After Hurricane Florence hit the southeast coast last month, Claytor Lake, hundreds of miles away in southwestern Virginia, took a hit.  More than fifteen tons of debris ended up in the lake – everything from the usual ‘flotsam and jetsam’ to at least one toilet, a mannequin, and an empty boat. This part of Virginia is not home to very many lakes, and that means people here work hard to keep them clean and healthy. 

“Not many people know that the New River is one of the only rivers that flows north….”

Jeff Caldwell is Executive Director of Friends of Claytor Lake

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Election Day is fast approaching, and that means the campaign cash is flying around Virginia politics.

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Virginia officials are rolling out a year-long campaign to honor the state’s history. It’s called American Evolution, and is pegged to the 400th anniversary of several big firsts for North America.

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The last decade has seen a dramatic reduction in local newspapers across Virginia, a decline that’ is documented in a new report outlining news deserts.


As more teachers in Virginia organize and advocate for more money in public schools, some worry that advocacy isn’t welcome. Now Richmond is seeking to reassure teachers they have the right to speak up.

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One of the tightest Congressional races in Virginia is in the 7th District - where Republican incumbent Dave Brat is facing a challenge from former CIA agent Abigail Spanberger. The two met for their first debate Monday night in Culpeper.

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A popular high school teacher from Charlottesville is recovering after surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center.  43-year-old Matt Shields was perfectly healthy, but he agreed to an operation to save his father’s life. 


The artist Georgia O’Keeffe is remembered as a painter of Southwestern landscapes and flowers, but it turns out her early works were done at the University of Virginia where she studied and taught.  Now, UVA plans to show those as part of an exhibit called Unexpected O’Keeffe. 

NPR CEO Jarl Mohn has named Nancy Barnes, a veteran newspaper editor, as the network's permanent chief news executive, NPR announced Tuesday. Barnes fills a nearly yearlong vacancy that was triggered by the firing of Michael Oreskes, NPR's former news head, over allegations of sexual harassment.

On Monday night, the first of three debates for Virginia’s Ninth Congressional seat kicked off at WVVA TV in Bluefield.


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