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Va. justices: Academic emails can be withheld

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative group’s attempt to obtain a University of Virginia climate researcher’s emails. The justices said retired Arlington Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan was right when he ruled that Michael Mann’s emails are proprietary records dealing with scholarly research and therefore are exempt [...]

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Va. community colleges relax speech restrictions

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Community College System relaxed its policy governing student speech and demonstrations Tuesday, less than a month after being sued by a student who was barred from preaching on campus. Community colleges spokesman Jeff Kraus said the executive committee of the system’s 15-member governing board unanimously approved a new [...]

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Students object to Confederate flags on Va. campus

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of law students at Washington and Lee University is demanding the school banish the Confederate flag from its Lexington campus and repudiate one of its namesakes, Gen. Robert E. Lee. The students also want the private liberal arts college to end the practice of allowing “neo-Confederates” to march [...]

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Va. gov. changes policies on felons’ voting rights

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Friday that will make it easier for violent felons and drug offenders to regain their voting rights. The waiting period for violent felons to apply for restoration of rights has been reduced to three years from five, the governor said. He also [...]

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Warner stresses bipartisan record at Shad Planking

Warner stresses bipartisan record at Shad Planking

WAKEFIELD, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen Mark Warner touted his bipartisan bona fides Wednesday in rural Virginia at the 66th annual Shad Planking, a political rite of spring in the Old Dominion. Warner, a Democrat, told a largely Republican crowd of several hundred there are people of good will in both major political parties and [...]

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McAuliffe shakes up Va. Port Authority board

McAuliffe shakes up Va. Port Authority board

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is shaking up the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees the third-busiest seaport on the East Coast. McAuliffe announced Thursday at a news conference in Norfolk that he’s replacing five members of the authority’s board of commissioners in attempt to improve the authority’s fiscal management and return it to [...]

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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover’s highest holiday: Sunday, April 20, 2014 or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear. Yet amid [...]

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.An impromptu appearance in the White [...]

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USS Harry S. Truman, strike group returns to Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The USS Harry S. Truman has returned to its homeport in Virginia. The aircraft carrier and the other ships in its strike group returned to Naval Station Norfolk on Friday. Thousands of friends and family members awaited the ships’ return on a chilly pier waving flags and carrying signs welcoming [...]

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Cargo ship runs aground in windy Chesapeake Bay

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph ripped a cargo ship’s anchors from the seafloor and caused it to run aground just a few hundred feet from a beach, drawing onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard also blamed weather for the collision [...]

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McAuliffe shakes up Va. Port Authority board

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is shaking up the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees the third-busiest seaport on the East Coast. McAuliffe announced Thursday at a news conference in Norfolk that he’s replacing five members of the authority’s board of commissioners in attempt to improve the authority’s fiscal management and return it [...]

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