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4:50 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Address Issues Related to Violence

The Virginia Senate tackled several bills  addressing acts of violence. And, after lengthy debate, Senators likely killed a measure that would have allowed Virginia to use electrocution as a form of execution, if necessary.

The Senate also gave preliminary approval to a measure to penalize so-called “celebratory gunfire.” 

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33 Years of Service
2:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Honor VT President Charles Steger

VT President Dr. Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

The Virginia General Assembly is recognizing the contributions of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.

Delegate Joseph Yost of Giles County was joined by Tech alumni from the House of Delegates, to honor Steger for 33 years of service to the Virginia Tech Community and the entire state.  

Yost says Steger, the 15th President at Virginia Tech,  has exemplified the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.”

 

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Search for Quick Continues
5:22 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Two People Charged in Connection with Quick Disappearance

Police have arrested two people from Albemarle County in connection with the disappearance of a 45-year-old Nelson County man on Friday .  

Kevin Quick left his mother’s home in Afton to visit a friend, but he did not arrive.  Now, State Police Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says his car was caught on a bank security camera the night he went missing.

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Debt Ceiling
5:00 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Talk Legislative Hurdle

Reports that House Republican leaders are dropping efforts to tie legislation to the debt ceiling increase is being met with cheers from lawmakers in the region.

Many rank and file lawmakers wanted the G-O-P to extract a policy priority in exchange for the increase. Some wanted tweaks to so-called Obamacare while others wanted to expand energy development. Party leaders are reportedly pulling the plug on those efforts. Virginia Republican Congressman Scott Rigell says that’s good news.

“This is really the last major legislative hurdle that we face as a country this year.”

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VA Textbooks: Sea of Japan vs East Sea
4:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Join Asian Naming Dispute

Virginia's General Assembly has been caught in a dispute between Japan and Korea—and it's all over how students and teachers refer to the body of water between the two nations.

Throughout the session, Asian media, emissaries, and other interested parties have crowded committee meetings and Capitol hallways … and some have even met with the Governor. 

The dispute is over whether the current name of the “Sea of Japan” in textbooks should be referred to in new versions as the "East Sea."

 

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