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VaNews Topics: Portsmouth Ad Campaign, Inmate Labor

VPAPnewThe city of Portsmouth’s new ad campaign is under fire for lack of diversity … and questions are raised regarding liability for inmates performing labor in Suffolk. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More by Fred Echols.

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VaNews Topics: Racial Discrimination, Worth of Trump’s VA Golf Course

VPAPnewDonald Trump and Loudon County disagree on what the presidential candidate’s newly renovated golf course is worth…and the city of Suffolk remains under federal scrutiny over past acts of racial discrimination in schools. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on V-PAP-dot-org. More from Fred Echols.

 

 

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VaNews Topics: Overfishing, Trespassing Kayakers

VPAPnewWestern Virginia landowners have gone to court to keep kayakers and others from using creeks that cross their property…and conflicting federal rulings have put Virginia’s ocean fishing season at risk. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.https://virginiapublicradio.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/vpr-vanews-0418.mp3

 

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VaNews Topics: RV Dealer Says Merchant Tax Rate is Unfair, Controversial Painting on Display

VPAPnewA Pittsylvania County RV dealer says the county’s inventory tax is unfair to businesses like his and could force him to leave the area…and a controversial painting is drawing some criticism for a Virginia Beach museum. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

 

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VaNews: Miscommunication over VT Speaker; VA Beach’s Big Pier

VPAPnewDevelopers are hoping to build a giant pier at Virginia Beach and one city councilman wants the public to have free use of it….Virginia Tech is making plans to host a conservative columnist who said a previous invitation to the university was canceled. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org More from Fred Echols.

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VaNews: Uncertain Oyster Plans, Fruit Forecasts

VPAPnewAn April cold snap all but wiped out the peach crop in Virginia’s northern Shenandoah Valley…and there’s some confusion about an effort to revive the oyster population off Virginia Beach. Those have been among the most read stories this week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews: Reprinting Ballots in Roanoke City; Drones in Emergency Searches

VPAPnewThe Roanoke City Board of Elections agreed to reprint 15,000 ballots after a candidate for city council said voters might not recognize her name on the originals…and several Virginia law enforcement agencies took part in a demonstration that showed how drones can help in help in emergency searches. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews Issues: Symbols of Racial Injustice, Public Transportation & Gas Prices

VPAPnewCheaper gasoline is good for many people but not so good for some of Virginia’s public transportation systems…and some residents in the Williamsburg area want to change the name of a school that commemorates a defender of segregation. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

 

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VaNews Topics: Building a Mosque, Passenger Rail Improvements

VPAPnewA group that wants to build a mosque in Culpeper County suspects a religious motive in the county’s denial of a permit…and Hanover County residents are hoping to stop plans for passenger rail improvements. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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VaNews: Thoroughbreds Run Again, Urban Gardening Controversy

VPAPnewOne city in Virginia is taking a fresh look at how it regulates gardens…and the Commonwealth will soon have a thoroughbred racing season again, something it hasn’t had since 2013. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: The Most-Read Stories

VPAPnewA request from a student has led to a significant policy change by a Virginia school division…and two firefighters are back at work thanks in part to a show of support from the public.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.https://virginiapublicradio.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/vpr-vanews-03-14-16.mp3

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VaNews: Candidate Security, Habitual Drunkenness Considered

VPAPnewIn theory, presidential campaigns pay for security when a candidate holds a public rally. But in fact, you may be covering that expense…

And Virginia may soon be defending it’s law against habitual drunkenness in court. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews: Airport Parking, Fantasy Sports

VPAPnewNorfolk’s airport is among the largest in the country to have no access by public transportation…and Virginia is on the brink of becoming the first state to license online fantasy sports games.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Sealing Police Names, Streaming Council Meetings

VPAPnewThe General Assembly is considering a new law that would prevent the public from learning the names of police officers. And open government advocates are criticizing cities that put their council meetings on the internet but exclude some citizen comments. Fred Echols reports.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews Includes Trains Through Town, Food Bank Donations

VPAPnewResidents of a Richmond suburb are happy to have Amtrak trains running through their town but they don’t especially want additional tracks added…and the General Assembly may soon enact a benefit for farmers who donate produce to food banks. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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Attempts to Undo Gun Control Executive Order

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Opponents of new gun control laws have set their sights on two executive orders issued by the governor – vowing to undo Terry McAuliffe’s limits on those who want to carry concealed weapons in the Commonwealth.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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VaNews: State Reptile, School Fundraising

VPAPnewAfter a near miss in 2006, Virginia may soon have an official state reptile. And a bill now in the General Assembly would give local school districts a new way to raise revenue. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews: Help for Craft Breweries

VPAPnewA Virginia state senator wants to lend a legislative helping hand to craft breweries in the Commonwealth…and the town of Leesburg is giving some thought to separating from Loudon County and becoming a city. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

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VaNews: Gun for Sale, Dangerous Bedbug Remedy

VPAPnewA new strategy for killing bedbugs has gotten the attention of the Richmond Fire Department. And, the Town of Amherst has a gun for sale. But if you’re interested, you should know it won’t be cheap. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews: Residency Requirements, Presidential Primary

VPAPnewPetersburg City Council has overwhelmingly approved a new residency requirement despite having been told the policy is illegal…and the Virginia GOP is considering whether to ask voters for their phone numbers and email addresses when they cast ballots in the party’s presidential primary. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. https://virginiapublicradio.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/vpr-va-news-1222-web.mp3

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VaNews: Most Read Stories

VPAPnewThere’s a petition in Henrico County to remove of the name one of Virginia’s most famous segregationists from a public school…and the Virginia half of the city of Bristol says it can’t afford to help the Tennessee half with some civic promotion efforts. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews: Caught on Camera, Mistakes Follow

VPAPnewIn Virginia you can have photographic evidence of cars illegally passing school buses but still not be able to prosecute the drivers…and a bill to introduced in the General Assembly would allow some convicted drug offenders to clear their records. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Gender Identification, Write-In Candidates

VPAPnewTwo advocacy groups are asking Virginia to streamline the process for changing gender identification on birth certificates…and Lynchburg saw a record number of votes for write-in candidates on Election Day. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link on VPAP.org. More from Fred Echols.

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VaNews: Close Votes & Cash Flow

VPAPnewA Virginia small business is trying a new approach to raising capital, soliciting donations on the internet…and a York County school board election illustrates how important one vote can be. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link from vpap.org. More from Fred Echols.

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VaNews for 11.09.15: Accusations of International Cheating on College Entrance Exams

VPAPnewVirginia’s favorite NFL team is making the case that its nickname and logo are no more offensive than many others that are allowed to stand….and some international students at Virginia Tech are among those accused of using fraudulent test scores to obtain student visas. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

 

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VaNews: Canines on the Campaign Trail

VPAPnewSome Northern Virginia dogs have gone on record – sort of – with their opinions about politicians in their neighborhoods….and the city Norfolk is looking to turn the problem of rising sea levels into an economic development opportunity. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

 

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VaNews: Specialty License Plates; Lunchroom Debt

VPAPnewVirginia Beach schools are facing a growing debt because of student lunches that are served but not paid for…and a Northern Virginia woman believes a specialty license plate approved and issued by the state should be recalled.   Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: College Textbook Prices

VPAPnewThere’s controversy in Fairfax over cars being ticketed for expired inspection stickers while waiting to be inspected…and some Virginia community college students have found a way around the high cost of textbooks. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Guns Shows, Pickle Ball

VPAPnewOrganizers and shoppers at one of Virginia’s biggest gun shows make their feelings known in the wake of a mass shooting in Oregon….and a new sport looking for room to grow is meeting some resistance from a more established one in Virginia. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

 

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VaNews: Shooting Zones, Futuristic Traffic Patterns

VPAPnewAmherst County supervisors have some decisions to make about allowing gunfire in residential neighborhoods…and a futuristic solution is being offered to ease highway congestion in traffic-choked Arlington. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More on that from Fred Echols.

 

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VaNews: Lingerie Shop Windows, Cycling Rules Discussed

VPAPnewA Northern Virginia lingerie shop has upset some residents who don’t believe its window displays make a proper impression….and bicycle riders will no longer get a free pass when they run stop signs in one Virginia city. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org.

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VaNews: Confederate Flags, Voting Teens

VPAPnewChristiansburg High School has handed out suspensions to students who challenged a policy prohibiting the confederate flag on school grounds…and former Virginia Lieutenant Governor turned Congressman Don Beyer wants 16-year-olds to have the right to pre-register to vote. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews: Rear View Mirrors & Cross-Training Paramedics

VPAPnewThe courts will soon decide whether a Virginia law that prohibits objects that might block a driver’s view of the road to be attached to rear view mirrors is constitutional…..and paramedics in Alexandria are unhappy at being asked to cross train as firefighters. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More now from Fred Echols.

 

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Va News: Millennial Magnets, College Faculty/Student Relationships

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Stock Photo by Rowan Farrell, Creative Commons

Arlington County has been a magnet for millennials. But now they’re starting families and that makes Arlington less attractive for many of them…and Virginia Commonwealth University’s new policy on student-faculty romance is being questioned by some in the university community. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews Issues: Tracking School Buses, Rest Stop Travel Advertising

VPAPnewNew regulations covering information distributed at rest stops in Virginia may land the state in court…and GPS tracking of school buses has come to the Richmond area. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Craft Beer Culture

VPAPnewVirginia’s growing craft beer culture is running into complications as the state tries to decide how to regulate the brewers…and Petersburg’s sheriff is facing a lawsuit from a surprising source, the City of Petersburg. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Civil Forfeiture, Essay Submition for Farm

VPAPnewAn essay and a 200-hundred dollar entry fee could get you a central Virginia farm. And being suspected of a crime can cause one to lose their property.  Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org.

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VaNews: Energy Efficieny, Paying Jurors

VPAPnewVirginia power companies will be doing more to help low income homeowners make their houses more energy efficient. And, the idea of using cash cards to pay jurors is picking up some critics. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org.

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Two Topics from VA News: Virginia Wineries, Virginia’s Obsolete Courthouses Present Preservation Issues

VPAPnewAs more wineries are opening in Virginia grape production in the state is not keeping pace…and with many Commonwealth counties looking to replace obsolete courthouses issues of historic preservation may create complications. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on www.vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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Va News for 07.20.15: Loud Colonial Times, More Valedictorians Than Ever

VPAPnewThe sounds of colonial life in Williamsburg may be getting a lot louder soon…and the term ‘valedictorian’ is taking on a whole new meaning for some high school students in Virginia and across the nation. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap,org. More from Fred Echols.

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VA News: Indian Tribe Wins Federal Recognition

VPAPnewA Virginia Indian tribe has won its long battle for official federal recognition…and there’s more controversy over a plan to widen one of the nation’s busiest highways. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s V-A News link on vpap.org.

Fred Echols reports.

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Va News for 06.22.15: High School Diplomas Online

VPAPnewArlington County has made it a little more costly for people who violate the anti-profanity law…and Virginia will begin offering students a chance to get their public high school diplomas without ever seeing the inside of a classroom. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More on that from Fred Echols.

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VA News: Wildlife Habitats in the News

VPAPnewA government agency has moved to protect thousands of square miles of ocean bottom habitat – including areas off the Virginia coast – from damage by commercial fishing operations…..and a thriving elk population in southwest Virginia has created complications for state wildlife managers. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link on vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Self-Driving Cars, Passenger Rail Service

VPAPnewVirginia is making a move to embrace the future of train travel as plans for faster passenger rail service between Richmond and DC are considered… and Google’s self-driving cars will soon be seen among the hordes of vehicles packing the roads in Northern Virginia. Those are among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org.  Fred Echols has more.

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VaNews: Gun Store Opposition, Artificial Turf Removal

VPAPnewPeople in an Arlington neighborhood are looking for a way to stop a gun store from opening nearby but the law is not on their side. And some Loudon County parents want artificial turf removed from school athletic fields. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews: Affordable Lots, Religious Expression Raising Eyebrows

VPAPnewFor a limited time you can buy residential lots in Richmond for the affordable price of one dollar…and religious expression – in this case pantomimed interpretation of gospel music in Portsmouth – has drawn charges of racism. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

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VaNews: Privacy, Free Speech & Civility

VPAPnewElectronic license plate readers are back in the news in Virginia but this time it’s not because they’re on police cars…and Norfolk City Council is trying to find a balance between free speech and civility at its meetings. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. More from Fred Echols.

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VA News: National Motto, Political Opinions

VPAPnewA Floyd County bailiff has lost his job after expressing his political opinion and Madison County Supervisors got into a spat about whether or not to post the national motto in their chambers. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.

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VaNews: Negative Yelp Reviews, Horse Racing

VPAPnewOne Virginia business raised the question of whether people who post negative online reviews of businesses can be legally required to identify themselves. Their case went to court, but won’t be decided in the Commonwealth. And the General Assembly has made certain that horse racing and off track betting will continue in Virginia in spite of problems at one of the state’s premier tracks. Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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VaNews: Replacing Shaka Smart, VA Beach Employee Access

VPAPnewVirginia Commonwealth University is suddenly in need of a replacement for the man who’s been the face of the school for the past few years. And city leaders in Virginia Beach were surprised to learn that an employee had been given access to millions of dollars in official bank accounts.

Those are among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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