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Virginia’s State Fair is less than a month away, and organizers are gearing up to host nearly a quarter of a million people at the Meadow Event Park near Richmond.  

In addition to rides, music and agricultural competitions, the fair will offer its usual selection of junk food – corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and something new.

“This year we have deep fried butter – a hunk of butter with batter, dropped in the deep fryer.”   

That’s the Farm Bureau Federation’s Kathy Dixon.  She says there isn’t much call for healthier fare.

Jeb Bush Brings His Campaign to Richmond

Aug 31, 2015

 Flanked by former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, his in-law--former Lieutenant Governor John Hager--and surrounded by veterans, GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush made his case as to why he thinks Donald Trump’s momentum in the polls will fizzle out while his own stock will rise. 

Bush says unlike Trump, he's a doer—not a talker—and Trump has been too wishy-washy politically.  Bush also says he has a balanced approach to governing—which is what the country needs—and reinvestment in the military is also needed. 

  New regulations covering information distributed at rest stops in Virginia may land the state in court...and GPS tracking of school buses has come to the Richmond area. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org. 

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They’re often called, ‘the new old fashioned neighborhoods of the future’ planned communities, where the focus is on collaboration, cooperation and sustainability.  It’s an idea that came from Denmark and it’s beginning to take hold in Virginia. 

“This is sort of the periphery of the building area, the actual building area is a little further in.”

The general manager of Roanoke-based WDBJ Television says the ex-employee who killed two of his former colleagues yesterday hadn't had any confrontations with station staff members when he saw them around town in the two and a-half years since he'd been fired.

Vester Flanagan shot and killed two members of the WDBJ news crew, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, during a live broadcast Wednesday at Smith Mountain Lake.  A woman they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner, is recovering from surgery after being shot in the back. 

Noting a remarkable turnaround since he spoke to them last year, Governor McAuliffe has told the General Assembly’s money committees that the Commonwealth's financial situation is great-and how he would like to move forward.  During his remarks to lawmakers Thursday, he emphasized his focus on economic development and acquiring military contracts, but much of his speech was devoted to investing in education.

The World Peace Game

Aug 27, 2015

As kids head back to the classroom this year, more of them will be learning an important set of skills that could lead to world peace.  At least that was the hope of a Charlottesville teacher who designed The World Peace Game. 

John Hunter is tall, dignified man at the center of a small circus, with kids between the ages of 9 and 12 dashing around a multi-level game board filled with toy soldiers and other props for the game Hunter developed 37 years ago.  

It’s played over several days or weeks - for a total of 20 hours by children assigned various roles.

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 When a tragedy like yesterday’s shootings takes place, some people feel the need to look away.

But one person who has been there says you should do just the opposite… and that American society must look even more deeply at this phenomenon, if it is to have any hope of preventing these tragedies. 

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A harrowing day at Roanoke-based CBS affiliate WDBJ-7, after  two members of the news team were shot and killed during a live remote broadcast at Smith Mountain Lake. The gunman, a former reporter at the station, is also dead, after shooting himself and crashing the rental car he was driving. 

It started at a liveshot at Bridgewater Plaza at about 6:45 this morning, as Allison Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner  from the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber. 

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The General Assembly’s impasse over whether or not the Special Session on Redistricting is LEGALLY over shows no signs of abating.  The Senate adjourned last week thanks to a ruling by Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and the votes of the chamber’s Democrats and one Republican—but the House of Delegates has still not adjourned. The bone of contention is how to interpret Article 4, section 6 of the Virginia Constitution.

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