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Senator ties NFL tax status to Redskins name

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington’s nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league’s others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-”Redskins” movement took its cause to Capitol Hill. In a news conference that featured Native American, [...]

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W.Va. university hosting undergrads from Va.

  HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Undergraduate students from Virginia and elsewhere are on the campus of Marshall University to get a glimpse into the life of a medical student. The program on the Huntington campus is aimed at so-called students of color. Developed in 2011, the program at Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is [...]

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Bridgewater College buys hotel for student housing

  BRIDGEWATER, Va. (AP) — Bridgewater College has acquired a hotel to provide temporary housing for students when on-campus residence facilities are full. The college bought the two-building, 24-room Crimson Inn in Bridgewater in late August. The hotel is located near the school’s main campus. Bridgewater vice president Anne Keeler tells The Daily News-Record (http://bit.ly/YwtkSD [...]

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U.Va. launches new efforts to combat sex assaults

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia says it’s launching several new initiatives this fall to combat sexual assaults on campus. U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan and others on Friday told members of the Board of Visitors about a new reporting policy, along with public awareness campaign and prevention efforts. The university says [...]

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US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments. The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor’s. Even as income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept [...]

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US factory output drops 0.4 percent in August

  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants. The Federal Reserve says output at manufacturing plants fell 0.4 percent in August after a 0.7 percent rise in July. Total industrial production was down 0.1 percent in August, [...]

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Va. educators debate falling English test scores

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome. Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely [...]

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Va. educators debate falling English test scores

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — English test scores are falling in Virginia and elsewhere, and some educators and parents fear that the trend reflects societal changes that will be tough to overcome. Children today read less in their free time, goes one widely accepted argument. Another, which garners more debate, is that they’re increasingly likely to text, [...]

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Va. to move up hurricane evacuation timeline

  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia plans to give residents up to 10 hours more notice of a mandatory hurricane evacuation, and will target the most high-risk areas for those evacuations, officials said Thursday. The changes come amid a review of the state’s hurricane preparedness plan. Officials expect to begin hurricane evacuation planning sooner when [...]

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School lip balm ban inspires a Va. petition drive

  CRAIGSVILLE, Va. (AP) — A lip balm revolt is brewing in an Augusta County elementary school. The school board bans the use of lip balms because they are considered an over-the-counter drug and school officials don’t want students sharing medications. But an 11-year-old Stuarts Draft Elementary School student has started a petition drive to [...]

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Sea Level Rise app aims to map flooding hot spots

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Residents in flood-prone Hampton Roads have a new tool to view and report flooding hot spots. The Norfolk-based environmental group Wetlands Watch has developed a mobile application that allows people to easily map, take pictures of and outline areas that are inundated during high tide and heavy rains. A test of the Sea [...]

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