Government & Politics

Wildlife Center of Virginia
11:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Cubs on Camera

Wildlife Center of Virginia

It’s spring, and that means business for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where hundreds of animals – many of them babies -- are brought for treatment of injuries or illness. This year veterinarians are caring for a record number of bear cubs, the public is invited to watch.

On a sunny afternoon in May, a small, light brown bear climbs around her cage – trying to find a way out.  She was confiscated from someone who tried to keep her as a pet, and Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the center, says this baby is not native to these parts.

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Government & Politics
7:02 am
Wed May 29, 2013

The Debate Continues Over Felon Voting Rights

Felon Voting Rights

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has unveiled a list of options that would expedite the process of voting-rights restoration for non-violent felons. 

The proposals were made by a bipartisan advisory panel he created after a rights-restoration amendment to the state Constitution that he endorsed failed to pass the General Assembly this year. 

And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Attorney General says Governors can and should do more to intervene.

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Virginia Public Access Project
10:41 am
Tue May 28, 2013

VaNews for 05.28.13

Stories about political pressure on state universities to hold down tuition and some movement toward offshore wind energy development were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.

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Alternative to Refund Checks
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Va Tax Dept Debit Cards

Those debit cards that the Virginia Department of Taxation issued to taxpayers instead of checks are not going anywhere. In fact, as the tax season wraps up, most residents have already seen them.

Getting rid of tax-refund checks was supposed to save the state money.  Taxpayers had the option of cashing out the card, transferring funds, or using it as a point-of-sale card or at an ATM.  But they were charged fees and were often confused about how to access funds. Burns said he didn't receive many complaints, though.  

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400-Year Wait
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Federal Recognition for VA's Indian Tribes

A bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers is fighting to win federal recognition of six tribes in the commonwealth.

The tribes have treaties dating back to the 1600s. But there 's a catch: the agreements are with the King of England. Even now, the UK recognizes and honors these American tribes, while the US government doesn't. That's partly because in 1924, a law was passed that declared Virginia contained no Native Americans and wiped the commonwealth's record books of their history.

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