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One Virginia teacher got a very special surprise today — a $25,000 teaching award to be used in any way she wants.

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Virginia is the nation’s third largest producer of marine products, behind Alaska and Louisiana. But working waterfronts in coastal Virginia are under increasing threats from development, sea level rise, subsidence, and loss of marine habitat to name a few.

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Experts say one of every five people in state prison has a serious mental illness, and the rate is even higher at Virginia’s 62 regional jails, but the General Assembly provides little funding for mental health care behind bars.

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In the late 60’s, politicians and mental health experts agreed that large hospitals were not great places for most people to recover from a psychiatric illness. Staying at or near home, getting services in the community, was a better bet.

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A young politician in Charlottesville faced criticism last week after a series of racist and sexist web posts he wrote about five years ago were unearthed. Wes Bellamy, a Charlottesville councilman and vice-mayor, resigned his appointment to the state’s board of education over the controversy. But at Monday’s city council meeting Bellamy walked in to cheers. At the meeting, Bellamy apologized for the Twitter posts, saying they don’t reflect the man he is today. Charlottesville Mayor Mike...