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All West Virginia K-8 schools required to offer in-person classes by March 3

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Beginning March 3, all elementary and middle schools in West Virginia will be required to offer in-person classes five days per week, the state board of education decided in a vote. During the meeting, the board recommended that high......

Virginia Senate passes amended version of bill to end many mandatory minimums

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Legislation to abolish mandatory minimums for drug-related crimes and other offenses passed the Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday. The chamber passed an amended version of Senate Bill 1443, sponsored by Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke. The offenses for which......

Wright scores 26 as Georgia Tech beats No. 16 Virginia Tech

Sports Illustrated
AP News BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Moses Wright scored 17 of his 26 points in the second half, helping Georgia Tech pull away from No. 16 Virginia Tech for a 69-53 victory Tuesday night. Wright also grabbed 10 rebounds in the Yellow Jackets’ third straight win. They also posted back-to-back ACC......

Report: Virginia real estate property tax rate better than most states in the U.S.

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Few, if anyone, enjoy paying taxes, but those in Virginia might feel a little better than others with one of the nation’s smallest effective real estate property tax rates, according to a recent study. WalletHub, a personal finance website,......

Sherman, Culver lead No. 10 West Virginia over TCU 74-66

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SI – For more and to sign up click here AP News FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) West Virginia finished the road portion of its schedule strong. Taz Sherman scored 23 points, Derek Culver had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the No. 10 Mountaineers beat TCU 74-66 on Tuesday night......

Daughter grapples with politics of dad who stormed Capitol

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here More than 200 people have been arrested in the seven weeks since the Capitol riot. But little is still known about them as individuals and how exactly they were radicalized. Ben Tracy talks to a Virginia woman struggling with......

U.S. arrests wife of Mexico cartel chief El Chapo on drug charges

Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the imprisoned former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested on Monday over her alleged involvement in international drug trafficking, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Emma Coronel Aispuro, 31, a regular attendee at her husband’s trial two years......

The Virginia G.O.P. Voted on Its Future. The Losers Reject the Results.

New York Times
“To be four months away from the nomination and not have a process is terribly embarrassing and shows an unwillingness to compromise for the good of the party,” said former Gov. Bob McDonnell, the last Virginia Republican to win a statewide election. “Every passing day hurts whoever our eventual nominee......

Virginia governor candidate builds supporter list off Limbaugh’s death

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Youngkin wrote: “I hope you will join my wife and me in extending our deepest sympathies and thoughtful prayers to Rush Limbaugh’s family and friends,” before adding that “you can co-sign our sympathy card here.” Online donations are increasingly powerful......

West Virginia bill would limit governor’s emergency spending authority

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here West Virginia legislation that would limit the governor’s spending authority during a state of emergency is making its way through the General Assembly. House Bill 2014, sponsored by Del. Shannon Kimes, R-Wood, seeks to establish legislative oversight of emergency......

Major union that backed Biden in 2020 endorses Foy in Virginia governors race

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Julia Manchester Virginia gubernatorial candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy won the support of a major transit union that backed President BidenJoe BidenBiden balks at K student loan forgiveness plan Biden offers to help woman in obtaining vaccine for son with......

No. 16 Florida St routs No. 7 Virginia 81-60 in ACC showdown

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SI – For more and to sign up click here AP News TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) M.J. Walker scored 17 points and No. 16 Florida State built a big first-half lead, beating No. 7 Virginia 81-60 on Monday night in a showdown between the top two teams in the Atlantic Coast......

Valentine’s Day will see more snow, ice and rain across much of U.S.

Reuters
(Reuters) – Snow, ice and teeth-chattering temperatures will sock much of the United States on Valentine’s Day through early next week, with more than 100 million Americans under winter-related watches and warnings coast to coast. The shivering weather is blasting from Portland, Oregon, across the U.S. Plains, dipping through Texas......

Virginia House committee advances substitute marijuana bill, intends conference committee

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Virginia House lawmakers advanced Senate legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, but amended the legislation to conform to the House version—the Senate is expected to do the same and eventually send the bill to a conference committee comprised of lawmakers......

No. 7 Texas Tech gets second chance at No. 14 West Virginia

Sports Illustrated
Texas Tech has reason to be proud of its modest two-game win streak in Big 12 Conference play, since a close-call loss at West Virginia on Jan. 25. The teams meet again Tuesday and for the Red Raiders to extend that streak to three certainly would taste a little sweeter......

Virginia House, Senate pass marijuana legalization, end most mandatory minimums

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly passed bills that would legalize the recreational sale and use of marijuana and end most of the state’s mandatory minimum sentence requirements. House Bill 2312 and Senate Bill 1406, would both legalize......

Virginia House, Senate at odds on tax break for small businesses

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Virginia businesses would see a tax break on expenses under a substitute version of a bill that passed the House of Delegates on Friday, but that break is smaller than the one that passed the Senate on Thursday. House......

No. 16 Virginia Tech escapes with overtime win at Miami

Sports Illustrated
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Nahiem Alleyne hit a go-ahead jumper with 25 seconds remaining in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech defeated Miami 80-76 on Saturday afternoon. Hunter Cattoor’s two free throws with four seconds left secured the win for the Hokies (14-4, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Justyn Mutts scored......

Rural areas still waiting for vaccines:

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here The heart of Appalachia beats with the help of nurse practitioner Teresa Owens Tyson. She runs the Health Wagon in Wise, Virginia, a mobile medical clinic providing free crucial healthcare to low-income and underserved people in southwest Virginia. “They......

2021 College Basketball Conference Odds and Futures Update – Virginia Tech and Oklahoma to the Moon!

Sports Illustrated
Since the last month or so, there has been no real movement at the top of the betting board as Gonzaga, Baylor, Villanova and Michigan continue to lead the pack. Virginia Tech and Oklahoma are the two biggest movers from last week as each school saw their overall Championship odds......

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