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Wednesday’s night developments

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April 16

Washington's town council approves an Inn-related property adjustment that will bring a new gallery to town, and Cooter's in the Country withdraws its permit application for outdoor music in Sperryville.
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Mountain family trees

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April 16
By Cathie Shiff

Play ball!

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An era ends/begins

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4H Young Filmmakers Workshop Videos

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Videos made by the two dozen young participants in the Young Filmmakers Workshop as part of the first annual RAAC Film Festival at Little Washington, thanks to Rappahannock 4-H, Newsgroup Communications, Mac Business Solutions and Stephanie Slewka.
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Easter sunrise

By Ruthie Windsor-Mann

Crowded field

Sara E. Collette's Wahoo, ridden by Jacob Roberts, trained by Neil Morris, takes the lead from Celtic Venture Stable's Prima Facie, Jeff Murphy doing the honors, to prevail by 1/2-length in the Leeds Manor flat race for Virginia-breds.

Governor criticized for allowing more surveillance

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A Democratic senator, a prominent Republican and civil libertarians are blasting Gov. Terry McAuliffe for amending a bill that would protect Virginia citizens from high-tech government surveillance.
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Gov. McAuliffe signs 733 bills, vetoes 17 

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With two days left to act on legislation passed by this year’s General Assembly, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday that he has signed 733 bills, vetoed 17 and amended 50 others, including tightening ethics reforms.
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The Rapp for April 2

Six Pack artist Janet Brome’s “Turtle Screen & Wire” sculpture.

The Six Pack gang returns to Rappahannock for a show at R.H. Ballard, the Inn’s Patrick O’Connell puts out his first design book and a wellness author signs books at Mountainside Physical Therapy in this week’s The Rapp.
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Heading home

By Lauren R. Giannini

Capital briefs

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Governor vetoes redistricting bills Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week vetoed six redistricting bills, saying they would weaken citizens’ trust in government. Speaking on 1140AM WRVA, McAuliffe questioned the constitutionality of the bills, which sought to adjust the lines for about 20 legislative districts in seven counties. The six vetoed bills are: SB 1237, affecting...
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Full stop

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Governor orders training for ABC agents

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Wednesday meant to improve the law enforcement arm of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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Empty house destroyed

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Actor, musicians, activism

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Fighting fire with . . . training

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A damper on the library

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Out of the Attic

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Newly approved powdered alcohol banned in Virginia

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The federal government this week approved a powder that can turn a glass of water into an alcoholic drink, but it’s unlikely that Virginians will be enjoying instant margaritas anytime soon.
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I-66 east reopened

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March 6

The tractor-trailer crash that closed Interstate 66 eastbound at mile marker 38 has been cleared, VDOT reported 10:45 a.m.
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VDOT, 4:30 p.m.: Snow-covered roads, hazardous driving

Motorists are cautioned that road conditions are changing quickly in central Virginia as heavy, wet snow moves in from the northwest.
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Up in flames

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Governor praises budget’s passage

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Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is praising the Republican-controlled General Assembly for passing state budget amendments that will increase funding for education and provide pay raises for teachers, state troopers and other government employees.
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Magic white-carpet ride

By Molly M. Peterson

Almost all-in-one

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Marijuana extracts OK’d for epilepsy treatment

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Two types of medical marijuana extracts would be legal to possess and recommend for epilepsy treatment in Virginia under legislation passed by the state Senate on Wednesday and sent to the governor for his signature.
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Virginia bans powdered alcohol

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Cocaine isn’t the only white powder on drug authorities’ radar these days. They’re also targeting Palcohol — powdered alcohol that can turn a glass of water into a mojito. The General Assembly this week gave final approval to legislation that would outlaw the possession, sale, purchase or use of powdered or crystalline alcohol in...
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Assembly blocks out-of-state access to handgun permits

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It is now up to Gov. Terry McAuliffe whether to sign into law legislation that would prohibit certain out-of-state police agencies from accessing information regarding concealed weapon permits issued by the commonwealth of Virginia.
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Governor signs law allowing Uber, Lyft to operate

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After operating under a temporary agreement for the better part of a year, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft now have a law allowing them to transport passengers in Virginia after Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that sets licensing procedures and standards for drivers.
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House kills anti-gerrymandering bill

Sen. John Watkins discusses his bill, SB 840, with (from left) Dels. Steven Landes, Buddy Fowler and Margaret Ransone. The three would shortly vote to table SB 840.

A bill aimed at taking some of the politics out of redistricting was struck down by a House subcommittee early Thursday morning.
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Circles of ice

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Senate passes ‘Tebow Bill’ for home-schoolers

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The Senate passed a bill this week that would allow home-schooled students to participate in extracurricular activities such as sports, debate and band at their local public school.
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Presidential summit

By Raymond Boc

VDOT: Conditions improving on interstates, primary roads 

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Roads in central Virginia range from clear and wet to completely snow-covered, making it essential that drivers check conditions before traveling.
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VDOT readies for winter storm Monday

The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for the season’s heaviest snow so far, which is forecast to reach central Virginia by early afternoon Monday. As much as ten inches of accumulation is expected in the Culpeper District, which includes the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock. VDOT...
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Virginia still deciding if women are equal

An ERA parade at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1979.

In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and asked the states to ratify it. Forty-three years later, Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA, which would guarantee women and men equal rights.
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Conservation easement bill passes first Senate test

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The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources has approved a bill that would establish an authority to mediate between land conservation owners and easement holders.
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Dominion bill wins final passage

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The House gave final approval Thursday to a bill that freezes Dominion Virginia Power’s base rate for five years but prevents the state from forcing the company to reimburse customers if the utility company earns excessive profits.
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