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RCC Nursing Program Ranks Second In Virginia

Rappahannock Community College is a small school in the Northern Neck. Yet when an independent company evaluated nursing programs in the state of Virginia, RCC left a very large footprint.

The annual ranking is compiled by This year, it ranked RCC’s nursing program second among all colleges in Virginia, ahead of Radford, JMU, Liberty, VCU and UVA. The program was number one among Virginia community colleges.

Area Enviromentalists and Advocates Fear Trump Administration EPA Budget

For area environmentalists and Chesapeake Bay advocates, the Trump Administration EPA budget proposal was worse than they feared.

Earlier this month The Washington Post reported the EPA budget cut Chesapeake Bay clean up funding from $73 million to $5 million. But when the budget was released at midweek, all $73 million had been eliminated.

Mike Ahart, President of the Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship, a Northern Neck environmental group says, "the impact on the Bay will be disastrous."

VCU and University Of Richmond Rank Highly Among Graduate Schools

Both VCU and the University of Richmond made strong showings in the latest U.S. News and World Report Graduate School Rankings.

Last year, UR's part-time MBA program was ranked 59th in the nation. This year U.S. News ranks it 33rd.

Randy Raggio, director of the program, says the part-time degree program has been the focus of continual improvement in recent years, with the goal of delivering a full-time experience.

Kilmarnock To Open Two New Parks

City and suburban residents may take parks for granted, but in the rural Northern Neck, public spaces are few and far between. The town of Kilmarnock, however, is proving the exception.

The small town of Kilmarnock is opening not one, but two parks this year. Baylor Park, a nature reserve on the edge of town, is already open. A second multi-use park in the center of town will open later this year.

Town Manager Tom Saunders says the parks not only improve the quality of life for residents, but help the town economically.

Chesapeake Cleanup Funds Could Be Cut

Environmental groups are alarmed over the prospect of dramatic cuts in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts.

The Trump Administration has yet to formally submit a budget, but the Washington Post reports it has obtained a draft proposal that slashes federal funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake clean up efforts.

The Post says funding would drop from $73 million a year to $5 million. Would that make a difference? William Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, says it certainly would.

Low Inventory Poses Difficulty For Richmond Homebuyers

In the Richmond Metro, it’s getting even more difficult to buy a house.

In the past, saving up for a down payment was the biggest hurdle to home ownership. In January, it was eclipsed by an even bigger problem -- finding a house to buy.

The monthly Long and Foster Market Conditions Report shows Richmond Metro inventory levels continued to fall. In January, the number of homes for sale was 4% below December’s already low level.

Compared to January 2016, there were nearly 1,100 fewer homes on the market, a drop of 18%.