The speaker at this year's ceremony for new citizens at Monticello was rock star and local hero Dave Matthews. In an exclusive interview, he told WVTF's Sandy Hausman that he came to this country from South Africa as a kid, but was happy to become a citizen himself in 1980.
Nearly two dozen new or "tweaked" public safety laws are now in effect as of Monday. Many, such as a two-year moratorium on the use of drones in the Commonwealth, may go unnoticed. In Part 4 of our series, lawmakers say that if they improve the quality of life for just one person, they’re well worth the debate, financial commitment, and paper they're printed on.
Virginia’s next election is less than 150 days away, so pollsters in Central Virginia were surprised by their latest findings. But, the winner of the governor’s race is neither Terry McAuliffe nor Ken Cuccinelli.
When Tom Guterbock, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Survey Research, looked at the results of 900 phone calls to people in Albemarle and four surrounding counties, he was surprised. This area does tend to vote blue, but the Democratic nominee did not come out on top.
Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.
Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.
Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.
Now that the state’s new transportation package is in effect, a State Senator from Northern Virginia is vowing to repeal one controversial part – a fee for hybrid vehicles.
Adam Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, says it’s illogical and unfair to tax hybrid technology – forcing owners to pay $64 a year.
“Y’know we have people who are paying more for their vehicles and paying higher personal property taxes to do the right thing for the environment, and they shouldn’t be taxed just for doing the right thing.”