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Federal Interest Rate on Loans
5:32 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

College Students & Loan Debt

On average, college graduates rack up more than $26,000 in student loan debt by the time they’re out of school, and if Congress fails to act, the federal interest rate on those loans will double July 1st.

To try and get their message across to lawmakers, Virginia Young Democrats and student leaders from Old Dominion University and George Mason University are asking Congressmen Frank Wolf and Scott Rigell to stop the rate hike from happening. 

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Genetic Testing
5:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

At High Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled companies cannot patent human genes, it may be cheaper to have a genetic test that identifies women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, but the test is not appropriate for most women and might provide a false sense of security. 

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Meeting Policy Goals
4:31 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Reviewing Tax Breaks

A panel of state lawmakers has begun a serious review of Virginia’s tax credits, exemptions, deductions, and similar “preferences.” 

The evaluation comes after the Joint Audit and Legislative Review Commission found that the tax breaks did not always perform as intended, were often inefficient, and cost the state billions of dollars in revenues.

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A Monticello Tradition
2:24 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Independence Day Naturalization Ceremony

July 4, 1947 President Truman Speaks at Monticello
Credit Monticello

It’s an annual Independence Day tradition at Monticello—and this year marks the 51st Naturalization Ceremony in Charlottesville.

80 people from 38 countries will become U-S citizens at the event.

Musician Dave Matthews, who heads the Dave Matthews band, will be a featured speaker at the event.  Born in South Africa in 1967, he became a naturalized American citizen in 1980.

The Independence Day Ceremony at Monticello, presided over by the Western District Court of Virginia, is the oldest continuous naturalization ceremony outside of a courtroom in the country.

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Government & Politics
1:20 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Division Over Medicaid Overhaul

The General Assembly panel tasked with deciding whether Virginia should expand its Medicaid program or not held its first meeting–in a room packed with expansion opponents, many representing groups such as Americans for Prosperity.

The Senators and Delegates wasted no time getting up to speed on the complex facts about how the program currently operates.

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