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10:54 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Delegate Rob Bell Running for Virginia Attorney General

Virginia Delegate Rob Bell
Credit robbellforag.com

On May 18th, Virginia Republicans will choose their party’s nominee for Attorney General at a statewide convention, and two veteran state lawmakers are vying for the job. 

In the first installment of our election series, Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan introduces us to one of those contenders: the lawmaker elected to Thomas Jefferson’s seat in the General Assembly, Delegate Rob Bell.

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Economics & Economy
2:28 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Air Traffic Controllers Back to Work

Lawmakers in the region are divided over a measure to give more flexibility to the FAA while leaving strict spending requirements in place for other parts of the government.

Airport delays caused by the sequester may soon be a thing of the past.  The legislation gives the FAA flexibility so air traffic controllers can get back to work.

Critics say those budget cuts only impact a small minority of the public, like business people and lawmakers themselves, while other parts of sequestration are hitting more vulnerable populations, like low income school children.

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Education
1:49 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

Revising SOL "Cut" Scores

The State Board of Education is moving forward with proposed "cut" or passing scores for Standards of Learning.

The new cut scores are to help implement more rigorous standards to promote college and career readiness.

Depending on the subject, the cut scores will be applied to grades three, five, and eight for Science and grades five and eight for other subjects.

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State Board of Education
4:33 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Changes for Online Educators

No action has been taken yet, but next month when the Virginia State Board of Education meets, it will discuss establishing new licensing requirements for educators who teach only online courses. 

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4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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