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Poll Finds Virginians Aren’t Just Divided, They’re On Different Planets

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A new poll from Roanoke College says Virginians are more divided on everything, from the direction of Virginia to their views of the president. Michael Pope is breaking down the numbers.

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Northam Leads Gillespie By Seven Points in New Roanoke College Poll

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The race for governor is about to gear up heading into the fall. And a new poll from Roanoke College shows one candidate with a significant lead. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Should Virginia Replace Confederate Statue on Capitol Hill?

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A number of Confederate heroes, including General Robert E. Lee, are memorialized in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill. (Credit: AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Confederate statues aren’t just at courthouses and public squares in the South. They are also placed in positions of honor at the United States Capitol. Michael Pope has the story.

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Safety, Community on Students’ Minds as They Return to University of Virginia

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Classes started at the University of Virginia today. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Students are returning to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville this week. The progressive college-town was struck by violence when hundreds marched on campus, carrying torches and chanting Nazi slogans. That’s left some students and families concerned. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Va News Topics: Pig Chase, Northern Virginia Visionary

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A contest in which children chase pigs at a Virginia county fair has generated a pair of petitions and worldwide attention. And, one of the people who made Northern Virginia what it is today is being remembered as a true visionary. 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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Governor Remembers State Trooper Who Died in Charlottesville

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Two state troopers died last weekend in Charlottesville. They had been monitoring the rally from above and were returning to base when their helicopter crashed. Mallory Noe-Payne attended the first of two funerals and has this report.

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How Should Localities Grant Permits Following Charlottesville Violence?

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White nationalist demonstrators walk through the streets of Charlottesville during a rally earlier this month. Governor Terry McAuliffe wants to look into how local governments grant permits for rallies and marches. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville is opening a new conversation about how local governments issue permits for groups to hold marches and rallies. Michael Pope has the story.

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Richmond Commission Now Directed To Consider Removing Confederate Monuments

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A commission considering the future of Richmond’s Confederate monuments now has new orders. Last week, Mayor Levar Stoney directed the commission to include an examination of removal or relocation of the monuments. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Dolphins in Chesapeake Bay: Unusual, or No Big Deal?

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Dolphins in Hellens Creek off the Patuxent River near Solomons. (Credit: Chris Moe / UMCES)

Earlier this summer, we started hearing reports of dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay. Some thought it was unusual, others said it was no big deal. So Joel McCord went searching for them for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.

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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In Light of Charlottesville, VMFA Highlights Mission of Inclusion Through New Exhibit

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Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present, a new exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that explores conversations between Native Americans and their art, opened this past weekend in Richmond. (Credit: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

With talk of Charlottesville and Civil War monuments dominating the news cycle, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director addressed the institution’s Confederate past while looking forward to its future Thursday morning. A new exhibit, highlighting the artistic legacy of Native Americans, hopes to reinforce the museum’s long-time message of inclusion. Brad Kutner reports from Richmond.

 

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What Happens to Charlottesville’s Lee Statue is Still Up in the Air

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A statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee sits in Emancipation Park, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, over the weekend is accelerating the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the nation. (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman)

The violence that erupted in Charlottesville over the weekend was prompted by the city’s desire to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. That’s a legal battle that’s still unfolding in the courts and it’s far from settled. Michael Pope has the story.

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Craft Breweries Triple During McAuliffe Administration

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Governor Terry McAuliffe appears in this promotional video drinking a beer in the Executive Mansion to celebrate August as Craft Brewing Month.

As Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe prepares to leave office early next year, he can look to a record of economic development that even some Republicans applaud. But there’s one particular industry that the governor has tapped more than others. Michael Pope serves up the story.

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Virginia’s ACA Marketplace Has Lost Another Provider, But There is a Silver Lining

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Virginia’s largest insurer is pulling out of the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Michael Pope has the story.

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Senator Mark Warner Responds to Charlottesville Violence

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Senator Mark Warner is denouncing the violent rally in Charlottesville over the weekend. Nick Gilmore has details.

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Charlottesville Clash Shines New Spotlight on Confederate Monuments

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A postcard view of the “Appomattox” monument in Alexandria. (Credit: Alexandria Library Local History Special Collections)

The events in Charlottesville are prompting a renewed interest in Confederate statues and memorials across Virginia, as elected leaders across Virginia hear a new round of calls to remove them. Michael Pope reports.

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Officials Reflect on Charlottesville at Groundbreaking for Civil War Museum

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Officials in Richmond broke ground today on a new Civil War Museum. The facility will feature exhibit halls and a theater. And while it’s been in the works for years, this weekend’s events in Charlottesville gave the effort a renewed sense of urgency. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Journalist Attacked at Late Night Richmond Protest

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Rounding out a weekend of chaos, a couple hundred people took to the streets in Richmond Sunday night, protesting white supremacy and fascism. Police closed down portions of Broad Street as they marched to a monument of Robert E. Lee. A local journalist covering the march was attacked, and one protester was arrested. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

UPDATE August 15, 9:13 am: The organizer of the planned September rally tells local media he has decided to withdraw his permit request.

 

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Va News Topics: Strongest Alcoholic Beverage, Saving a Virginia Island

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A new law has opened the way for Virginia ABC stores to sell the strongest alcoholic beverage ever made available in state liquor outlets. But it won’t be on the shelves at every location. And, residents of a disappearing Virginia island in the Chesapeake Bay are looking to a project in Maryland as a way to save their home. 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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‘She Was Just Awake’ Friends Remember Heather Heyer

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People in Charlottesville are remembering the 32-year-old woman who died this weekend at a counter protest following a white supremacist rally. Police identified her as Heather Heyer. She was killed when an alleged white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of people. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Blacksburg Vigil for Charlottesville

 

 

Across Virginia, people gathered to remember those killed and injured in Saturday’s violence. In Blacksburg, the Coalition for Justice held a vigil against hate in solidarity with counter protesters in Charlottesville. Robbie Harris was there.

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After the Rally, Charlottesville Confronts Fresh Wounds

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A vigil honoring victims set up Saturday evening at McGuffey Park in Charlottesville. (Credit: Sandy Hausman / RADIO IQ)

People who were hit by a speeding car after violent protests in Charlottesville continue their recovery.  Ten are now in good condition at UVA Medical Center and nine have been released, but as Sandy Hausman reports, some invisible wounds may remain.

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Virginia Governor’s Race: The Candidates’ Plans for Rural High-Speed Internet

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Policy wonks call it the “last mile” – the infrastructure needed to get high-speed internet down those long and sparsely populated country roads. It’s expensive, and private companies are unlikely to recoup that investment from just a couple of households. And while Virginia’s candidates for governor agree something needs to be done, they don’t quite agree over how to fund it. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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This Year’s Governor’s Race Could Have Lasting Impacts on Virginia Politics

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Gubernatorial candidates Democrat Ralph Northam (left) and Republican Ed Gillespie (right). The winner of this year’s election could have significant influence on redistricting efforts. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

This year’s election may end up being more important than most because the next governor will oversee a new round of political maps that will shape Virginia politics for the next decade. Michael Pope has details.

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Does Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Paint the Whole Picture?

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie says the state’s unemployment rate is misleading. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia’s unemployment is at its lowest level since the recession. But is that a sign of strength for the economy? Or does it indicate something else is going on? Michael Pope hit the road to find out.

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Recent Study Finds State Tax Code Doesn’t Benefit Low-Income People

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As Washington turns its attention from healthcare to taxes, critics of the tax code on the right and left agree on one thing — too many tax breaks benefit wealthy people. Michael Pope has the story.

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East of I-95, Virginia Begins to Limit Permitted Groundwater Users

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Groundwater management areas along Virginia’s coast. (Credit: Department of Environmental Quality)

Groundwater in the Coastal Plain, East of I-95, is under stress. During the last 18 months, Virginia water officials have been negotiating cuts to groundwater withdrawals by the state’s biggest users. Now, they are looking at another large user. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Virginians Will Have More Healthcare Choices Next Year

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Despite fears that Virginia’s health insurance marketplace is imploding, people who are insured through the Affordable Care Act in Virginia will actually have more choices next year. Michael Pope has details.

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Latest Poll Has Democrat Ralph Northam Edging Out Republican Ed Gillespie in Governor’s Race

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Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary during an election party. (Credit: AP Photo / Cliff Owen)

Political season here in Virginia never seems to die, the commonwealth is now gearing up for a fall of campaigning for Governor and the state legislature. The latest poll numbers favor Democrats. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Hampton Roads Lags Behind Other Metropolitan Areas in Employment Numbers

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The Hampton Roads region, which includes Norfolk, is the only major metropolitan area in the country that saw a drop in employment rates last year. (Credit: Creative Commons / Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia’s major metropolitan areas are thriving, and unemployment is down across the Commonwealth; but there’s one part of Virginia that’s struggling more than others. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Va News Topics: DuPont Settlement, Va Beach Senior Class Rankings

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DuPont has agreed to pay the largest environmental damage award ever in Virginia. The money will go toward restoring ecosystems damaged by a mercury discharge from a DuPont plant in Waynesboro. And, senior class rankings and valedictorians may soon become relics of the past in Virginia Beach. 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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A Racial Divide for Mental Health Care Exists in Virginia

va_state_flag.jpgFor years, lawmakers in Virginia have struggled to find ways to expand mental health care — with mixed results. A new report from the Commonwealth Institute finds a racial divide in terms of who gets help. Michael Pope has the story.

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Should Social Media Posts from Lawmakers Be Considered Public Records?

 

foia_stock.jpgWhen an elected official posts on Facebook, is that a public record? That’s the question at the center of a Henrico County case that could have broad implications for freedom of information. Michael Pope has the story.

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Challenge to Massive Surveillance Program Headed to Virginia Supreme Court

License Plate Surviellance-Private CompaniesYou’ve seen them on top of police cruisers across Virginia, license plate readers — constantly tracking your whereabouts and feeding your local police department with information about where you have been and when you were there. Now a lawsuit is challenging that. Michael Pope has details.

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Virginia is Getting Older, But Some Places Are Aging Faster Than Others

 

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The Primland Resort in Patrick County. The county is one of a number in Virginia that could see their population over 65 double or triple in the next two decades.

In the next 20 years, the number of people over the age of 65 in Virginia is expected to double. But as Michael Pope tells us, some places will get older than others.

 

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Virginia ACA Providers Face a Federal Funding Cut With a Fast-Approaching Deadline

 

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President Trump has repeatedly vowed to cut off federal funding for the subsidized health-insurance plans that are at the center of the Affordable Care Act. If he decides to pull the trigger on that, what would happen in Virginia? Michael Pope has the story.

 

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Va News Topics: Historic Courtroom, Coal Ash and Oysters

 

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A Virginia county is looking to avoid legal complications while it decides what to do about a religious message discovered in a historic courtroom. And, it may surprise many people to hear that coal ash was once used in the Chesapeake Bay to support oysters. Fred Echols has details.

 

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A Number of Virginia Representatives Think Lawmakers Should Skip Recess

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The U.S. House kicks off a month long recess today, which some Virginia Republicans say they don’t deserve. Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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Virginia’s Real Estate Sector is Rapidly Growing

 

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Virginia’s real estate market is red hot according to new data from the federal government. Michael Pope has details.

 

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Congress Votes to Defund Dog Experiments at Richmond’s VA Hospital

 

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Virginia Congressman Dave Brat sponsored the legislation to strip funding from painful experiments on dogs happening in Richmond’s VA Hospital. ( Credit J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Richmond has come under fire for using dogs in painful medical testing. Now a Congressman has stepped in to eliminate funding for the program. Mallory Noe- Payne has more.

 

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Blacksburg Based Company Completes Road Trip with Self Driving Car

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The TORC self-driving car in front of Virginia’s Executive Mansion Wednesday, at the end of its cross-country road trip. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

More than ten years ago, a small team of students and engineers from Virginia Tech won big at a national contest for software that allowed a car to drive all on its own.

That technology has since grown into a successful Blacksburg-based company that’s on the cutting edge of self-driving technology.

The company just completed its first cross-country road trip, and Mallory Noe-Payne was there as they pulled into their final stop.

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Virginia Lawmakers’ Differing Views on Trump’s Voting Commission

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President Donald Trump is backing up his unfounded claim that millions of illegal votes were cast for his opponent with a commission to investigate voter fraud. Washington correspondent Matt Laslo reports that many lawmakers from our region are dubious of the commission, and some Republicans wonder if it’s a top priority.

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The Biggest Political Spenders Don’t Always Get the Victory

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Money has become an increasingly important part of politics, and candidates spend a larger portion of their time on the campaign trail dialing for dollars. But, as Michael Pope reports, money does not always equal success.

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One Lawmaker’s Plan to Regulate Online Lending

 

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With the rise of online lenders, consumers in Virginia can be hit with loans that have interest rates far beyond any brick-and-mortar location. Now one lawmaker from Northern Virginia is offering a solution, although consumer advocates say the bill might cause more problems than it solves. Michael Pope has the story.

 

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Governor Kicks Off ‘Virginia is for Computer Science Lovers’ Campaign

14c68d2b-8449-4045-85db-51cb5a857023-originalVirginia launched a new PR campaign Monday to draw attention to the state’s quickly growing computer science industry. The campaign ties in neatly with Richmond Tech Week, which also kicked off Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne has more details.

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GRTC in Richmond Launches Training Program for Mechanics

 

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Public transportation plays a big role in a community — helping people get to and from work and school. But now Richmond’s public transport agency is trying something new: workforce development. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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New Rules Threaten Growing Blue Cat Industry

 

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Watermen bring in a morning’s haul of blue catfish from the Rappahannock River in Virginia. ( Credit Pamela D’Angelo)

In recent years, Chesapeake watermen and seafood processors have begun developing a market for blue catfish, that invasive species that has exploded in regional waters vacuuming up baby blue crabs, shad, striped bass and other economically important fish. But new USDA inspection rules that hold foreign imports to U.S. standards could threaten that growing market. Pamela D’Angelo reports on America’s other, other white meat for Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative.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 Topics: Saving Honeybees, Self-Driving Cars to Virginia

untitledThe past few years have been difficult for honeybees with thousands of colonies dying every winter but Virginia is working on a plan to help these important pollinators stay alive. And, the Virginia Department of Transportation hopes to attract more research on self-driving cars to Virginia by opening sections of the state’s interstate highways to companies building and testing autonomous vehicles. Fred Echols has more.

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Gillespie, Northam Discuss Guns, Fracking and Economy in First Gubernatorial Debate

 

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The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs was the site of the first gubernatorial debate between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam.
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Virginia’s two major-party candidates for governor duked it out over the weekend in the first of three debates. Michael Pope has the story.

 

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First Gubernatorial Debate Does Not Include Libertarian Candidate

 

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Libertarian Candidate, Cliff Hyra (right), was not invited to the debate.
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The first of three debates for governor is scheduled for this weekend, when Democrat Ralph Northam will square off with Republican Ed Gillespie at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. But there’s one candidate who’s not invited to the party. Michael Pope has details.

 

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Tim Kaine’s Health Care Plan: Reinsurance

 

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Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
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In Washington, leaders in both parties are at odds over how to move forward on health care. One senator who is trying to seize the moment is Democrat Tim Kaine, who says he has a plan to move forward. Michael Pope has the story.

 

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