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A Retrospective - Part 2
6:15 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Bob McDonnell: Examining the Last Four Years

His campaign promise was “Bob’s for Jobs.” Now, 1300 economic development deals and 173-thousand net new jobs later, Governor McDonnell says economic issues were indeed his administration’s priority. But he also tackled homelessness and restored rights to more felons than any governor in state history.

In Part 2 of our retrospective series on the outgoing statewide officials, we take a brief look at McDonnell’s four years as the Commonwealth’s chief executive.

    

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FAA Announces Six Test Sites
4:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Virginia Tech Selected as Drone Research Site

Credit Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is one of six sites that will test drones as part of push to integrate them into the nation’s airspace in the next few years.  

 

The Federal Aviation Administration selected 6 public entities to test unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones. Virginia Tech will look at safety, from technical risks, to other potential failures in the remotely piloted planes.

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Keeping Waterways Healthy
2:06 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Stabilizing Threatened Species

December 2013 marked the 40th Birthday of the US Endangered Species Act …and in the decades since, many people have been working to get threatened species off the endangered list.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are making progress with a key species that helps keep area waterways alive and healthy.

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Buckle Up for 2014
11:06 am
Mon December 30, 2013

2013: The Year in Congress

This wasn’t a pretty year in Washington and Virginia lawmakers are as upset about it as voters.

Ask any lawmaker and they understand why Congress hit new lows in public approval during 2013.
But there’s bipartisan agreement on at least one thing in Washington. Virginia Republican Scott Rigell agrees it was a frustrating year.

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A Retrospective - Part 1
7:50 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Bill Bolling: A Look Back at His Eight-Year Career

He served as Virginia's Lieutenant Governor for eight years and as a state lawmaker for even longer—and now Bill Bolling is saying goodbye to public office.  In Part 1 of our retrospective series on the statewide officeholders, Bolling discusses his preparation for life in the private sector and the legacy he leaves behind. 

Bolling says he wanted to be Governor but does not regret his decision to NOT challenge Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for the GOP nomination. He WILL, however, miss the people, service, and working at the State Capitol.

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