Government & Politics
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

VaNews for 7.14.14

A Virginia County is trying to find out what happened to seven thousand people its police have identified as undocumented over the past few years...and organizers of a Fourth of July demonstration in Richmond in favor of gun owners rights went ahead with their plan even when no one answered their call for support. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

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Seeking Public Input
12:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Historic Preservation Survey

Credit Preservation Virginia

The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is asking for public input on historic preservation.

The department is asking Virginia residents to complete an online survey. It wants residents to identify major issues facing their communities as they use and preserve historic resources. The department also hopes to identify preservation priorities for the future.

The agency says the public feedback will help as goals and objectives for the next decade are developed.

Here's the link to the survey.

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Immigration Reform
7:07 am
Fri July 11, 2014

State Lawmakers Anxiously Await Obama's Immigration Move


Now that immigration reform has essentially been pulled from the docket during this legislative session Virginia lawmakers are bracing for the impact on the state's economy - as some lawmakers brace for what executive actions President Obama prepares to take.  

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Virginia Energy Plan
6:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion

When it comes to offshore wind energy development, some environmental organizations say Virginia leaders are on the right track, but they need to greatly pick up the pace. An alliance that includes Environment Virginia and the Virginia Conservation Network says other East Coast states are eyeing wind-turbine dominance. The groups say the slow-moving Commonwealth could lose out on many of the benefits associated with its development.  

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Part 2 of 2
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers

Chinese Herbs

When people hear about the “Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine” in Floyd County, they sometimes look surprised and ask, “What’s that doing here? Not only is it serving a local clientele, it’s also working to create a network of farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care.

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