Crafting a Congressional Scorecard

Feb 1, 2016

All eyes were focused on Iowa this week as voters showed who they think would be the most effective president.  Here in Virginia, a couple of college professors were fine-tuning their own means of measuring productivity in the U.S. House.  Sandy Hausman reports on how they scored members of Congress, and which political leaders got top ratings. 

Nicole Lovell Case Update

Feb 1, 2016

2/3 UPDATE: The bail hearing for a Virginia Tech student charged as an accessory in the stabbing death of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell was canceled today.

Natalie Keepers’ attorney had requested the hearing after she was charged with accessory after the fact, and illegally disposing of Lovell’s body.

A charge of being an accessory BEFORE the fact has since been filed. Another Virginia Tech student, David Eisenhauer, is charged with kidnapping and murder. Both he and Keepers are being held without bail-their next court appearance is set for March 28th. 

The General Assembly is considering loosening restrictions on the sale of wild animal parts in Virginia. And, a plan to build a wind farm in Botetourt County has upset some people in neighboring Rockbridge County. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

Saving Chincoteague Beach

Feb 1, 2016

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge was hit hard by last week's winter storm. Wind gusts of up to 85 miles per hour created a pounding surf that carried away parts of the beach and parking lot. This is normal for a barrier island, but it's a huge problem for the nearby town of Chincoteague. Like many of Virginia's coastal towns and islands, money is the only thing that can save them.

Republicans Block Marijuana Reform in State House

Jan 28, 2016

A new poll by Virginia Commonwealth University shows more than half of adults in this state – 62% -- think recreational marijuana should be legal, and state lawmakers introduced 21 pot-related bills during the current session, but few if any will come up for a vote.   

A House Courts of Justice subcommittee considered nine bills involving marijuana, including one to decriminalize the drug, but Republicans outnumber Democrats on the panel, and voting along party lines, they tabled all nine proposals.