Government & Politics

Government & Politics
4:21 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Governor McAuliffe Signs Child Care Safety Bill

Elly Lafkin (right) and other parents watch as Governor McAuliffe signs the bill.

Virginia’s child care providers will be undergoing a number of changes that aim to enhance the safety of the children they are babysitting.  To draw attention to the new law, Governor McAuliffe held a bill-signing ceremony with advocates, lawmakers, and parents whose children had died while in unlicensed facilities. Participants said that while this law is a good start, the Commonwealth needs an even tougher one.

McAuliffe said the bill passed due to a grassroots movement led by the heartbroken parents of children who died in day care homes. 

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Government & Politics
11:05 am
Tue May 26, 2015

The Strengths and Challenges of Virginia's State Parks

Virginia's Secretary of Natural Resources, Molly Ward, recently finished visiting all 36 state parks as part of a fact-finding tour.

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Political Literature
10:49 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Former Journalist Brings Political Reality to New Fictional Novel

When it comes to writing about controversial current events, sometimes fiction can go where journalism cannot.  A novel by a former journalist examines political corruption and the misdeeds of the powerful.  And while it may be a work of fiction, its author says it’s based on real events, people and places. 

“I had to change a lot of names, so I had that liberty to flesh things out, to make them larger than life and, of course, to make them dramatic.”

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Health & Medicine
9:16 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Lawmakers Hope Future Medical School Graduates Stay in Commonwealth

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Virginia has some of the best medical schools in the country, but state leaders are realizing that many medical students will live and get their education here--and, upon graduation, will look for better opportunities elsewhere. A state panel has been tasked with not only helping to produce more medical school graduates, but also keeping them in the Commonwealth.

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Government & Politics
5:17 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Bob McDonnell's Appeal Heard by Judges

Former Governor Bob McDonnell speaking to the media.
Credit Anne Marie Morgan

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today (Tuesday) during former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of federal corruption convictions… and vigorously questioned both defense and prosecution attorneys.  They focused on two critical issues:  what constitutes “official acts” under federal law…and whether McDonnell was denied due process because potential jurors were never asked whether they had formed opinions after the extensive pre-trial news coverage.

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