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Westmoreland planners recommend strict regulation of fracking

As they stressed the beauty and vitality of the Northern Neck’s streams and waterways, eight of 12 people at a public hearing on Monday asked the Westmoreland County Planning Commission to recommend an outright ban on drilling for natural gas.

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Wednesday 12/07/2016
Charlottesville ended fiscal year with $6M surplus

On Monday, Charlottesville officials told the City Council it has a nearly $6 million surplus from the fiscal year that ended June 30. It is the seventh annual budget surplus in a row, and also the largest in that time.

Four-time state wrestling champ from Christiansburg dies of apparent overdose

Cody Gardner, one of the greatest high school wrestlers from the Roanoke area, was remembered Tuesday as someone who was as soft-spoken off the mat as he was ferocious on it.

Rape, sodomy charges against former TV reporter, VCU grad dropped

Rape and sodomy charges against former WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Orlando Salinas were dropped Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court, with the prosecutor saying that the alleged victim's frail health – and medication that affected her memory – had demolished the case.

PolitiFact Va.: McAuliffe keeps promise by increasing grants

Terry McAuliffe, while running for governor, dedicated himself to invigorating the state's biotechnology sector.

Tuesday 12/06/2016
McClellan won't face GOP opposition in special election for state Senate seat

Democratic Del. Jennifer L. McClellan won’t face Republican opposition as she seeks to move up to the Virginia Senate, but at least one other candidate has filed paperwork to get on the ballot for the open seat.

Lawmakers ask for two-year extension to continue working on mental health reforms

The reluctant Board of Corrections would be charged with additional scrutiny of jail deaths as one of about a dozen proposals advanced Tuesday by the Joint Subcommittee Studying Mental Health Services in the 21st Century.

South Boston police settle lawsuit in 2013 death of Richmond man shot with stun guns

The South Boston Police Department appears to have settled a wrongful-death suit filed by the sister of a Richmond man who died after three of the town’s officers shot him with Tasers.

Richmond sheriff's deputy fired after being charged with stealing perfume

A Richmond deputy has been fired after being charged with shoplifting a bottle of women's perfume at a Target store in Henrico County, Sheriff C.T. Woody announced Tuesday.

Richmond man accused of assaulting Charlottesville woman while she slept

A Richmond man faces charges of sexual assault after a Charlottesville woman woke up to find the man assaulting her, police said.

Some Corinthian College students eligible for loan forgiveness

More than 5,000 Virginia students formerly enrolled in schools operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. may be eligible for loan forgiveness, according to Attorney General Mark R. Herring.

Guatemalan who illegally entered U.S. 4 times sentenced in Va. to 14 months in federal prison

A native of Guatemala who was deported four times but continued to illegally re-enter the U.S. over the course of eight years has been sentenced by a federal judge in Alexandria to serve 14 months in prison for his most recent incursion.

Radford fraternities suspended over juvenile goat abuse allegations

RADFORD, Va. - Radford University placed four fraternities on interim suspension Monday after investigating claims a juvenile goat had been abused.

Commuter train hits SUV in Stafford; no one hurt

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) - Officials say a Virginia Railway Express train struck an SUV at a crossing, but no one was hurt.

Monday 12/05/2016
Virginia approves 9 regional economic areas

A new state-financed economic development initiative is moving forward to create regional councils to identify and cultivate clusters of like-minded businesses that can drive economic growth in nine regions of Virginia.

Rolling Stone challenges verdict in U.Va. defamation case

Rolling Stone magazine urged a federal judge on Monday to overturn the verdict of a jury, which found that the publication and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator with their botched story about a gang rape on campus.

Va. crime commission backs measures to curb cigarette trafficking

Measures aimed at curbing organized interstate cigarette trafficking, including the issuance of a certificate to cigarette retailers, were endorsed unanimously Monday by the Virginia State Crime Commission.

Charlottesville vice mayor's supporters dominate council meeting

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Emotions were high inside Charlottesville City Council chambers on Monday evening as an overwhelming number of residents came to support a city councilor who is facing intense scrutiny for a number of racist, sexist and homophobic comments attributed to him on Twitter that were revealed last month by a local blogger.

Critics say Freedom of Information Advisory Council's omnibus proposal lacks teeth

Members of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council wrapped up three years of work on Monday, but critics say they have little to show for it.

Longwood board extends President Reveley's contract

Longwood University has extended the contract of President W. Taylor Reveley IV for an additional five years.

Court dates set for U.Va. professor accused of possessing child porn

CHARLOTTESVILLE — A trial date was set Monday for a University of Virginia film history professor accused of possessing child pornography.

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