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Businesses, Wintergreen Property Owners Take Stand Against Pipeline

More than 550 Nelson County property and business owners rallied together at Wintergreen Resort Monday morning for a meeting on the potential impacts of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on area jobs, tourism, and the environment. Many area business owners fear countless jobs would be lost as tourists are driven away.

Getting Young Families Interested in Golf

Some families took to the links Monday for a nice round of golf during the third annual Memorial Junior Golf Festival at the Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet.

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Trina Murphy To Run For Nelson Office

The aunt of murdered Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy announced she is running for the Nelson County Board of Supervisors for the South District Seat.

Trina Murphy made the announcement Friday on her Facebook page.

Murphy is the aunt of Alexis Murphy, who went missing in August 2013.

Randy Taylor was convicted of her murder in May 2014.

Alexis Murphy's body has not been found.

Herbal Weight Loss Plant Studied

(Metro) An edible plant commonly referred to as the "thunder god vine" may be just what scientists seeking a cure for obesity have been looking for. 

A new study published in the journal "Cell" says the traditional Chinese medicinal plant has the ability to dramatically reduce one's desire for food. 

It appears to work by making the body think it's full, even if you haven't eaten a single thing. 

In a laboratory study involving mice, researchers say it took just three weeks for those mice to lose close to half of their body weight. 

Despite the plant's apparent promise, researchers caution more studies still need to be conducted to determine how safe the "thunder god vine" really is for humans.

CENTRAL VIRGINIA SPORTS

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'Hoos Headed to Lake Elsinore Regional

The Virginia baseball team will fly cross-country for its first NCAA regional road trip in six years.

Eagles Recognize College-Bound Athletes

Quane Washington could have been a preferred walk-on with the Virginia Tech football program. But the senior at the Covenant School turned down the Hokies' offer, instead choosing to play at Coastal Carolina.

Kwiatkowski, Shane Qualify for NCAA Semifinals

Virginia men's tennis players Ryan Shane and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski are the first duo in UVa history to advance to the NCAA Singles Championship in the same year.

Prep Scoreboard - Friday, May 22

Postseason play got underway for several local high school teams Friday night. Click for conference tournament scores.

NATIONAL NEWS

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

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Afghan forces in northern city struggle to push back Taliban, allied militants

Taliban insurgents, their ranks swelled by foreign fighters pushed across the border from Pakistan, nearly surrounded this northern Afghan city last month with an offensive that stunned local authorities and raised concerns over their ability to defend the country without U.S. and foreign combat troops.

Ryanair beats forecasts again as annual profits rise 66 percent to 867 million euros

Europe's leading budget airline Ryanair has beaten forecasts again, reporting full-year net profits of 867 million euros ($949 million), 66 percent higher than the year before.

Local media: Several Kenyan police officers killed in ambush by militants in the northeast

Local media in Kenya are reporting that several Kenyan police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected Somali militants in the northeastern Garissa county, where 148 students were massacred last month.

Report: Iran summons Saudi envoy over strike near Yemen embassy

Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says the Foreign Ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia's envoy over an airstrike near Tehran's embassy in Yemen.

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