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An Audio Postcard from the Republican National Convention

Virginia's delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week has a range of diverse backgrounds, but they're all diehard conservatives who are active in politics. Here's a snapshot of the people walking the convention floor.
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There are 108 delegates and alternates from the Virginia Democratic party attending the National Convention in Philly this week. Along with the delegates there are committee members, pages, and volunteers.

95 of the Virginia delegation are committed to the results of the primary election. As a result, 62 are committed to Clinton and 33 to Sanders in the first round of voting. The remaining 13 are uncommitted.

We will have reports from the convention throughout the week.

Last week Virginia added a few more miles and an eighth oyster flavor to its 250 mile Oyster Trail. The latest region includes oysters grown out in the waters that surround Tangier Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. 

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Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is attracting a lot of attention after being tapped as the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, but there’s still tension in the party.

Democrats Delight in GOP Convention Controversies

Jul 22, 2016
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While this year’s Republican National Convention was a nightmare for some party members, many Democrats were delighted by what they saw – among them, Virginia’s party chair Susan Swecker.

“It has been very interesting every night – yes!," she chuckled. "Y’know these things are usually very tightly scripted, and it has been fascinating night after night to just watch it go off the rails.” 

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The Shenandoah National Park recently closed two trails because of reports that bears were getting too close to hikers. In Charlottesville, a bear was spotted outside a busy shopping center, and another turned up on the campus of James Madison University. These normally shy creatures who live on acorns and berries are taking unusual liberties with people.

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The 2016 Republican National Convention has now wrapped, with Donald Trump accepting the party's nomination for president. Before the convention's conclusion, we spoke to more of the Virginia delegation walking the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena.

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A class-action federal lawsuit against a payday lender may break new legal ground next month. That’s when a Virginia judge could deliver a ruling that will absolve hundreds of people from loans worth about a half a million dollars. 

It’s been nearly five years since an earthquake hit Virginia, toppling chimneys and brick walls, cracking foundations and toppling furniture.  No one was killed or seriously injured, and for many people, it’s just an exciting memory, but for some the quake may have produced a silent but dangerous problem for homeowners. 

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Kroger is the latest supermarket chain to adopt an online grocery ordering system. 

Day Camp with Cops

Jul 21, 2016

As the nation faces on-going tensions between police and some of the people they serve, Virginia is working to improve relations in the long run – sponsoring free summer camps with cops.  Sandy Hausman reports on the program called Virginia Rules:

Basketball and other sports are a staple of day camp, but this program – which brings police officers together with middle school kids in Charlottesville and Albemarle County – also features time at a local music studio and lessons on using an iPad.

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