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Earlier this month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 82 people in northern Virginia, Maryland and D.C. over a five-day period, and the agency appears to be pushing for more assistance from local police and sheriffs.  The American Civil Liberties Union is pushing back – insisting cities and counties have no right or obligation to help.

Tourists are drawn to the Northern Neck for its rural and Chesapeake Bay heritage. In building an official heritage area, the five-county region has established an Oyster Trail, Artisan Trail and Watermen Heritage Tours. Now, the African American Education Trail has been added.

Comparing Virginia's Tax Burden to Other States

Apr 17, 2017
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Hold your wallets, folks. It’s tax time. That means last-minute number crunching and maybe a bit of daydreaming about what it might be like to live in another state. 

Virginia Public Access Project

There are new questions about how money was raised and spent by federal ATF agents operating a smuggling investigation out of Southwest Virginia. And, ten years after mass murder at Virginia Tech, the archive of condolences from around the world has been re-opened. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at

University of Virginia School of Law

Experts believe that about 4% of people in prison or jail didn’t actually commit the crime for which they were convicted.  In Virginia state prisons alone, that means more than a thousand people shouldn’t be there. Sandy Hausman looks at why wrongful conviction happens, and why a literary celebrity is lending his name to the fight for reform.