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8:33 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bipartisan Efforts to Conserve Virginia Land

Credit www.deq.state.va.us

There’s a good deal of disagreement in Richmond these days, but one cause - preserving open space -- seems to enjoy bi-partisan support, and members of the public are also signing on.  

Last year, Virginia landowners agreed to put 57,000 acres into conservation, so they’ll will never be developed. 

There are now 750,000 protected acres statewide, and Rex Linville, of the Piedmont Environmental Council, says one reason is the provision of tax credits to those who sign up.

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Proposing Audit
4:23 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

GOP Studies Medicaid

House of Delegates GOP leaders have announced that they will not vote to expand Medicaid—if at all—until after a comprehensive, outside audit of the state’s program is conducted. 

They say they want to find out why Medicaid has become the most expensive item in the General Fund budget … and why 30 percent of the Commonwealth’s healthcare spending goes to waste, fraud, and inefficiencies.  They believe it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find out what’s wrong with Medicaid and fix what’s broken.

 

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Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
4:07 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Jefferson Center Scores Grammy Win

Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway at the Grammy's.

This year’s Grammy awards made for a big win for Roanoke’s Jefferson Center and students of the Music Lab there.  

Lalah Hathaway and the jazz group Snarky Puppy won best R&B Performance, for their song Something--  featured on Snarky Puppy’s new album called Family Dinner Volume One.  It was part of a project that the Jefferson Center recorded, produced and filmed last year on the Shaftman Performance Hall Stage.

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GOP Says Repeal, Defund or Delay
10:42 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Health Exchange Needs Millenials

New enrollment data on the number of Virginians signing up on the federal health exchange is raising concerns the Affordable Care Act is unworkable – and the concerns aren’t just coming from Republicans.

More than 40,000 Virginians signed up for health insurance on the federal exchange last month. Only 27% of those were young adults – the group needed to fund the new system.

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Same-Sex Marriage Ban
7:57 am
Mon January 27, 2014

VA Republicans Turn to McAuliffe for Help

Numerous state Republicans are turning to Governor Terry McAuliffe for help in defending Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.

The request follows last week’s decision by Attorney General Mark Herring, not to defend the constitutional amendment, that makes same sex marriages illegal in the state.

32 delegates, including one Democrat, drafted and signed the letter delivered to McAuliffe’s office last Friday, although according to the Washington Post, the governor was not in his office and has yet to read the letter.

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