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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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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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Do election officials have the equipment they need to prevent voters waiting in line for hours on end? One Virginia congressman says no, and he has a plan to fix it. But as Michael Pope reports, that plan may be headed for the same gridlock that confronts other changes to voting systems.

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The country’s newest attorney general visited Virginia today. Jeff Sessions was in Richmond speaking with police about violent crime. While murder rates reached an all time low in the state’s capitol a couple years ago, homicides spiked last year. 

Medicare, which covers medical services  for older Americans, spends nearly a third of its budget on people in their final year of life, and more than half of that money goes for people who die within two months.  The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing thinks part of the problem is our discomfort with death – an insistence that hospitals do everything possible to keep loved ones alive.  Sandy Hausman reports on what the school is doing to change public perceptions.

Shakespeare's Sister Takes a Bow at the Blackfriars

Mar 15, 2017
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In this time of mounting hostility toward immigrants, economic uncertainty and massive women’s marches, a surprising new play premiered at the American Shakespeare Center’s theater in Staunton.

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Another group is stepping up to comment on the plan Republicans have proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act.  Sandy Hausman reports that the association representing more than a hundred Virginia hospitals is concerned and has its members on Capitol Hill expressing reservations.

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Virginia’s governor is expected to sign a handful of marijuana related bills that survived this year’s General Assembly. Mallory Noe-Payne has a look at what might change.

Is the Department of Homeland Security in danger of waste, fraud and abuse? One Virginia congressman says it is, and he has a plan to do something about it.

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Since the election, there’s been lots of talk about fake news – damaging stories made up and spread online.  There’s no easy way to counteract these bogus tales, but as Sandy Hausman reports, the University of Virginia is exploring options.

A Sister's Final Gift Provides a New View of Lincoln

Mar 13, 2017

Two years ago, a 64-year-old woman was killed when a car speeding along Richmond’s Grove Avenue crashed into her silver sports car.  Historian Elizabeth Pryor was known for books about Robert E. Lee and Clara Barton – works she published before and after a 20-year career with the foreign service.  Shortly before her death she had finished another book, seven years in the making. 

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