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General Assembly
4:20 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Human Trafficking Legislation Moves Forward

While not all bills to crack down on human trafficking in Virginia have survived the halfway point in the General Assembly, lawmakers believe they've made progress in battling what's now considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—growing financial crime worldwide.

They have agreed that this is not a partisan issue.  Lawmakers were able to work across both chambers and party lines to develop new guidelines to assist victims and law enforcement officials. 

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Snow Means Milk, Break & Eggs
2:52 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Got Eggs?

The winter weather had one writer asking last week, “What is it about snow that causes sudden cravings for milk and bread?”   Well, you could add eggs to that list of staples people seem to want on hand to weather a storm. 

For weeks, the case that normally holds Kroger’s organic eggs has been all but empty. Ernest Howard in charge of produce for Kroger stores in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Roanoke.

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Government & Politics
4:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

General Assembly Update

Virginia House Speaker Bill Howell and other GOP members of that chamber are characterizing the first half of the General Assembly session as a success.

Howell says many of their key initiatives have passed, and they worked well with Democrats. But when asked if the House will work with the Senate on passing Medicaid expansion, GOP leaders still say they just don't see that happening.

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Open Mic
3:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The $65 Question

Deborah Prum's Parents, Jim & Eva Mazzotta, on their honeymoon.

Valentine's Day is a celebration of romance, but even after the holiday has passed, Charlottesville writer Deborah Prum likes to muse about the people she loves, and how they got together. 
 

The last time my folks visited, our whole family swapped tales around the dining table.  Our topic?  Marriage proposals: who proposed to whom and how.

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Snow Storm Preparations
8:46 am
Wed February 12, 2014

State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

The season’s first major snow storm is well on its way and as a result, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. 

A state of emergency means that state agencies are at the ready to assist local governments, and provide a quick response wherever and whenever they are needed in the state.

State agencies include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation and the Virginia National Guard, just to name a few. It also means electric, phone and cable utility companies are standing by to assist with any and all outages.

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