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GRAY: WE MOURN SWEET BRIAR’S LOSS, BELIEVE WOMEN’S COLLEGES WILL GO ON

By NANCY OLIVER GRAY, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sweet Briar College’s decision to close has, of course, saddened us at Hollins University. Our two colleges, while different, have enjoyed a lively rivalry for decades. The foundation of our relationship, however, has always been rooted in a strong spirit of sisterhood — and that we’ll miss.

VaNews March 6, 2015


AREA VOTERS FACE BUSY ELECTION BALLOTS THIS FALL

By MARK THOMAS, Altavista Journal

There’s a little more winter and a long, hot summer to get through before fall and the next election. But it’s coming. Voters in Campbell and Pittsylvania counties will go to the polls Nov. 3 to elect members of local governing bodies and school boards, constitutional officers and representatives in the state Senate and House of Delegates.

VaNews March 6, 2015


YORK COUNTY LEFT TO SPEND $1.27 MILLION ON PIPES UNDER CSX RAILROAD

By JOHANNA SOMERS, Daily Press

The mile-long train carrying North Dakota crude oil to Yorktown that derailed, burst into flames and shut down two water treatment plants in West Virginia has York County officials trying to prevent a local worst-case scenario — a train derailment due to flooding at two outdated culverts under the CSX railroad track near Route 17. A train derailment near Route 17 and Fort Eustis Boulevard could send crude oil directly into the Poquoson River.

VaNews March 6, 2015


FIVE LOCAL MAYORS UNITED ON HAMPTON ROADS ECONOMY

By MIKE CONNORS, Virginian-Pilot

South Hampton Roads' economy has stabilized, but the region must take steps to remain powerful, its five mayors agreed Thursday. They spoke at a forum at The Founders Inn at Regent University that asked whether Hampton Roads is still in recession. "We have survived," Virginia Beach's Will Sessoms said. But he added that the recovery has been slow, and the cities - and businesses in them - need to focus on areas that will be of growing significance in the future.

VaNews March 6, 2015


FAIRFAX DEPUTY COUNTY ATTORNEY COULD LOSE JOB OVER HANDLING OF GEER CASE

By ANTONIO OLIVO AND TOM JACKMAN, Washington Post

Fairfax County officials are trying to oust the deputy county attorney who led the legal team advising the county police and Board of Supervisors in the 2013 police shooting death of an unarmed man, according to several people with knowledge of the decision.

VaNews March 6, 2015


CHARLOTTESVILLE CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO END LEE-JACKSON DAY

By TIM PETRACO , Cavalier Daily

The Virginia state holiday Lee-Jackson Day will no longer be observed in Charlottesville following a City Council vote Monday. With this move Charlottesville joins other Virginia localities such as Richmond, Fairfax, Hampton, Lynchburg and Norfolk, which have also stopped observing the holiday.

VaNews March 6, 2015


HANGER GETS ANOTHER CHALLENGER

By RYAN CORNELL, Daily News Record

A fourth Republican seeking to represent the 24th Senate District in the General Assembly has joined the fray. A self-described “dyed-in-the-wool conservative,” Donald Sheets, 56, of Mount Solon, has announced his intent to challenge incumbent Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, for the seat he has held since 1996.

VaNews March 6, 2015


POGGE IN FOR ANOTHER RUN

By TRAVIS FAIN, Daily Press

Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge, sent word today that she'll seek re-election to the House of Delegates' 96th District. “I am excited to announce that I am seeking re-election to the Virginia House of Delegates," she said in an emailed release.

VaNews March 6, 2015


BEAR-HUMAN CONFLICTS RISE ACROSS VIRGINIA AS POPULATION GROWS

By TONIA MOXLEY, Roanoke Times

Virginia Tech doctoral student Bernardo Mesa clicked on the LED lights sewn into his neon green winter hat and bent over the hibernating bear, a thin wall of steel between them. Roused from his winter sleep by the prick of a tranquilizer dart, the bear, dubbed “Mickey,” growled twice and looked around. Mesa watched intently through a metal grate welded onto the bear’s artificial den.

VaNews March 6, 2015


VIRGINIA’S GOP MOVES FURTHER AWAY FROM DEMOCRACY

Washington Post

The fix was in from the start when Virginia Republicans picked their ticket for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in 2013. Hard-line conservatives who control the state party apparatus decreed that the nominations would be determined not by primaries but by a convention, a mechanism well suited to limit the number of participants.

VaNews March 6, 2015