Government & Politics

Fresh Start
5:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Rights Restoration for Ex-Offenders

Praises, tears, accolades, and stories of lives renewed are par for the course in a church setting.

But although the venue was a church in Richmond, the occasion was the long-awaited restoration of rights for three Virginians who are among the thousands who have— and will have—their rights restored by Governor McAuliffe.

Although the process is still not automatic, the governor has made it simpler.

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Spending Cuts Scheduled
4:31 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Budget Update from VA's Governor

Governor McAuliffe told the General Assembly’s money committees Wednesday that while they made great strides in closing the state's budget shortfall, much more needs to be done to secure Virginia's future. 

He says that's  why he will continue to implement nearly $954 million  in spending cuts over the biennium and work to advance his vision for the upcoming session.

The Governor’s budget proposals include growth initiatives and protecting transportation funding. He also aims to boost tourism, end veterans homelessness by next year, and achieve other objectives.

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Government & Politics
4:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services Endorses Policy Recommendations

Senator Creigh Deeds listens to Health Secretary Bill Hazel

The legislative panel formed after the tragic suicide of a state senator’s son who was denied hospitalization has endorsed policy recommendations made by its gubernatorial counterpart. However, the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services also acknowledged the state’s harsh budget realities—and set its top priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session. 

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Government & Politics
7:11 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Tim Kaine Urges Congress to Stand Against ISIL

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is glad the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to authorize the war against the Islamic State but says now the full Senate needs to act. 

The US military has dropped more than one thousand bombs or missiles in its campaign against ISIS, but Congress has yet to weigh in. Kaine's been pushing the administration to come to Congress for permission to conduct its air campaign and last week he helped the Foreign Relations Committee pass a military authorization. He says now the full Senate needs to act. 

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Preparedness Kits
4:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Readying for Emergencies

As Virginia heads into winter, officials in Albemarle County are trying to figure out what problems residents will face if snow or ice knocks out power and closes roads.

Back in October, employees of various government agencies went door to door in and around Charlottesville, asking a series of questions.

“How well prepared is your household to handle an emergency?  Not well. “

The idea was to find out if people could take care of themselves after a disaster.  Ryan McKay is an emergency planner.

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