Federal Government

Veterans & Healthcare
8:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers

State money originally earmarked to renovate the state capitol in Richmond, may be used for funding of two new veteran care centers. 

      

Earlier this summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe cancelled a planned $300 million dollar Capitol complex renovation, citing more pressing needs in the state.

Now, Republicans in the house would like to use that money to fund the state’s share of two new veteran nursing homes, one in Hampton another in Northern Virginia.

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Law & Crime
8:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

IRS Phone Scam Spreading Across the State

A nationwide scam has made its way to Virginia and state officials are sending out a warning. 

The latest phone scam to hit the state involves fake IRS agents asking for money, and threatening arrests if you “don’t pay up”. The criminals will claim that you have an outstanding IRS debt and will strongly request that you “settle up” using a credit card.

What makes the situation look and sound so legitimate for many who receive the call, is that the caller ID will likely say the call is coming from the IRS in Washington DC or from a local police department.

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Health Insurance & Contraceptives
5:04 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hobby Lobby Case Sparks Legislation

Most Virginia Democrats are pushing legislation to overturn last week's Supreme Court decision allowing some companies to deny contraception to employees.

Eleven years after Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act a slim majority of the Supreme Court used the law in its ruling that four contraceptives, including two versions of the morning after pill, don’t have to be covered by health insurance if they violate the religious faith of private business owners. Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says that’s not how the Supreme Court is supposed to work.  

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General Assembly
8:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door

Credit virginiapublicradio.org

In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly. While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the norm—and left many to wonder why.  But, the answer may be as simple as timing and opportunity. 

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Government & Politics
2:51 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Accusing the DOJ of Partisan Politics

Credit Morgan Griffith's website

Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith is accusing the Justice Department of playing partisan politics by investigating a resignation that tilted power in the Virginia Senate. 

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