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Vandy’s lone homer produces national championship

  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Dansby Swanson and Rhett Wiseman came oh-so close to hitting home runs for Vanderbilt early in the College World Series. John Norwood finally got a ball to clear the fence, and his timing was impeccable — in the third and deciding game of the CWS finals. His tie-breaking homer into [...]

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Va. House GOP lays out Medicaid legal strategy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Republicans say Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe lacks the legal authority to expand Medicaid coverage for the state’s poor without legislative approval. House Speaker William J. Howell and other Republican leaders held a conference call Wednesday with reporters to explain their legal arguments against such a potential move by [...]

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Redskins’ Hatcher out 4-6 weeks with knee surgery

  ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher says he will have surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined four to six weeks. Hatcher said Wednesday, June 18, he will have an arthroscopic procedure to clean up some cartilage. The injury comes as the Redskins are wrapping up their offseason practices. [...]

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Brat makes 1st appearance since beating Cantor

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In his first public appearance since last week’s primary victory against Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Dave Brat said Tuesday, June 17 he was “hitting the ground running” in his general election campaign, with a message promoting “economic prosperity.” Brat gave brief remarks to reporters before a Rotary Club breakfast that [...]

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Plan to house immigrant children in Va. on hold

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — U.S. officials are looking into temporarily housing hundreds of Central American immigrant children and teenagers on the campus of a closed college in rural Virginia. Administration for Children and Families spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the idea is on hold to allow the [...]

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Virginia passes budget with Medicaid restriction

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly passed a new state budget late Thursday, June 12, night after adopting a Republican-backed amendment to ensure that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot expand Medicaid without legislative approval. The action just before midnight closed a tumultuous day of internal GOP wrangling over the last-minute amendment and ended [...]

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Feds give $100M in storm prevention to 11 states

  ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $100 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program will fund a [...]

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Obama, education secretary eat burgers in Virginia

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two days. Two surprise outings from the White House for President Barack Obama. What will day three bring? On Monday, June 9 Obama and Denis McDonough, the chief of staff, walked down Pennsylvania Avenue to Starbucks. On Tuesday, June 10 , Obama cleared a seat in his motorcade for his education [...]

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USS Ross leaves for new home port in Spain

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. warship that is capable of shooting down ballistic missiles began its journey Tuesday, June 3, to its new home port in Spain, where it will be the second American ship to permanently relocate under a NATO defense plan. The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross will be home ported in [...]

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Senator quits, imperiling Virginia Medicaid push

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The resignation of a Democratic state senator on Monday, June14,  has dealt a serious blow to his party’s push for Medicaid expansion in Virginia and cleared a path for Republicans to pass a budget without compromising on the health care plan. Sen. Phil Puckett’s resignation gives the GOP a 20-19 [...]

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2 killed, 3 injured after boat capsizes in Va.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities say preliminary evidence indicates that a boat was overloaded when it sank in the James River, killing two North Carolina men. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission identified the victims as 52-year-old Philip Earl Smallwood and 51-year-old William T. Smallwood Jr., both of Windsor, North Carolina. Three other people [...]

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