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Former Home State Of Confederate Capital Confronts Awkward History

Across the South, images and symbols associated with the Confederacy are coming under new scrutiny — and no other state has more reminders of that era than Virginia, which housed the one-time capital of the Confederacy.
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McAuliffe And Hogan Seek To Banish Confederate Flag From License Plates

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan both announced on Tuesday that they are seeking to remove the Confederate flag from specialty license plates issued in their states.
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Fairfax County Could Crack Down On Car-Title Loans, Seen As Predatory

Up and down Richmond Highway, the business of car-title lending is booming. The idea is simple: Hand over the title of your car and get a loan. But some people say the terms of those loans are predatory.
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Can Virginia Loosen Its Notoriously Tight FOIA Exemptions?

The commonwealth is notoriously stingy when it comes to turning over documents and communications from state employees — something that an advisory committee is hoping to change as part of a three-year project.

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Virginia Attorney General Announces Rescue Plan For Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts institution for women, will stay open for another year thanks to the efforts of prominent alumnae.

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Did Republicans Help Elect The Democratic Candidate For Mayor Of Alexandria?

Republicans in Alexandria may have taken advantage of Virginia's open primaries to help Allison Silberberg defeat incumbent Mayor Bill Euille in the recent Democratic primary.
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Virginia Church Reinvents Itself As Affordable Housing Developer

The First Baptist Church in Clarendon, Va. has a potential solution to the affordable housing crisis — use church property to create apartments.
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Complete Redrawing Of Virginia's Political Boundaries Could Be On The Way

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are expecting the governor to call a special session this summer as a reaction to a recent federal court decision throwing out the congressional districts. That could have drastic consequences that go beyond 2016.
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Virginia To Set Up Scoring System For Future Road And Transit Projects

A scoring system to rate potential road improvements in Northern Virginia is in the works, and officials will have to decide what weight to give to factors like congestion relief.

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Elected Officials, Dominion Divided Over How To Clean Up 50 Years Of Pollution

EPA rules will force Dominion Power to clean up ponds that they've used for years as a dumping ground for coal ash, but environmental advocates say measures have to go farther to protect the state's drinking water.

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