Government & Politics

Politics Matters
5:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Suicide Prevention: Early Intervention is Key

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It’s a tough topic to talk about….suicide. Some say if anything good can come out of the tragedy experienced by Senator Creigh Deeds and his family, when he was stabbed by his mentally ill son, who then killed himself….it’s greater awareness about warning signs, risks, and treatment.

The most recent state assessments find teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19….and young adults, up to age 24…are especially vulnerable to higher rates of suicide.
 

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The Great Medicaid Debate
8:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Are There Options Beyond July 1st?

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What's next?  It's the question being asked all over the Commonwealth after some lawmakers said if Medicaid expansion isn't part of the new budget, they ARE willing to hold out BEYOND the July 1st start of the new fiscal year. One political analyst agrees that whichever side blinks first could lose ground with that constituency—but there may be an alternative. 

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Tolls and Transponders
7:55 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Transportation Woes Could Mean More Highway Tolls

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By the end of this summer, the U.S. Trust Fund that pays a significant share of highway construction and repairs will be insolvent, and authorization for transportation programs will expire soon after that.  New legislation unveiled by the U.S. Transportation Department includes a provision to lift a decades-old ban ...and allow all states to implement tolls on federal interstate highways across the U.S. –while also requiring electronic transponders.  But, the new federal tolling proposal is already coming under fire.  

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Budget Stalemate
8:41 am
Mon May 5, 2014

State Colleges & Universities Scramble for a Backup Plan

We're officially into the second month of the Virginia General Assembly’s stalemate over Medicaid expansion—and no two-year budget.

While there's discussion of a possible government shutdown if lawmakers don't reach a compromise by July first, state business must continue in the interim.

That means the state's colleges and universities are now discussing contingency plans.

 

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Government & Politics
8:19 am
Mon May 5, 2014

VaNews for 5.5.14

Financial troubles at a small private college in Virginia are raising questions about what will happen to the professional archives of Bristol's most famous native son....and historic sites across the Commonwealth are in danger of being lost to development and neglect. 

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

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