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The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors has approved the final permits for what will be the largest solar facility in Virginia and among the biggest in the nation.“I feel confident the Board of Supervisors has addressed all the issues involving this project and that it is safe,” said Supervisor...
A proposed federal act introduced last week would "boost financial security" for more than a million Virginia families, according to a new analysis from the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.The Working Families Tax Relief Act would expand both the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit. Currently,...
WASHINGTON — Six months after ousting a Republican incumbent in one of the most closely watched races in the country, U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, D-2nd, is setting her sights on President Donald Trump's administration —  in particular its plans to massively expand oil and gas drilling in federal waters. On...
When Ailment Wellness Medical Center in Fredericksburg began advertising itself last year as a place patients could see a “medical marijuana doctor,” staff members say the phone started ringing and didn’t stop.“We actually had to have Verizon come in and install two more lines,” says office manager Missy Miles....
By Emma Gauthier/ Capital News Service Horses soon will race again at Colonial Downs, and Virginians will be able to bet on them and play slots-style machines in a casino-like setting at four other locations across the commonwealth. The Colonial Downs Group will resume horse racing at its track in New Kent...
For Virginia to get all the federal money possible for a host of programs covering health, housing, transportation and schools, among other areas, every possible resident will need to be counted in the 2020 census.It's a hard task, given that the Census Bureau has been underfunded on the federal...
WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Kaine is worried about space debris.As the Senate Armed Services Committee convened Thursday to debate President Trump’s plan to establish a space force as a new branch of the military, the Virginia Democratic senator asked top military officials what can be done to regulate orbiting...
Forty-one percent of Virginia voters ages 18-35 voted in last year's midterm elections, a 21 percentage point jump from the 2014 midterms.NextGen, a national progressive organization that works on voter outreach and registration, said in an analysis of the recently released voter file it registered more than 20,000 young...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Don McEachin is recovering after being hospitalized for a blood clot, according to his office.The 4th District Democrat has been away from Capitol Hill since the first week of April, when he developed a blot clot and a swollen leg, making it difficult for...
After months of deliberation, the Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night approved a special use permit for the largest piece of a planned solar farm that, if built as proposed, would be the biggest on the East Coast.The supervisors, who split 5-2 on the vote, with Chairman...