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Economics & Economy
9:29 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Virginia Lawmakers Weigh in on Budget Woes

Officials in Virginia are bracing for the impact of the federal budget cuts that start trickling down. Lawmakers in the commonwealth disagree about what should be done with the sequestration.

So now they’re dealing with the fallout: cuts to education, housing, healthcare, conservation programs – the list is seemingly endless. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says many federal workers and contractors in the commonwealth will feel those cuts directly.

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Government & Politics
5:10 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

VA Sen. Mark Obenshain's Legislation

Mark Obenshain

Some of the laws that passed during this year's General Assembly session did so with little fanfare. Others gained lots of attention initially but received little follow-up—and one lawmaker sponsored two such bills.  While you may not hear much about them now, they're likely to become hot topics in the near future since that lawmaker is running for higher office.

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Business & Industry
12:47 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Rural Food Deserts

You would think that in a place like Southwestern Virginia, more people would have access to nutritious, locally grown food.  But food deserts are not just an urban problem, they exist here as well.  

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Health & Medicine
12:33 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Trends at the Table

Two new surveys from the Centers for Disease Control suggest some progress in improving the way Americans eat, but experts are not ready to celebrate yet.

“If you were in the like the 20-39-year-old age group, you were more likely to consume fast food.”

John Sirard is a professor at the University of Virginia, specializing in exercise and its impact on the body.  He says African-Americans also tended to consume more fast food than white or Hispanic adults.  Looking at children, the CDC found overall consumption of calories down, but childhood obesity was up three percent.

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Government & Politics
11:38 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Sen. Tim Kaine Takes the Floor

Virginia’s newest U-S senator, Tim Kaine, delivered his maiden speech on the Senate floor this week. His first address to his colleagues came much earlier than expected.

The Senate floor is viewed by many as a sacred space. That’s why most freshmen lawmakers wait months before addressing their peers in the austere chamber. But with billions of dollars in budget cuts slated to rip through his state on Friday, Senator Kaine broke unwritten Senate protocol and spoke on the floor before even finishing his second month in office.

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