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Tie Vote Declared in Virginia's 94th House District

A court has now declared a tie in a House of Delegates election that appeared to have gone to a Democrat by one vote the day before. The new development is the latest in a high-stakes race that could help determine which of the two major political parties control the chamber, or if the sides must broker a power-sharing agreement.

A three-judge panel officially declared the 94th District in Newport News as tied at 11,608 to 11,608 Wednesday (12/20). The certification came a day after a recount appeared to give Democrat Shelly Simonds the victory over Republican Del. David Yancey.

Forest Retention Is Key To Maintaining the Chesapeake Bay

Forest retention is key to maintaining the Chesapeake Bay, says a new report the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership spearheaded.

The Healthy Watersheds Forest Retention Project report is the result of a partnership between Pennsylvania and Virginia, which make up the two largest land jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The report comes from the Rappahannock River Basin Commission and Department of Forestry in Virginia after a year’s worth of discussions and presentations.

Petersburg Reopens Cemetary for Civil War Soldiers

Many communities around Virginia and the South at large are reconsidering the place that monuments to Civil War generals hold in public spaces. But the reopening of a cemetery for Civil War soldiers, outside of Petersburg memorializes the more human side of war Cemeteries mark the end of human lives. But according to Elizabeth Dinger, lead ranger for the newly refurbished Poplar Grove National Cemetery, they're also a repository of stories.

VCU Upsets Oregon State in NCAA Tournament First Round

The tenth-seeded VCU Rams are moving on to the second round in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament after a 75-67 victory over No. 7 seed Oregon State.

After the VCU Rams built their lead to ten early in the second half, Oregon State rallied to tie it midway through the half.

But back-to-back three pointers by Melvin Johnson and JeQuan Lewis not only put the Rams back on top but seemed to deflate the Beavers.

Northern Neck Horse Rescue

Most of us are familiar with dog and cat rescue facilities. It’s how many of us obtained our pets.

But what about when the rescued pet is a horse?

Two women in Virginia’s Northern Neck operate a horse retirement and rescue farm, and worry that Virginia law doesn’t far enough to protect these animals.

Tranlin Brings Factory To Chesterfield

It’s another step towards bringing Chinese tissue paper and fertilizer products to the Commonwealth. Tranlin, the U.S. daughter company of Shandong Tranlin, is building a factory in Chesterfield County.

Jerry Peng, Tranlin's Chairman and CEO, say the $2 billion dollar investment will bring more than 2,000 jobs to Virginia.

Governor Terry McAuliffe says the project is transformative for the Commonwealth.

Actual construction could start as early as 2017. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

Chesapeake Bay Projects Get $3.2 Million Boost

A dozen local projects to improve the Chesapeake Bay are getting a multi-million dollar boost thanks to a public-private partnership.

$3.2 million dollars of the money are grants from the National Wildlife Foundation, funded by the Chesapeake Bay program and the EPA.

Jake Reilly directs the Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay program and says the larger,  $4.2 million-dollar portion comes from a matching commitment groups make to get the grants.

Natural Gas In The Northern Neck

The possibility of fracking in the Northern Neck is met with significant skepticism by local government.

The Taylorsville basin holds a small estimated 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. It stretches from northeast of Richmond up through the Northern Neck, and into Southern Maryland, including Washington’s Birthplace. Over 84,000 acres in the Taylorsville basin have been leased for natural gas drilling, or fracking.