Government & Politics

Unaccompanied Minors
8:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation

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Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors. 

The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border, while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children. The proposal still faces an uphill battle - even in the GOP. Here’s Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who has been calling for more border security.

“I can’t say that what we’re comfortable with. The devil’s always in the details.”

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Veterans & Healthcare
8:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers

State money originally earmarked to renovate the state capitol in Richmond, may be used for funding of two new veteran care centers. 

      

Earlier this summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe cancelled a planned $300 million dollar Capitol complex renovation, citing more pressing needs in the state.

Now, Republicans in the house would like to use that money to fund the state’s share of two new veteran nursing homes, one in Hampton another in Northern Virginia.

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Mental Health Crisis
7:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward

A new General Assembly panel is vowing to conduct a thorough review of Virginia’s mental health system, while not shielding any “sacred cows” in the process.  The Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21st Century held its inaugural meeting… and began by examining how the Commonwealth’s system is faring—then comparing it to other states. Members already seem determined to make reforms.  

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Government & Politics
7:32 am
Mon July 21, 2014

The Partisan Tug-of-War Over EPA's Budget

House Republicans are trying to slash the size of the EPA while also limiting its ability to regulate, which they argue will help the economy in places like Virginia. 

One of the last spending battles for the year in Congress is setting up to be over the EPA and House Republicans just sent a strong signal to the agency in a proposal that just passed the spending committee: the bill slashes the agency’s budget by nine percent. Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says the proposal isn’t intended to stop regulators on the ground.

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Government & Politics
6:58 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Senator Tim Kaine Praises Roanoke Valley's Drug Court Model

The Roanoke Valley has garnered some attention lately for its drug policy and rehabilitation programs. President Obama’s top drug policy advisor visited the area recently to explore the region’s drug control strategies, and on Friday Senator Tim Kaine attended the region’s Drug Court graduation in Salem. 

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