In a career that spanned more than half a century, Tom Wolfe wrote fiction and nonfiction best-sellers including The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Bonfire of the Vanities. Along the way, he created a new type of journalism and coined phrases that became part of the American lexicon. Wolfe died Monday in Manhattan. He was 88.

Wolfe didn't start a novel with a character or a plot, but rather, with an idea. In 1987, wearing his signature white suit, Wolfe told me how he began his first novel, a panoramic story of New York Society:

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Numerous books have been written about the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. But almost nothing was known about the slaves he and his family owned.

New research at Jackson’s home in Lexington that now sheds light on the lives of these six individuals.

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As the June 30th deadline approaches, Virginia lawmakers are back in Richmond to finalize the state budget. A month ago, The House of Delegates passed a budget that includes Medicaid expansion. Now the Senate is taking its turn - although it’s unclear if their opposition to Medicaid expansion has waned.

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Leaders from across the state attended Steger's memorial service Monday.

School boards across Virginia are hunkering down over calendars now, trying to come up with a schedule for next year.  And school board members have some new flexibility this year to increase recess time.

For years, the island town of Chincoteague  has been challenged to find fresh drinking water. Now it's gotten even harder.

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Lawmakers are in Richmond this week to figure out what to do with industrial pollution created by decades of fossil fuels.

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The University of Virginia has issued new rules that would keep torch-wielding extremists away from the Lawn or Rotunda where they marched on August 11th.

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Virginia holds a primary election on June 12th, but in some  places there’s no Democratic ballot.  In the 5th Congressional District, for example, the party chose their candidate through a caucus and convention, and Tim Kaine is running unopposed for U.S. Senate.  Dedicated Democrats could, however, ask for a Republican ballot.

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There’s no shortage of challenges to life as a farmer: long hours, unpredictable weather, small profit margins. But a new group in central Virginia wants to make sure access to capital isn’t one of those challenges.

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