Transportation
4:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

V-DOT Construction Means Traffic Headaches for Virginia Motorists

When the Virginia General Assembly approved new transportation funding this year, it also allocated 2-and-a-half billion dollars more than VDOT's previous six-year transportation improvement plan. That is allowing the agency to focus aggressively on some badly needed construction projects statewide to relieve congestion, make repairs, and build new lanes. But it will also mean some headaches for motorists traveling on some of the busiest stretches of Virginia.

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October 12 & 13, Rebec Vineyards
2:23 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Chic to Reek: The Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival

Let's talk about Allium Sativum. Don’t know what it is?   How about an introduction to the family—it’s related to the onion, the shallot, leek and chive….we’re talking about garlic.

It’s time for the 23rd Annual Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards in Amherst.

You can find out more about the Virginia Wine & Garlic festival here.

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The Blame Game
5:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown

As thousands of federal workers in Virginia are locked out of their offices, lawmakers in the commonwealth are pointing fingers across the aisle.

Federal workers and contractors across Virginia are angry. Many already had to endure furloughs this summer and now the government shutdown is causing even more to lose income - and most workers report they actually want to be on the job.

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Government & Politics
4:38 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Attorney General Candidates Debate

Mark Herring & Mark Obenshain

The federal government shutdown provided fuel for the Democratic candidate for Attorney General to take shots at his Republican rival during their second debate.  

But while GOP Senator Mark Obenshain did not distance himself from the group which Democratic Senator Mark Herring says is behind the shutdown, the Republican painted his opponent as a figurehead who lacks vision and understanding of the office of Attorney General. 

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Tom Banse covers business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be heard during "Morning Edition," "Weekday," and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Business & Industry
4:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

Although the federal health insurance Marketplace for small businesses has been delayed until next month, employers still have some obligations that they must meet this week under the Affordable Care Act. 

That includes telling employees about the  launch of the individual Marketplace, where employees MAY find coverage options through the approved plans. 

All employers must distribute a U.S. Labor document that informs employees of the Marketplace and options. 

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Health Insurance Exchanges
12:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Rolls Out

While Virginia Republicans are demanding a delay of the Affordable Care Act, the White House moved forward with its plan to open up health insurance exchanges today.
 

The political fight in Washington over so-called Obamacare has not delayed the rollout of a signature feature of the law: health exchanges where people can compare prices and tailor insurance plans for their needs. Still, Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, are doing just about all they can to fight its implementation.

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Health & Medicine
5:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Navigating the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Enrollment is set to begin October 1st for Virginia’s new health insurance marketplace, which will be operated by the federal government.

The exchange that opens this week is for individuals, while the small business program—known as “SHOP”—will open on November 1st.  But not every plan will be available everywhere in the Commonwealth.

 

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