Government & Politics

Government & Politics
12:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Being Distracted While Walking

Virginia lawmakers may have just approved a measure to crack down on distracted driving, but the Commonwealth has another problem with preoccupied residents in the form of distracted pedestrians.

While this challenge has not garnered the attention of texting while driving, more Virginians are dying because of mobile devices and a lack of awareness. 

In 2011, Virginia had 75 pedestrian fatalities. A year later, the number rose significantly to 101.

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Troop Talent Act
11:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Kaine's First Bill is for Veterans

The skills that veterans acquire in the military could be aligned with formal credentials for civilian jobs under the first bill that Senator Tim Kaine has introduced in the U.S. Senate. 

He unveiled his legislation at the American Legion Headquarters in Richmond yesterday.  He said that as of February this year, the unemployment rate among “Gulf War 2” veterans was 9.5%—up from 7.6% since early last year. 

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Government & Politics
5:18 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

VaNews for 04.02.13

The Virginia General Assembly is losing another of its longest serving members and a single word added to a piece of legislation has made a complicated new law even more complicated.

Those stories were among the most clicked during the last week on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.


VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.
 

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Federal Insurance Exchange
9:59 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Governor Seeks to Ban Abortion Coverage

State lawmakers are again taking sides in the battle over abortion. 

Governor McDonnell is now asking legislators to impose a limit on insurance policies to be sold here through a federal exchange – a place where Virginians who don’t have coverage through work or school can buy it.

In 2014, Virginians will be able to buy health insurance through a federally run exchange.  Some consumers will be eligible for tax breaks to help cover the cost of a policy, and for that reason organizations like the Family Foundation want to exclude abortion from coverage.  

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Star Scientific
9:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Suit Raises Conflict of Interest Questions

The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating a Richmond area company that makes face cream and nutritional supplements. 

It’s called Star Scientific, and a complaint was filed in federal district court alleging the firm made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose potentially illegal transactions. 

The company says it has done nothing wrong. 

Meanwhile, reporters are finding links between Star Scientific and two of Virginia’s top political leaders – Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. 

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