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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.

The Northern Neck Land Conservancy Honors Tayloe and Helen Murphy

On Sunday, September 13th, nine-term delegate and former Secretary of Natural Resources Tayloe Murphy and his wife, Helen, will be honored at the Northern Neck Land Conservancy’s Boots and BBQ Fundraiser.

Murphy is significantly responsible for some of the state’s major environmental laws.

For more information, visit NNConserve.org.

Judge Blocks Selling of Sweet Briar Assets

An Amherst County judge has ruled that Sweet Briar College, whose board wants to close the women’s college, may not sell any assets for 60 days.

The judge used terms like “unilateral” and “arbitrary” to describe closing a 114-year-old school while students were expecting to earn diplomas. Their lawyer, Elliott Schuchardt, hails the ruling.

“It’s actually very, very good news because the students were found to have standing; the students were found to have a four-year contract with the college,” he said.

RVA Leaders Believe: Juliette Landphair

Today we begin an occasional series of commentaries titled "RVA Leaders Believe."​ Inspired by “This I Believe,” the 1950s radio series hosted by Edward R. Murrow, RVA Leaders Believe provides Leadership-Metro​-Richmond members the opportunity to reflect upon their values as community leaders. Today's commentary is by Juliette Landphair, Dean of Westhampton College at the University of Richmond.​