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Efforts to change how Virginia public universities ask about prospective students’ criminal histories spread to JMU

Two-thirds of former inmates stop filling out college applications when they see a question about criminal history, according to one survey. Now a student group at JMU is working to change that, and JMU is tweaking how it asks about criminal histories of prospective students — all an offshoot of broader efforts in Virginia and across the country.

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Council backs off intersection ordinance after torrent of public concern about its effect on those who rely on panhandling

City council members voted unanimously to table a proposed ordinance that would prohibit pedestrians from lingering in the medians at seven major intersections, after a heated public discussion that stretched Tuesday’s meeting beyond four-and-a-half hours.

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Justice planner included in proposed city budget that will get a public hearing at tonight’s council meeting

A tiny fraction of the proposed $274 million city budget amounts to a big deal for community groups that have been calling for reforms in the local criminal justice system.

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Democratic 26th District candidates both try small-donor approach — but reveal different campaign spending philosophies as they try to chase Del. Wilt.

By emphasizing small, individual donations and not seeking corporate money from power companies such as Dominion Energy, the two Democrats running for the party’s nomination in the 26th House of Delegates seat this fall are following larger trends within the party.

Hey Elderly Aunt, why do so many of us reach a point when we stop seeking out new music to enjoy?

Oh my, dear reader! Your question smacked the Elderly Aunt right upside the head.

They lived to quack another day

When I took my kids to Kline’s last week and found the duck sitting on her nest in the planter, I sensed another gritty duck story to tell. I kind of hoped, to be honest, that things would end badly. A dark, disturbing duck story on Easter weekend? No proper journalist could resist that.

After Southview fire, calls for changes to building code – and lingering resentment over a previous fire safety ordinance

The aftermath of the fire has triggered anew a disagreement between the City of Harrisonburg, state legislators and lobbyists for the apartment management industry over a city ordinance that was enacted in 2015 and, prompted several bills in the General Assembly and became the subject of a legal battle that lasted more than a year.

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