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Many Congressional Districts in Virginia Don't Look to Be That Competitive

When voters head to the polls on Election Day, most will be focused on the presidential race. But every seat in the House of Representatives will be on the ballot too — although you might not have heard much about that. Michael Pope takes us to one of the many congressional districts in Virginia that’s NOT in play this year.
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A jury in Charlottesville has now heard from two students who were friends with a woman known only as Jackie. She was the central figure in Rolling Stone’s now discredited story called A Rape on Campus. Daily Progress reporter Dean Seal has been covering the trial. He says the account given by Jackie’s friends did not match the magazine’s description of a vicious attack.


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At a meeting in Maine this week, Atlantic coast fisheries managers agreed to increase the catch for menhaden, a fish considered crucial to birds, other fish and by commercial watermen to catch crabs. It's also key to the remaining fish oil plant on the East Coast here in Virginia.  

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Virginia spends only 52% of the national average on community-based mental health according to a national non-profit called Mental Health America, ranking the state 38th compared to others. The news comes as a group co-chaired by Senator Creigh Deeds meets in Richmond to review goals for the legislative session which begins in January.  

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Remember when the mortgage loan industry almost brought down the global economy? Virginia Senator Mark Warner says we haven’t fully recovered from that, and he’s working to make long-term change. 

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Police will meet with school officials in Waynesboro today after a series of four bomb threats in the last month to the high school and Kate Collins Middle School.  In an automated call to parents, Principal Janet Buckheit urged parents to talk with their kids.

Two people are dead following a workplace shooting in Roanoke this morning.

Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones says the shooter died in apparent suicide, and one employee of FreightCar America was killed.  Three others were injured.

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On any given night, more than 7,000 people in Virginia are homeless. It’s not easy to find work when you have no permanent address, but a new program in Charlottesville aims to help people who are homeless start a business. 

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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

Oct 24, 2016

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


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