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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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.

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Mar 21, 2017
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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.

UVA Law Creates the Neil Gorsuch Project

Mar 19, 2017
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Hearings begin today on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, and the University of Virginia is doing its part to inform lawmakers and the public as Sandy Hausman reports.

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The year 1984 has come and gone, but what if George Orwell’s “Thought Police,” featured in that classic novel, are about to arrive?  A new study suggests that for the first time, it’s possible to determine what people are thinking, using MRI brain imaging technology. Robbie Harris has more . 

Trump Proposes Cutting EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program

Mar 16, 2017
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President Trump's budget blueprint to “Make American Great Again” would cut EPA funding for the Chesapeake Bay by $73 million, ultimately killing federal programs to eliminate pollution that’s been plan plaguing the bay for decades. 

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