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Va News Topics: Football Protests And Slow Internet Service

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The Spotsylvania County school board will not require football players to stand during the national anthem and Halifax County residents are hoping to soon have the kind of  internet service that most people already take for granted. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VA News link.  More now from Fred Echols.

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Va News Topics: Portsmouth Police Outreach Unit, Staunton Historic Buildings

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Portsmouth has created a special police outreach unit as way of dealing with homeless people. And, Staunton is hoping Congress will spare credits for historic buildings as it tries to re-write federal tax law. 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 City Treasurer, Dilwyn Town Council

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Voters in Richmond know they will soon have a new City Treasurer, but they have no idea what the treasurer’s duties will be once in office. Meanwhile, in Dilwyn the entire town council missed the filing deadline to run for re-election. 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: Mary Baldwin University, Higher Seat Belt Usage

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One the first colleges for women founded in Virginia now has now opened its campus to men. And, it seems more drivers in the state are buckling up these days. 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: Sheriffs Court Ruling, I-81 Tolls

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A court ruling in Virginia has reaffirmed the right of sheriffs to fire deputies for political reasons. And, the question of tolls to finance improvements on Interstate 81 in western Virginia is back. 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: Chesapeake Bay Access, Buchanan Town Manager

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Fishermen and business owners in one eastern Virginia community say they may lose access to the Chesapeake Bay. And, the town of Buchanan is divided over whether the town manager should be a full-time resident. 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: Fredericksburg Relic, Roanoke City Schools SOL Retesting

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Fredericksburg is the latest city facing a decision about what to do with a relic from the era of slavery, but this time it’s not a statue. And, questions are being asked about Roanoke City Schools’ retesting on some SOL exams. 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: Internet Cable, Passenger Train Service to Southwest VA?

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Virginia’s first direct digital connection to Europe is now open. And, local government leaders in Southwest Virginia are hopeful that passenger trains will soon return to the 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. More now from Fred Echols.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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