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Dominion Loses $40 Million for Offshore Wind

May 27, 2016

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
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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.  

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