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  • Sunday December 13th, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia regulators say the state’s largest power company has to seek their approval before rebuilding a proposed transmission line across the Rappahannock River. The State Corporation Commission announced the ruling Friday involving a project proposed across the Rappahannock between Lancaster and Middlesex counties. The SCC says the nearly 1.9-mile transmission line would Dominion Virginia Power’s longest 115-kilovolt river crossing in the state. In its ruling, ...
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  • Friday December 11th, 2015
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his forthcoming budget proposal will include a 2 percent pay raise for state workers, college faculty, school teachers and other public employees.McAuliffe made the announcement Thursday during a regular appearance on WRVA’s “Ask the Governor” radio show. The governor is set to unveil his two-year budget plan on Dec. 17. It will be the starting point of negotiations with the GOP-controlled ...
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  • Friday December 11th, 2015
    Islanders in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay could be among the first “climate change refugees” in the continental United States as rising seas claim their historic fishing village, a report released Thursday concludes. The research published in the journal Scientific Reports says residents of steadily shrinking Tangier Island will have to abandon their community in about 50 years. As the U.N. climate talks continue an ocean ...
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  • Friday December 11th, 2015
    LANCASTER—A Virginia man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, whose body was never found. The Richmond Times–Dispatch reports that a judge followed the jury’s recommendation Friday, giving 54-year-old James Todd Kessler the maximum sentence for second-degree murder and concealment of a body. Kessler was convicted in August in the death of 43-year-old Claudine J. Gifford in Lancaster County. The two were ...
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  • Friday December 11th, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans are signaling their intent to remove Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the state’s highest court, potentially setting up another rancorous fight between the governor and the GOP-led General Assembly. House Republicans have not invited Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush to judicial interviews later this week, effectively blocking any chance of the House voting to confirm her ...
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  • Friday December 11th, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to include a bond package totaling more than $2 billion in his two-year budget proposal to fund research, economic development infrastructure and other projects. McAuliffe announced the bond package on Wednesday at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. The governor says in a news release that the bond package includes about $849 million for research, campus infrastructure and other ...
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  • Friday December 11th, 2015
    An appeal filed by a 16-year-old transgender student who is suing the Gloucester County school district over its restroom use policy will be argued before a federal appeals court next month. Gloucester High School junior Gavin Grimm is asking the court to reverse the recent denial of an injunction that would have allowed him to use the boys’ restroom at the start of the school ...
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