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It may not have a cantina, but this Virginia spaceport is firing up its local economy

Jul 13, 2023
Last year, the world set a Space Age record by launching more than 180 rockets into orbit. And every launch pumps money into local coffers.
The control room in NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. About 2,000 people work at the center.
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After the fanfare, Amazon's HQ2 slowly gets going in Virginia

Sep 30, 2019
A "Career Day" draws thousands, but Arlington residents are learning the 25,000 promised jobs will be filled over 10 to 12 years.
Thousands of people attend Amazon's Career Day in Crystal City, part of Arlington, Virginia.
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Opioids made it impossible to run his family business, so he became an undercover cop

Apr 3, 2019
Bucky Culbertson's career has followed the booms and busts of Wise County, up to his current job fighting the opioid epidemic.
Bucky Culbertson in his office, January 2019.
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In Virginia, a new coalition tries to tackle the high eviction rate

Jan 2, 2019
One in 10 renters in Richmond, Virginia lose their homes to eviction every year
The Richmond skyline is viewed from across the James River on July 23, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.
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The other side of an Amazon deal

Dec 19, 2018
While companies like Amazon get tax breaks and other perks to set up operations, local communities are pushing their own agendas as well.
A tarp drapes 1851 S. Bell Street, one of the office buildings left empty after the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia lost tens of thousands of workers due to government budget cuts and military relocations.
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Amazon's HQ2 may be “the best thing that didn't happen”

Nov 13, 2018
What cities learn from competing can be a win.

Candidates weigh last-minute spending decisions before midterms

Nov 2, 2018
Campaigns entered the final stretch with record amounts of cash, but must strike a delicate balance of how much to spend in order to win.
U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke talks to supporters during a campaign rally at Harvest Run Park November 2, 2018 in Carrollton, Texas. 
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Running for office? Perfect the art of the ask

Sep 25, 2018
It takes money to run a campaign and first-time candidates have to learn how to ask for it.
Campaign stickers, buttons and other materials for first-time Democratic congressional candidate Vangie Williams. Williams is a first-time candidate running in Virginia's first congressional district. One of the many things first-time candidates have to learn is how to ask for money.
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Courting foreign investors in the age of Trump

Jun 18, 2018
At this week's annual SelectUSA Summit, cities and towns will try to convince foreign investors that the U.S. is still a good place to put their money.
President Donald Trump's trade policies could make it harder for some cities to attract foreign investors.
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In Virginia, the theft of an iPhone can result in a felony charge for life

Mar 15, 2018
Virginia’s felony threshold for property theft is tied with New Jersey for the lowest in the nation at $200. There’s bipartisan support to raise it to $500 this year, but that’s still far below the threshold for most states.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam recently struck a bipartisan deal to raise the state’s felony larceny threshold in exchange for restitution reform.
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