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Most Read Articles Dec. 10, 2018


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VA. DEMOCRATS ELECT EILEEN FILLER-CORN AS HOUSE CAUCUS LEADER

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Democrats in Virginia’s House of Delegates elected Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax County to be their leader Saturday, replacing Del. David Toscano of Charlottesville. If Democrats are able to take back control of the House in next year’s elections, Filler-Corn could be in position to be the first woman to serve as speaker in the body’s 400-year history.


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A PROMINENT WHITE SUPREMACIST IS AN EMT IN VIRGINIA. NOW THE STATE IS INVESTIGATING HIM.

By CHRISTOPHER MATHIAS, Huffington Post

Alex McNabb, a white supremacist podcaster who works as an emergency medical technician in southern Virginia, is under investigation by the state’s Department of Health, a spokesperson for the department confirmed to HuffPost.


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TRANSURBAN DEAL PREVENTS VIRGINIA FROM ADDING LANES ON I-95 TO FIX OCCOQUAN BOTTLENECK

By PEGGY FOX, WUSA

Traffic congestion is a major problem in the D.C. region. One of the biggest bottlenecks is on I-95 crossing over the Occoquan River from Fairfax County into Prince William County. Lawmakers are pushing for a solution, but it comes with a huge, expensive string attached.


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EXPRESS LANES HAVE CHANGED I-66 TRAVEL PATTERNS — BUT NOT ALWAYS FOR THE BETTER

By LUZ LAZO AND JOHN D. HARDEN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

When the 66 Express Lanes opened a year ago, officials promised the tolls would mean a smoother ride on the interstate, a major east-west thoroughfare from Northern Virginia into the District that is infamous for its headache-inducing congestion. The state’s promise — less congestion and faster travel times during rush hour — has been fulfilled for many commuters able to pay or carpool, but the new toll system has had an adverse effect for many of the remaining road users.


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OMEGA PROTEIN IS UP FOR A SUSTAINABLE FISHING CERTIFICATION, BUT AN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP IS NOT HAVING IT

By KATIE O'CONNOR, Virginia Mercury

Virginia’s most politically contentious fishery — Omega Protein’s Reedville menhaden reduction operation — is up for a Marine Stewardship Council certification, which recognizes sustainable fishing practices, but an environmental group argues that the recommendation is misplaced.


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DOMINION DEAL DIVIDES VA. COMMUNITY

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Chad Oba huddled on a narrow median strip, bundled against the falling snow. Passing cars honked at the sign she was holding, and behind her a crowd of fellow protesters chanted outside the local office of Dominion Energy as police stood watch. For four years, Oba, 71, has worked to prevent Dominion from building a natural-gas compressor station near her home in rural Buckingham County.


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REDSKINS, D.C. WORKING WITH CONGRESS TO SLIP STADIUM PROVISION INTO SPENDING BILL

By LIZ CLARKE AND MIKE DEBONIS, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is getting help from District officials, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration as he tries to clear a major roadblock to building a new, 60,000-seat stadium on the site of RFK Stadium.


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THE EASY TAX QUESTION — AND THE HARD ONE

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The easy tax question for Virginia legislators (especially in this election year) is whether to use a federal tax windfall to give voters a tax break. The hard one is the one Gov. Ralph Northam and his economic development team want to pose: how to reform business taxes.


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IS DISRUPTION IN SCHOOL A CRIME?

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The kid who kicked the classroom trash can is still stuck in juvenile courts three years later — and that bugs the former prosecutor who handled his case. In his time with the Suffolk commonwealth’s attorney’s office, Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, said he handled too many cases in which a student was charged with disorderly conduct or destruction of property for acting out in school.


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SEN. WARNER CALLS FOR NATIONAL CYBER-POLICY OVERHAUL

By JOSEPH MARKS, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

The U.S. government has failed for decades to mount a workable defense against foreign cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns and must shift tactics or risk losing this century’s major battles, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a cyberpolicy speech Friday.