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Russia Investigation Brings Spotlight to Virginia Senator Mark Warner

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Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., whose panel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, speaks with reporters after final votes for the week. (Credit: AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner is earning praise – and some criticism – for his handling of the Russia investigation. Matt Laslo reports from the Capitol on what the role means to Warner and the Commonwealth.

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Will Republicans Unite Behind Ed Gillespie?

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Ed Gillespie, right, seen with primary challenger Corey Stewart during a debate earlier this year. Stewart came very close to pulling off an upset against the former Republican National Committee chairman in the Republican gubernatorial primary earlier this month. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The Republican primary for governor revealed deep divisions inside the Virginia GOP. Will those divisions become a liability this fall? Or will Republicans unite behind their ticket? Michael Pope has this perspective from deep inside the party.

 

 

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Democrats Eyeing 17 House Seats in Virginia. What Will it Take to Win?

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The state’s Democratic House Caucus only has so much money to spread around to 17 candidates. (Credit: vahousedems.org)

This fall, Democrats plan to focus their attention on 17 House of Delegates districts where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, but money for those races may not flood in. Michael Pope explains why.

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Richmond Mayor Calls for ‘Context’ to Confederate Monuments

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney gestures during a news conference at City Hall Thursday, June 22, 2017. Stoney announced the formation of a commission tasked with redefining the narrative of the Confederate statues on Monument Avenue. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The mayor of Virginia’s capital city is weighing in on how to deal with Confederate monuments. Richmond mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday he’d like to revamp Monument Avenue. The broad tree-lined boulevard in Richmond features memorials to several Confederate generals.

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Chesapeake Bay Scientists Concerned by Low Numbers of Young Female Blue Crabs

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Those Chesapeake Bay blue crabs spread across your picnic table or served up as crab cakes are the result of a hard working waterman. What you may not know, it’s also because of science. State fisheries managers closely monitor the population and adjust harvests throughout season. From the Eastern Shore, Pamela D’Angelo reports from a recent meeting.

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Opioid Addiction in Danville 25% Higher Than State Average

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Part of the challenge in tackling the opioid epidemic is that the drugs are widely available as legal prescriptions. (Credit: AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

With opioid abuse on the rise in much of Virginia, one of the hardest hit cities is Danville where the addiction rate is 25% higher than the statewide average. While opioid addiction has some things in common with other addictions there are also significant differences. Fred Echols reports.

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Richard Cullen: From Former Virginia AG to Pence Representative

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Attorney Richard Cullen was recently hired by Vice President Mike Pence to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. (Credit: McGuireWoods LLP via AP)

As the investigation into Russia’s involvement into last year’s election grows in Washington, members of the White House staff are lawyering up. That includes Vice President Mike Pence, who is now represented by a former attorney general of Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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Virginia Congressman Dave Brat Pushes for Offshore Drilling

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In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez addresses a large rally in Asbury Park, N.J., opposing federal plans that would allow oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The issue has come up again now that President Donald Trump is in office. (Credit: Mel Evans / AP)

Virginia Republican Dave Brat is pushing to open up Virginia’s coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Democrats, though, say that would be terrible for the Commonwealth’s economy and they’re trying to combat the effort. Matt Laslo has details.

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Gun Safety Advocates Hope to Make Early Impact on Statewide Elections

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Former WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst thanks members of Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for their endorsement. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Guns are expected to play a central campaign theme for the upcoming statewide election in Virginia, and advocates for gun safety are making an early move to make their case. Michael Pope has the story.

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Is Virginia’s Larceny Threshold Just Right or Too Low?

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Lori Janke co-owns two second-hand clothing stores in Newport News, and over the last six years has caught nine instance of people shoplifting. She believes that Virginia’s low felony larceny threshold of $200 helps deter more larceny from occurring. (Credit: Jordy Yager)

It takes a lot less in Virginia to charge a thief with a felony than anywhere else. But some argue the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Jordy Yager takes us inside the debate over the state’s felony larceny threshold.

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Virginia Democrats Show United Front

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Democratic candidate for governor, former Representative Tom Perriello, speaks to supporters at an election night party at the State Theatre Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in Falls Church. Perriello lost to Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in the primary for the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor. (Credit: Molly Riley / AP)

Democratic leaders gathered in Richmond this weekend to celebrate record-setting turnout in their party’s primary last week. Although former congressman Tom Perriello lost that race, he’s still working to keep Democratic energy high. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Rappahannock Tribe Regains Land at Fones Cliffs

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The Warners hand Rappahannock Tribe Chief Anne Richardson a piece of Fones Cliff as a symbol of the property they have been given. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

You’ve likely have heard the story of Captain John Smith’s famous encounter with the Rappahannock Tribe. While exploring the Rappahannock River, the tribe shot arrows at them from Fones Cliffs. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Va News Topics: Teacher Firings, Deer Season Regulations

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Shenandoah County has fired five school employees who had felony convictions prior to being hired. The superintendent says he had no choice although all five had good work records and positive evaluations. And, the town of Altavista has easing regulations bow-hunters for the coming deer season. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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For First Time in History, Solar Jobs Outnumber Coal Jobs in Virginia

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Virginia has long been coal country, but the solar power industry has been increasing its foothold in the Commonwealth over the last few years. And now, Michael Pope reports that a significant shift is taking place. Michael Pope has more.

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Virginia’s First Transgender Candidate Talks Traffic Reform

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Danica Roem drives along a traffic-clogged stretch of Route 28 she says would work much better if three traffic lights were replaced with overpasses. (Credit: Michael Pope)

One of the winners in the primary elections is a candidate you may not heard of, at least not yet. But she’s likely to become one of the most visible Democratic challengers on the ballot this year. Michael Pope has the story.

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Trump Budget Eliminates Oyster Restoration Funds

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An oyster restoration project on the Piankatank River. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure. That began a federal-state partnership to restore and protect it, including a plan to revive the wild oyster population through sanctuaries on restored reefs in Maryland and Virginia. But the budget President Trump sent to Congress eliminates funding for that plan. And that has complicated even further an already complicated effort to restore the reefs gutted by a century of overfishing, disease and pollution. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded with grant support from the Clayton Baker Trust, The Bancroft Foundation, Michael and Ann Hankin, The Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation, The Rob and Elizabeth Tyler Foundation, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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‘The People Want a Fighter’ Says Stewart of Republican Primary

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Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, delivers a victory speech at his victory party in Richmond. Gillespie beat state Senator Frank Wagner and Corey Stewart in Tuesday’s primary. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Predictions led many to believe Republican Ed Gillespie would have an easy victory in yesterday’s election for the GOP nomination for Governor. And while he did win, it was by no means easy. His opponent Corey Stewart lost by just a few thousand votes. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginia Governor Calls for Gun Control after Shooting

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An Alexandria police officer tapes off an area near the YMCA after a shooting in Alexandria. (Credit: AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

The shooting in Alexandria is opening yet another discussion about guns in Virginia. How available are they? And what can be done to keep them from getting into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. Michael Pope has the story.

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Gillespie Wins Uncomfortably Close Republican Primary; Stewart Does Not Concede

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Ed Gillespie smiles as he gives his victory speech Tuesday night. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Although the Democratic contest garnered the most pre-election attention, Ed Gillespie’s narrow victory against former Trump state campaign chairman Corey Stewart provided the night’s biggest surprise.

Gillespie was expected to win easily, and the close contest shows President Trump’s enduring appeal among GOP voters in Virginia and a potentially rocky path forward for Republicans in a state where Democrats have won every statewide election since 2009. Mallory Noe-Payne reports that Gillespie quickly turned his attention to his next opponent: Democrats.

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Northam Wins Democratic Nomination; Says He’s Ready to Get Back on Offense

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Virginians Head to the Polls Today in Party Primaries

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Democratic candidate, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, sports an “I Voted” sticker during a canvas kickoff. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

For the first time in the same year the major parties in Virginia are using a primary to pick their nominees for governor. The Democratic primary between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello has  been hotly contested, while Republicans Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner are hoping to upset front-runner Ed Gillespie. Despite the race being touted as an early indicator of President Donald Trump’s success, election watchers are still expecting a low turnout.

Democrats are closely divided between Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello. Supporters for both campaigns are stationed at voting precincts across the state hoping to influence undecided voters.

As Michael Pope reports, some Democratic voters were still undecided at the polls.

While two Democrats have been locked in a heated battle, the Republican race has been a bit sleepier. Mallory Noe-Payne reports that state Republicans aren’t worried about a low turnout in the primary.

The low turnout numbers were expected across Virginia’s 2,500 precincts. Joe Staniunas talked to some voters in western Virginia.

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‘It’s Hard Not to Love Her’ On Loving Day, One Virginia Couple’s Story

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Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe during an unveiling of a new historical marker honoring Richard and Mildred Loving. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne)

Virginia police once threw Richard and Mildred Loving into jail. She was black and he was white, and they had gotten married. It was 1958, and in Virginia that was against the law. Monday marks 50 years since the Loving’s won a case before the Supreme Court and Virginia law was overturned.

Another Virginia couple, Charlie and Marcia Russell, traveled to Richmond Monday to honor the Lovings. They spoke with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne.

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Does Growing Population of Multiracial Kids Portend a Future with Less Racism?

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A growing number of families in this country include people of different races. (Credit: NPR)

50 years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that prevented people of different races from marrying in Virginia.  Now, one of every six newlyweds choose partners of a different race or ethnicity.  So does this mean America is on the road to ending racism?  And how do mixed race kids think of themselves.  Those questions puzzled a UVA alum whose new book offers intriguing answers.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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Va News Topics: Education Spending, Economist Pioneer Passing

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The question of how much authority county supervisors should have over education spending is in the news again, this time in Chesterfield County. And, a man hailed as one of the creators of the Northern Virginia economy has died. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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What Will Primary Turnout Mean for the Democratic Candidates for Governor?

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The hotly contested Democratic primary for governor will be decided by turnout, who shows up to the polls and who stays home. Michael Pope has this preview.

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No Presidential Endorsements for Gubernatorial Candidates

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Then-President Barack Obama stands with former Congressman Tom Perriello during a rally in 2010. Perriello, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has used audio from that event in a recent campaign ad. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

In case you didn’t already know from the glut of direct mail and all those door knockers canvassing your neighborhood, it’s election time. Tuesday is a hotly contested primary, and the airwaves are flooded with ads. Michael Pope has this look at one of the more controversial TV ads.

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Group Meeting at Virginia Tech Aims to Grow Engineering Degrees

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Members of the NSBE’s Region IV pose for a picture during this week’s National Leadership Conference. (Credit: Da’Jah Jones / RADIO IQ)

Top leaders of the National Society of Black Engineers are meeting this week at Virginia Tech to discuss how to drastically increase the number of black engineering degrees. Nick Gilmore stopped by and filed this report.

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Could Last-Minute Attack Ad Sway Voters Ahead of Next Week’s Primary?

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The final few days of a political campaign are always the most intense. And that’s certainly been the case in the hotly contested Republican primary for lieutenant governor. Michael Pope has the story.

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Should Car-Title Lenders Make Their Data Public?

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Democratic State Senator Scott Surovell, left, of Fairfax, seen here with State Senator Dave Marsden (D-Fairfax) at this year’s General Assembly, represented the state’s Center for Public Integrity before Virginia’s Supreme Court. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

How much information should car-title lenders release to the public? That’s an issue that’s currently before the Supreme Court of Virginia, and Michael Pope was there to hear oral arguments.

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Virginia Cities Top List of Millennial Growth

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Richmond and the Hampton Roads areas topped a list of cities attracting millennials. (Credit: AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

It’s no surprise that millennials are flocking to America’s cities. But it may be a surprise which urban centers top the list. New data shows two Virginia cities are the most popular destinations in the country. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Charlottesville Picks New Names for Lee and Jackson Parks

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Several people were ejected during a public hearing at Charlottesville’s city hall, before members voted to change the names of Lee and Jackson Parks. 

A meeting of Charlottesville’s city council began with a squabble but ended with surprising solidarity.  Sandy Hausman reports that members voted unanimously for new names to replace Lee and Jackson Parks.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Frank Wagner

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State Senator Frank Wagner is one of three Republicans running for governor in Virginia.  He doesn’t have the money or national party connections of Ed Gillespie, and he’s not as controversial as Corey Stewart, but he told reporter Sandy Hausman that he hopes voters will recognize more than 20 years in the state legislature as a plus – and agree that it might be time to raise the gas tax in Virginia.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Corey Stewart

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Corey Stewart is the Chairman of the Board in Prince William County, the second largest county in Virginia. A Tea Party Republican, he’s a strong proponent of gun rights, a passionate opponent of abortion, and – in an election some view as a referendum on Donald Trump – Stewart told Sandy Hausman he’s definitely in the President’s corner.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Ed Gillespie

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Today we hear from Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gillespie is one of three Republicans vying to replace Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Before a campaign event in Richmond, Gillespie sat down with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne. He laid out his plan to strengthen Virginia’s economy, beginning with a tax cut to individuals and small businesses.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Democrat Tom Perriello

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Tom Perriello is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against current lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. Perriello, a former Congressman from Charlottesville, is a relative outsider to state politics. But he’s been barnstorming the state, taking his pitch for progressive ideas like free community college and universal pre-K, straight to Virginians. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Democrat Ralph Northam

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Ralph Northam is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against former Congressman Tom Perriello. Northam, who’s currently the lieutenant governor, is a pediatrician, veteran, and former state lawmaker. He’s hoping Virginian Democrats will recognize his experience in state politics as a valuable tool for governing.

Mallory Noe-Payne recently spoke with Northam about what he hopes to bring to Richmond.

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Confederate Monuments and Memorials: What Role Will They Play in this Year’s Elections?

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The Jefferson Davis monument on Monument Avenue in Richmond. (Credit: Wikipedia)

It may be 2017. But listen to candidates for statewide office, and you might think it’s the 1860s. Michael Pope has this look at how the Election of 2017 is playing out against a backdrop of Virginia’s Civil War history.

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In-Person Absentee Voting on the Rise in Virginia. What Does that Mean?

I-voted-stickerVirginia does not have early voting. But more and more people are voting before election day using in-person absentee ballots. So what does that mean for politics in Virginia? Michael Pope reports.

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Candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor: The Democrats

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Three Democrats are vying to become the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope talked to the candidates to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Bills Aimed at Protecting Virginia’s Senior Citizens

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Governor McAuliffe signs bills to crack down on exploitation of seniors and food insecurity among seniors. (Credit Michael Pope)

Governor Terry McAuliffe is hoping two new laws will do more to protect seniors from going hungry and falling prey to financial exploitation. Michael Pope reports.

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Candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor: The Republicans

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State Senator Jill Vogel, State Senator Bryce Reeves, and Delegate Glenn Davis. (Credit: Associated Press, Glenn Davis for LG Facebook)

Three Republicans are vying to become the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope talked to each to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

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Perriello, Northam Asked About Their Regrets During Last Debate

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Asking candidates for office about their regrets can be a dicey game. And the answers can sometimes provide a window into the candidates and their campaigns. Take, for example, how the two Democrats running for governor answered that question at a recent debate.  Michael Pope explains.

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Lack of Seasonal Worker Visas Straps Chesapeake Seafood Industry

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H2B visa workers and American workers clean up at Bevans Oyster Company after dozens of seasonal workers finished their early morning oyster shucking shift. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

The Chesapeake Bay’s crab, oyster and bait industry has been losing its American workforce since the late 1980s, as the old hands retire and younger workers seek better paying jobs. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded with grant support from the Clayton Baker Trust, The Bancroft Foundation, Michael and Ann Hankin, The Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation, The Rob and Elizabeth Tyler Foundation, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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Va News: Gloucester Employee Recordings, Norfolk Lawsuit

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Gloucester County will soon be making audio recordings of conversations between county staff and members of the public. And Norfolk is facing the possibility of a lawsuit that could cost the city more than it could pay. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org.

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The Ever-Rising Cost of Tuition in Virginia

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Many of the state’s four-year public universities, including Virginia Tech, have recently announced hikes in tuition. (Credit: Paul Kurlak / Creative Commons)

Ask voters what issues they are concerned about on the campaign trail, and one that comes up again and again is the cost of college debt. Michael Pope reports that’s because of a sharp increase in the cost of college.

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Va News Topics: Richmond Vending Machines, Natural Gas Royalties

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When Richmond City Council wasn’t sure what to expect when it decided to try healthier products in public vending machines but the early results have been a surprise. And, a judge has cleared the way for Southwest Virginia landowners to sue over royalties from natural gas recovery in former coal mines. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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Virginia Lawmakers React to Trump’s Latest Budget Proposal

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President Trump unveiled his budget this week and it’s being met with mixed reactions from Virginia lawmakers. Matt Laslo has the story from the Capitol.

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Virginia Employment Numbers: Charlottesville Leads, Bristol Trails

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New numbers from the Bureau of Labor statistics show Virginia is steadily adding jobs, although some parts of the Commonwealth are growing much faster than others. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Reversing Centuries of Logging Damage at the Great Dismal Swamp

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Project Manager David Byrd and others participate in a ceremonial dropping of aluminum boards to slow the flow of water at one of the dozen water control devices in the swamp. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Previous presidents weren’t exactly environmentally friendly. Roosevelt’s Civil Conservation Corps dug ditches to drain pristine New England marshes so farmers could harvest salt marsh hay. Here in Virginia, George Washington drained the swamp, literally, to log the Great Dismal Swamp. Now, slowly, the damage is being undone with the help of Hurricane Sandy funding. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Accidental Shooting Prompts Questions Over Virginia’s Gun Laws

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The death of a 4-year old in Orange County is sparking a new discussion about gun safety. Michael Pope has the story.

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