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Senator calls for marijuana decriminalization

Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would make simple marijuana possession a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.

A senator from Northern Virginia is urging the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession, as about 20 other states have done.
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For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show

Among the more than 100 guests (from left): Phil Irwin, Gary Schwartz,  Wendy Weinberg, Nancy Raines, Bob Weinberg and Rev. Jennings Hobson.

Lawmakers seek to curb heroin overdose epidemic

Carolyn Weems, who lost a daughter to heroin, speaks at a heroin overdose legislation conference in Richmond Tuesday.

Attorney General Mark Herring and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are seeking passage of four bills addressing the heroin and prescription painkiller abuse epidemic in Virginia, including one that would hold drug dealers accountable for overdose deaths.
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Bill denying in-state tuition to immigrants fails

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The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill to deny in-state tuition to so-called “DREAM-ers” – young adults who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as children.
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Ethics is a key issue for 2015 assembly

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With a former governor heading to prison for corruption and his successor calling for a cap on gifts to politicians, ethics reform is high on the agenda for the Virginia General Assembly’s 2015 session.
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Lawmakers seek to restrict drones

Richmond lawmakers consider regulation of drones this session.

Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including one that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.
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Coalition seeks more open state government

Ben Greenberg, legislative coordinator of Virginia Organizing, an advocacy group for low-income people and a member of Transparency Virginia.

Seventeen organizations that support open government in Virginia have formed a coalition to increase transparency in the General Assembly and foster greater citizen participation.
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Bill would require AG to defend Va. Constitution

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A Republican legislator from Williamsburg is pushing for a law to require the state attorney general to defend the Virginia Constitution — which the current officeholder, Democrat Mark Herring, declined to do regarding the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriage.
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Poll: Colleges should report assaults to police

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More than nine out of 10 Virginians think colleges and universities should be required to report campus sexual assaults to police, according to a statewide poll released Thursday.
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Evening view

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Governor outlines ‘opportunity’ agenda

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In a move he said would boost the state’s economy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking legislators to remove the requirement that Virginia women get an ultrasound before having an abortion and to “create a more inclusive environment for LGBT Virginians and business owners.”
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Governor, delegate tout bipartisan transportation bills

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Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, have joined forces to push for two bills aimed at reforming the state’s transportation system.
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Panel rejects bill to expand hate crimes law

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A Senate committee on Wednesday voted along party lines to defeat a bill to include sexual orientation and gender identification in the state’s definition of hate crimes.
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School board declines cell tower lease

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Jan. 13
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

Rappahannock County School Board votes against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures, the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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Late Sunday, early Monday roads could be icy

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Jan. 11
Ice in Gid Brown Hollow after this week's storm.

With freezing rain forecast for this evening and early Monday, the Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing its equipment and materials and asks the public to closely monitor road conditions before traveling.
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House Republicans unveil education reforms

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House Republican leaders outlined their K-12 education agenda for the 2015 General Assembly on Thursday, echoing several goals announced by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe a day earlier.
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A peas-ful New Year’s Day

The crowd in the parking lot at Laurel Mills store on New Year's Day.

Lions share

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Le pen vs. le pencil

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Parents seek funding for mental health services

Steve VanHuss of Hanover County urged legislators to provide more funding to help children with mental and physical disabilities.

Central Virginia residents packed a legislative committee hearing Wednesday to call for more funding for child mental health services, more help for individuals with intellectual disabilities and tighter regulations of private homes providing day care.
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Washingtonian: Just being ‘honest’

An illuminated Inn at Little Washington brightened the night.

Washingtonian restaurant critic Todd Kliman posted a take-no-prisoners response today on the magazine's blog to Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell's statement last week implying the magazine was seeking attention rather than being ethical when it dropped The Inn from No. 1 to No. 22 on its annual top-100 "Very Best Restaurants"...
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Ex-Gov. McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison

Bob McDonnell speaks to the press after sentencing.

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday to 24 months in prison after being convicted of 11 felony corruption charges in September.
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Slow down!

Driving in snow in Rappahannock, 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6, 2015.

VDOT's reporting slippery conditions on I-66 and other primary and secondary highways in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties this morning, and drivers in Rappahannock and elsewhere apparently aren't paying attention.
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Rest period

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Holiday prep

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Wood for winter

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Jan. 1
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Christmas chorale

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Your Next Best Friend: Peaches

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I’m Peaches, a very social 3-year-old, 60-pound female yellow Labrador retriever who would be happy living with other dogs, cats or both.
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Santa chat

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Dec. 18, 2014
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Gift-Rapp’d for Christmas  

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Dec. 11, 2014
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Little Washington’s big Christmas

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Dec. 11, 2014
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School and sports news for Dec. 11

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Dec. 11, 2014

Winter sports are in full swing, and several Rappahannock sports teams have already begun to rack up the wins.
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The telling bell

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Dec. 11, 2014
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Eagle, eyed

By David Batchelder

Thanksgiving crash

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May all your Thanksgivings be…

By Gary Anthes

Page turners

By E. Raymond Boc

Giving Thanksgiving

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Your Next Best Friend: Allie

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Dec. 4, 2014
I'm Allie. Meet me at RAWL.

A ‘Tree-o of Owlets’

By Denise Machado
 
 

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