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VDOT Work Causing More Traffic Issues This Week

VDOT is doing some work in the area which might have an effect on your travels. All this week, through this Friday from 7PM til 5AM, you can expect alternating land closures on Route 3 in Lancaster County, from Claybrook Avenue to Brent Street. VDOT says there will be some brief overnight delays. Also during […]

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Population Stats Show Wide Spread In Local Counties

According to numbers recently released by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in Charlottesville Gloucester and Mathews Counties continue a trend in population. Gloucester is slowly growing, but Mathews is continuing to decline. The new numbers show that Gloucester County had 37,169 residents as of July 1, 2017… representing a growth of 0.8 percent […]

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Another threat at Mathews High School, found to be not credible

Mathews High School has been evacuated today (Monday) following a possible threat, according to robo-calls from Mathews County Schools Superintendent  Nancy Welch. Welch said that the administration was notified of a possible threat, but did not disclose the nature of the threat. Students and staff were transported to Thomas Hunter Middle school. Law enforcement investigated, […]

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Virginia panel OKs bill allowing slots-like betting at track

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A bill to allow slots-like betting machines to revive the shuttered Colonial Downs horse-racing track outside Richmond has cleared a Virginia House committee. The bill to allow historical horse race wagering, which lets players gamble faster by betting on races that have already happened, passed the House Appropriations Committee Friday […]

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Senate passes Dominion-backed regulation rewrite

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Senate has passed legislation putting new limits on regulators’ ability to lower utilities’ electric rates that are currently earning excessive profits. The Senate voted Friday for the bill, which also providing some rebates for past overearnings. The vote came despite warnings from the attorney general’s office and regulators that […]

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Northam, Republicans announce compromise on felony threshold

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia is poised to soften penalties for people caught stealing smaller-dollar items after a compromise announced by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican lawmakers. The governor and Republican leaders outlined a deal Thursday that would raise the state’s felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. Virginia has kept its felony bar […]

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New invasive insect discovered in Virginia

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – State agriculture officials say they’ve discovered a new invasive insect in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Thursday that both egg masses and dead adult spotted lanternflies were detected at a stone yard near Winchester last month. According to the department, the spotted lanternfly feeds on […]

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Virginia Senate panel endorses taxes for ride services, fuel

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia Senate panel has endorsed extending sales taxes to ride services like Uber and Lyft and also voted to impose a motor fuels tax in the state’s western region. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Senate Finance transportation subcommittee recommended approval of both bills on 4-2 votes Wednesday. The tax […]

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