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Confederate flag group pulls request for parade on MLK Day

A pro-Confederate flag group has withdrawn its request to hold a parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Lexington. Media outlets report Grayson Jennings of the Virginia Flaggers sent an email to Lexington officials saying his organization requested the permit for a parade on Jan. 16 only in an effort to swap permits with an … Continue reading

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UVa officer resigns after yelling ‘Make America Great Again’

 A University of Virginia police officer has resigned after yelling “Make America Great Again” over a PA system to students. Media outlets report that according to a release from the university, three officers were originally placed on administrative leave, but an investigation revealed only one officer used the PA system. According to a report by The … Continue reading

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Virginia man selected for 2017 Rhodes Scholarship

A Richmond, Virginia man is among 32 Americans chosen as 2017 Rhodes Scholars. Cameron Clarke is a senior at Howard University, where he is double-majoring in community health education and biology. Clarke is a certified EMT and has authored six publications. Clarke is co-president of Howard University’s chapter of the Peer Health Exchange and serves as a … Continue reading

Student from Arkansas selected as Rhodes Scholar for 2017
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Student from Arkansas selected as Rhodes Scholar for 2017

A college student from Arkansas is among 32 Americans selected as Rhodes Scholars and will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Little Rock resident Lauren C. Jackson is a senior at the University of Virginia where she is majoring in political and social thought. At Oxford, she plans to pursue master’s degrees in global … Continue reading

Shayok, Guy lead No. 8 Virginia past Yale, 62-38
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Shayok, Guy lead No. 8 Virginia past Yale, 62-38

  Virginia fans looking for assurances that they could still have high expectations despite the dismissal from the team of expected offensive stalwart Austin Nichols got plenty to feel good about Sunday in the No. 8 Cavaliers’ 62-38 victory against Yale. Marial Shayok scored 15 points, freshman Kyle Guy had 12 and Darius Thompson 11 … Continue reading

Gasp! Wildfires cause hacking and wheezing across the South
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Gasp! Wildfires cause hacking and wheezing across the South

Asthma sufferers and others with breathing problems are turning up at hospitals and doctors’ waiting rooms, wheezing and hacking. Schoolchildren are being kept inside at recess. And people whose lungs are easily irritated are being told to close the windows and run the air conditioner if they have one. Dozens of wildfires that have burned … Continue reading

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Former police officer, 84, charged in shooting death of son

An 84-year-old former University of Virginia police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of his son. Albemarle County police say 47-year-old Matthew Short died Friday night after being shot Wednesday night. His father, Donald Short, had been charged with malicious wounding after the shooting. Police say he now faces a second-degree murder … Continue reading

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Students, faculty ask UVa president not to quote Jefferson

The University of  Virginia president defended her use of Thomas Jefferson quotations after a group of students and professors criticized her, saying Jefferson shouldn’t be used as a “moral compass” because he was a slave owner. School president Teresa Sullivan quoted Jefferson in statements made to the campus community before and after Donald Trump’s election, urging … Continue reading

West Virginia town tries to move past Michelle Obama post
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West Virginia town tries to move past Michelle Obama post

As a small West Virginia community tries to move past the backlash of a racist Facebook post that targeted first lady Michelle Obama, a council member had some inviting words for outsiders who look down on her town. “Come see us,” Joyce Gibson said. “Spend a day with us. If I knew you would come, I … Continue reading

Many outdoor activities banned as fires burn across South
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Many outdoor activities banned as fires burn across South

Starting campfires, lighting fireworks and smoking cigarettes are among the outdoor activities being banned across the South as fires burn in forests stressed by drought. Even parking a car off-road is prohibited for fear that a hot tailpipe could ignite dry leaves below. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Adam Rondeau has said the agency is tracking … Continue reading

12 arrests during Trump protest in Richmond; statues damaged
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12 arrests during Trump protest in Richmond; statues damaged

Hundreds of people marched through Richmond to protest the election of Donald Trump, and three Confederate statues were vandalized, authorities said Thursday. A dozen people were arrested. Crowds gathered Wednesday night, blocking streets near Virginia Commonwealth University. Online video showed marchers chanting, “No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA,” and carrying banners reading, “Not my president.” … Continue reading

Shock, joy and fear as voters elect Donald Trump president
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Shock, joy and fear as voters elect Donald Trump president

From Virginia  coal country, as election results trickled in, Jimmy McDonald texted his boss to warn he might need a day off Wednesday. Celebrations, it seemed, were in order. “Historic day,” his boss wrote back. “There’s still some good in America,” McDonald responded. Just before midnight, he said he could barely believe it. “The people have … Continue reading

Virginia’s voter voices: ‘We’ve got to have help and change’
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Virginia’s voter voices: ‘We’ve got to have help and change’

Virginians went to the polls Tuesday with 13 electoral votes at stake in the presidential election and to decide several House seats. Here are the voices of some of those voters. ___ This election is a crossroads for mountain communities, said Doug Ratliff, a 67-year-old businessman in Richlands, an Appalachian town in rural southwestern Virginia, … Continue reading

Dems fall short as GOP wins 2 more years of House control
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Dems fall short as GOP wins 2 more years of House control

Republicans retained their lock on the House for two more years as GOP candidates triumphed in a checkerboard of districts in Florida, Virginia and Colorado that Democrats had hoped Donald Trump’s divisive comments about women and Hispanics would make their own. Democrats who’d envisioned potentially big gains in suburban and ethnically diverse districts instead were on … Continue reading

The Latest: Richmond mayoral race hinges on absentee ballots
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The Latest: Richmond mayoral race hinges on absentee ballots

The Latest on Election Day 2016 in Virginia (all times local): 1:20 a.m. Wednesday The results of the Richmond mayoral race could not be determined early Wednesday as the city counted absentee ballots that could impact the front runner’s slim lead. But it appeared that disgraced former lawmaker Joe Morrissey was out of the running, … Continue reading

Kaine wraps up whirlwind campaign at home in Virginia
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Kaine wraps up whirlwind campaign at home in Virginia

In the last three months, Tim Kaine has crisscrossed the country, been taunted by WikiLeaks, dropped in on a World Series game, attended his high school reunion with Secret Service agents in tow, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, posed for untold number of selfies, played harmonica for millions of TV watchers, and spawned … Continue reading

Jury: Rolling Stone’s rape story defamed university official
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Jury: Rolling Stone’s rape story defamed university official

Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator who sued them for $7.5 million over a discredited story about a gang rape at a fraternity house, a federal jury said Friday. The 10-member jury in Charlottesville sided with administrator Nicole Eramo, who claimed the article portrayed her as a … Continue reading