Virginia schools could hold numerous fundraisers per year selling food that doesn’t meet nutritional guidelines under legislation that has passed both houses of the General Assembly. The bill requires the Board of Education to craft regulations that would be more permissive than current state policy, and permit the sale of what some call “junk food” during school hours. The Senate made its decision only after lengthy debate about what’s really best for the students.
One of every 68 children in this country has now been diagnosed with some degree of autism – a disability that makes it difficult for them to communicate and learn. Virginia requires insurance companies to pay for an intensive treatment called Applied Behavior Analysis until the age of seven, but parents say care should be available for as long as a child needs it, and a bill making its way through the legislature could lift the age limit.
With a major snowstorm blowing across the Commonwealth, Governor Terry McAuliffe says the declaration allows the Virginia Department of Transportation to mobilize its 12,000 pieces of equipment, and 2,500 workers and contractors to respond.
The governor is also calling on Virginians to stay off the roads, if possible, in order to allow emergency vehicles passage and to cut down on the potential for accidents.
"Every part of the Commonwealth is going to be impacted by this storm," Gov. McAuliffe said. "Every single part of the Commonwealth."
Virginia’s House has approved a bill designed to prevent school shootings, and state senators begin debating the measure today. Sponsored by Fredericksburg Delegate Mark Cole, it allows local school boards to arm security officers with batons, pepper spray and stun guns.
“These are school employees. They are not law enforcement officers. They don’t have training to use batons, stun weapons and spray devices.”
The University of Virginia is one of six university medical centers to win a $7 million dollar grant from the federal government that should save patients time and money while providing better care.
When you go to your primary care doctor with a complaint, he or she might refer you to a specialist, but the University of Virginia Medical Center has another idea – one that could save time and money. The E-Consult program allows family doctors who are part of UVA’s health sustem to send a patient’s medical record along with a request for advice.
When a special needs child is a bit fussy or has a history of violent outbursts in a classroom setting, who has the right to restrain them or put them into seclusion—and who decides when that goes too far? In Virginia, that’s not clear. But a bill that's sailed through both chambers of the General Assembly will soon change that.
Virginia's James City County paid $25-million to buy water it never bought and may have to pay $33-million more...
And VCU is preparing for major schedule disruptions when a world cycling event comes to downtown Richmond this fall. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.