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2 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Three in 10 Virginia schools lack full accreditation

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle on more rigorous exams introduced three years ago. The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 out of the state's 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests last year.

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Fairfax County, VA, Alexandria, VA, Education

3 hrs ago | Fairfax Times

EPAa s coal regulations matter for Northern Virginia

One of the keys to Virginia's economic success has been our diverse, abundant supply of energy sources.

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Related Topix: Virginia Government, Personal Finance, Retirement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment, Science, Alternative Energy, Wind Power, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy, Opinion

4 hrs ago | Fox News

University of Virginia student vanishes walking home from party

Virginia police are continuing their search Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student who sent friends a distressing text message that she got lost walking home from a party early Sunday morning. Hannah Elizabeth Graham, 18, a second-year student, was reportedly last seen inside an off-campus apartment complex in Charlottesville, just before midnight.

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6 hrs ago | WRIC-TV Richmond

Petersburg Fire Marshal Fired After DUI Charges

Information from the Virginia Courts online database shows the incident in question took place in the city of Petersburg on September 7.

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6 hrs ago | Hampton Roads Daily Press

Virginia Department of Education: Percentage of schools accredited statewide drops

The Virginia Department of Education said the amount of schools meeting statewide accreditation standards dropped for 2014-2015 after higher benchmarks were introduced in 2011. According to the VDOE, just 68 percent of Virginia Public Schools were fully accredited compared to 77 percent in 2013-2014.

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7 hrs ago | The Washington Post

Mark Warner on defense thanks to McAuliffe

Senate Republican candidate Ed Gillespie speaks during the Northern Virginia Technology Council Technology Town Hall Forum at the Microsoft Offices on Sept. 8 in Reston, Va.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, Howard McKeon, Republican, US House of Representatives, John McCain

11 hrs ago | Virginia Business

Dominion Virginia Power to partner with Capital One on solar energy project

Dominion Virginia Power said Monday that it has selected Capital One's Chester facility to house the first ground-mounted solar energy system in Central Virginia. The installation of nearly 2,500 solar panels will generate about 500 kilowatts of electricity at peak, enough to power about 125 homes.

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Related Topix: Solar Energy, Alternative Energy, Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Energy

Mon Sep 15, 2014

The Virginian-Pilot

Curse the red cup! Miss Virginia should have won

Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, right, and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, left, hold hands with Miss New York Kira Kazantsev as all three wait to find out who will be named the second runner up to Miss America. Miss Virginia won first runner up, and Miss New York won Miss America.

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Patch.com

Sale of Jefferson Park Home Commands Record Price

The Goodhart Group of McEnearney Associates has announced the sale of 208 Virginia Avenue, an estate home in Alexandria's Jefferson Park neighborhood that has set a record in real estate circles. The estate was the first home built in the neighborhood, in 1920.

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The Virginian-Pilot

Governor and GOP lawmakers announce Virginia budget cuts

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers are planning to fill a $882 million budget shortfall by tapping the state government's rainy day fund and making cuts to various agencies, universities, and local governments. The plan won't affect K-12 school spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes, they said.

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Related Topix: Virginia Government, Healthcare Law, Law

The Virginian-Pilot

Navy wants to harvest retired Japanese helos for parts

It's unusual for the United States by far the biggest defense spender in the world to seek scrapped military equipment from other nations. Typically those roles are reversed.

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Related Topix: US Military, US Navy, US News, Boat Disaster

American Legion Magazine

Veterans outreach program planned for Virginia

Loudoun County's first "Salute to Military, Veterans and Families" event is Sept. 27 in Ashburn, Va.

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Related Topix: Loudoun County, VA, Life, Veteran Affairs, Ashburn, VA, Middleburg, VA, Purcellville, VA

Loudoun Times

Virginians likely to pay more at the pump come January

Gas prices in Virginia will rise come January -- possibly as much as six cents per gallon -- unless Congress approves the "Marketplace Fairness Act" internet sales tax bill that's been sitting in a House committee for months.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Frank Wolf, Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Government, Bob McDonnell, US Governors

WVEC-TV Norfolk

Portsmouth Marine Terminal is back in the container business

"This is the first phase of a larger plan to establish the terminal as a multi-use facility and improve service to our customers," Virginia Port Authority CEO and Executive Director John Reinhart said in a news release Friday. The first ship to call at the deep water facility is set to arrive on October 3, VPA spokesman Joe Harris told WVEC.com.

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WTVR Richmond

What will Governor McAuliffe's state budget cuts mean for you?

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders have reached a deal to address budget cuts ahead of the General Assembly's Special Session this coming week. The state has been struggling to find ways to fill an anticipated $2.4 billion budget shortfall.

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The Virginian-Pilot

Report: Virginia tax growth rate falls to 3.68 percent

Virginia is among the states whose coffers depend most on a state income tax, and a recent report links a decline in the growth rate of state income tax revenue to the rising concentration of income for the richest households. A report by the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's shows a significant decline in annual average state tax revenue growth among the 10 most income tax-dependent states.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

The Virginian-Pilot

Study shows: Volunteering makes us nation's No. 2 happiest

Volunteer Jane Lauter takes her dog Mary around to visit residents at Provence Place at DePaul.From left, Margaret Katoskie, Mary, and Lauter. Photo courtesy: Jane Lauter This story is a sample from the Norfolk Compass, which is included in The Virginian-Pilot every Sunday in Norfolk.

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Investopedia

5 Wealthiest U.S. Presidents

It is widely speculated that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a personal net worth somewhere between $190 million and $250 million. With most of this money in the bank, he would have been one of the wealthiest U.S. presidents if elected.

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Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Mitt Romney

Examiner.com

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring discusses federal gay marriage appeals

After offering opening remarks to the participants at the third annual Charlottesville Gay Pride Festival in Lee Park on September 13, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring spoke to reporters about the same-sex marriage cases that may be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in its coming term. Answering questions posed by the Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner, Herring, a Democrat who served in the state Senate before his 2013 election as attorney general, explained how his mind has been changed about gay marriage .

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Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, US Supreme Court, US News

Hampton Roads Daily Press

Unusual rules for General Assembly's special session suggest fast movement -- but uncertain end

House Republican leaders meet with the press after their Medicaid and budget votes on Feb. 20. Majority Leader M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox, in the center, gestures toward the state Senate, which dropped an attempted Medicaid compromise into its budget. The House rejected this proposal, and if it leads to gridlock or a government shutdown, "the onus is totally" on the Senate, Cox said.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, US News

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