Government & Politics

Housing
7:47 am
Thu December 11, 2014

VA Lawmakers Discuss Tenant/Management Agreements

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Under many rental agreements, tenants sign off on a provision that allows housing managers and staff to enter a home to address concerns or inspect the premises.  Now state lawmakers are weighing whether such agreements should be extended to homes that are actually OWNED by tenants-- who are leasing a lot. 

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Business & Industry
2:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

JLARC Examines Virginia Workforce Development System

Delegate Chris Jones, third from right, examines the JLARC report

The General Assembly’s watchdog agency did not sugarcoat the problems as it presented a frank examination of Virginia’s cumbersome workforce development system.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission found that employers have difficulty navigating the programs and filling job openings with workers who have requisite skills. It also found that key workforce programs do not emphasize training in fields with the greatest potential for employment.

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Lengthy Regulatory Process
4:26 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

New Scrutiny of VA's Controversial Abortion Clinic Regulations

It's back to the drawing board for a slightly revamped State Board of Health, which now has new political appointees. The Board has decided to study and amend abortion clinic regulations that have only been in effect since last year.  The regulations’ defenders say the inspections have uncovered unsafe conditions, while abortion-rights advocates say the rules may force clinics to close.
 

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AP Day at the Richmond Times Dispatch
4:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Former Senator Jim Webb Discusses Policies & Presidency

Sticking to his promise not to discuss or attack any other potential 2016 presidential candidate, former Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb  did discuss where he believes the U.S. needs improvement—and where his own party has contributed to the dysfunction in Congress. 
 

Webb says he's very concerned about the country—and the reason that he ran for Senate is the same reason he's considering running for president. He says U.S. national security and foreign policies have in many ways been on auto-pilot since 9-11.  His other priorities include getting his party back on track.

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Law & Crime
1:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

McDonnell Case: Request for New Trial Denied

August, 2014

The federal judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has rejected a request by the former first couple for a new trial. 

Judge James Spencer also denied their request to throw out their guilty verdicts—with the exception of one conviction against Maureen. 

Spencer disagreed with defense arguments that the McDonnells should be acquitted because prosecutors failed to prove that the couple exercised any official governmental power in exchange for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

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