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Virginia Public Access Project
9:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

VaNews for 04.22.13

Times have changed at one of Virginia’s oldest political events and the academic background of a Richmond school board member is under scrutiny.

Those were two of the most frequently read newspaper stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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

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Lawmakers React
9:24 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Gun Control Defeat

Virginia’s senators say they aren’t giving up on efforts to pass stricter federal gun laws even as they were dealt a major setback last week.

After the amendment to put in place near universal background checks failed last week… families from Newton, Connecticut huddled together…hugging each other as tears streamed down their faces. Erica Lafferty’s mom is Dawn Hochsprung- the principal who was gunned down protecting her students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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University of Virginia
12:37 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Issues of Tuition & Living Wage Converge

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.

The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8%  or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states. 

The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.

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Arts & Culture
11:50 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Mountain Lake Lodge

Credit Mountain Lake Lodge

The historic, Giles County resort known as the Mountain Lake Hotel, will soon re-open as the new Mountain Lake Lodge. 

A multi-million dollar renovation of the property and the lake, which had all but disappeared, are underway. A new restaurant and a host of new activities will mark the next chapter in the story of the  famous mountain resort.

Robbie Harris reports on a new chapter in the storied history of this mountain retreat.
 

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Effects of Sequestration
4:22 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The Future of Public Housing

The Chair of the Virginia Housing Commission says the future of public housing will be the panel’s primary focus for this year, as thousands of the Commonwealth’s children, families, and veterans could be homeless within months—as a result of sequestration.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones says federal sequestration has resulted in 5% reductions in nearly all of HUD's programs—and that translates to the non-renewal of homeless assistance grants and vouchers to more than 125,000 individuals:
 

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