Popular Tourist Stop On The Chesapeake Bay To Close

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One of several coin-operated binoculars along the pier. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

For decades now, tourists have stopped midway on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to stand at the mouth of the Bay. They watch cargo and military ships, and if they’re lucky, a nuclear sub glide by before ducking into the restaurant for some freshly fried flounder and hush puppies. But, as Pamela D’Angelo reports, the restaurant will become history at the end of the month.

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Congressman Garrett Helps Resettle Sudanese Refugees in Virginia

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Representative Thomas Garrett, R-VA, is currently in Sudan on a diplomatic mission to resettle two Christian pastors and family members. (Credit: AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A Congressman from Virginia is in Africa this week, working to secure the release of two Sudanese pastors imprisoned by their government. Seven of the pastors’ family members have already arrived in Virginia as refugees. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Amazon is Just the Latest Topic of Discussion for Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates

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Will Virginia become home to a second headquarters for Amazon? That’s a question that’s consuming economic development officials right now. But it’s also become an issue on the campaign trail for the Executive Mansion. Michael Pope has the story.

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Just Like Any Other Candidates, Gillespie and Northam Have Distinct Weaknesses to Overcome

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Republican Ed Gillespie (left) and Democrat Ralph Northam at a televised debate in Northern Virginia earlier this week. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Every candidate has a something to overcome. So what are the weaknesses the two major party candidates for governor have heading into the fall election season? Michael Pope has the story.

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Lawmakers Consider Public Awareness Campaign on Childhood Trauma

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Adverse Childhood Experiences can lead to increased health risks as an adult. (Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Virginia’s lawmakers are preparing for another busy legislative year. One topic on the agenda: how to better serve children who face violence or trauma at home. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Northam, Gillespie Spar Over Taxes, Healthcare, Confederate Monuments

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Ralph Northam (left) and Ed Gillespie shake hands before Tuesday night’s debate in McLean. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool) 

The major party candidates for governor met for a televised debate Tuesday night.  They sparred over taxes, healthcare and Confederate monuments, among other topics. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ tax plans.

Both candidates appeared to dodge some issues. Northam’s apparent support for two proposed controversial natural gas pipelines was an issue that dogged him during the primary, when Tom Perriello offered clear opposition to the plan. Gillespie also struggled with a question about the healthcare proposal now under consideration in Congress. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ responses about pipelines, healthcare and Confederate monuments.

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The Latest Episode in the On-Going Soap Opera of Health Care Providers in Virginia

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After announcing it would be leaving Virginia’s ACA marketplace, Anthem has now reversed course and will offer coverage next year. (Credit: AP Photo / Michael Conroy, File)

Following the latest twists and turns in the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act can be difficult. As Michael Pope reports, that’s because the story has more twists and turns than a soap opera.

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Education Programs Aim to Keep Migrant Families Together

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Museum Director Monika Bridgforth meets with children role-playing at the exhibit of the Cobb Island Hotel front desk. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

Each year migrant workers travel up the coast spending part of the season in Virginia’s tomato and potato fields and poultry houses. Moving means their children miss school, so federal grants allow states to fund summer school programs to keep them caught up. The Eastern Shore has Virginia’s largest population of migrant workers, but a majority are no longer able to bring their families. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

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Northam Holds Slight Edge Over Gillespie Ahead of Prime-Time Debate

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Virginia’s two major party candidates will go head to head Tuesday night in a prime-time face off, a televised debate that indicates the official start of the hottest part of campaign season. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra will not be participating in the debate, but he will be on the ballot in every jurisdiction. Michael Pope reports.

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‘This is the Beginning of Bringing People Together,’ Residents Express Optimism After Richmond Rally

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Adria Scharf of the Richmond Peace Education Center hosting a unity rally at Richmond’s Maggie Walker statue. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

About half a dozen Neo-Confederates came from out of state to Richmond Saturday, stirring tensions and drawing hundreds of counter protesters. Many of the anti-racism protesters began their day at a unity rally at the city’s Maggie Walker monument. Mallory Noe-Payne covered the rally and has this report.

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Va News Topics: Declining Hunting Interest in VA, Passport Applications

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Interest in hunting appears to be on the decline in Virginia. And, when local government offices decide to stop processing passport applications things get less convenient for people planning to travel. Virginia’s Augusta County is a recent example. 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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Portraying the Real Appalachia: New Kids’ TV Show Explores Arts and Science in Our Backyard

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A Blacksburg film maker says that for too long, the media’s represented Appalachia only in negative stereotypes. He wants to change that image with a new children’s television show that explores the region’s assets. It’s a blend of arts, science, and Appalachian culture that teaches kids about the amazing things you can find in your own backyard.  Robbie Harris visited the set and prepared this report.

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Richmond Preps for Pro-Confederate Monument Rally

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Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham at a community meeting Thursday night ahead of Saturday’s planned rally. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Richmond is preparing for a pro-Confederate monument rally organized by an out-of-state group. The event is scheduled for this Saturday at at the Robert E. Lee Monument. Organizers have refused to cancel despite a ban from the state. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Bay’s Osprey Population in Decline… Again

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Osprey family at Lynnhven Inlet, VA (Credit: Reese Lukei)

The Chesapeake Bay is host to the largest breeding population of osprey in the world. They tell us when spring is here and give us clues about the bay’s health. Now, as osprey begin their annual migration to Central and South America, biologists say there’s been a decline in population during the last few years. Pamela D’Angelo reports 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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Wildlife Academy to Instruct the Public

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Director Ed Clark hopes to train thousands of people in how to care for injured animals.

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has trained thousands of people over the years at its high-tech veterinary clinic in Waynesboro, and now the center is branching out – offering to train animal lovers around the world. Sandy Hausman has details.

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Percentage Of Virginians With Health Insurance Continues To Increase

The latest round of Census numbers includes some positive news about health insurance in Virginia. Those gains are threatened by uncertainty in Washington, though. Michael Pope reports.

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Guilty Pleas End 42-Year-Old Cold Case

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One of the oldest cold case prosecutions in the country’s history ended Tuesday in Bedford when Lloyd Welch, Jr. pleaded guilty to the abduction and murder of two sisters. David Seidel reports.

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Money Continues to Roll Into this Year’s Statewide Election

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Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer announces a new partnership with the Democratic National Committee and several immigrant rights groups at a press conference in Falls Church. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Election 2017 may end up being one of the most expensive races in Virginia history. This week, Democrats are receiving a major infusion of cash. Michael Pope has details.

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Dealing With A Confederate Past is Nothing New to Lexington

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A statue commemorating Stonewall Jackson on VMI’s campus in Lexington. (Credit: Rob / Flickr)

Cities across the country are grappling with removing Confederate symbols. And perhaps nowhere is Confederate past and present more intertwined than in Lexington. Jessie Knadler looks at how the issues that spilled over into violence in Charlottesville last month have been playing out in Lexington for years.

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Arlington Remembers 9/11 Attacks

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A U.S. flag unfurled at the Pentagon earlier today on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Credit: AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, which is still quite raw in Arlington. Michael Pope is on the scene with the story.

 

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Va News Topics: New Richmond High School, Amazon to Virginia Beach?

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Despite some apparent disadvantages, Virginia Beach has joined the competition for Amazon’s new headquarters. And, a new high school in Richmond is breaking with tradition to try and give its students a head start on the future. 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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Gillespie Floods Airwaves, Outspends Northam in Television Time

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, who is outspending his opponent Ralph Northam in television ad spots. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

If you’ve been watching TV, you’ve probably noticed it’s election season. This fall, candidates for governor have been flooding the airwaves with commercials. But as Michael Pope reports, one candidate is spending more than the other.

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Ahead of November Election, Virginia Scraps Use of ‘Hackable’ Voting Machines

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Hackers participate in the computer science conference DefCon in Las Vegas in 2011. At this year’s conference, hackers attempted to break into various voting machines. (Credit: AP Photo / Isaac Brekken)

With only two months until election day, officials in Virginia have decided fully-electronic voting machines aren’t safe. Amid growing cyber-security threats, the Board of Elections is forcing localities to stop using the of the touch screen machines that leave no paper trail. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Education Takes Center Stage at NAACP Governor’s Forum

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Two of Virginia’s candidates for Governor were in Richmond Thursday at a forum hosted by Virginia’s NAACP. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and filed this report.

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Should Undocumented Suspects Be Held Without a Warrant? Candidates for Governor Disagree

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Virginia may not have any local governments that are willing to defy federal immigration law. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the commonwealth doesn’t have any sanctuary cities, depending on how that term is defined. And, as Michael Pope reports, the debate has become a flashpoint in the race for governor.

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Optima Pulls Out of Rural Virginia, Leaving 62,000 Marketplace Enrollees Without Insurance Options

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This week, yet another insurer pulled out of the marketplace for subsidized health insurance created by the Affordable Care Act. As Michael Pope reports, this announcement has more drastic consequences than the previous ones.

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My Purpose Here is to Get an Education: More than 1,200 DACA Recipients Attend Virginia Colleges

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Yanet speaks at a rally supporting DACA students at VCU. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

More than 1,200 DACA students are enrolled in Virginia’s colleges. Officials at VCU, UVA and Virginia Tech have all spoken in support of those students after President Trump decided to suspend the amnesty program that allowed many of them to go college in the first place. Students at VCU in Richmond protested that decision this week. It was there that we met one DACA recipient. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Record Number of Openly LGBTQ Candidates Seek Virginia House Seats

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House of Delegates candidates Dawn Adams and Ben Hixon. Adams and Hixon are two of five openly lesbian, gay or transgender candidates running across the state. (Credit: Brad Kutner)

Virginia has a record number of openly lesbian, gay and transgender candidates running for house seats this November. It could offer a dramatic change of policy… if they can get constituents to come to the door. From Richmond and Culpepper, Brad Kutner has more.

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If Approved, Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates Support the Pipelines

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Pipeline opponents outside of an environmental forum in Richmond Wednesday, where both candidates for governor say they’ll support two controversial natural gas pipelines. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Two of Virginia’s candidates for Governor were in Richmond Wednesday at an environmental forum hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam talked rising oceans, energy and oysters. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Women Demand Better Care Behind Bars

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Sherry Richburg with her new puppy, Prissy.

In 2014, the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women agreed to settle a lawsuit over its failure to provide adequate medical care for prisoners, but the Legal Aid Justice Center is back in court this week – asking a judge to step-in.  Sandy Hausman met one of the plaintiffs – a 63-year-old woman from Lynchburg – and filed this report.

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What the Loss of DACA Will Mean For Virginia

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Carlos Esteban, 31, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a nursing student and recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, rallies with others in support of DACA outside of the White House Tuesday. (Credit: AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will have major consequences to Virginia’s economy. Michael Pope has this look at the numbers.

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Social Media and Lawmakers: What is Public Record and What Isn’t?

foia_stockAre social media posts public records? That was the question in a recent legal case that could have far reaching consequences for public records in Virginia. Michael Pope has the story.

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Va News Topics: Oak Trees Cut Down, Theme Park Closure

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Residents of a Norfolk neighborhood were taken by surprise when the city cut down a stand of 200-year-old oak trees. And, Virginia’s tourism industry convinced the state to change the law decades ago so theme parks and hotels would have enough teenage workers to stay open every day through Labor Day, but this year one of those parks shut down for part of the final week of August. 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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Salary Growth in Virginia is Lagging Behind National Average

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The Rockingham County Courthouse in Harrisonburg. Cities like Harrisonburg and Staunton are seeing the largest hourly wage growth across Virginia, while Roanoke and Charlottesville are lagging behind. (Credit: Taber Andrew Bain / Flickr)

Virginia may have emerged from the recession, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the woods yet. New numbers from the federal government show paychecks are still lagging behind. Michael Pope reports.

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Republicans and Democrats Use Muslim Holiday to Campaign

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Muslim men pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling. (Credit: AP Photo / Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

The Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of fall and the start of an intense political season culminating in the November election. But it also represents a major milestone for Muslims, one that Republicans and Democrats are both using to help get their message across to an important voting constituency in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Republicans Aim to Keep Governor’s Race Local

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Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie has kept his distance from the president while Democrat work actively to tie the two together. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Only 38% of Virginians approve of President Donald Trump’s performance in office. His low approval rating has the state GOP in a bind, as they look towards a tight governor’s race this fall.

Pundits across the country are billing the race as the next referendum on the President. But Virginia’s Republican Party is trying to keep the focus on the state.

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New Attack Ad Brings Sanctuary Cities to Forefront of Governor’s Race

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A new attack ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie (right) suggests Democratic candidate Ralph Northam (left) voted in favor of sanctuary cities. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Immigration issues remain a flashpoint in American politics as leaders in Washington debate everything from building a wall to deporting immigrants who are here illegally. Now, as Michael Pope reports, it’s an issue that’s stealing the spotlight in the campaign for governor.

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Gas Prices Jump in Virginia, as Refineries Shut Down by Harvey

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The flooded Flint Hills Resources oil refinery near downtown Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 (Credit: AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

Gas prices jumped 5 cents overnight in Virginia, and they’re expected to keep rising. That’s because flooding in Texas has caused officials to shut down a major pipeline running gas from the Gulf Coast, to the East Coast. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Kaine Hears from Dreamers as DACA Decision Looms

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Senator Tim Kaine is hearing from immigrants and advocates about what might happen to people in Virginia if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is rescinded. Michael Pope has the story.

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New Potential Toxin Found in Coal Burning Emissions

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Scientists have discovered a particle, created when coal is burned, that had never before been identified as part of that process. Preliminary studies show it is toxic to some fish. And there’s concern it could also be dangerous to humans. Robbie Harris reports.

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Crews from Virginia Head Down to Texas for Flood Relief

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Conception Casa, center, and his friend Jose Martinez, right, check on Rhonda Worthington after her car became stuck in rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas. (Credit: AP Photo / LM Otero)

As Harvey brings unprecedented flooding in Texas, Virginians are part of relief efforts underway there. Crews from the state have been deployed to help search and rescue missions in Texas, as water level continue to rise. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Democrats See Promise In Young Candidates for House of Delegates

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to a crowd of enthusiastic Democrats as People for the American Way announces support for 12 House candidates. (Credit: Michael Pope)

This year’s House of Delegates election is historic for the amount of attention and outside money that’s flowing into the race. But it’s also noteworthy for another feature of the candidates — how young many of them are. Michael Pope has the story.

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AG Mark Herring Believes Some Confederate Monuments Can Legally Be Removed

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Attorney General Mark Herring (right), seen here following a hearing on President Donald Trump’s travel ban earlier this year, recently released an advisory opinion on the removal of Confederate statues in Virginia. (Credit: AP Photo / Jessica Gresko)

City officials from Charlottesville will be back in court this week as part of their ongoing effort to remove the controversial statue of Robert E. Lee. But, as Michael Pope reports, they now have a new advocate in their corner.

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Virginia’s Youth Prison Population Drops by Two-Thirds

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Each year, Virginia spends $187,000 to imprison, and educate, just one child. The high cost, and high population, has led to bipartisan support for restructuring the juvenile justice system. Virginia’s Governor touted the state’s success at a conference Monday. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Charlottesville Vents Over a Summer of Unrest

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Don Gathers, a deacon at the First Baptist Church, told a federal mediator that this community does not trust anyone who works for Attorney General Jeff Sessions of President Donald Trump.

Charlottesville held what was billed as a Healing Town Hall yesterday – a chance for residents to express their fears and frustrations about what happened when white supremacists and neo-Nazis came to town, and how they think future problems might be avoided.  Sandy Hausman was there and filed this report:

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Va News Topics: Federal Erosion Funding, Newborn Sleep Safety

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A new federal grant is on the way to help in the ongoing battle against erosion and pollution on Virginia’s Atlantic shore. And, new parents concerned about their babies sleeping safely will be able to try an idea that’s getting a lot of attention in Europe. 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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The Ongoing Efforts to Regulate Online Loans in Virginia

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Delegate Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, is part of a group that is hoping to impose new regulations on the online lending industry in Virginia. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

No job? No credit? No problem, borrowers can go online to get a loan — and pay five thousand percent interest. But, as Michael Pope reports, that era might be coming to a close.

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VCU “Medicines for All” Project Receives $25 Million from Gates Foundation

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Frank Gupton, an engineering professor at VCU, is leading a team trying to make drugs cheaper for those who need them in developing countries. (Credit: VCU School of Engineering)

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has received the largest private grant in history: 25 million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will support the school’s “Medicines for All” research. Virginia’s Governor was on hand at the announcement. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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In Search Of Virginia’s Go-To Summertime Dish

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Summertime and cookouts are inextricably tied to one another. It’s a time for family, friends and the forging of indelible memories. In Virginia, food tends to be so much more than just flavors and fulfillment. Many Virginians attend cookouts where there are hamburgers and hot dogs on a grill, but those items alone do not delve into the essence of food culture. The state that lays claim to the first colony in 1607 and produced four out of five of the country’s first presidents and has one of the oldest cooking books on record published in 1824, The Virginia House Wife by Mary Randolph, has an enriched food history and lineage. Jason Fuller reports.

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Proposed Pipeline Projects Could Mean Bumpy End to the McAuliffe Administration

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Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe may have only a few months left as governor, but they may end up being some of the most tumultuous of his term in office. Michael Pope has the story.

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