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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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Democrats Delight in GOP Convention Controversies

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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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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.

Africa's Young Leaders At Home in Virginia

Jul 21, 2016
Courtesy of VCU

Virginians may not know it, but for the month of July, the state is hosting a select group of future world leaders.

The Mandela fellowship, started by President Obama, is a prestigious program that brings some of Africa’s best and brightest young leaders to the U.S. This year, Virginia Commonwealth University is one of just four colleges hosting 50 Mandela fellows for six weeks.

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Most of the delegates to the Republican National Convention are focused on the election this year. But delegates from Virginia are also in Cleveland setting the stage for next year. And the fundraising efforts for the next campaign for governor are already heating up.

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