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The Quinnipiac Poll
8:14 am
Thu July 18, 2013

A Look at McDonnell's Latest Approval Ratings

Credit politico.com

Despite the sources and their political leanings, pollsters are finding that the Star Scientific scandal is taking a toll on Governor McDonnell's approval ratings.  A new Quinnipiac poll today also finds that overall, most Virginians still like their governor.  
 

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Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Wild Goose Church

A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation.

It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County.
 







 

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Government & Politics
2:51 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Roanoke College Releases the Latest Gubernatorial Poll Numbers

The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College is out with its latest poll on the gubernatorial election.  Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe 37 to 31 percent but Institute Director Harry Wilson says more than a quarter of registered voters haven't decided who to vote for in November.  The poll interviewed 525 registered Virginia voters between July 8th and the 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.

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Education
6:24 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Virginia Tuition Costs Under Scrutiny

The General Assembly’s watchdog agency says many of the factors driving up the cost of university tuition and fees are NOT directly related to instruction.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has been examining higher education costs to determine the operational efficiency of the Commonwealth’s 15 four-year institutions-and whether ways can be found to reduce expenses.  JLARC found that the soaring tuition increases have exceeded inflation.


 

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U.S. Energy Policy
4:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

VA Lawmakers Weigh in on Climate Change

President Obama is vowing to attempt to combat climate change from the Oval Office, which Virginia Republicans say will cost jobs in the state while also hiking energy prices.

Climate change wasn't really a part of the 2012 election, so the president surprised many when he promised to deal with global warming in his second inaugural address. Now he's coming out swinging again...charging Republicans with being deaf to the scientific community.

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