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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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  • Monday July 21st, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia’s unemployment rate inched up in June to 5.3 percent, the second consecutive monthly increase. The Virginia Employment Commission reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate increased by less than a full percentage point last month. Virginia’s unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was 6.1 percent in June. The state’s 10 metropolitan areas were divided – with ...
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  • Monday July 21st, 2014
    The Mathews County Planning Commission last week showed it’s support for zoning amendments to define and set guidelines for aquaculture operations in the county. After a joint public hearing with the Mathews County Board of Supervisors, commission members voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposed changes to the zoning ordinance. The proposed regulatory changes came about due to efforts to promote aquaculture while at the same ...
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  • Monday July 21st, 2014
    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – Scientists are studying what would happen if a series of floodgates are built across the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The  Virginian-Pilot reports a team led by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are trying to find out the consequences of a potential 24-mile-long network of barriers between Virginia Beach and the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. Institute scientist Molly Mitchell says ...
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