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Confused about Gov. McAuliffe? Here's What We Know About The Federal Investigation

Chances are pretty high you've heard about the reported federal investigation into Virginia's Democratic Governor, related to campaign finance. But if things seem murky and unclear, that's because they are. We'll try to break it down for you.
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Dominion Loses $40 Million for Offshore Wind

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If you started the holiday weekend early, you may not have heard the news that Dominion Virginia Power lost about $40 million in federal funding for an offshore wind demonstration project.  The utility was one of three enterprises to win more than $10 million for planning and design, but the Department of Energy now says other projects show more promise as Sandy Hausman reports.

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Does Virginia law prohibit a city from altering a war memorial? Now what if that memorial is to the Civil War, and features a Confederate flag?

Those questions are at the heart of a court case coming out of Danville, Virginia, a city that once was capitol of the Confederate States. 

Feds Seek Comments on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

May 26, 2016
WildVirginia.org

The federal government is again asking for comments on plans to build a natural gas pipeline from the fracking fields of West Virginia to North Carolina. Sandy Hausman has that story:

The original route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline passed through some especially sensitive areas in the George Washington National Forest.  Now, Dominion Resources is back with another plan, and environmentalists like Glen Besa at the Sierra Club are again speaking out.

Tiny Pest Attacking World's Biggest Crop

May 26, 2016

A highly destructive insect that attacks tomatoes is spreading around the world. Plant Pathologists at Virginia Tech are warning it could cause total crop loss in places where it gains a foothold if preventative measures are not taken.  Robbie Harris reports.

By last fall, the tiny “South American Tomato Leaf Miner” had already taken a huge bite out of the world’s tomato crop, chewing up around 40 per cent.

“It is expanding now.  It probably went about 50 per cent.”

Professor, Muni Muniappan is director of the Integrated Pest Management Lab at Virginia Tech.

Kroger and Union Workers Reach Tentative Agreement

May 25, 2016
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Kroger and the food workers union have a new deal…one that will stop a possible strike next week.

The tentative contract agreement comes after two days of negotiations between Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, and the biggest supermarket chain in the country.  

Patients Seek Narcotics in the Emergency Room

May 25, 2016

As the Virginia death toll from opiates continues to rise, two big healthcare groups recently endorsed new opiate prescription guidelines aimed at hospital emergency rooms in an attempt to curb the epidemic. Jessie Knadler talks to two ER physicians in Augusta County about the guidelines, and what it’s like to work on the front lines of the drug scourge.

Open Mic: The Graduate

May 24, 2016
Holly Marcus, Special to the Staunton News Leader

It’s graduation season, and millions of young people are collecting diplomas – but they’re not alone.  More and more older Americans are wrapping up a college degree – among them Charlottesville – area author Faith Andrews Bedford.

GOP Files Suit Over Restoring Voting Rights

May 23, 2016

Republicans in the General Assembly are not just speaking out against Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s plan to restore voting rights to 200,000 former felons. They’re taking their case to court, filing a lawsuit in the Virginia Supreme Court.

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Car-title lenders in Virginia may have dodged a bullet earlier this year when the Virginia General Assembly passed on reforming their industry. But the industry now faces a new threat from Washington. Michael Pope continues our coverage, with the latest on the new federal rule that could dramatically undermine predatory lending.

New Direction For the New River

May 19, 2016
ReNew The New

The New River is, in fact, one of the oldest rivers on the planet. And because people have used waterways as dumps for centuries, The New got its share of trash over the years.  But organized clean up efforts are paying off.  And now a regional plan to expand them is in the works.  Robbie Harris prepared this report.

Ann Goette is founder of ReNew the New.  She’s been coordinating river clean up events in Giles County for 15 years.

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