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General Assembly
4:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Making it Easier to Save for That First Home

If Governor McAuliffe signs the legislation, people will have more incentive to settle down in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Senate has just passed a House bill that allows those who are interested in purchasing a house for the first time to establish an interest-earning, home-buying savings account.

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VT Professor Shares Insights
11:13 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Expedition on the Inca Road

Photos Courtesy of Christine Fiori/Virginia Tech

The infrastructure in this country is a source of concern, as many aging roads and bridges need repair.  A construction specialist at Virginia Tech is studying a seven hundred year old road in South America to see what modern engineers can learn about building roads that last. 

The Inca Road runs from Ecuador to Chile; through rainforests, deserts, and over mountains.  In some places it’s just a path through the woods, like you might see on the Appalachian Trail.  In other places, feats of Inca engineering stand as testaments to their knowledge of construction.

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General Assembly
4:24 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Religious Freedom in Schools

Virginia's House of Delegates has approved a Senate bill that may not become law, but has the makings of a legal battle if it does.  The bill affirms the First Amendment rights of students to religious expression in the public schools.  It also requires each school division to adopt a policy that allows students to express a religious viewpoint at any event in which a student is allowed to speak publicly.

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Open Mic
2:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Black Snake Romance

Spring has not yet sprung, but that hasn't stopped us from starting our Spring Fund Drive.

And as we look ahead to the season of rebirth and renewal, Staunton farmer, writer and chef Tom Sarvay is thinking about the coming season of…… snake mating.

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Lobbying Rules
11:30 am
Wed February 26, 2014

McAuliffe Appointee Target of Investigation

Maurice Jones
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Virginia's House of Delegates has postponed a vote to confirm one of Governor McAuliffe's cabinet nominees … following published reports that he may have broken the law.  

Federal investigators are now looking into allegations that Commerce and Trade Secretary-designee Maurice Jones lobbied Congress while he was Deputy Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development. 

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