INTERACTIVE: Could hemp join tobacco as big cash crop in Virginia?

PHOTOS: Farms feed food banks to fight hunger

May 13, 2019 Capital News Service

In the past, food banks relied on nonperishable donations from supermarkets and other businesses. Today, many of the contributions are not rejects from retail but fresh-picked from local farms. The farm-to-food-bank movement is helping fight hunger in Virginia, where 10% of the population is “food insecure” — without reliable access to healthy food options.

Hate crimes in Virginia were up nearly 50% year over year, State Police data shows

May 1, 2019 Capital News Service

Hate crimes in Virginia rose nearly 50 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the most recent report from the Virginia State Police. That surge, along with the neo-Nazi rally that left a counterprotester dead in Charlottesville, prompted state Attorney General Mark Herring to propose legislation to address the problem. However, all of the bills died in this year’s General Assembly.

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