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Did Republicans in Virginia’s General Assembly pack black voters into a dozen House of Delegates districts to dilute their influence elsewhere? That’s the argument that justices of the Supreme Court heard today. 

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It’s been three years since the son of state Senator Creigh Deeds attacked his father with a knife – then took his own life with a gun.  Gus Deeds was mentally ill, but his local community service board claimed no treatment centers had a place for him.  Now, a commission chaired by Senator Deeds and Delegate Rob Bell is preparing to make recommendations for reform. 

A New Bridge is Now Part of Virginia's Capital City

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Last week, Richmond opened the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, an $11.3 million project that connects the north and south banks of the James River.

Mary Baldwin’s announcement last week to begin allowing men to live on its undergraduate campus caused a swift and sudden uproar among alumnae and students. The residential college has been women-only for 175 years.

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A Chesapeake business owner may be facing more than a fine for violating the city's sign ordinance, and two controversial literary classics have been banned by a Virginia school district, at least for the time being. 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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President-elect Donald Trump was able to negotiate a deal to protect about a third of the Indiana jobs that air-conditioner maker Carrier was planning to ship to Mexico. The deal was struck not by threatening tariffs, but by offering $7 million in tax breaks as part of an economic development package. 

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Virginia’s parole board held hearing number twelve yesterday for Jens Soering, a former UVA honors student from Germany who was convicted of killing his girlfriend’s parents in 1985.  Soering’s conviction was based in part on a finding of type O blood at the crime scene, but DNA testing now shows the type O blood came from another man, and Soering’s lawyer shared the new genetic evidence with the parole board.

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Hunters for the Hungry in Virginia is celebrating 25 years of providing meat to food banks and other channels for feeding the hungry. Thousands of people benefit from the program each year.

Virginia Department of Education

Members of the Virginia School Board are considering a new proposal that would allow parents and guardians to prevent children from being exposed to sexually explicit material.

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Just the words milk and cookies conjure up delicious childhood memories, but if you’re old enough to remember when milk was delivered directly to your door you may have noticed that the milk you drink today doesn’t taste as good as it used to. Scientists at Virginia Tech have found out why.

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