Central Appalachia, once home to a bustling coal industry is today riddled with abandoned mine lands. But efforts continue to re-purpose and transform them into economic drivers for the future.  In southwestern Virginia many projects are in the planning phase, some are under way, and many more are in the works. 

When it comes to eviction, Virginia is a busy place.   That’s the finding of scholars at Princeton who reviewed court records and found that of the nation’s ten big cities with the highest eviction rates, five are here, and of medium-sized cities where eviction is most common, three of the top five were in Virginia. 

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As hurricane season draws to a close, Virginians who live on the coast may be feeling relief, but for residents of Tangier Island the threat of being overwhelmed by wind and waves remains.  They could become the first climate change refugees in this country.  This fall, the state promised to spend $3 million on a sea wall to protect Tangier’s harbor, but locals want a wall to surround their shrinking island.

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A combination of economic incentives and a major education investment by Virginia Tech helped land Amazon in Northern Virginia.



Virginia is spending a growing amount on healthcare for inmates. That’s according to a report presented to lawmakers Tuesday. To help lower those costs, Virginia auditing staff recommends the state make it easier to release sick and elderly inmates.

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The Supreme Court will hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that have been struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory.

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The majestic elk once roamed southwestern Virginia. They were a food source for native people and later, European settlers from the piedmont to the Appalachian Plateau.  The very last one was shot in 1855.Now Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is out with a plan to restore the once native species to this region, and it’s seeking your comments. 

David Kalb, project leader for the department of game and inland fisheries, recorded the sounds of a bugling elk in late September.

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Amazon's HQ2 is getting divided by two.

Instead of building a massive second headquarters in one location, Amazon announced Tuesday that it would build two offices, one in New York City and another in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. The specific locations are the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and Arlington, Va.

One of the issues that became a campaign theme this year was protection for people who have preexisting medical conditions.

Members of the General Assembly are about to consider a state change that could have significant consequences.

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Charlottesville police have a new tool. And the United Daughters of the Confederacy canceled a planned ceremony in Richmond when protesters gathered. 


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