Cokie Roberts, Pioneering Female Journalist Who Helped Shape NPR, Dies at 75

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Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75.

Roberts died Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer, according to a family statement.

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Virginia does a thorough job of inspecting local and regional jails and investigating deaths inside those facilities.

But a state review finds better coordination could improve oversight of the jail system.

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More than 300,000 Virginians have something today they didn’t have this time last year -- health insurance through Medicaid. Lawmakers lowered the requirements for the state-run health insurance program in January. 

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Candidates for the General Assembly are facing a key deadline this week for campaign finance.

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In a possible first among Virginia cities, the election for Clerk of Court in Petersburg will have zero candidates on the ballot. And medical marijuana can now be given to students by school nurses in Virginia.

Garrison Keillor

Three years ago, Garrison Keillor gave his last live performance of a Prairie Home Companion – the folksy Midwest variety show heard on public radio stations nationwide.  One year later the distributor -- Minnesota Public Radio -- cut ties with Keillor over allegations of inappropriate behavior with a woman on his staff.  Fans have heard little from him since then, but Keillor is making a bit of a comeback with shows here in Virginia on September 19th and 20th. 

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Following a report that UVA’s medical center had sued 36,000 people over the last six years for unpaid medical bills, the hospital has announced new policies for financial aid and collections.  Many more people are likely to receive free care under those rules.

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A two-year-old lawsuit is winding down in Charlottesville after Judge Richard Moore issued an injunction, blocking the city from taking down statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

A judge in Charlottesville has barred the city from removing confederate monuments from local parks.  Citizens who sued over a vote by city council to do so were relieved. Among them, attorney Buddy Weber.

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Last year, the sale of electric cars in this country was up more than 80%, but a non-profit called Generation 180 wants to push the pace and is sponsoring four events around Virginia where drivers can try an electric ride.

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How transparent is Virginia government?

One new report says the Commonwealth is falling far behind other states.

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