Government & Politics

Government & Politics
3:41 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

VaNews from VPAP, 3.11.13

The two top contenders to be governor of Virginia talked about the weather last week while a Republican delegate decided he’d seen enough of politics. Both those stories were among the most clicked on Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link at vpap.org Fred Echols reports.

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Law & Crime
1:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Cigarette Smuggling

Over the last few weeks, Governor McDonnell has been scrutinizing 812 bills sent to him by the General Assembly.  Among them is a package of legislation to penalize “possession with the intent to distribute” a legal product.  Its goal is to stop the traffickers of contraband cigarettes, who’ve made millions of dollars while the Commonwealth loses revenue.

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General Assembly
4:31 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Virginia's Drone Moratorium

The federal government’s role in the use of drones inside the U.S. may be expanding, but state lawmakers have put the brakes on deploying them within Virginia’s borders.  Legislation that’s now under review by Governor McDonnell would place a moratorium on state and local use of drones.  The unmanned aircraft could not be deployed for two years—while parameters and safeguards are studied.

Concerns that drones could violate rights and invade privacy prompted an alliance between the state ACLU and lawmakers to put drone deployments on hold—at least temporarily.  

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Government & Politics
2:28 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Prosecutors & Public Defenders

Prosecutors and public defenders in Virginia are paid by the state, but on average, lawyers who work for the Commonwealth’s Attorney make 25% more than lawyers who defend the poor.  Now that  one public defender is asking for a raise, and others may follow suit.

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Economics & Economy
5:11 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Revitalizing Cities

When the average tourist thinks about historic Virginia cities to visit, one of the most popular destinations is Colonial Williamsburg.

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