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At Virginia’s state house, lobbyists are everywhere. They meet with lawmakers, help draft bills, and testify in committees.

But one day this week there was a surprising group of lobbyists: teenagers. And they’ve successfully convinced lawmakers to close one of the state’s juvenile prisons.

Do local governments hide public information? One senator is concerned about the possibility they do, and he’s moving forward with a bill to create new penalties to prevent it.

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Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is denying the allegations of two women who accuse him of sexual assault. So what comes next?

It was a combination protest, spiritual revival and celebration as about 800 people packed the gym at a middle school in Buckingham County last night to hear from environmental activist Al Gore and political activist William Barber. They had come to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and construction of a massive compressor station in the historic black community called Union Hill.

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New congresswoman Abigail Spanberger kept a campaign promise and met with constituents Tuesday night for a town hall. It’s the first public forum Virginia’s seventh congressional district has had in two years.

The blackface scandal may end up derailing the political career of two statewide elected officials.

But it may also end up changing policy in Virginia.

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How much influence should health insurance providers have over which drugs you take? That’s an issue lawmakers are debating in Richmond.

Preserve Bent Mountain

Two Roanoke lawyers have been documenting work rule violations on the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction project. They shared their findings with government officials and, last week, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia launched a criminal investigation into the matter.

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When they hear statistics about climate change or see graphs and charts, many people shut down – unwilling to think about what could be the most serious issue of our times.  To draw them back into a conversation about our warming planet, two faculty members at UVA are using something called eco-acoustics – sounds that illustrate the relationship between humans and their environment. 

Should parents to able to veto some materials used in public schools when bullying or suicide prevention is on the agenda?

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