Humane Society Complaints
12:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Natural Bridge Zoo Protest

Animal rights activists rallied Sunday at the Natural Bridge Zoo-- an attraction that boasts the most complete collection of animals in Virginia.  The Humane Society of the United States has a different description of the zoo, and federal officials say it's now under investigation.

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Environment Virginia Report
7:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

VA Waterways Still Not So Clean Despite Many Efforts

Credit http://www.environmentvirginia.org/

While some groups and businesses have touted their environmental accomplishments and criticized new EPA regulations, one watchdog organization says "not so fast."

The group Environment Virginia says although significant strides have been made in watershed cleanup, the state's waterways are still endangered and lots more work needs to be done.

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Government & Politics
7:19 am
Mon June 30, 2014

VaNews for 6.30.14

A Virginia legislator is trying to help a long­banned crop make a comeback in the Commonwealth...and Portsmouth City Council has learned that owning goats is not so simple as it might appear to be. 

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

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Discussing Solutions, Not Causes
4:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Hearing on Sea Level Rise

Norfolk, VA
Credit Wetlands Watch

Two Virginia Democrats are teaming up with two Virginia Republicans in a rare bipartisan hearing into how to combat sea level rise along the eastern shore.

Most Republicans in Congress are dubious of climate scientists who claim humans are heating the planet. Take Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell. He represents a purple district encompassing all of Virginia Beach. He’s won twice running as an open-minded pragmatist. Unlike moderates elsewhere, Rigell remains dubious of human’s impact on the climate.

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Environmental Impact Study
3:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Coalfields Expressway Plan Under Scrutiny

A plan for a controversial highway, known as the Coalfields Expressway, will undergo a full environmental impact study by the Virginia Department of Transportation.

V-DOT has described the plan the road as an economic lifeline for a region with a depressed economy. But citizen groups see it as benefiting only coal mining companies and not local communities.

 

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New Law July 1st
4:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Cycling Safety Legislation

As more commuters turn to bicycles as an alternative method of transportation, lawmakers say everyone must rethink how we take to the roads.

That approach is now reflected in a new law that takes effect on July 1st.  The law will require motorists to allow three feet of clearance when passing bicyclists.

 

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Part 3 of 5
3:09 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Rail Safety: Slower Trains & Stonger Cars

For decades Americans have worried about our dependence on foreign oil and gas.  By 2005 we were importing 60% of our energy, but in 2008 a new technology called horizontal hydrologic fracturing or “fracking” raised the promise of energy independence. 

U.S. crude production is up 50% and  imports have fallen 35%.  But getting oil from a massive shale deposit in North Dakota to refineries is raising serious concerns about public safety.

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Gifting Firearms
11:38 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Virginia's Gun Laws

Virginia guns laws are despised by officials up and down the east coast who say the lose laws bleed guns onto their crime-ridden streets.

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Part 2 of 5
4:59 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Rail Safety: Changes Present Challenges

Smoke fills the air at the scene of the train derailment and fire in Lynchburg.

Each year officials investigate an average of ten derailments in Virginia alone.  Most involve coal or grain – cargoes unlikely to cause trouble for nearby communities, but a growing number of trains now carry oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota. 

Because it contains high levels of gas, it’s more volatile than some other forms of crude, and transporting it by rail could be putting whole communities at risk. 

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Power of Appropriations
4:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

GOP Preps for Battle

Virginia House Republicans are pulling out the big guns and preparing for a major battle with Governor Terry McAuliffe's plans to expand Medicaid on his own.

They asked the former Solicitor General who has argued more Supreme Court cases this century than another other lawyer to provide a legal analysis of McAuliffe’s options. 

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