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  • Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with ...
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  • Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
    Despite the threat of rain the day after big thunderstorms hit the area, the free Petting Zoo held at the Northumberland Public Library July 16 drew large crowds of eager kids and their parents. The event ran from 10 a.m. to noon in the field behind the library, with some exhibits also held in the Meeting Room. The exciting event, held during the library’s Summer Reading ...
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  • Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Sierra Club has compiled a list of the top 15 ZIP codes in Virginia with the highest levels of toxic air emissions. The environmental group used data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to compile the list. Ranking at No. 1 was Covington, which had nearly 3 million pounds of emissions. The Appalachian town is home to MeadWestvaco’s paperboard mill. Metropolitan Richmond claimed ...
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  • Tuesday July 22nd, 2014
    With only one week before his criminal trial on federal corruption charges is set to begin, for­mer Governor Bob McDonnell’s friends, supporters and admirers have amassed a considerable legal defense war chest. The Virginia Public Access Project, which is a non-partisan tracker of money in state politics, reports that the Restoration Fund has collected more than a quarter of a million dollars for the former governor’s ...
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  • Tuesday July 22nd, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Eleven humanities projects in Virginia have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the grants Monday. The Virginia projects total nearly $2 million in funding. The largest grant of more than $324,000 will fund a project at Old Dominion University to help researchers with archiving websites and navigating archived collections. The Library of Virginia is ...
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  • Tuesday July 22nd, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry are helping to combat wildfires in central Oregon. More than 20 agency employees are heading to Oregon to work as part of a wildfire hand crew and as incident managers. The crew is expected to be deployed for 16 days. Officials say large, complex wildfires require more personnel than most states possess and that mutual aid ...
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  • Tuesday July 22nd, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia is marking its largest oyster harvest in more than 25 years. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Monday that the state’s oyster harvest jumped 25 percent last year to the highest seen since 1987. Over the past 12 years, Virginia’s oyster harvest has increased from 23,000 bushels in 2001 to about 504,000 bushels last year. The harvest numbers include wild oysters and those ...
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