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Wilt, Copeland and Finnegan give JMU students a preview of their 26th District campaigns

In a sneak peek of the 26th District state delegate race, Republican incumbent Tony Wilt and the two Democrats competing for the right to challenge Wilt all road-tested their distinct approaches on Thursday, even if the trio largely avoided debating each other over the issues.

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Virginia’s Green New Deal can be built on common ground between people of all political stripes, activists say

Virginia environmental activists, in an initial effort to lay groundwork for a state-level Green New Deal, urged residents of the Shenandoah Valley to find areas of agreement among people of disparate political philosophies in order to spark policy changes necessary to halt climate change.

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Ralph Sampson helps lead full-court press to honor a longtime Hburg educator and coach

Harrisonburg High School’s gym will soon sport the name of Roger Bergey – the basketball coach, teacher, and athletic director who served the high school in various roles from 1972 to 2002.

5 questions with new school superintendent Michael Richards about his plans for ‘deeper learning’

Michael Richards, the newly-namedHarrisonburg City Public Schools superintendent, brings with him an eclectic background as an Australian-born, Virginia-raised scholar, teacher and administrator who starts the new job May 1.

Tree planting marks 150th anniversary of Newtown Cemetery

On Saturday, a tree-planting ceremony marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Newtown Cemetery. Nearly 1,000 people are buried at the property, purchased in 1869 by a group of trustees wanting to establish a cemetery open to “all persons of color.”

Alison Parker’s father pushes back against conspiracy theorists, trolls and big internet companies

More than three years after his daughter Alison’s murder on live television, Andy Parker says he’s still forced to re-live the trauma again and again.

“The horrific way that Alison died captured the world’s attention,” Parker said Thursday during a speech at Memorial Hall at JMU, where Alison Parker graduated in 2014.

Jail population swells much faster than recent predictions, creating more questions than answers

The number of people sent to jail has outpaced a 2014 forecast. The local jail population peaked well over 600 last year, seven years earlier than predicted in the 2014 community-based corrections plan. And no one can agree on why.

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