Virginia

1:01am

Thu June 19, 2014
Around the Nation

U.S. Plan To House Immigrant Kids In Tiny Va. Town Rattles Residents

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:15 am

St. Paul's College in Lawrenceville, Va., closed last year, but recently struck a deal to lease campus buildings to the federal government. The rent would allow the college to remain open — though not for education — and would provide funds to cut grass, staff guards, issue transcripts and allow the college to find a buyer.
Marisa Penaloza NPR

The influx of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children to the U.S. has sparked a controversy in an unlikely place far from the U.S.-Mexico border: a tiny town in southern Virginia.

The federal government had struck a deal to house some of the migrants in an empty college in Lawrenceville, in the heart of Virginia's tobacco belt. The first busload was expected as early as Thursday, but a local backlash has put the plan on hold.

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6:23am

Tue June 10, 2014
Around the Nation

How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:49 am

Rough surf pounds a fishing pier as Tropical Storm Hanna passes through Virginia Beach, Va., in 2008. Virginia is dependent on coal mining but it also faces routine flooding from rising sea levels.
Steve Helber AP

Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.

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6:03am

Tue April 22, 2014
Politics

'Ready For Hillary': Clinton's Campaign-In-Waiting

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:09 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a keynote address in San Francisco.
Ben Margot AP

In a high-rise office in Rosslyn, Va., Adam Parkhomenko is selling campaign paraphernalia for a campaign that may or may not happen.

"Bumper stickers, magnets, and then we have everything from T-shirts, we have baby onesies that we're almost out of now," says Parkhomenko.

Parkhomenko runs a group called Ready for Hillary. It's more than a Clinton fan club: It's a superPAC, a list-building superPAC.

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3:24am

Fri February 21, 2014
StoryCorps

The Lives Of Blind Brothers Changed When 'Dad' Came Knocking

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:29 am

The lives of Leo, Nick and Steven Argel (from left) changed the day Ollie Cantos knocked on their door.
StoryCorps

Leo, Nick and Steven Argel are 14-year-old triplets, and they've all been blind since birth.

Growing up in Arlington, Va., their single mother had a hard time caring for them.

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5:43am

Fri February 7, 2014
StoryCorps

Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 9:26 am

Barbara Amaya and her daughter, Bianca Belteton, at a visit to StoryCorps in Arlington, Va.
StoryCorps

It hasn't been easy for Barbara Amaya to talk about her past. She was abused at home as a child, and when she was 12 she ran away to Washington, D.C. — where she was picked up by sex traffickers and forced into prostitution.

"I fell into the hands of a woman. I was sitting in the park and she just started talking to me," Barbara tells her daughter, Bianca Belteton, on a visit to StoryCorps in Arlington, Va.

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