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WIRTZ — Little Creek ran chocolate-milkshake brown, surging with flood water as it splashed over its banks just feet from where lengths of the Mountain Valley Pipeline lay mounted on wooden blocks and submerged in ditches.Two dozen people trudged through the mud and muck, surveying what was once a...
DANVILLE — This former tobacco and textile town's oldest and newest symbols of economic prosperity soaked up sunlight on a recent early summer afternoon.Tobacco seedlings stretched for the sky in the mid-90s heat, same as they have here for 300 years.Today, that legacy crop is supplemented by another kind...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a state-by-state breakdown of the projected effects of President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on goods imported from Mexico.Virginia, which had about $1.5 billion worth of Mexican imports in 2018, is way down on the list (consider that Texas had $107 billion) but the...
FLOYD — Voters in Southwest Virginia’s open 4th House District will get a new delegate this fall, with a Republican contest that’s turned into a streetfight ahead of next week’s primary, and a Democratic candidate waiting in the wings.The winner of the Republican nomination, contested by third-generation candidate William...
FLOYD — Warm weather has brought renewed activity to the Mountain Valley Pipeline in western Virginia, but the project and its equally contentious sibling, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, still face unresolved legal and regulatory hurdles that leave their completion uncertain.This year has seen new protests on the ground, as...
A majority of the roughly 280,000 people who now have health care under Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid live in localities won by President Donald Trump, who campaigned on eliminating federal funding for expansion by repealing the Affordable Care Act.In 60 cities and counties, more than five percent of the...
Shaquana Bethea, a 22-year-old who makes just over minimum wage working as a home healthcare aide, showed up to court to fight an eviction lawsuit this week with only her mother in tow for advice and support.She left the courthouse with a free lawyer, who will help her mount...
In a final, exasperated call to her landlord about a leaky roof that sent a steady stream of rain water dripping into her bedroom, Winter Whittaker threatened to take him to court.“You’re going to fix what you’re supposed to fix,” she said in the call, which she recorded.Dean Parsons,...
GATE CITY — Many Americans are closely following the emerging race between President Donald Trump and a large field of Democratic challengers, but when Del. Todd Pillion told a group of Republicans that this election “is easily the most important that we’ve seen in a generation,” he wasn’t talking...
The Association of Health Care Journalists, a leading professional organization dedicated to better reporting on health and health care, awarded our Katie O'Connor second place in its 2018 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.O'Connor was recognized in the organization's investigative, small publication category for her series of articles...