Election Day is still a few weeks away, but more than 70,000 voters have already cast their ballots.

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Virginia officials announced Thursday that Medicaid Expansion is a go, and newly eligible populations will be able to sign up during this year’s open enrollment. That comes after federal officials gave the state approval last week.

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Today is Spirit Day, an anti-bullying campaign to support LGBTQ youth. According to national studies, lesbian, gay and bisexual kids are three to five times more likely to attempt suicide. ​And ​the picture is even more dire for transgender youth -- a​s many as half will ​attempt suicide ​before their twentieth birthday.  

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.

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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.

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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. 

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