Where do Virginia's Lawmakers Stand on the American Healthcare Act?

To help Americans understand where Congress stands on the debate over this legislation, NPR and Member stations around the country have compiled a database of Congressional members’ positions on the bill.

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Middlemarch is considered one of the greatest English novels – an epic tale of life in a small, fictional town in the Midlands. Published as a series of eight overlapping stories, it has since been the basis for television programs, film and now an opera.  This week, Virginia hosts the east coast debut of Middlemarch in Spring.

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It’s that time of year again. Property tax bills are arriving in mailboxes across Virginia. And, as Michael Pope reports, the value of homes in Virginia is going up this year — although some more than others. 

Who Are The Appalachians?

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In a time when most Americans live in big cities, the sparsely populated places in our country have become a mystery to more people than ever before. Take the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia. Scholars recently got together at Virginia Tech to talk about what defines the area …and what does not.

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It’s been a long, strange trip for marijuana reform, once the province of liberals and Democrats. But now, as Michael Pope reports, Republicans are getting into the act.

The Hottest Ticket in Town

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Fifth District Congressman Tom Garrett is expanding the number of tickets available for his town hall at the University of Virginia on March 31st . But critics are not satisfied, and they plan an unusual protest later today. 

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It’s budget time across Virginia. That means that city councils and boards of supervisors are trying to balance the books for fiscal year 2018. And, as Michael Pope reports, many of them are struggling with the same problem.

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A state trial heard in Richmond last week may seem technical:  it was about the nitty gritty details of how Virginia’s lawmakers draw the boundaries of the districts they represent. But, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the judge’s ruling could impact the tone of politics across the country.

If the election results of 2016 were really about rejecting the political establishment, then Congress didn't get the memo. After all, 97 percent of incumbents in the U.S. House of Representatives seeking re-election won even as national polls show overwhelming disapproval of Congress.

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Virginia Republicans are proving to be a thorn in the party establishment’s side when it comes to overhauling the Affordable Care Act.  Three of the Commonwealth’s seven-member Republican delegation have already come out opposed to their party’s own health care measure, which, as Correspondent Matt Laslo explains, makes Virginia Republicans an obstacle for party leaders.

Virginia's Annual Tornado Drill Set For Tomorrow

Mar 20, 2017
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Virginia’s annual state-wide tornado drill is quickly approaching. Nick Gilmore recently got some details about the drill and filed this report.


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