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National School Walkout Draws Hundreds to Richmond’s Capitol

Students across the country walked out of school Friday on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Greater Richmond students convened with parents, educators and some elected officials on Brown’s Island, before a march to the state capitol building.

“Today is a continuation of the movement,” said Douglas Freeman High School senior and co-organizer Maxwell Nardi. “One event does not define this. It’s instead a series of events and walks, which will someday and hopefully in the near future lead to significant changes that are needed to fix this.”

Public Comment Winds Up for Virginia Proposal to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality plans to align the state with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, lowering carbon emissions by 3% each year. The initiative, originally proposed by former Governor McAuliffe’s administration, implements a cap and trade on carbon emissions.

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.

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