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PIPELINE PROTESTER KNOWN AS 'NUTTY' HAS COME DOWN FROM HER POLE IN GILES COUNTY

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

On her 57th day perched atop a pole, a Mountain Valley Pipeline protester decided to come down Wednesday. Known publicly only as “Nutty,” the woman wrote in a Facebook post that she ran out of food several days ago and was forced to leave her position on a small platform suspended from a 50-foot pole blocking a construction access road in the Jefferson National Forest.

VaNews May 24, 2018



COST TO ATTEND VA. COLLEGES INCREASES AGAIN

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The cost of college is going up again. The average tuition and mandatory fees increase for Virginia undergraduate students at state schools was 5.4 percent last year, up from the 2016-17 average increase of 4.6 percent. It’s not stopping there.

VaNews May 24, 2018



VIRGINIA TOURISM HIT $25 BILLION IN 2017

By JEFF CLABAUGH, WTOP

Tourism in Virginia continues booming. The tourism industry, the state’s fifth-largest employer, reached $25 billion in revenue in 2017. That’s a 4.4 percent increase over 2016, according to new statewide data released Tuesday.

VaNews May 24, 2018



SENATORS SIGN ON TO LEGALIZE HEMP PRODUCTION

By VIC BRADSHAW, Daily News Record (Subscription Required)

Virginia’s senators have joined the list of federal lawmakers who want to legalize the commercial production of industrial hemp and define the plant as a commodity. Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner announced Wednesday that they’ve signed on as co-sponsors of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. The bill’s major step is to remove the crop from the list of Schedule I controlled substances, which would clear the way for hemp to be grown legally and be transported across state lines.

VaNews May 24, 2018



REPORT: GARRETT MIGHT NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION

By TYLER HAMMEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, might not seek re-election in November, a report said. A story Politico published Wednesday afternoon stated that Garrett, who is in his first term, had split with his chief of staff and would not be seek his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives again. Multiple requests for confirmation from Garrett’s campaign staff were met with “no comment.”

VaNews May 24, 2018



WILL REP. TOM GARRETT RUN AGAIN? FRIEND SAYS: 'UNTIL THEY TELL YOU THEY ARE OUT, COUNT HIM IN.'

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Washington and Virginia political observers are buzzing over whether U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th, will not run for re-election. But a good friend and former seat mate of Garrett’s in the Virginia Senate said Wednesday afternoon that no one should assume anything yet.

VaNews May 24, 2018



AMAZON READY TO BEGIN HIRING FOR 600 POSITIONS AT CLEAR BROOK

By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)

Amazon will start interviewing next week to fill more than 600 full-time positions at its new e-commerce distribution center here, the company has announced.

VaNews May 24, 2018



7TH DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE REPRIMANDS CULPEPER GROUP; VICE CHAIRMAN RESIGNS

By MARLA MCKENNA, Culpeper Star Exponent (Modified Pay Wall)

With less than three weeks to go before the June 12 Democratic primary in the 7th Congressional District, the vice chairman of Culpeper County’s Democratic committee quit his leadership role following a dust-up between members over how to conduct business.

VaNews May 24, 2018



VIRGINIA’S TOM GARRETT SAYS HE’S NOT QUITTING MID-TERM

By LINDSEY MCPHERSON, Roll Call

Asked about Wednesday reports that he would not be running for re-election, Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett would only say he has no plans to leave Congress before the end of the session. “I’m not resigning. I can tell you that definitively,” Garrett told Roll Call.

VaNews May 24, 2018



IN TRUMP ERA, HOUSE DEMOCRAT OFFERS PRAISE FOR FBI

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In normal times, a symbolic resolution commending the Federal Bureau of Investigation might pass the Virginia House of Delegates without a whiff of controversy. These are not normal times. On the same day that President Donald Trump fired off new Twitter attacks against the “Criminal Deep State,” Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, filed a House resolution commending the FBI for 110 years of service.

VaNews May 24, 2018