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12:35 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Being Distracted While Walking

Virginia lawmakers may have just approved a measure to crack down on distracted driving, but the Commonwealth has another problem with preoccupied residents in the form of distracted pedestrians.

While this challenge has not garnered the attention of texting while driving, more Virginians are dying because of mobile devices and a lack of awareness. 

In 2011, Virginia had 75 pedestrian fatalities. A year later, the number rose significantly to 101.

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Education Reform
4:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor's School Takeover Amendments Rejected

The House has shot down one of Governor McDonnell's budget amendments during the General Assembly’s Reconvened Session. 

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Troop Talent Act
11:30 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Sen. Kaine's First Bill is for Veterans

The skills that veterans acquire in the military could be aligned with formal credentials for civilian jobs under the first bill that Senator Tim Kaine has introduced in the U.S. Senate. 

He unveiled his legislation at the American Legion Headquarters in Richmond yesterday.  He said that as of February this year, the unemployment rate among “Gulf War 2” veterans was 9.5%—up from 7.6% since early last year. 

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Government & Politics
5:32 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Restructuring Virginia's Tax System

In the last 20 years, Virginia’s manufacturing sector has declined by 46%. 

Given the fierce competition worldwide to attract businesses, state lawmakers are examining whether it makes sense to restructure the Commonwealth’s state and local tax system to remove financial hurdles to doing business here.  

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Government & Politics
5:18 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

VaNews for 04.02.13

The Virginia General Assembly is losing another of its longest serving members and a single word added to a piece of legislation has made a complicated new law even more complicated.

Those stories were among the most clicked during the last week on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.


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

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