Forest Fire Chars 7,900 Acres

Apr 22, 2016
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Firefighters continue to battle a large blaze in the Shenandoah National Park.  Spokesman Dan Bastion offered this update.

“We’re at about 7,900 acres burned and at 40% containment, and of course this rain is helping.  It won’t put the fire out, but it will slow it down, and with high humidity, lower temperatures, cloud cover makes it easier for the firefighters to get in closer and do some good work.” 

Officials ask the public to keep drones away from the forest fire to avoid conflicts with aircraft being used to battle the blaze.

Courtesy of Melissa Davis

It’s no secret that cities across America are competing for young people.

And while large cities with sizzling tech markets may come to mind as the winners in that competition, economists say not to overlook smaller hip places, where the cost of living is a relative bargain.

Richmond: Why Being Hip is More Important Than it Seems

Apr 20, 2016
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Nashville is known for its music. D.C. for its politics. Austin for just plain being weird. Cities have identities -- and it’s part of what attracts people to live and work there.

Here in Virginia, Richmond is trying hard to be one of those hot spots, and it’s not doing too badly. Between 2010 and 2013 the city’s population of young professionals grew by almost 5-percent --- more than San Francisco or New York City.

VA Lawmakers Reconvene for Veto Session

Apr 20, 2016
AP Photo/Steve Helber

Lawmakers are back in Richmond this week to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s vetoes and amendments. So far, Republicans in the House have been able to overturn two of the governor but they didn't have the votes on the Senate side. So all the governor's vetoes will stand. 

Since the General Assembly session ended last month, the governor has been on a tour of sorts — wielding his veto pen and issuing a flurry of press releases. Republican House Majority Leader Kirk Cox opened today's veto session by decrying what he called “Washington-style politics” from McAuliffe.

UPDATE: Virginia State Police say troopers have preliminarily identified the body found in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia as that of a paramedic-firefighter who disappeared a week ago.