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$6 Million House Race in Northern Virginia Dominates Campaign Finance Numbers

Virginia’s congressional candidates have raised a grand total of $20 million this election cycle. As Michael Pope reports, much of that comes from one or two particularly competitive seats.
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Pro-choice advocates in Virginia are celebrating today —the State Board of Health has voted to remove targeted regulations on abortion clinics.  In an 8 hour meeting today the board worked its way through dozens of amendments to regulations affecting clinics. In the end, they decided to roll back building codes and other restrictions that had been approved by former Governor Bob McDonnell 5 years ago. Since being passed, 7 clinics throughout the state have closed down. 

Voter Intimidation in Virginia is Nothing New

11 hours ago

The state has a long and complicated history of various forces trying to influence elections.

Virginia Public Access Project

Chesapeake City Council is considering whether to post “In God We Trust” in  City Hall and other public buildings, and people who require in-home assistance say they're being affected by a state law that prohibits overtime for caregivers paid by Medicaid. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at

Midwives to the American Chestnut Tree

23 hours ago
Kurt Holtz

Squirrels aren’t the only ones collecting nuts this autumn. Volunteers with Virginia’s American Chestnut Restoration project are gathering them to breed the next generation of blight resistant trees. It’s part of a multi state effort to restore the species and a time consuming process in more ways than one. 

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Jason Clem is 12 years into a life sentence for a murder he committed when he was 16.

A nonprofit estimates there are 60 people like Clem in Virginia, serving a life sentence without hope of parole, for a crime they committed when they are under 18. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that’s unconstitutional.

But, so far, that's had little effect for those in Virginia.

Steve Helber / AP

Update:  Friday, Oct. 21

Testimony continues Friday in the $7.8 million lawsuit against Rolling Stone Magazine.  On the stand, reporter Sabrina Rubin-Erdely who wrote the now retracted story, 'A Rape on Campus.'

Charlottesville Daily Progress reporter Dean Seal is covering the case.  He says Thursday’s testimony focused on mistakes Erdely had made. 

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia’s Chamber of Commerce surveyed a number of likely voters last week on several different issues, one of which was the economy. 

New Orleans jazz pianist and singer Henry Butler perceives the world in a very important way - as an artist, thinker, and mystic. A uniquely eclectic musician, Butler has been blind since birth.

Last Quarter host Josh Jackson talks to Butler about taking the creative cultural influences around him in his own direction.

VA Humanities Foundation Founder to Step Down

Oct 20, 2016
University of Virginia

It’s rare for someone to stay in the same job for forty years, but Rob Vaughan is a rare person.  He’s been with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities since graduate school – building it into the biggest organization of its kind.  Today, the VFH celebrates literature and language, history and art, philosophy, culture and cuisine with grants, fellowships, conferences, publications and radio programs.  Sandy Hausman reports on how Vaughan made it happen.

Virginia Department of Elections

Forget to register to vote by Monday’s deadline? Or have problems trying to do it online? Well -- you’ll get a second chance. A federal judge has extended Virginia’s voter registration deadline to Friday.


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