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8:27 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Legislation Barring Some Immigrant Students from In-State Tuition Defeated

Senator Dick Black

Undocumented immigrant students who’ve been granted the federal status that defers them from deportation would still be able to qualify for in-state college tuition -- thanks to the Virginia Senate's defeat of legislation that would have barred them from receiving the less expensive rates. The bill was killed by a single vote following a lengthy floor debate.  

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Common Substance Found in Plants
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

VT Researchers Devise System to Clean Japanese Power Plant

Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Credit www.wikipedia.org

Scientists may have discovered a way to clean up radioactive waste at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.  A common substance found in plant cell walls may be part of the solution.

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Not for Everyone
4:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Full Disclosure: Capped Out

Credit ATW80.com

More Americans than ever are going to college.   And more than ever are burdened with high debts and few job prospects.

In the latest installment of his Full Disclosure podcast, Richmond-based business reporter Roben Farzad talked with University of Richmond Business Professor Eric Martin,  who says  four years of college at the full sticker price is just not for everyone.    And Martin points to recent studies claiming that only 37%  of new jobs created require a four-year-degree.

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Government & Politics
7:57 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Both Sides of Gun Debate Rally in Richmond

Lines were long at the state capitol Monday as supporters of gun rights passed through security on their way to lobby lawmakers against additional restrictions.  They wore stickers that read: Guns Save Lives.  Later, supporters of gun control would arrive to press for new laws restricting purchase and possession of weapons.  

Hundreds of people came to voice support or opposition to gun control laws.  Activist and blogger David Codrea told about 200 people – some openly carrying long-guns – that Governor Terry McAuliffe should not be trusted.                 

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General Assembly
7:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Party Agendas

Delegate Kirk Cox speaks about higher education bills
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

House of Delegates Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate held dueling news conferences at the General Assembly Monday to highlight their policy agendas. The Democrats focused on bills that they say will help reign in gun violence, while the Republicans emphasized what they called “kitchen table” issues.  

Democrats propose requiring background checks of ALL buyers at gun shows and restoring the one-gun-a-month law. Senator Barbara Favola’s bill prohibits those convicted of some domestic violence misdemeanors from having guns.  

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