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VA News Topics: Goose Protest, Turtle Prosthetic

untitled.pngNeighbors have marched in protest and a congressman has gotten involved after federal officials euthanized more than 100 geese in Virginia Beach…and an accidental injury to a pet turtle has given Virginia researchers a chance to accomplish something never done before. Fred Echols reports.

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Va News Topcs: Firefighter Diversity and Natural Bridge

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The Henrico County Fire Department says it was purely accidental when it recently achieved a first in employment diversity and Virginia’s famous Natural Bridge is also a working highway bridge, one that’s causing some safety concerns. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link. Fred Echols reports.

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Va News Topics: Norfolk Churches, Concealed Weapons Permits

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As the sea continues to encroach on Norfolk, two churches have come to different conclusions about what they need to do. And, a Southwest Virginia sheriff has just made it easier for people in his county to get a concealed weapons permits. 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 details.

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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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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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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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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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Va News Topics: Richmond Interest Questions, Montgomery County Biblical Decals

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Richmond officials are questioning a state law that’s costing the city nearly a half-million dollars in interest on a business tax overpayment. And, the Sheriff of Montgomery County says he will remove a Biblical quote from his department’s patrol cars. 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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Va News Topics: Rural Internet Access, Gun Sales

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High-speed internet has been slow to arrive for rural residents in most states and Virginia is no exception. And, gun sales were off sharply in the first three months of 2017. The change of administrations in Washington could be one reason for that. 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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Va News Topics: Kentucky Traffic Citations, Virginia Beach Black Neighborhood

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A town mayor in Virginia coalfields caused a flap when he appeared to suggest people from nearby Kentucky were being targeted for traffic citations. And, a few dozen families in Virginia Beach are trying to hold on as their historically black neighborhood is slowly disappearing. 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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Va News Topics: Bringing Back the Bay Scallop, Restoring Hampton Roads Oysters

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The internet is playing a part in bringing back the Bay Scallop, a shellfish that had disappeared from Virginia while another preservation effort is restoring wild oysters in the inland waters of the Hampton Roads area. 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 details.

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Va News Topics: Covered Bridge Debate, Crab Harvester Shortage

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The community of Pound in the Virginia coalfields wants an old-fashioned covered bridge downtown to attract more tourists, but the Virginia Department of Transportation is taking a dim view of that idea. And, one of the few remaining crab harvesters in Virginia says after some lean years there are now plenty of crabs to be caught in the Chesapeake Bay but there may not be enough people to harvest them. 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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Va News Topics: ATF Smuffling Investigation, VT Archive of Condolences

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There are new questions about how money was raised and spent by federal ATF agents operating a smuggling investigation out of Southwest Virginia. And, ten years after mass murder at Virginia Tech, the archive of condolences from around the world has been re-opened. 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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Va News Topics: Richmond Vaccinations, Fredericksburg Transportation Projects

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School officials in Richmond are trying to improve a surprisingly-low vaccination rate among sixth graders. And, Virginia’s new objective approach to funding transportation projects is causing some confusion among planners in Fredericksburg. 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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Va News Topics: Largest Ship on East Coast, Colonial Williamsburg Revenues

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The largest ship ever to call on the U-S east coast is due at Hampton Roads in a few weeks. And, Colonial Williamsburg is looking to increase its revenues but getting some resistance to its latest idea. 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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Va News Topics: Hampton Roads Toll Fees

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Tolls, late charges and administrative fees for using the Elizabeth River tunnels in Hampton Roads are adding up to bills that some people in Portsmouth and Norfolk say they will never be able to pay. This story has 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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Va News Topics: Roanoke Threatened Historic Structures, Navy Documenting Whale Accidents

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Threatened historic structures owned by local governments can be tough sells when it comes to persuading private developers to buy and preserve them, as the City of Roanoke is learning. And, the Chesapeake Bay is among the places where whales are most at risk of being struck by ships. The Navy has been leading the effort to document that danger. 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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Va News Topics: Airline Service Performance Issues, Bristol City Council Complaints

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The company that provides airline service between the Shenandoah Valley and Charlotte is at risk of losing its federal subsidy because of performance issues. And, some members of Bristol City Council are upset about people who criticize them anonymously on the internet. 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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Va News Topics: Exotic Animals in Northern Virginia, Norfolk Jury Duty

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A northern Virginia county plans to stop residents from adding lions, monkeys and other exotic animals to their households. And, a judge in Norfolk has called several hundred people to account for failure to show up for jury duty. 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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Va News Topics: Petersburg Baseball Team, New Norfolk Ordinance

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As Petersburg struggles to remain solvent, the city has found a buyer for its summer collegiate league baseball team. And, a first-term city council member in Norfolk was surprised when she wanted to propose a new ordinance and found that no knew exactly how that could be done. 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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Va News Topics: Supreme Court Sign Ruling, Male Students at Mary Baldwin University

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A Supreme Court ruling that says signs cannot be treated differently based on content no longer allows local governments to give political signs extra leeway. That’s caused some inconvenience for a Virginia county. And, not everyone is happy that Mary Baldwin University in Staunton will soon have male students living on campus for the first time. 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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Va News Topics: Embracing Change in a Rural County; Portsmouth Emergency Personnel

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A Virginia county is taking steps to protect its rural character while still embracing change and Portsmouth is offering a cash incentive to keep emergency personnel from leaving the city. 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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Va News Topics: Hunting Prize, Illegal Confederate Flag

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300 hunters from across the Eastern United States spent a recent weekend shooting predatory animals in hope of winning a cash prize offered in Virginia, and the latest oversized Confederate flag to go up in the state has been ruled illegal. 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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Va News Topics: Local DMV Inconvenienced, Charges Dropped Against Prince William Teenager

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When a southwest Virginia man considered himself inconvenienced by the DMV he decided to pay his car tax the hard way, and charges have been dropped against a Prince William teenager accused of stealing a carton of milk at school. 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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Va News Topics: Chesterfield County Developer Applications, State Flooding Cabinet Position

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Since Chesterfield County supervisors made it cheaper for developers to launch new projects they’ve been overwhelmed with applications, and as flooding gets worse in Hampton Roads there’s a call for a new state cabinet position to manage response efforts. 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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Va News Topics: Chesapeake Night Clubs, Surry County Preservation Efforts

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City council members in Chesapeake have decided they need stronger laws to deal with night clubs where things get out of hand, and Surry County is finding out how hard it can be to keep 400-year-old paperwork in good condition. 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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Va News Topics: Geologists Battle Rising Sea Levels, VMI Stress Relief Efforts

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As cities in Hampton Roads slowly lose ground to the Atlantic Ocean geologists are hoping to reverse the trend by putting more water underground, and VMI has reacted to comments about efforts to help cadets deal with exam stress. 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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Va News Topics: Chesapeake Sign Ordinance, Controversial Literary Classics

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A Chesapeake business owner may be facing more than a fine for violating the city’s sign ordinance, and two controversial literary classics have been banned by a Virginia school district, at least for the time being. 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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Va News Topics: VDOT Change of Plans, Navy Resistance to Micro-Brewery

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The Virginia Department of Transportation is dropping plans to take land from Hampton University for the widening of  I-64, and two Army veterans expanding their micro-brewery in Virginia Beach are getting resistance from the Navy. 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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Va News Topics: “Bait Cars” Used by Police, Banned Plant to New Money Crop

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The use of “bait cars” by police to catch thieves is at the center of a court case in Chesapeake, and Virginia farmers are hoping a plant that’s been banned for decades can become a new money crop in the state. 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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Va News Topics: Students Struggle With Trump Victory, FEMA Flood Maps

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Some students at UVA are struggling with Donald Trump’s win in the presidential election, and FEMA is updating its flood maps in Norfolk causing property owners to reconsider their insurance coverage, or lack of it.  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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Va News Topics: Petersburg Christmas Parade, Arlington to D.C. Gondola

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The cash-strapped City of Petersburg will have a Christmas parade this year, but it was a very close call, and within a few years commuters and tourists may be riding a gondola  from Arlington County to hard-to-reach Georgetown in D.C. 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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Va News Topics: Lee-Jackson Day Parade, Controversial Seminar

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Lexington’s traditional Lee-Jackson Day Parade in January will be very different from what the city is accustomed to seeing, and  a Virginia Sheriff is being criticized for organizing a seminar that some say will be unfairly critical of Muslims. 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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Va News Topics: Chesapeake City Council Decision, In-Home Assistance Concerns

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Chesapeake City Council is considering whether to post “In God We Trust” in  City Hall and other public buildings, and people who require in-home assistance say they’re being affected by a state law that prohibits overtime for caregivers paid by Medicaid. 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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Va News Topics: Lack of Candidates, Liberty Students Against Trump

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When a Northern Virginia city didn’t have enough candidates on the ballot to fill its city council residents became politically active in a hurry, and a group of students at Liberty University has taken exception to an endorsement of Donald Trump by Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell, Jr. 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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Va News Topics: Radford Arsenal Waste, Williamsburg Mega-Resort

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The Army has put a drone in the air to find out what’s being released from waste material as it’s burned in the open at the Radford Arsenal, and promotion of a possible mega-resort complex near Williamsburg has left two boards of county supervisors surprised and annoyed. 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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Va News Topics: Fauquier County Registrar, Misleading Endorsement Videos

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Fauquier County’s registrar was surprised when he received a letter telling him he was not registered to vote, and a couple of video endorsements for a Suffolk City Council candidate were not quite what they appeared to be. 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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Va News Topics: Prince William County Walk of Fame, Tax Delinquents Called Out

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It’s not as flashy as the Hollywood version but Prince William County says its Walk of Fame will bring overdue recognition to those who’ve helped to build the community, and one Virginia city in need of revenue is calling out tax delinquents in public.  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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Va News Topics: University of Virginia’s Architectural Centerpiece, New Tech for Hampton Roads

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The University of Virginia’s architectural centerpiece is about to reopen after a four-year renovation and at least one exciting historical discovery, and new technology will soon allow people in water-challenged Hampton Roads to reuse much of what they’re sending down the drain. 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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Va News Topics: School Principal Reprimanded

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In Virginia’s public schools not many things are more critical than Standards of Learning Tests – known as the SOL’s. Now a highly honored school principal has been reprimanded for a series of phone calls made to parents ahead of this years final testing period. 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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Va News Topics: Toll Road Issue, Small Town Online Data Center

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A small Virginia town has learned that landing a major online data center is not the economic windfall it once appeared to be, and a Virginia woman thought she was all paid up on the Dulles Toll Road until she found out she wasn’t. 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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Va News Topics: Outdated Zoning Regulations, Annoying Drones

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Outdated zoning and use regulations can hinder development as Henrico County has learned, and a Virginia woman has brought down a drone she thought was intruding over her property. 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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Va News Topics:Mock 5th Grade Quiz, Gathering Pokemon Players

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A question about 20th Century Virginia’s most powerful politician has proven to be a surprising stumper on a mock 5th Grade quiz taken by over a thousand adults, and history, geography and technology working together have brought overwhelming numbers of Pokemon players to a small Virginia community. 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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Va News Topics: Religious Instruction, Fredericksburg Airbnb Regulations

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Some parents in Staunton are unhappy after the school board voted to no longer allow students time off for religious instruction, and Fredericksburg is the latest city to regulate Airbnb rentals. 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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Va News Topics: Public Fountain Costs, Bail for Low Income People

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Virginia Beach wants to wash it hands of the cost of maintaining any more public fountains, and the founder of a Virginia non-profit that pays bail for low income people says they are being harassed by a government official in Augusta County. 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 from Fred Echols:

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Va News Topics: Hybrid Buildings in D.C., Phantom Parking Spaces

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A Northern Virginia developer is placing a big bet on the future of hybrid buildings in the DC suburbs…and it turns out that quite a few parking spaces in Norfolk are simply figments of the city’s official imagination. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. More from Fred Echols:

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Va News Topics: School for Disruptive Students, Freedom of Information Laws

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The Richmond Board of Education has contracted with a private company to manage a school for disruptive students, and Loudon County supervisors have sparked a discussion about freedom of information laws by communicating off the record during a public meeting. 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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Va News Topics: Sea Traffic Regulation, Democratic Convention Food Stop

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With the waters off the Virginia coast getting more crowded every year there’s an effort under way to develop some rules of the road for seagoing traffic, and the food that delegates to the Democratic convention will be eating is stopping for a check-up in Virginia on its way to Philadelphia. 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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Va News Topics: Virginia Trump Products, Water Park Uncertainties

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Among the many products that bear the Trump name, one of the most successful is made in Virginia…and public concerns about revenues and land use are raising questions about the future of a popular Northern Virginia water park. 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 from Fred Echols.

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VaNews Topics: Signs and Speech, Town Services

VPAPnewA Supreme Court ruling on free speech is forcing some localities to change how they regulate public signs, and another city Virginia says it may have to become a town because it can’t afford the cost of providing services for its residents. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link at vpap.org. Fred Echols has more.

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