Government & Politics

Government & Politics
3:30 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

New July Laws: Education

More bills that have become state law as of July 1st include a series of changes in education policies that were key parts of the Governor's legislative agenda during this year's General Assembly session.

While the reforms were initially met with mixed reviews, many past and present education leaders on both sides of the political aisle now say that without them, some students could fall behind.

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Annual Swearing-In Ceremony
7:55 am
Fri July 5, 2013

New American Citizens

Monticello

Seventy nine people from 38 countries became U.S. citizens today, during the annual swearing in at the home of Thomas Jefferson.  The event drew more than 3,000 people – in part because the featured speaker was a Grammy-winning rock star.

It was an exciting day for people who had waited years to become citizens, with some extra sparkle thanks to rock star and speaker Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa and became a citizen in 1980. 

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A Celebration of Citizenship
7:40 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Dave Matthews Talks with WVTF's Sandy Hausman

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. 

More information available at Monticello.org

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New Laws Take Effect
7:16 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Virginia's Newest Public Safety Laws

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.

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Surprising Survey Results
6:34 am
Wed July 3, 2013

VA's Next Governor: "Mr. Don't Know"

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.

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