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Virginia Public Access Project
7:42 am
Mon April 20, 2015

VaNews: Negative Yelp Reviews, Horse Racing

One Virginia business raised the question of whether people who post negative online reviews of businesses can be legally required to identify themselves. Their case went to court, but won’t be decided in the Commonwealth. And the General Assembly has made certain that horse racing and off track betting will continue in Virginia in spite of problems at one of the state's premier tracks. 

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Environmentalists Mark Oil Spill Anniversary
1:54 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

Public Comment on Off-Shore Oil Exploration

This week marks the five year anniversary of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – an accident that killed millions of birds, fish and marine mammals, while damaging tourism and industries that rely on the sea.

Here in Virginia, environmentalists are marking the day by urging public opposition to oil exploration off our coast.  Sierra Weaver is a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. 

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Proposal to Sell Coal Investments
1:07 pm
Sun April 19, 2015

University of Mary Washington's Board Votes Nay on Divesting

Credit Divest UMW/facebook

Students at the University of Mary Washington spent three weeks sitting-in at the administration building – demanding the school consider selling its investments in coal. 

As a major producer of greenhouse gas, they argued that fuel was putting the Earth at risk, but the school’s  board didn’t see the point, and its president says two students will be prosecuted.

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Government & Politics
7:31 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Human-Rights Activists Applaud New Sex Trafficking Law

Human-rights advocates are applauding the passage and benefits of Virginia's first standalone sex trafficking law, which goes into effect this July.  They say the new law is long overdue and puts the Commonwealth in step with other states that have passed similar measures. But they also say this should simply start the effort to pass laws that deter sex trafficking-which is the second fastest-growing criminal enterprise in the U.S.

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Arts & Culture
6:19 am
Fri April 17, 2015

'Found Yourself' at Tom Tom Founder's Festival 2015

Music festivals, art shows and cooking competitions are commonplace in this country, but a Charlottesville man may have the ticket to something bigger – a week-long event that celebrates all of those things and the quality that connects them. 

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