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  • Monday November 02nd, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Hearings are scheduled this week on proposed new rules for oil and gas drilling in Virginia’s coastal plain. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has scheduled hearings Monday and Tuesday in the Fredericksburg area and in Richmond. The hearings will focus on proposed changes in so-called fracking, a drilling process that uses a cocktail of water and chemicals to free natural ...
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  • Monday November 02nd, 2015
    Local water-­men have come under attack after some of them allegedly know­ingly imported and mis­la­beled for­eign seafood. Offi­cials say con­sumers are also at risk because safety stan­dards for seafood in other coun­tries of ori­gin dif­fer from those in the United States. It’s not the first time either… Crab­bers from Virginia’s Blue Crab Indus­try Panel pointed to the prob­lem in their indus­try sev­eral years ago. They ...
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  • Monday November 02nd, 2015
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Department of Transportation is selling properties it acquired for a bypass project that has been dropped. The properties were rights of way acquisitions for the Western Bypass of U.S. 29. The department spent about $33.8 million to acquire 102 properties. Department spokesman Lou Hatter tells The Daily Progress (http://bit.ly/1MqJ4aw ) that there are 36 homes or units on the properties. Properties are ...
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  • Friday October 30th, 2015
    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the public’s thoughts on a proposed high-voltage power line that would cross a historic section of the James River. The corps has scheduled a hearing for Friday night in Williamsburg to gather additional information on the transmission line proposed by Dominion Virginia Power. The project has been a lightning rod for criticism because it would string ...
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  • Friday October 30th, 2015
    By STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Attorneys are challenging Virginia’s recall of banished license plates bearing the image of a Confederate battle flag. The challenge was filed in state court on behalf of Leonard Tracy Clary, Virginia Division commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. While a federal judge agreed the state could outlaw the plates, the filing in Brunswick Circuit Court this week takes aim ...
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  • Friday October 30th, 2015
    The Obama administration is arguing that schools can’t prevent transgender students from using the restrooms that correspond with their gender identities without violating federal law. The U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice submitted a friend-of-the-court brief late Wednesday supporting a Virginia teenager who is suing for access to the boys’ restrooms at his high school. The government’s brief says the Gloucester County School Board’s ...
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  • Friday October 30th, 2015
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Virginia port officials have reached a deal to extend the lease of one of its terminals and begin an expansion project as early as next year. The deal between the Virginia Port Authority and Virginia International Gateway in Portsmouth would extend the current 20-year lease signed in 2010 by another 35 years. McAuliffe said Wednesday that a project ...
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