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Trump hails 'righteous cause of American self-government'

JAMESTOWN, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday marked the 400th anniversary of American democracy and its gift "of the country we love," but his celebration of what began as an experiment in self-government was boycotted by black Virginia...

 

Conservation project buys huge tracts of coalfields forest

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The nonprofit Nature Conservancy announced Monday it has partnered with private investors to acquire over a quarter-million acres (101,000 hectares) of forest land in the coalfields of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The grou...

 

Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer's death

PERRY HALL, Md. (AP) — Police backed by aircraft and trained dogs scoured a greater Baltimore suburb into the night, seeking suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer killed as she investigated a report of a...

 

Landowners fight pipeline in case headed to US appeals court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — George Jones was against the Mountain Valley Pipeline from the start. The natural gas pipeline is routed to run through the southwest Virginia farm his family has owned for seven generations. The 88-year-old Navy veteran never...

 

Dominion's long-term plan includes more natural gas, solar

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy Virginia said Tuesday that it plans to build at least eight new natural gas-fired plants during the next 15 years, cementing its shift away from coal, while depending on renewables for less than 10 percent of...

 

Pulitzer honoree is latest to win after leaving journalism

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ryan Kelly won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his photo of a car plowing into protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - an image he snapped on the final day of his newspaper job before leaving to...

 

Documents reveal immense outreach on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Civic leaders in town after town along the 600-mile (966-kilometer) route of a proposed natural gas project have posed for similar photographs, smiling and accepting poster-sized checks from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominio...

 

APNewsBreak: US utilities find water pollution at ash sites

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Major utilities have found evidence of groundwater contamination at coal-burning power plants across the U.S. where landfills and man-made ponds have been used for decades as dumping grounds for coal ash, according to data...

 

Investigator: Some officials resisted Charlottesville review

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An independent report that found serious police and government failures in responding to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this summer also accuses police agencies of putting up roadblocks to the inv...

 

Transgender woman wins Virginia House seat, making history

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A transgender candidate defeated an incumbent Virginia lawmaker who sponsored a bill that would have restricted which bathrooms she could use. Democrat Danica Roem, a former journalist, is set to make history as the first openl...

 

APNewsBreak: Disputed East Coast pipeline likely to expand

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The developers of a disputed natural gas pipeline on the U.S. East Coast are considering a major expansion of the project into South Carolina, according to remarks made by an energy company executive and interviews with others...

 

Officials: White nationalist rally linked to 3 deaths

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting at least two dozen more and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly...

 

Environmental report on pipeline favorable for developers

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but...

 

Rolling robots could soon be making deliveries in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Robots about the size of a beer cooler could soon be rolling down Virginia sidewalks to deliver sandwiches, groceries or packages. Supporters say proposed legislation to allow the robots would make the state the first in the...

 

After inmate's death, lawmakers pledge mental health reform

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of a man whose death in a Virginia jail helped lead to a federal investigation of the facility implored lawmakers Wednesday to reform the state's mental health care system and the way inmates receive treatment....

 

Federal regulators weigh in on proposed natural gas pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposed natural gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have adverse environmental impacts, but most could be avoided, minimized or mitigated, according to an analysis released Friday...

 

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