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Why Is It So Hard For Virginians To Access Public Records?

Virginia residents have a hard time getting information on everything from police records to statistics about apple production. Why?
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Survey Approved For Pipeline Through George Washington National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service announced it will allow Dominion Transmission Inc. to survey the path for a $5 billion, 550-mile natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to southeastern Virginia and North Carolina.

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Details On Virginia's Execution Methods Remain Secret, But Debate Survives

In Virginia, the public has no access to basic information about how inmates are killed. Activists and some politicians have been pushing for years to remove the layers of secrecy.

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Candidate With His Own Criminal Record Lines Up For Joe Morrissey's Seat

Former Richmond, Virginia, mayor and ex-convict Leonidas Young is running to replace a Virginia lawmaker who was jailed recently after a sex scandal involving a teenager.

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Does The Fairfax County Police Department Operate In The Sunshine?

In honor of Sunshine Week, an initiative to educate the public about open government and the dangers of excessive secrecy, Virginia reporter Michael Pope sat down with Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler to talk about charges that his department lacks transparency.

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Charlottesville Police Turn Hidden Cameras On City Employees

Security cameras were instrumental in the investigation into the death of Heather Graham, but Charlottesville is now courting controversy by training cameras on city employees.

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Campaign To Save Sweet Briar College Raises Millions, Explores Legal Options

The news that Sweet Briar College in Virginia would shutter its doors later this year has not been taken lightly, as alumni and supporters of the women's liberal arts school organize a plan to save it.

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On The Market: The McDonnells' $944,000 Home In Glen Allen

The soon-to-be-former home of Bob and Maureen McDonnell in Glen Allen, Virginia, was put on the market last week for nearly $1 million as the couple waits for their appeal.

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In Wake Of Streetcar Battle, Tough Election, Arlington Leader To Step Down

Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan, chief executive of one of the region's most prosperous governments, is stepping down at a time when it has become embroiled in controversy.

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On I-66 Inside The Beltway, Tolls First, More Lanes Later (Maybe)

In 2017, the Virginia Department of Transportation plans to have EZ Pass only toll lanes awaiting commuters, but only during morning and afternoon rush hour.

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