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Beloved Steam Locomotive May Ride the Rails Again
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Fire Up the 611!

Credit Virginia Museum of Transportation

After months of study, officials with the Virginia Museum of Transportation believe they will find the financial support needed to get the iconic Norfolk & Western 611 Steam Locomotive back on the rails. The news comes as part of the “Fire Up 611” campaign—but officials say the effort will rely on rail fans worldwide to stoke her fire.

It’s a sound that’s captivated rail buffs for decades, the baritone whistle of the famous 611, affectionately known as the graceful giant.

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50th Anniveresary of Tourist Train
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Cass Scenic Railroad

Credit Cass Scenic Railroad

Earlier this month the Shay Number 4 locomotive made the  eight-mile trip up Cheat Mountain, from the Cass Scenic Railroad depot in Pochantas County to the former work camp at Whittaker Station. 

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Government & Politics
4:34 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Virginia Latino Caucus

Before Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, converge on Richmond this weekend for their Jefferson-Jackson dinner, another caucus will take place.

The members say that as the Latino presence expands in Virginia, it's imperative for them to be politically involved—especially as lawmakers make decisions specific to their communities with or without their input.

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Choral Performance in Charlottesville
7:56 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Mozart's Requiem: A Summer Project for Students

While many of their peers are  swimming, biking, hiking or just goofing around this summer, more than three dozen high school students  from around the state have gathered in Charlottesville this week for a vocal labor of love - rehearsing and performing one of the most complex works of choral art ever.  A Mozart marathon now underway.

Judith Gary  is music director for the Virginia Consort, a singing ensemble in Charlottesville and one of five music professionals behind a remarkable summer experiment.
 

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Law & Crime
5:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VA Attorney General Appeals to Defend Anti-Sodomy Law

Virginia’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Commonwealth keep its law against sodomy on the books, because he claims it protects children from predators, but critics say we have other laws to do that, and Cuccinelli is simply playing politics.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-sodomy law in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, saying it violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy.

“The government can’t tell two consenting adults what they can do in private.”

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