Government & Politics
7:57 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Both Sides of Gun Debate Rally in Richmond

Lines were long at the state capitol Monday as supporters of gun rights passed through security on their way to lobby lawmakers against additional restrictions.  They wore stickers that read: Guns Save Lives.  Later, supporters of gun control would arrive to press for new laws restricting purchase and possession of weapons.  

Hundreds of people came to voice support or opposition to gun control laws.  Activist and blogger David Codrea told about 200 people – some openly carrying long-guns – that Governor Terry McAuliffe should not be trusted.                 

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General Assembly
7:48 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Party Agendas

Delegate Kirk Cox speaks about higher education bills
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

House of Delegates Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate held dueling news conferences at the General Assembly Monday to highlight their policy agendas. The Democrats focused on bills that they say will help reign in gun violence, while the Republicans emphasized what they called “kitchen table” issues.  

Democrats propose requiring background checks of ALL buyers at gun shows and restoring the one-gun-a-month law. Senator Barbara Favola’s bill prohibits those convicted of some domestic violence misdemeanors from having guns.  

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Arts & Culture
7:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering the Richmond Theater Fire 200 Years Later

Actress Mollie Ort stars with Bo Wilson & Jonathan Conyers.

Theater-goers in Richmond will witness an unusual theater production tonight. Actors will stage a show not seen since 1811 – a performance that ended with a deadly fire.

It was the day after Christmas, 1811, and patrons of the Richmond Theater were treated to a comedy – Father of the Family.

Then came a drama called Raymond and Agnes or the Bleeding Nun.

“The chandelier was lowered for the end of act one.”

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114th Congress
7:22 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Virginia's House Representatives Outline Priorities on Capitol Hill

Flickr User Ron Cogswell
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  Virginia's House delegation in Washington has a long wish list in the new Congress.  

Virginia lost a lot of seniority when the new Congress was seated earlier this month. So now twelve term Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte is the commonwealth's most senior member. As chair of the Judiciary Committee he's spearheading the GOP's efforts on immigration. At a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters he laid out his to do list which includes an attempt to unwind the president's move to keep some five million undocumented workers in the country. 

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Fraternity Reform & Spring Rush
4:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Pledging for Brotherhood

The University is cooperating with an ongoing review of its handling of sexual assault complaints by the Office of Civil Rights. 

That may be one reason why the administration and student leaders pressed ahead with fraternity reforms, even after parts of a story in Rolling Stone Magazine were discredited. 

Fraternity members offer many reasons for joining up.  We spoke with several before UVA began its spring rush. Jalen Ross is an ardent member of Phi Delta Theta where he finally found the brotherhood he was looking for.

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Invisibilia

Invisibilia is about the unseen forces that control human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller and Alix Spiegel, who helped create Radiolab and This American LifeInvisibiliainterweaves narrative storytelling and fascinating new psychological and brain science, in a way that ultimately makes you see your own life differently.

Education
7:47 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Frat Reform: UVA Greek Life Moves Forward

The Phi Kappa Psi house at UVA.

It’s a new year at the University of Virginia and a new era for the school’s fraternities.  After Rolling Stone Magazine reported, then hedged on a story of gang rape at a frat house, UVA administrators announced new rules for parties. 

Fraternities have endured their share of bad press – stories of hazing incidents that ended with injuries or death, and popular media have rarely been kind to the Greek scene. 

“Because you clowns have been on double-secret probation since the beginning of the semester, one more slip up, and this fraternity of yours has had it.”

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Holding Lawmakers Accountable
7:38 am
Mon January 19, 2015

New Coalition Aims to Keep General Assembly Transparent

There's a new coalition in town, and it aims to police the General Assembly and its policies so that citizens are always in the know. “Transparency Virginia” introduced itself to the public this week, and says it has a non-confrontational yet aggressive agenda to promote best practices in public accountability. 

Virginia Coalition for Open Government's Megan Rhyne says the legislative process isn't as open to the public as it should be. It's why Transparency Virginia was formed and will focus on three areas this year.

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Virginia Public Access Project
7:11 am
Mon January 19, 2015

VaNews: Questionable Fencing, New State Song

Fred Echols reports.

Virginia could soon have a new state song nearly 20 years after the first one was banished...and a fence slated to be built underneath a new bridge in Richmond is raising some questions. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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