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The presidential election isn’t the only political showdown in Virginia this November. The state’s capital is also electing a new mayor. A poll out Tuesday from Christopher Newport University finds former state delegate Joe Morrissey has a commanding lead in Richmond’s mayoral race.

Even though most state delegates aren’t exactly household names, you might be familiar with Joe Morrissey’s.  

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Former Governor Bob McDonnell had his conviction overturned by the United States Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean his legal troubles are over yet. And now, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals is granting a delay in the case. 

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Experts in public health say Virginia is battling two big problems – an epidemic of opioid abuse and the need to better control pain in patients with serious injuries or disease.  Now, a professor from the University of Virginia is stepping in to help with baseline information that could influence future laws and guidelines.  

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This fall the Supreme Court will weigh in on whether race unfairly played a role when the lines were drawn for some Virginia House of Delegates seats.

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The 2016 election is about to heat up after Labor Day, but Republicans in Virginia are already thinking ahead to 2017 and beyond. 

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Outdated zoning and use regulations can hinder development as Henrico County has learned, and a Virginia woman has brought down a drone she thought was intruding over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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The New River Valley is slated to be one of the fastest growing areas in the state. So transportation experts are getting creative about how to move traffic more efficiently and safely going forward.   As Robbie Harris reports, the Virginia Department of Transportation is trying something new in Blacksburg, near the Virginia Tech campus, where traffic tie-ups are already a problem.

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For now, the thirty five hundred Airbnb hosts in Virginia operate largely in the shadows. The vast majority of those businesses pay no taxes, and they are not regulated by local governments in a way similar to hotels or bed and breakfasts. But, that’s about to change.

Virginia’s governor announced an unexpected budget shortfall today. It means state employees and teachers who were due for a raise won’t see that money anytime soon. It also means state agencies will have to find ways to cut spending, and Virginia’s rainy day fund will be taking a hit. 

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The return of hot weather is especially bad news for many of Virginia’s 30,000 prison inmates.  Half of the state’s correctional centers have no air conditioning in the places where inmates live, and conditions may be causing fights and medical problems behind bars.

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