Hexavalent chromium pollution linked to coal ash disposal

February 3, 2011 - An independent report identifies 28 coal ash dump sites from Massachusetts to Nevada where hexavalent chromium has been detected in the groundwater at levels exceeding federal or state standards. Hexavalent chromium is one toxic waste product created by coal-fired power plants known to contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy metals, combustion byproducts and radioactive elements.

Election 2008: Southern swing state update

September 5, 2008 - With Sen. John McCain's speech a wrap, the eight-week battle for the presidency is underway. Here's an update on what Southern states might be in play. The polls all show that, in the South, it's down to three states: Florida, North Carolina and most importantly, Virginia. A quick look at the situation in each state:

Meet Virginia Delegate David Englin

April 24, 2006 - Pam Spaulding at Pam's House Blend has an exclusive interview with freshman Virginia state delegate David Englin, who -- in his first major act in the state legislature -- stood to oppose an ammendment against gay marriage and civil unions.

Hampton students are free

December 6, 2005 - We reported last week on Hampton University (Virginia), a historically black college where students were rounded up by police and faced expulsion for holding a peaceful demonstration.

Dirty tricks in Virginia

November 6, 2005 - We're two days out from the Virginia gubernatorial election, and Jerry Kilgore, GOP candidate for governor, has sent out a mass mailing -- to Democrats. It informs them that independent (and former Republican) candidate Russ Potts (as opposed to Democrat Tim Kaine) better fits the "progressive principles" of "Democrat and progressive" voters. The fact that the mailer is "Paid for and Authorized by Virginians for Jerry Kilgore," appears in very, very small type. See high-res pics here.

More on the Lynching Apology

June 14, 2005 - See The Carpetbagger Report on the anti-lynching resolution's chief Republican sponsor, George Allen (R-VA), who "started his career by keeping a Confederate flag and a noose in his law office." He has also called the NAACP an "extremist group" and, as governor of Virginia, issued a Confederate History