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Richmond Activists Recount Efforts Opposing Vietnam War

As opposition to the Vietnam War grew, huge protest rallies in Washington DC and Berkeley, California made the headlines. In Richmond, the movement was smaller and led by a committed group of activists who quietly worked to change people’s minds about the war. In the end, they think they succeeded. 88.9 WCVE’s Mark Huffman has more in our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers.

Officials Taking Steps To Reduce Groundwater Use In Tidewater And Northern Neck

State environmental officials are concerned that Virginia’s groundwater supplies in the Northern Neck and Tidewater regions are declining at a rapid rate.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has been working on the problem for years. Agency spokesman Bill Hayden tells 88.9 WCVE News that it has begun amending the water use permits of large industrial users, in an effort to reduce the strain on water supplies, mostly fed by the large Potomac Aquifer.

It’s a lengthy process, however, but Hayden says it should be completed over the next decade.

Henrico Seeks To Discourage Panhandlers

Henrico County is taking steps to discourage people from panhandling at busy intersections.

You may have noticed signs at three busy Broad Street intersections. They ask people not to solicit money in the median and provide a telephone number to Social Services for people who are in need of help.

Brandon Hinton, Henrico's Deputy County Manager for Community Services, says the signs went up primarily as a public safety matter. Panhandling in the median is dangerous, he says, but since it's lucrative more people seem to be doing it.

Executive Mansion Honored For Accessibility To People With Disabilities

Virginia's Executive Mansion, home of the governor, is being honored for its accessibility to people with disabilities.

The Executive Mansion was designed in the early 19th century, long before consideration was given to people in wheelchairs. But the Paralyzed Veterans of America has named the historic building recipient of this year’s Barrier-Free America Award.

Democrats Target Rural Areas Like The Northern Neck

Virginia Democrats met in a retreat over the weekend to plot strategy, including ways to increase support in rural areas, like the Northern Neck.

The Democratic Presidential ticket carried the Commonwealth last year, but Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who held down the second spot on the ticket, says the party must increase its support in rural areas, which are largely conservative and support Republicans.

Kaine told the Roanoke Times Democrats must show up in rural regions, establish shared values and focus on the economy.

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.