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.
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.
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.
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.
After a ten-year effort, Hollins University now joins George Mason, James Madison, and Radford Universities to share in the distinction of being an “All-Steinway School.” Hollins now has 25 of the coveted Steinway pianos, after today’s delivery of five grand and two upright pianos.