Government & Politics

Social Security Benefits
9:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Reaction to "Chained CPI" in Budget

A large contingent of Virginians says it will pressure congressional representatives to vote against a proposal by the Obama administration that cuts into Social Security benefits.

The AARP is part of the group that says the "Chained CPI" proposal breaks the promise made to millions of Americans. 

While the Consumer Price Index calculates inflation through the costs of basic goods, the Chained CPI factors in lower demand and the substitutions that consumers make when costs are higher.  Thus, it lowers cost-of-living adjustments for inflation.  

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16-Day Trade Mission
4:43 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Selling Virginia

Governor McDonnell heads out West this week … before flying to the Far East on a trade mission to China and Japan. 

A team of state economic development officials and cabinet secretaries will travel with the Governor on a 16-day job creation and marketing mission that begins in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

McDonnell says he and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will co-market their states to California companies.

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Virginia Board of Health
2:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Abortion Clinic Regulations

This Friday,  April 12, Virginia’s Board of Health meets again to vote on controversial new rules that would force women’s health clinics that provide abortions to meet standards written for hospitals – or to close. 

Now, a candidate for lieutenant governor says guidelines issued by the governor himself dictate another course of action for the so-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – or TRAP. 

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VPAP's Most-Clicked Stories
2:21 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

VaNews for 04.09.13

Internet reports of an emergency lockdown at The College of William and Mary went national recently - but it never happened...and suspects are in custody in a string of arsons on Virginia’s eastern shore.

Newspaper stories about both made the most-clicked list for the past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link. Fred Echols reports.

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New State School Division Laws
4:59 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Changes in the Classroom

A new state school division to manage some underperforming schools is NOT the only change to public education to be approved this year by state lawmakers. 

An array of new laws to revise some programs and expand others will soon take effect. 

Under one law, schools must add early reading intervention services for kindergarten, first and second grades, AND algebra readiness intervention for sixth through ninth grades.  Parents will receive clear, A-through-F report cards to rate local schools under a second law—sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason.

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