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General Assembly
3:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Playing Politics with the State Budget

One reason it's prudent for lawmakers to review the fine print of amendments offered to the Virginia state budget is because it may contain legislation that might not pass both houses on its own. Such is the case with an amendment approved by the House and attached to its version of the state budget. It directs the executive branch on how to proceed in controversial cases, such as the lawsuit challenging Virginia's same-sex marriage ban.

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General Assembly
4:37 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Tale of Two Budgets

It was budget day at the State Capitol.  The House and Senate mull over and pass their respective budget proposals, which are then sent to the opposite chambers. That's typically when the lines in the sand are drawn.  Although each version makes significant changes in former Governor McDonnell's 96-billion dollar draft, the lines were drawn well before today over one issue—Medicaid expansion.

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Cultural Culinary History
2:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Mushroom: A Global History

For many places still blanketed in snow, it may be a while until we even see the ground again. But waiting patiently under there and soon to sprout, is a species so unique, that it’s hard to categorize, yet so common, you’ll know it instantly.

 

“Mushroom a Global History” is the name of a book Cynthia Bertelsen, a food writer and blogger in Blacksburg and an award winning cook, who's lived all over the world. More than a recipe book, she’s written a highly readable cultural history of the sometimes-controversial fungus.

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A Lifestyle, Not a Hobby
5:17 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Hunting with Hawks

Deer hunting season in Virginia has passed, but there’s another season underway – one that involves a powerful living weapon.

Kevin Markey stands near a cluster of trees in rural Crozet with an eye-catching creature perched on his hand.  Puka is a 5-year-old Harris hawk – two pounds of brown, white and rust feathers, beak, bones, talons – and a persistent call that just won’t quit.

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General Assembly
4:53 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Virginia House Committee Passes Bailey's Law

The Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill that would give pet lovers more assurances that the puppy they bring home becomes a permanent family member … instead of a tragedy or significant financial burden. The Senate bill—also known as "Bailey's Law" in honor of a sick beagle—updates the state's pet "lemon law" and holds pet stores more accountable.

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