When it comes to military veterans, Virginia is number one with more vets per capita than any other state.  Because most qualify for educational benefits under the GI bill, many end up in college, but the transition isn’t always easy. 

Could Skype Become a Court Testimony Tool?

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Should court testimony happen in person? Or would a video feed work just as well? As Michael Pope tells us, lawmakers in Richmond say Skype should be coming to a courthouse near you.

Governor Vetoes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

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Virginia’s Democratic governor and lawmakers are appealing to their base - making a big show in Richmond Tuesday of vetoing legislation that would have defunded Planned Parenthood. 

TomTom to Celebrate Small Cities, Big Ideas

13 hours ago

In less than two months, the city of Charlottesville will host a festival that celebrates founders – people who come up with good ideas and turn them into thriving companies and organizations.  At a preview event, planners said they would focus on how small cities can become big players in the 21st century.

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As we approach the end of Virginia’s General Assembly, Democrats in Richmond have complained the Republican majority has used underhanded tactics to push their legislative agenda, steam rolling bills by not scheduling hearings, killing proposals in unrecorded votes. But what happened when Democrats were in control?

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Virginia’s longstanding Speaker of the House of Delegates is stepping down after 14 years. Michael Pope has the story.

Virginia Public Access Project

A new study shows Virginia's population growth has fallen to its lowest annual rate in nearly a century. And, Charlottesville is the latest city in the state to face controversy over a Confederate memorial, in this case a downtown statue of Robert E Lee. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at vpap.org.

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Virginia Republican Bob Goodlatte represents the western part of the state, and he's come under recent fire for his involvement in President Trump's controversial travel ban. Goodlatte had his staff help President Trump craft the executive order. 

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Lawmakers started the session with a resolve to do something about the problem of mental illness in Virginia jails, an effort that has urgency this year because of a tragic death that happened last year. But as Michael Pope reports, now lawmakers are saying they can’t find the money to change the system.

 

Week Five at the General Assembly: Approaching the End

Feb 17, 2017
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Each week during Virginia's General Assembly we get a quick debrief on the action from reporter Michael Pope. This week was as busy one, as this year's session nears its end. 

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