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  • Friday October 09th, 2015
    160 inmates serving sentences for drug crimes will be released in Virginia as part of a federal initiative to limit prison overcrowding and retroactively reduce sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.  Most will go to halfway houses or home confinement before being placed on supervised leave.  Of the approximately 6,000 federal inmates to be released in the coming weeks, one third are foreign citizens who will ...
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  • Friday October 09th, 2015
    DANVILLE, Va. (AP) – Two water-protection groups are seeking a say in a lawsuit aimed at ending Virginia’s decades-long moratorium on uranium mining. Friday in U.S. District Court in Danville, attorneys for the Dan River Basin Association and the Roanoke River Basin Association will argue that they should be allowed to intervene in the lawsuit. It was brought by Virginia Uranium Inc., the company that wants to ...
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  • Friday October 09th, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Department of Health says about 20 miles of the James River that was closed to shellfish harvesting has reopened. Parts of the river were closed because heavy rainfall and tidal flooding may have washed animal waste and human sewage into tidal waters from upland areas. The area still closed includes Ragged Island Creek, Chuckatuck Creek and the Nansemond River. Health ...
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  • Thursday October 08th, 2015
    The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT,) received an additional $55.5 million in federal funds originally ear-marked for other states.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) re-appropriated these funds to Virginia and several other states with projects currently planned.   According to Gov. McAuliffe: “Virginia aggressively pursues federal dollars for transportation, maximizing all resources available, which leaves us in an excellent position to get more funding, by carefully investing ...
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  • Thursday October 08th, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell is asking an appeals court to suspend her case while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review her husband’s public corruption convictions. Maureen McDonnell’s attorneys filed a motion Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order in August saying former Gov. Bob McDonnell could remain out of jail ...
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  • Thursday October 08th, 2015
    WARSAW, Va. (AP) – A proposed resort overlooking a stretch of the Rappahannock River where eagles nest is headed to a public hearing. The Richmond County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear public comments Thursday on the proposal. The hearing will be in Warsaw. The proposal by a Florida company, Diatomite Corp. of American, calls for a main lodge, a spa, shops and a restaurant and ...
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  • Thursday October 08th, 2015
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Virginia Board of Education has revised its school accreditation standards. The board tells Virginia media outlets that the change – which goes into effect Thursday – was made to recognize schools’ progress toward meeting the Commonwealth’s high expectations for student learning and achievement. The revision will create new ratings to differentiate schools that are close to meeting the requirements for full accreditation, ...
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