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Gubernatorial appointments for Oct. 24

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the following appointments:

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Sunday 10/23/2016
In Charlottesville, governor honored for civil rights work

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Sunday received a special Swanson Courage Award for Civil Rights, in association with the Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP, at an annual event to celebrate the fight by attorney Gregory Hayes Swanson to desegregate the University of Virginia.

Community patrol 'spreading love and kindness' to curb violence in Roanoke

Shawn Hunter was standing around with a group of men in downtown Roanoke’s Market Square when his ears perked up.

Successful rocket launch at Wallops opens doors for Virginia

CHINCOTEAGUE — The day after the Antares rocket program returned to space from a Virginia-owned launch pad on Wallops Island, the cheers were loud and long at a meeting here of a regional alliance committed to expanding the economic development of the 71-year-old NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

When Erdely lost faith in ‘Jackie’s’ story, ‘the ground had shifted under me’

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Jurors made their way back into a Charlottesville federal courtroom Saturday to hear further testimony from Sabrina Rubin Erdely on the sixth day of a defamation lawsuit brought by University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and Erdely, author of the November 2014 article “A Rape on Campus.”

Schapiro: NoVa congressional race is national barn-burner

Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Republican congresswoman in a swing district, believes that her focus on the local can help her survive a national threat for Republicans: Donald Trump.

Saturday 10/22/2016
At Regent, Trump makes push for evangelicals, military vote

VIRGINIA BEACH — GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, asserting that Virginia remains very much in play, made a particular appeal to evangelicals and military personnel Saturday during a rally at Regent University.

Dittmar, Garrett vie for open seat in 5th Congressional District

The race for Virginia’s open 5th U.S. House District seat pits a state senator and former prosecutor from Buckingham against a Charlottesville-area businesswoman who is a former chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Hundreds turn out to celebrate life of Fredericksburg boy, 10

FREDERICKSBURG — Aimee Hardy wondered how she’d feel at a party for her son without him there. Especially one like this, with loud music and tables filled with Legos and everyone from sleeping newborns to gray-haired grown-ups wearing costumes.

Friday 10/21/2016
Online registration worked during extension, but Va. voters want to be sure

Virginia’s online voter registration system appeared to be working as new voters rushed to sign up during the extension granted by a federal judge.

Va. Attorney General's Office sanctioned for improper conduct, ordered to pay costs in inmate suit

The attorney in question, John Michael Parsons, an assistant attorney general, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the matter.

Author of retracted rape story defends relying on 'Jackie'

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The author of the discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a woman’s claim of being gang raped at a fraternity house sought to show jurors Friday why she found the woman so credible, highlighting the emotion and level of detail with which she spoke during their interactions.

Trump improves slightly in Va., but still trails by double-digits in CNU tracking poll

Republican Donald Trump “has rebounded slightly from his low point” after the release of a 2005 tape in which he spoke of groping women, but he still trails Democrat Hillary Clinton in Virginia by double digits, according to Christopher Newport University’s latest tracking poll on the presidential race.

Blacksburg residents not quiet about noise from Tech concert

BLACKSBURG — Disc jockey Diplo gifted Virginia Tech students a real treat Tuesday night when he turned the campus’ Drillfield into an outdoor nightclub.

Thursday 10/20/2016
4th District congressional candidates Wade and McEachin keep debate civil

Republican and Democratic candidates in Thursday’s 4th District congressional debate accomplished what their presidential counterparts could not a day earlier — engage in a civil, substantive exchange on the issues that featured succinct answers and no interruptions.

Federal judge orders immediate reopening of voter registration in Virginia

ALEXANDRIA — Virginians who couldn’t register to vote because a state website crashed were given one more chance to sign up after a federal judge on Thursday ordered the state to reopen the voter registration period until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

U.Va. announces endowed professorship honoring Julian Bond

The University of Virginia has announced the creation of an endowed professorship in honor of Julian Bond, the late civil rights leader and longtime U.Va. professor.

VRS pension plans show slight funding improvement despite down market

Funding of state pension plans improved slightly this year over last, despite a second straight year of lagging returns on investments by the $69.3 billion retirement system.

Some shellfish areas closed in wake of Hurricane Matthew reopen

Three shellfish harvesting areas that were closed because of risk of bacterial and viral contamination from flooding and sewage overflows in the wake of Hurricane Matthew have reopened.

Wednesday 10/19/2016
Video of Rolling Stone reporter discussing errors debated

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A federal judge was considering Wednesday whether the jury in a University of Virginia administrator’s defamation suit against Rolling Stone should be able to watch a video in which the reporter who wrote a now-discredited story about a gang rape on campus discusses reporting mistakes she made while in college.

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin at UR Oct. 27

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, a conservative running as an alternative to GOP nominee Donald Trump, will attend a town hall Oct. 27 at the University of Richmond.

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