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$6 Million House Race in Northern Virginia Dominates Campaign Finance Numbers

Virginia’s congressional candidates have raised a grand total of $20 million this election cycle. As Michael Pope reports, much of that comes from one or two particularly competitive seats.
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Update: Tuesday, Oct. 25

What some thought would be the highlight of testimony in the multi-million dollar suit against Rolling Stone Magazine provided little new information.

On any given night, more than 7,000 people in Virginia are homeless. It’s not easy to find work when you have no permanent address, but a new program in Charlottesville aims to help people who are homeless start a business. 

Two people are dead following a workplace shooting in Roanoke this morning.

Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones says the shooter is dead in an apparent suicide and one employee of FreightCar America is dead.  At least two  others were reportedly injured but exactly how many and their conditions have not been confirmed by authorities.

Virginia Department of Health

Pro-choice advocates in Virginia are celebrating today —the State Board of Health has voted to remove targeted regulations on abortion clinics.  In an 8 hour meeting today the board worked its way through dozens of amendments to regulations affecting clinics. In the end, they decided to roll back building codes and other restrictions that had been approved by former Governor Bob McDonnell 5 years ago. Since being passed, 7 clinics throughout the state have closed down. 

Voter Intimidation in Virginia is Nothing New

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The state has a long and complicated history of various forces trying to influence elections.

Virginia Public Access Project

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

Midwives to the American Chestnut Tree

Oct 24, 2016
Kurt Holtz

Squirrels aren’t the only ones collecting nuts this autumn. Volunteers with Virginia’s American Chestnut Restoration project are gathering them to breed the next generation of blight resistant trees. It’s part of a multi state effort to restore the species and a time consuming process in more ways than one. 

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Jason Clem is 12 years into a life sentence for a murder he committed when he was 16.

A nonprofit estimates there are 60 people like Clem in Virginia, serving a life sentence without hope of parole, for a crime they committed when they are under 18. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that’s unconstitutional.

But, so far, that's had little effect for those in Virginia.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce surveyed a number of likely voters last week on several different issues, one of which was the economy. 

New Orleans jazz pianist and singer Henry Butler perceives the world in a very important way - as an artist, thinker, and mystic. A uniquely eclectic musician, Butler has been blind since birth.

Last Quarter host Josh Jackson talks to Butler about taking the creative cultural influences around him in his own direction.


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