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Virginia Is for Apple Lovers


When it comes to apple production, Virginia ranks sixth in the nation – well behind the leader: Washington State. It’s worth noting, however, that farmers here offer a huge variety and our cider industry is growing. Sandy Hausman stopped at this state’s oldest cidery to learn more about the fruit and its delectable juice.


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Va. News: Dolphins Swimming in the Potomac, Efforts in Amherst to remove Elected Official


Washington, DC isn’t the only place where controversy has arisen over whether an elected official should be removed from office…and the return of dolphins in large numbers to the Potomac River is a sign of change.   Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s […]


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One Group Wants Virginia Candidates to Disclose Where Their Contributions Come From


One watchdog group is worried about government ethics in Virginia. And, it’s challenging candidates for the General Assembly to do something about it. Michael Pope reports.


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Pretty Poison; VT Study First to Confirm Invasive Plants Threaten Native Wildlife


The first comprehensive study of the effects of invasive plants on indigenous wildlife is sobering. Researchers at Virginia Tech found that when invasive plants take over an area they actually alter the ecosystem, depleting native animals’ natural food sources. As Robbie Harris reports, this phenomenon is a major driver of wildlife extinction. And the researchers say it’s […]


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Cline, Riggleman Bemoan Hyper-Partisanship During Joint Town Hall Meeting


Virginia’s 5th and 6th Congressional Districts cover a massive portion of the state – stretching from northern Virginia all the way to the North Carolina line. They also each include a segment of Bedford County, where the two Republicans who hold those seats conducted a joint town hall meeting Wednesday night. Nick Gilmore has details.


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State Education Officials to Consider Making School Funding More Equitable


Is the way Virginia funds its schools equitable? That’s a topic up for debate in Richmond. Michael Pope reports.


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The Complicated Effect of Phragmites in the Chesapeake Bay


The phragmites invasion began when it hitched a ride here with European colonists. Today, the tall reed lines Virginia’s waterways, and wetlands, taking over native habitats and clogging waterways throughout the Chesapeake Bay. But with climate change, the pesky plant is being considered in a different way. Pamela D’Angelo reports.


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Does Virginia’s Tax Code Disproportionately Hurt Low-Income People?


Wealthy people are taxed more in Virginia. But, people at the other end of the spectrum may be feeling more of the pinch. Michael Pope reports.


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ACLU Complaint: Medical Practice Fired Two Women Because of Race


Federal anti-discrimination laws that protect workers often don’t apply to employees of small businesses. But a rarely used Virginia state law does. Now the ACLU of Virginia has taken up a case, in part, to show employees of small businesses that they also have protections. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.


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Could Water from Abandoned Coal Mines Lure Data Centers to SWVA?


Loudoun County has the world’s largest concentration of data centers. But what about Southwest Virginia? Michael Pope reports on one economic development effort to bring data centers to coal country.  


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