Emily Richardson-Lorente

Two tour buses rolled out of Charlottesville Sunday morning, with about 100 people and one jar of soil aboard. They’re on a pilgrimage, of sorts, to commemorate John Henry James, a lynching victim who died in Charlottesville 120 years ago this week.

Americana music artist Jim Lauderdale spoke with Luke Church about Frank Newsome’s album of traditional folk hymns Gone Away With A Friend.  Lauderdale and Virginia folklorist Jon Lohman recorded the album in 2006 in the church Newsome pastors in southwest VA.  The album has just been re-released on Free Dirt Records. 

Cities across Virginia are taking action against poverty.

Richmond has a city official dedicated to tackling poverty. Portsmouth has an initiative to come up with ways to help people in hard times. And Lynchburg is plotting out ways to give a helping hand to those at the bottom end of the economic ladder.

Renewable energy is on the rise across the country, but Virginia is behind the curve.  Some people are not sure if it could work for them and others are just not sure how it works.  The Floyd Energy Fest coming up next weekend, has answers.  A collaboration of 'Sustain Floyd' and Apple River Farm, it features talks on wind and solar technologies, strategies for energy efficiency and hands on help applying for a USDA grant to cut installation costs.

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Retailers in this country spend billions of dollars on marketing.  Toy stores, for example, devote an average of ten percent of their profits to ads, but a small shop in Charlottesville is doing something different and reporting great success. 

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The Ohio man charged with driving his car into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville last summer has plead not guilty to 30 counts of hate crimes which led to the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuries to 19 others.

Some fear that the social safety net in Virginia may be crumbling.

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One of the recommendations of the recently-released Monument Avenue report is to create a permanent exhibit that takes a deep dive into the history of Richmond’s Confederate monuments. As of this week, those monuments are already getting some historical treatment at Richmond’s Valentine Museum.

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A new state law ends Virginia’s restriction on growing Hemp in the commonwealth. Several states have already passed laws allowing hemp cultivation and sale. And even as Virginia joined them this week, it continues to classify the move as a ‘research project’ that has certain requirements attached.

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There may be no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July, then by becoming an American citizen. About a hundred people, originally from 40 different countries, gathered in Richmond Wednesday to take the oath of citizenship.

The  naturalization ceremony was hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

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