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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.

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.