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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When a business cannot find a person or other business that is owed money -- a refund, an insurance benefit, or a final paycheck, for example, -- they must turn it over to the state's treasury department. The Virginia State Treasury's Unclaimed Property program will then hold it until the owner can be found. 

Virginia Hosts Hackathon Using State Data

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Hackathon is a bit of a buzzword these days. It’s an event where software developers come together and are given a short period of time to collaborate on new projects. Think lots of computers, lots of creativity, and lots of energy drinks.

You might associate a hackathon with universities or tech companies, but probably not state government. Virginia, though, is looking to change that. 

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For political candidates, raising money isn’t always just about the next election. Sometimes running up a large campaign war chest is about thinking ahead beyond Election Day. 

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Yesterday, in a story exclusive to WVTF and the Washington Post, reporter Sandy Hausman revealed new evidence in the case of a former UVA honors student, convicted in 1990 in the bloody murder of his girlfriend’s parents.  DNA analysis now appears to confirm what Jens Soering has been saying all along - that another man committed the crime.  Today, we look at additional evidence supporting Soering’s request for a pardon from the governor.

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When voters head to the polls this November, they’ll be facing more choices for president than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Who else will be on the ballot, and what kind of influence might that have on the election?

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Students and advocacy groups in Richmond are accusing school administrators of unfairly disciplining black students, and students with disabilities. Two students and a local chapter of the NAACP filed a federal discrimination complaint against Richmond Public Schools Wednesday. 

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The most recent poll out of Roanoke College is checking in with how Virginians are feeling about the upcoming presidential election - and the results are significantly different from the last poll, conducted in May. 

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It’s been more than 30 years since police arrested Jens Soering, an honors student from the University of Virginia, and charged him with the brutal murder of his girlfriend’s parents in their Bedford County home.  To this day, Soering insists he is innocent, but he’s been turned down for parole nearly a dozen times.  Today, his lawyer filed a petition asking for a full pardon - citing new evidence that Soering is not guilty.  

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