed”

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Richmond celebrates native American films with its first annual Pocahontas Reframed Festival. (Credit: Indian Country Media Network) 

Earlier this month, Virginia hosted a Native American film festival called Pocahontas Reframed. Sandy Hausman reports on the movies, the filmmakers and why organizers thought Richmond the perfect place for such an event.

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Why One Virginia City’s Teen Pregnancy Rate Dropped By 70 Percent

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Nationally, teen pregnancy rates have fallen to historic lows. Here in Virginia nowhere has the change been more drastic than in Petersburg. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Click here to read the Virginia Department of Health announcement.

Click here to read the Pew Research Center report on falling teen pregnancy rates.

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Virginia Economy Trails Historical Average and National Growth Rate

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The Great Recession happened almost a decade ago.  But Virginia’s economy is still struggling to recover. Michael Pope reports.

Click here for more from the Center for Economic Analysis and Policy

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Virginia Congressional Delegation Weighs In On Opioid Emergency Declaration

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President Donald Trump recently declared the nation’s opioid crisis as a national health emergency. While Republicans are hailing the move, Democrats say it still falls short. Matt Laslo reports.

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Opioid Crisis Costs Virginia About $6 Billion a Year in Lost Productivity

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Virginia’s opioid crisis has a well-known human cost. But what’s the financial cost? A new study shows how much it is hurting our economy. Michael Pope reports.

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Movie Making In Virginia May Not Be A Great Investment

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A clap board is readied during the filming of an American Heroes Channel three-part series about the Revolutionary War in Powhatan County, Va., in 2014. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia taxpayers have spent almost $50 million luring film producers to the state. Movie crews get tax breaks and grants, but new data is casting doubt on whether the investment is worth it. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Click here to read the full JLARC report.

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Oyster Families Remember Life In The Northern Neck

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Catherine Bundy holding a photo of her with husband Thomas, who perished out on the Rappahannock River while oystering in December 1953. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

It’s wild oyster season around the Chesapeake Bay. In Virginia’s Northern Neck, at Belle Isle State Park, a new exhibit slated to open early next year will feature stories from people who lived and worked there during the 1940s and 1950s.

Two families, the Boatwrights and the Pollards, co-owned the 1000-acre farm and nearby oyster grounds in the Rappahannock River.  These are some of their stories:

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Saving the History and Heroes of Social Welfare

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Causes like the 40-hour work week, laws against child labor and winning the vote for women involved heroic fights. VCU Libraries and its partners are sharing images of social welfare heroes online.​ (Credit: American Labor Museum)

Every picture tells a story. That’s why Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries and partners from across the nation are creating the Image Portal, an online collection focused on social reform and social welfare — things like prohibition, women’s suffrage, civil rights and immigration. Sandy Hausman has details.

Click here to read more about the Social Welfare History Project

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The Changing Role Of Libraries In Virginia

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The Library of Virginia in Richmond (Credit: Jason Fuller)

The kids are probably out of school for a few days this week. For some families, that might mean finding some distraction at the local library. With so many other avenues for reading and buying books, not to mention other entertainment choices, have public libraries lost their significance in 2017? Jason Fuller has the story.

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Portal Aims To Connect Veterans With Community Colleges

VCCSCredits2Careers60Using a new online tool, veterans can more easily get college credit for their work experiences. Virginia’s Community College System unveiled the new online portal this month. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

Click here for the Credits2Careers program.

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Elections Board Delays Meeting To Certify Close House Race

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Workers continue to build bleachers and the reviewing stand as they prepare for the January inauguration of Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam at the Capitol in Richmond. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The Virginia State Board of Elections has postponed a meeting to certify the results in a Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates district where election officials say some voters were given the wrong ballots. Michael Pope reports.

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A Thanksgiving-Season Tradition On Wheels

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A match during Turducken Ten. (Credit: Brad Kutner)

It’s not thanksgiving without turkey, stuffing and family, but some folks in Richmond take it a step further. For them, it’s not the Thanksgiving season without the annual Turducken bike polo tournament. Brad Kutner reports.

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Activists File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Immigration Changes

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Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. Michael Pope reports.

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China’s Ancient Terracotta Soldiers on Display in Richmond

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The ancient Chinese terracotta army is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site halfway around the world, but now Virginians will get the chance to glimpse the history in their own backyard. Mallory Noe-Payne has this preview.

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Two Uncertified Races in Fredericksburg Could Throw House of Delegates Into Chaos

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Control of the House of Delegates is still up in the air two weeks after the election, and election officials are now casting even more uncertainty on two key races. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Declares a New Era for Protests

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Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran, says Charlottesville marked a new day for police deal with protests. (Credit Commonwealth of Virginia)

Virginia has entered a new era when it comes to protests.  That’s one of many conclusions drawn by a task force set up to study events in Charlottesville on August 12th.  The full report will be issued December 1st. Sandy Hausman reports.

 

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Va News Topics: Football Protests And Slow Internet Service

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The Spotsylvania County school board will not require football players to stand during the national anthem and Halifax County residents are hoping to soon have the kind of  internet service that most people already take for granted. 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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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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One of Omega Protein’s two new ships out in the Chesapeake Bay. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

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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