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Oklahoma state officials recently won half a billion dollars from Johnson & Johnson. The landmark opioid payout could just be the first. Many states, including Virginia, are investigating pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. 

Virginia’s Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission could serve as an example for how to make payout money last. 

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If you do much driving in the state of Virginia, this next story may be of interest.  Governing Magazine reviewed financial records for communities nationwide and reported on those which depend heavily on traffic fines to pay their bills.


The U.S. Postal Service honored a Muslim-American Army Officer Monday, naming a post office in his hometown – Charlottesville – after him.  U.S. Senator Tim Kaine praised Captain Khan, but speaking to reporters afterward, he criticized the commander in chief for failing to support and protect the military.

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Virginia Governor’s announced a new top-level advisor Monday.

Her job is, in part, to help diversify the state workforce. 

Should Virginia work with other states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Voters may end up deciding that issue this November.