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5 THINGS VIRGINIA SCHOOLS TAUGHT ABOUT SLAVERY DURING THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS BOOM

By MATT MCKINNEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Cities across the country – including several in South Hampton Roads – are debating the future of their Confederate monuments. Many of the public symbols went up between the late 1890s and 1920s, according to a study by the Southern Poverty Law Center. ,,,The Virginian-Pilot dug into what the state's public schools taught about slavery and the Civil War during that period, using century-old books housed at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

VaNews September 22, 2017



JACK EVANS: ‘NO PLAN B’ FOR METRO FUNDING

By DEBORAH SIMMONS -, Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan got a backhand on Thursday regarding their positions on a new 1 cent regional sales tax to fund the D.C. region’s Metro transit system. “There is no Plan B,” Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans said in a phone interview Thursday morning.

VaNews September 22, 2017



CONGRESSMAN BRAT SAYS HEALTH CARE PROPOSAL HAS MERIT

By JOHN OGLE, WCVE

On Monday, there’ll be a US Senate committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal that Republicans would like to bring to a vote next week. 7th District Congressman Dave Brat says the plan has merit. Congressman Brat said in general he’s all in favor of the move toward federalism and block grants to the states where politicians are more receptive to the people. It will depend on how much latitude they’re given.

VaNews September 22, 2017



CERTIFIED-ORGANIC CIGARETTES? TOBACCO IS BIG ORGANIC BUSINESS IN VIRGINIA

By JEFF CLABAUGH , WTOP

Anything a farmer grows can be certified as organic, if it meets the criteria. And in Virginia, tobacco is the largest organically-certified commodity in the state. In 2016, Virginia’s USDA-certified organic farms produced $18.5 million in certified-organic tobacco, according to the The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That accounts for 33 percent of the state’s organically produced commodities.

VaNews September 22, 2017



VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE TO BE HELD OCT. 9

By ROBERT SORRELL, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

The final televised Virginia gubernatorial debate between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie will be held Oct. 9 at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Local NBC affiliate WCYB news anchor Paul Johnson will moderate the debate, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the David J. Prior Convocation Center in Wise. Carmen Forman, a reporter at the Roanoke Times, will serve as a panelist and pose questions to the candidates.

VaNews September 22, 2017



AG FACING COMPLAINT OVER STATE'S SETTLEMENT

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

Faced with a lawsuit over the death of a girl who drowned in Dominion Energy-owned Lake Anna, the monopoly filed papers in court saying the state government was responsible. Senior officials in the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark R. Herring chose not to fight that, saying a dozen lawyers and an outside firm all agreed the state should settle.

VaNews September 22, 2017



BRISTOL VIRGINIA'S LOW STATE AUDIT SCORE TIED TO DEBT LEVEL

By DAVID MCGEE, Bristol Herald Courier (Metered Paywall - 12 articles a month)

Bristol, Virginia’s, low state audit score is primarily tied to the city’s general obligation debt but doesn’t reflect recent improvements, the city manager said Thursday. The city is currently in conversation with the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts over a recent report that assigned Bristol Virginia a score of 4.25 — the lowest of all cities and counties in the state — and deeming it Virginia’s most financially stressed locality.

VaNews September 22, 2017



PRINCE WILLIAM SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO CENSURE ITS CHAIRMAN OVER ETHICS

By ALEX KOMA, Sun Gazette

Four members of the Prince William County school board voted Wednesday to publicly rebuke At-Large Chairman Ryan Sawyers, charging that he revealed legally privileged information in his latest legal action that targets a school division official.

VaNews September 22, 2017



IN STATEWIDE PUSH, JESSE JACKSON PRESSES CASE FOR VOTER REGISTRATION

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. used a three-day trip across the commonwealth to push for voter-registration efforts in the run-up to the Nov. 7 general election. At a stop at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington Sept. 20, Jackson urged residents to have their voices heard in what he termed as a “tug-of-war for the soul of our nation.”

VaNews September 22, 2017



GOODLATTE ADDRESSES ROLE OF JUDICIARY AT LU EVENT

By MARGARET CARMEL, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-6th District, and U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Steve Agee took the stage at Liberty University Wednesday to discuss their views on the role of the judicial branch of government for the university’s Constitution Week. Moderated by former U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt who now leads Liberty’s Center for Law and Government, the wide ranging discussion covered the founding fathers’ intentions for the judicial branch,

VaNews September 22, 2017