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What will it take for Virginia schools to be more secure? A panel of lawmakers recently looked at the issue and made a number of key recommendations.

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It could cost billions to recycle toxic coal ash currently sitting in lagoons across Virginia. That’s according to a report Dominion Energy gave to lawmakers this week. At the same time, two environmental groups now say coal ash ponds in Chesterfield could pose a risk to human health.

Freezing Rain Knocks Out Power to Many in Southwest Virginia

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Freezing rain and sleet Thursday morning helped knock out power to more than 35,000 Appalachian Power customers in Southwest Virginia.

UVA Students Aid Venezuelan Refugees

Nov 14, 2018
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The Capitol of Venezuela is more than 2,000 miles from Charlottesville but some students at the University of Virginia are worried. Venezuela has descended into an economic turmoil that has spurred widespread famine and high inflation. These concerns led students to start a fundraising drive on grounds through an exhibit of housing conditions for the refugees. 

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As Democrats plan to take control of the House of Representatives, one Virginia congressman is poised to control a key committee. And he’s already making plans for what he wants to do in that position.

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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