Government & Politics

Government & Politics
6:26 am
Mon July 14, 2014

VaNews for 7.14.14

A Virginia County is trying to find out what happened to seven thousand people its police have identified as undocumented over the past few years...and organizers of a Fourth of July demonstration in Richmond in favor of gun owners rights went ahead with their plan even when no one answered their call for support. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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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
7:37 am
Mon July 7, 2014

One Solution for Salary Disparities Among State Attorneys

On average, public defenders in Virginia make 25% less than prosecutors, even though both are state employees. Now, there’s a move to change that, with two communities offering supplements that bring the two groups close to parity.  

Jim Hingely is the public defender for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

“We represent people who otherwise could not afford to have lawyers, and we assure that they have fair trials, and we assure that they’re being fairly treated.”

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Government & Politics
7:11 am
Mon July 7, 2014

VaNews for 7.7.14

Starting this month Virginians who use a certain type of two-wheeled transportation are no longer allowed to cruise without a title and license plate...and if you think nobody saw the downfall of Eric Cantor coming, think again. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

  

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General Assembly
3:17 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

New Laws Part 4

This week some laws take effect that impact Virginia motorists-and they're not necessarily punitive. In fact, some were passed because drivers asked for them. 

The number of medical indicators allowed on driver's licenses has increased. The DMV’s Sunni Brown says previously, only hearing or speech impairments and insulin-dependent diabetes could be listed, but now:

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