An elementary school principal in Rockbridge County has apologized for a survey given to students without parental permission, and local governments in Virginia are still trying to find ways to shut down internet gaming parlors.

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Your power bill may be including a little something extra in the coming weeks. But will it be what you deserve? Lawmakers are dividing, and Michael Pope is at the Capitol with the latest.

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Two years ago, Richmond County, in Virginia's Northern Neck, approved a controversial plan to build a large golf course resort on a pristine cliff-top perched over the Rapphannock River. But developers are off to a bad start after illegally clearing over 13 wooded acres. 

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A Roanoke-based training program for medical professionals will be merged into the Radford University system.

Radford, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Carilion Clinic announced the merger Thursday. Carilion owns and operates Jefferson College.

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If humans ever decide to colonize Mars, we’ll need a source of energy, so NASA is sponsoring a competition to design the best system for getting it. A team of students at the University of Virginia has made it through the first round of competition.

It’s been nearly 50 years since America put men on the moon, and a new generation of college students were not even born when that happened.  For them, the mission is Mars, and for humans to survive there we’ll need an artificial atmosphere created, in part, with electricity.

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Lawmakers in Richmond occasionally curse at each other as debates get heated. And, as Michael Pope explains, they’re breaking the law.

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Political participation in Virginia has taken a leap in the past year.  Whatever your persuasion, there’s no lack of opportunity to dialogue and debate the issues – and a lot of people say, ‘that’s a good thing.’ But a town hall meeting planned for February 22nd to discuss the political issues of the day is shaping up to be a standoff between its organizers and its congressional representative. 

Lawmakers in Richmond are considering a number of bills responding to the opioid crisis.  It is an effort that even reaches behind bars.

Most of us learn by using our eyes. Whether it’s reading or poring over formulas, graphs and charts, it’s a mostly visual experience.  Now, professors at Virginia Tech are exploring a new way to add another dimension to teaching and learning by transforming data into sound.     

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The federal government could be lurching towards a partial shutdown this weekend if lawmakers can’t reach a deal on so-called Dreamers and defense spending.

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