Impeachment Witness: Trump Asked Diplomat About Ukraine Investigations

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET A State Department staffer overheard President Trump asking a top diplomat about "investigations" that he wanted Ukraine to pursue that he believed might help him in the 2020 election, another senior diplomat told Congress on Wednesday. The detail about the overheard phone conversation was one of a small number of new details to emerge from Democrats' first open hearing in their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Mostly, the five hour hearing emphasized aspects...

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Wetlands go by many names -- marshes, bogs, swamps and bayous, but whatever they’re called, the fact is they’re disappearing here in Virginia.  More than half have been drained and developed since the first settlers arrived.  But now, some communities are reversing that trend.  Virginia Public Radio's Sandy Hausman has the story.

The proposed Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines are slated to carry natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia, and in the case of the Atlantic Coast pipeline, on into North Carolina.  Even as construction has been halted or limited by legal challenges, opposition to those projects remains strong among some residents.  WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi reports.

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The Smith House Galleries in Harrisonburg, with the Support of Arts Council of the Valley, emphasizes its connection to the community with a space that highlights art from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

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Virginia Democrats are taking full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades.  Democrats won majorities in both the state House and Senate in Tuesday’s legislative election.

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Dr. Gail Christopher is an award winning social change agent and former Senior Advisor and Vice President of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. 

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Voters across the Commonwealth were out at the polls today, casting their ballots for the state legislature and local offices.  WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi filed reports from two Harrisonburg-area districts, one in the city, one in Rockingham County.  And WMRA's Kimberlea Daggy talked with some voters at the precinct where she votes in Augusta County.

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Sixty years ago, a Piedmont airliner crashed into Bucks Elbow Mountain near Crozet, killing 26 of the 27 people on board. Yesterday, one of the plane’s landing gear wheels was returned to rest at the crash site. WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi reports.

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A statewide study recently found that 40 percent of Virginia’s 5-year-olds were not ready for kindergarten.  Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, and First Lady Pamela Northam, a teacher, knew some of those kids would fall behind in school and never catch up.  That’s one reason why the state hired a chief school readiness officer and launched a 10-million dollar program to study and fix the problem.  Virginia Public Radio’s Sandy Hausman reports.

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Virginia’s Kid Pan Alley is on a mission to empower children to create their own music.  The group works with children to give kids an opportunity to work together to write their own song – both music and lyrics.

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In September, 14 Warren County employees and administrators were indicted by a Warren County special grand jury, as investigations continue into the embezzlement scandal that has rocked the small town of Front Royal.  Among those indicted were all five members of the Warren County Board of Supervisors.  In response, local citizens filed a petition for the removal of those supervisors last week.  WMRA’s Randi B. Hagi reports.

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More than 100 fires are raging in eastern Australia, and thousands of firefighters are battling the blazes amid brutally dry conditions that will likely get worse in the coming months.

As of early Thursday morning, there were nearly 70 fires burning in New South Wales – the most populous state in Australia – and more than 70 in neighboring Queensland.

Evo Morales may be out of the country, but he's not out of the picture.

With Missouri potentially on the verge of becoming the only state without a clinic that performs abortions, Democrats in Congress are holding a hearing Thursday to look into the regulation of clinics by state officials.

Suriya Paprajong remembers the day he first set eyes on Greenland. It was the middle of winter in 2001 and he had just gotten off a long plane ride from his homeland, Thailand, where the temperature was 104 degrees Farenheit. The temperature in Greenland was -43 degrees. Paprajong didn't have a coat.

"It's very hard when we come to ... Greenland," he recalls. "It's a lot of snow. The body, it's like a shock."

After nearly three years away from the game, Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who became a lightning rod for taking a knee to protest social injustice during the national anthem, is one step closer to being back in the NFL.

Kapernick, a once-electrifying player who has a Super Bowl appearance on his resume, got notice from the NFL on Tuesday that a private workout has been arranged for him on Saturday in Atlanta.

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