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After decades of burning coal to make electricity, Dominion Energy is left with massive amounts of ash containing toxics compounds that can pollute water.  The company says it would be very expensive to move 25 million tons of the stuff from ponds along the James, Potomac and Elizabeth Rivers. 

Now, however, Dominion has discovered a big market for coal ash – one that could help to offset the costs of clean up.

Increasing demand for locally grown food is creating new markets for small farmers.  But boutique growers face challenges that factory farmers don't. And for them, a little help can make a big difference.

Take, for example, a farm in Floyd County that won a cool prize in a competition designed to help niche agriculture-based companies grow. 

While parts of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk, Virginia are under mandatory evacuation orders, prisoners at jails in those cities are staying put.  That’s upset one national non-profit which is crusading to get inmates out. 

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Hotels along evacuation routes from the east coast are likely to fill up quickly in advance of Hurricane Florence, and home-sharing service Airbnb now says it will provide free lodging for those who are displaced by the storm. 

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Virginia officials are urging residents under a mandatory evacuation order not to return home, despite forecast changes showing Hurricane Florence's short-term path largely missing the state.

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When a hurricane is on the way, people are told to prepare for the worst.  But when it’s over, if the effects were not as bad as expected, what happens next time around?

Pamela D'Angelo

All this week people who live along the Chesapeake Bay have been preparing for whatever Hurricane Florence may bring.

Florence Trends South But Virginia Still Threatened

Sep 12, 2018
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Forecast tracks trend Hurricane Florence farther south, delaying and potentially lessening its effects in Virginia.  But there's still potential for serious flooding, especially in central and western Virginia.

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About 40% of the U. S. House of Representatives has asked President Trump to rescind his plan for a pay freeze for the federal work force next year and instead give them a pay raise.

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As the vote nears for Senate confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, both of Virginia's senators are now announcing their intention to vote no.

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