Virginia’s combined sales tax holiday to begin Friday

State-NewsNEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) _ Virginians will get a three-day break on sales taxes on a variety of items, beginning Friday. Legislation passed earlier this year combined Virginia’s back-to-school, hurricane preparedness and Energy Star items sales tax holidays into one weekend. The combined tax holiday runs through Sunday. Items exempt from the tax include certain school supplies, portable generators and Energy Star and WaterSense products.

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Hollins professor headed to Middle East

Ed Lynch  HollinsA Hollins University professor travels to the Middle East later this month. WFIR’s Bob Clark with the details……

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North Cross will teach China students

North Cross SchoolNorth Cross School in Roanoke County is partnering with a high school in Shanghai China to offer 50 students there an American-style education beginning this fall … WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story:

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Judge: Virginia can ban future Confederate license plates

Virginia SCV License PlateDANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A federal judge says Virginia can ban the Confederate flag from any specialty license plates the state issues in the future but made no decision on existing tags. U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser said after a hearing Friday that he will set aside a 2001 injunction that allowed the image of the Confederate flag on vanity plates honoring the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He did not rule on whether the state can revoke the approximately 1,600 Confederate flag plates already issued. That matter will be addressed in an official order to be filed later. The Virginia attorney general’s office asked Kiser to dissolve the injunction after Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in June that he would move to have the plates phased out. The Sons of Confederate Veterans opposed the move.

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