Tag Archives: Virginia

Va. college ‘free-speech zones’ latest to fall

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest in a string of successful court challenges to college “free speech zones” is unfolding in Virginia, where lawyers are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus. The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy [...]

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Mental health admissions soar after Deeds tragedy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Admissions at mental health facilities have spiked following the high profile suicide of a state senator’s son. Mental health and state officials told the Governor’s Task Force on Improving MentalHealth Services and Crisis Response Thursday that they did not know how long the surge would last. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1kQAeal ) reports Western State Hospital in [...]

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Some hear race echoes in Va. gay marriage ban

  WASHINGTON (AP) — To some people in Virginia, the fight over legalization of same-sex marriage echoes a decades-old battle over the state’s 1924 law banning marriage between white and black people. “You’re talking about pure prejudice as the basis of both laws,” argued Philip J. Hirschkop, who as a young lawyer in the 1960s [...]

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Va. governor announces new appointments

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced another round of appointments, including posts dealing with labor and industry and public safety. Named commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is Carlton “Ray” Davenport. He previously was with the Virginia AFL-CIO and was commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and [...]

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Project to help Va. felons regain voting rights

  WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary law students and the Williamsburg Bar Association are teaming up to help Virginians with non-violent felony convictions regain their voting rights. Law students and supervising attorneys from the Williamsburg area will operate a hotline on Monday and Wednesday to answer questions about navigating the voting rights restoration [...]

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VMI to host Environment Virginia Symposium

  LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — About 600 environmental leaders are expected to attend the 25th annual Environment Virginia Symposium at Virginia Military Institute. The symposium will be held Tuesday through Thursday at VMI’s Center for Leadership and Ethics. The center’s interim director, retired Air Force Col. David A. Miller, says the symposium brings together stakeholders [...]

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Historically black Va. college sees hope in sale

LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) — The St. Paul’s College campus and the 35 buildings on its roller-coaster grounds are for sale in hopes it can continue to educate young black men and women in this rural community.Located in Virginia’s tobacco-growing belt, the private, liberal arts college closed in June 2013 under crushing debt and questions about [...]

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’12 Years a Slave’ figure’s descendants join rally

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Descendants of the principal character in the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years a Slave” attended a rally by opponents of a proposed minor league baseball stadium in a Richmond neighborhood that once was a major slave trading hub. Linsey Williams and Justin Dixon Northup Gilliam, the great-great-great-great grandchildren of Solomon Northup, [...]

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Several Va airports now offering LaGuardia service

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Travelers from several Virginia airports can now take nonstop flights to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. American Airlines debuted the daily flights this week between LaGuardia and airports in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke. It marked the return of American to Roanoke for the first time since the mid-1990s, when the [...]

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Va. inmates training to fight forest fires

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials say about 160 inmates are training to help fight forest fires in the western part of the state. The partnership with the state Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service uses low-risk, nonviolent offenders to fight wildfires and participate in fire prevention activities. The program began [...]

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Immigration reform advocates begin fast in Va.

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Advocates for immigration reform began a four-day hunger strike Thursday, April 3, in Richmond, hoping to rally support for their cause and capture the attention of two powerful Virginia congressmen. The event is part of the national “Fast for Families Across America” campaign that has taken two busloads of advocates [...]

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