Recovering from Hurricane Camille

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Don Askew

It’s been fifty years since Hurricane Camille shocked the nation – killing 150 people on the Gulf Coast and an equal number here in Virginia.  That category five storm smashed into the coasts of Mississippi and Louisiana, then headed north to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Sandy Hausman spoke with survivors about the disaster:

As the sun came up over Lovingston, Virginia, residents discovered a landscape of loss.  Audrey Diane Evans and her family had no idea how lucky they were after the previous night’s storm.

This week, Governor Ralph Northam will outline the state of Virginia’s finances to the House and Senate money committees of the General Assembly. And, opinions are divided about the best way to balance the books.

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Virginia’s Crime Commission met in Richmond today for day one of a two part meeting on gun violence. The meeting comes after lawmakers abruptly adjourned a special session on gun control last month. 

 

Nelson County Historical Society

Fifty years ago today, Nelson County was hit by a storm of historic proportions – a hurricane that, without warning, claimed 124 lives.  More than 25 inches of rain fell overnight, causing slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to erode.

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Democrats are divided about how much of America’s health insurance should be run by the government. That’s leaving some industry groups worried about the future of Virginia’s rural hospitals.

A local chapter of the NAACP is suing a Virginia county in an effort to change the names of schools named in honor of Confederate leaders.

The worst Atlantic coast storm in history, Hurricane Sandy, killed hundreds of people and destroyed more than half a million homes in 2012. But for some beach dwelling species, it was a net gain.  Endangered shore birds got a boost from the massive storm, thanks to a natural occurrence that’s been going on for millennia.

American Academy of Dermatology

It’s been a rough summer for residents of the state’s 18 prisons that lack air conditioning.  Inmates say temperatures inside often exceed 100 degrees, and last week those housed at the Buckingham Correctional Center had a new complaint.

Members of the Norfolk School Board are facing criticism over meeting without public notice. It’s an issue that every Planning Commission and water-control board in Virginia has to deal with.

Courtesy of BLK RVA

 

 

A new tourism campaign has launched this week in Richmond.  It focuses on Black-owned businesses and Black-centered events. 

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