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Politics Feb 06Woman details sex accusation roiling Virginia politics
A California woman went public with her sexual assault accusation against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Wednesday, saying in a statement that she repressed the memory for years but came forward in part because of the possibility that Fairfax…
Nation Oct 27Bomb suspect was cash-strapped ex-stripper devoted to Trump
Cesar Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who showed little interest in politics until Donald Trump came along.
Nation Sep 22North Carolina river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump
Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters.
Nation Sep 21Dam breach at Duke plant in North Carolina, coal ash could spill
Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.
Nation Sep 20Floodwaters inundate lake at North Carolina power plant, raising alarm
Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike at the facility and inundated a large lake.
Nation Sep 17Hurricane Florence breaches manure lagoon, coal ash pit in North Carolina
North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed, spilling pollution.
Nation Sep 13After Florence, sea level rise threat will remain for North Carolina shore
The low-lying barrier islands hugging the Carolinas coast are experiencing some of the fastest rates of sea level rise in the world, nearly an inch a year.
Nation Aug 13State probe says treatment of immigrant teens not abuse
State investigators concluded the harsh treatment described by detainees at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center did not meet the state’s legal threshold of abuse or neglect, according to a copy of the findings issued Monday by the Virginia Department of…
Nation Aug 09EPA violated law by keeping harmful pesticide on the market, court says
In a split decision, the court said Thursday that Scott Pruitt, a Republican forced to resign earlier this summer amid ethics scandals, violated federal law by ignoring the conclusions of agency scientists that the pesticide chlorpyrifos is harmful.
Nation Jun 21Immigrant children allege abuse at Virginia detention center
Multiple detainees say guards at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center near Staunton, Virginia, stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads.