The House of Representatives is set to vote this week on raising the minimum wage. And, Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott is leading the charge.

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Faced with worrisome warnings of climate change, Virginia is weighing green options for producing energy.  Solar and wind are sources favored by this state’s two largest utilities, but what about water power?  Virginia is blessed with mountains and rivers, not unlike a place where dams provide 60% of the power.

Community Farmer’s markets bring a bounty of locally grown food, and cottage industries to town.  And these small business owners often have a special kind of dedication to their customers, their employees, and, in this case,  to the welfare of people they don’t even know.

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has announced a surprising business deal that could protect a quarter of a million acres of forest in southwest Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.  The not-for-profit has lined up investors willing to spend over $120 million and let scientists manage it.

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Unemployment is going down in Southwest Virginia. But, that might be more alarming than you think.

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There were tears, angry words and a life sentence in circuit court today, as the case of James Fields, Jr. came to a close.  He was accused of first degree murder and multiple counts of malicious wounding after driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters nearly two years ago.

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An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Virginia Public Access Project

Virginia students who might not be all that interested in traditional sports now have a chance to represent their high schools in a new kind of competition.  And a storm has taken down much of what remained of a “segregation wall."

UVA

A team of engineers at the University of Virginia reviewed data from nearly 23,000 crashes and concluded there are some big problems with car safety systems.   Women and people over 65 are at extra risk.

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Many parts of Virginia are declining in population, a trend that’s only expected to increase in the coming years.

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