General Assembly

Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

General Assembly: New Amendments

When Governor McDonnell gave his final State of the Commonwealth address, he once again asked for a change in the state Constitution to allow automatic restoration of rights to felons.

But  those who are closely monitoring the current General Assembly session with hopes of this or other big constitutional changes… may be in for a bit of a disappointment.

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Transportation
5:13 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

All Aboard for Roanoke

Officials with the Department of Rail and Public transportation and Norfolk Southern have signed an agreement to extend Amtrak service from Lynchburg to Roanoke. 

Governor McDonnell says last year’s transportation funding plan was instrumental in funding the return of intercity passenger rail service to the Star City for the first time in more than 30 years.  State Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake says the agreement is a big step forward

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Suicide Still a Crime in VA
3:22 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Lawmaker Fights Unnecessary Stigma

There’s no law on the books, but under Virginia’s common law, suicide is considered a crime.  In the current legislative session, one delegate thinks it’s time for the Commonwealth to change that. 

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Government & Politics
3:03 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Ethics Reform

Both state lawmakers and Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe say ethics reform will be a priority in January when McAuliffe takes office and the General Assembly convenes.

But at least one lawmaker is warning that his colleagues should tread lightly and put a great deal of thought into their proposals … because the issue is more of a minefield than people realize.

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Law & Crime
4:51 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Creigh Deeds' Well Wishers turn to Music-and Twitter

State Senator Creigh Deeds is one lawmaker who frequently updates his Facebook and Twitter accounts with what music he’s listening to.  Well wishers are now using music to send him messages of love and support.

While campaigning for Governor in 2009, Creigh Deeds tweeted he was listening to the likes of Merle Haggard, U2, and Talking Heads.  But now, while recovering at UVA Medical Center from stab wounds in an assault at his home, he can see what his friends and followers are listening to in his honor.  It all started with Candace Bryan Abbey, a friend of the Deeds’ family.

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