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Gun Owners Don't Always Fit The Stereotypes In 'Purple State' Virginia

Virginia has long been a gun-friendly state, with white, male conservatives being the primary gun purchasers. But in an area like Northern Virginia, traditional gun culture mixes with more liberal values. We hear from gun enthusiasts who buck the usual stereotypes.

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How Citizens United Is Changing the Ground Game In Virginia

A coalition of Virginia labor groups and minority-rights groups is making an unprecedented push for a slate of 27 candidates this fall, by providing money, endorsements and volunteers going door to door — an effort made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling on corporate and union spending on candidates.

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Report Card: Gains In D.C., Shaky Numbers In Maryland, No Change In Virginia

The National Assessment of Educational Progress showed that D.C. made some progress with students in math and reading, while Maryland saw some declines, and Virginia's numbers remained about the same.

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Campaign Donations From Virginia Car-Title Lenders On Record-Breaking Pace

Virginia's car-title lending industry, facing more scrutiny from the governor and some lawmakers, is escalating its campaign contributions as the state's voters prepare to head to the polls next week.

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Abortion Takes Center Stage In Virginia's Hottest State Senate Races

With control of the Virginia state Senate at stake in elections Nov. 3, the issue of abortion has proved to be of the most effective wedge issues for candidates on the campaign trail.

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How Will Bill Euille's Ties With Developers Impact Alexandria Mayoral Bid?

Incumbent Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille lost the Democratic primary in part because of criticism of how much money he's taken from developers, but can their campaign cash help push his write-in bid over the finish line?

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Music Isn't Just Entertainment For Some Patients — It's Life-Changing Therapy

Before a stroke robbed him of the ability to sing and speak, Jim Bob Rodriguez was active in various men's choirs and barely ever missed a week singing at church. Three years later, he's regaining his ability to both sing and speak, thanks revolutionary music therapy.
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Region's Transportation Board Says Yes To I-66 Toll Plans

Tolls along portions of I-66 in Virginia — both inside and outside of the Beltway — are closer to becoming a reality.
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To Keep Tabs On Metro, Federal Transit Administration Will Beef Up Safety Team

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has handed off safety oversight of the Metro to Federal Transit Administration, but the federal agency will need to bring on more inspectors to keep up with the workload.

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8 Virginia Political Races To Watch Ahead Of This November's Elections

Virginia is one of the few places that holds elections in odd-numbered years, which means races where turnout is expected to be low, but — given how politically divided the commonwealth has become — the stakes are high. Here are 8 key races to watch next month.

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