Down on the Farm in Petersburg

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Sandy Hausman

The city of Petersburg was once a prosperous place where railroads crossed and tobacco money changed hands.  Today it’s economically depressed, but a program pioneered by Virginia State University could help to revive the city in a surprising way.  David Seidel has that story.

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress may be deadlocked over a potential government shutdown and funding a wall on the southern border. But, they’re also coming together to pass significant bipartisan legislation at the end of the year.

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Railroad company Norfolk Southern Corp. is moving its headquarters from Norfolk, Virginia, to Atlanta, bringing with it 850 jobs and more than $500 million in economic investment, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday.

With three universities in town, a thriving job market, food and arts scene, Richmond has a large population of young adults in search of entertainment, and the state’s capital does not disappoint.  Even shuffleboard, a sport once popular with retirees in Miami Beach, is drawing crowds as Sandy Hausman reports.

Brad Kutner

For nearly 50 years alternative touring and local musicians have found an audience at Richmond’s 929 West Grace Street, just a stone’s throw from VCU’s Monroe Park Campus.

Now, the latest iteration of the space, Strange Matter, is closing its doors after nearly a decade.

Gender disparity in employment and salaries is well established. But there is another aspect of the gender gap that has not received as much attention.

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Governor Ralph Northam is proposing a five-percent pay raise for teachers. It’s just one among a list of education priorities the Governor will present to lawmakers next week.

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A jury has recommended life in prison plus 419 years for the man convicted of killing a woman and injuring dozens when he drove his car into counterprotesters during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

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The numbers were big: nearly 600 new jobs and a 20,000 square foot expansion by IT services company 1901 Group. The announcement last month was the latest success story at Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center—a foundation-owned business park located next to the university in Blacksburg. 

Since it began in 1985, the CRC, as it is known, has grown to dozens of private companies employing nearly 3,000 people.  Its CEO says a collaoration culture is building everything from blockchain to biomedical technology to black garlic right in the New River Valley.

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Several people who were severely injured when a man drove his car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally last year described devastating physical and psychological effects to a jury tasked with making a sentencing recommendation Monday.

The man's lawyers argued he acted in self-defense and out of fear, and a psychologist testified that he has a long history of mental health issues.

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