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After buyouts and the coming move of The Virginian-Pilot, concerns grow about the biggest newsroom in South Hampton Roads — and local news itself

Ed. — This originally ran in the Friday, Feb. 28, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — One of the journalists covering Virginia Beach for The Virginian-Pilot, the leading media organization in the region, is Peter Coutu, 24. He started… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Restore local ownership to save The Virginian-Pilot

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The coming move of The Virginian-Pilot’s newsroom from South Hampton Roads to the Peninsula is a culmination of events that reflect not only technological change but how journalism is devalued in our divisive digital culture.… Continue Reading

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Knight wins in 81st Virginia House District, unofficial returns show, though Myers campaign says it will await review of numbers

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Del. Barry Knight, a Republican, won reelection in the 81st House District on Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to unofficial returns reported this morning by the state elections department. Knight, a farmer from Back Bay, defeated… Continue Reading

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The Princess Anne Independent News 2019 Complete Election Guide

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Click on the links below to read questions for each respective race. Virginia Senate 7th Virginia Senate District 8th Virginia Senate District 14th Virginia Senate District Virginia House of Delegates 21st Virginia House District 81st Virginia House… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for the 14th Virginia Senate District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for 14th District of the Virginia Senate in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally are not… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for the 81st Virginia House District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for 81st District of the Virginia House of Delegates in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series generally… Continue Reading

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Battle of the Bravest at Harbor Park helps Muscular Dystrophy Association

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — Softball teams from four Hampton Roads fire departments took the field at Harbor Park on Saturday, June 29, for this year’s Battle of the Bravest, a competition that embodies the long connection between fire fighters and… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: The rules are there— and those serving districts should be, too

BY J.R. HOEFT Virginia Beach, from my lofty perch in Chesapeake, sometimes does act confounding. It is a simple principle – and profoundly and intrinsically American – that you live in the district you desire to represent.  And you follow… Continue Reading

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Letter: The agricultural reserve program is an established planning tool and a net benefit for Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: The agricultural reserve program, or ARP, is Virginia Beach’s best idea. It is a mistake to cast this program aside with so little transparency and discussion by reducing it to dollars and cents within the budget.  The ARP… Continue Reading