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Federal Charges
4:37 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Judge Denies Motion by Former Governor

A federal judge has denied a request by former Governor Bob McDonnell’s defense attorneys to limit the prosecution’s involvement in a separate, CIVIL case filed by shareholders of Star Scientific. 

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have pleaded “not guilty” to federal charges of improperly promoting the company’s dietary supplement in exchange for gifts from its former CEO, Jonnie Williams … and they maintain that the civil case is relevant.

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Green Burial
3:41 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Get A Life Cycle

Image from the film "Dying Green"

Going green is usually something that gets us from point A to B; whether further on lightening the load on the planet or farther down the road in a cleaner, greener car.  

When put in the context of end-of-life choices though,  going green is a sustainable burial practice in which we leave behind a carbon footprint that is absorbed naturally.

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Virginia Public Access Project
4:41 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

VaNews for 03.17.14

Was it a drone or a toy above UVA?  Plus, a nice smile may get you out of a traffic ticket. Those stories are among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

 

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Crime in the Digital Age
4:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Public Safety Legislation

Over the last several weeks, Governor McAuliffe has had the daunting task of reviewing 834 bills that were passed and sent to him by the General Assembly.

One stack of legislation on his desk addresses public safety concerns, including creating a new crime for a vindictive act that’s peculiar to the digital age: “revenge porn.”

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms

It appears that while state lawmakers have lots of work to do in hashing out a compromise over Medicaid, they HAVE made some progress with education reforms that relate to the budget.  The General Assembly revised the Standards of Learning assessments, charter school enrollment policy, and the process to measure schools using an A through F grading system.

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