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Governor McAuliffe Rails on Trump Budget, Calls Chesapeake Bay Cuts the 'Dumbest'

Virginia’s lawmakers will be in Richmond next week to put the final touches on the state’s budget. As Mallory Noe-Payne reports, there are some last minute disagreements on money between Republicans and Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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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

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. 


This year all of Virginia’s state lawmakers are up for re-election. And those House of Delegates races don’t always get the kind of publicity as higher profile elections. But, as Michael Pope reports, this year might be different.

Students Challenge Garrett to Go Big

Mar 15, 2017
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There’s a new chapter, today, in the on-going saga of Republican Congressman Tom Garrett, who cancelled his March 13th  meeting with constituents in Charlottesville.  Later, Garrett said he would talk to folks at his office, but when they showed up, he was in Nelson County.  Now, he’s committed to a town-hall style meeting on March 31st, but as Sandy Hausman reports, there are problems on the horizon.


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