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Passenger rail appears back on track with extension bill

Hampton Roads, and the rest of the country, appear to have dodged the threat of a passenger rail shutdown as Congressional leaders have fashioned a bipartisan bill to extend the deadline on new safety regulations.

State approves new criteria for school accreditation ratings in Virginia

RICHMOND The state Board of Education on Thursday approved the criteria for new school accreditation ratings. Accreditation is based largely on how a school performs on state Standards of Learning exams. Generally, 75 percent of students must pass in English, and 70 percent must pass in math, science and history for full accreditation. High schools must also meet a graduation index of 85.

Landowners fight gas pipeline plan over surveying

Virginia landowners are squaring off in court with attorneys representing energy companies over land surveys for a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. Attorneys for the landowners were in Augusta County Circuit Court on Wednesday defending their clients' decision to refuse access to their land to surveyors plotting a route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

GameDay visit shows JMU there are benefits to FBS, but will it stay?

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A Football Championship Subdivision program can't hope to buy the exposure James Madison is about to enjoy Saturday when ESPN's GameDay sets up shop on campus. It's proof that high-level success at a second-division level still has its rewards. The Dukes seem to be pining for the FBS, but some in the ODU camp would caution: Be careful what you wish for.

Voter Guide | Virginia Senate 7th District

The 7th District includes part of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Gary McCollum

Democrat
Residence: Virginia Beach
Age: 55
Personal: married, two children
Occupation: retired telecommunications executive

Voter Guide | Virginia House of Delegates 82nd District

The 82nd District includes part of Virginia Beach.

William W. “Bill” Fleming

Democrat
Residence: Virginia Beach
Age: 67
Personal: married, two sons
Occupation: small-business owner, private investor

Voter Guide | Virginia House of Delegates 100th District

The 100th District includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Ocean View and nearby neighborhoods in Norfolk.

Robert S. Bloxom Jr.

Republican, incumbent
Residence: Parksley
Age: 52
Personal: married, three children

Shooting near VSU leaves 1 man dead, another injured

ETTRICK A shooting near Virginia State University has left one man dead and another injured. Police investigators identified the victim in the Wednesday night shooting as De'Sean R. Harrison, 24, of Colonial Heights, according to media reports. He was one of two men taken to Southside Regional Medical Center. The other man has injuries that are not life-threatening.

Virginia school division eyes broader policy on Confederate flag

CHRISTIANSBURG A Virginia school division that suspended students for wearing clothing emblazoned with the Confederate battle flag to school is moving toward a broader policy on the symbol. The Montgomery County School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to have a policy drafted that would ban all clothing, emblems, decals or jewelry with the Confederate flag from all school property in the county.

Michael Bloomberg's gun control group to spend in Virginia

RICHMOND Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group is set to spend heavily in at least one key legislative election in Virginia. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund said Wednesday that it plans to spend $700,000 to help the Democratic candidate in a closely contested Richmond-area state Senate race that could determine which party controls the upper chamber.

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