Government & Politics

Development Rarely Pays
1:32 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

The Downside of Development

Every five years, Virginia requires cities and counties to update plans for development – how and where they’ll grow. 

Many communities assume growth is good – and some even offer tax breaks to attract new industries and businesses, but a new report by Charlottesville economist David Shreve and planning consultant Craig Evans suggests that’s not the case if new companies hire people from elsewhere. 

That’s because new residents increase the demand for public services, such as education, road construction and maintenance, public safety, water systems, sewers and so on.

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Law & Crime
4:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Writ of Actual Innocence...Explained.

One of the bills that Governor McDonnell has signed into law revises the rules that allow an offender who was wrongly convicted to prove that he’s innocent of the crime. 

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Four Bald Eagles found dead on the Eastern Shore
4:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Eagle Investigation

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Virginia’s Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is investigating the mysterious deaths of four bald eagles found on the Eastern Shore.

Like a detective eliminating suspects Dr. Megan Kirchgessner, the vet investigating the deaths said one autopsy shows no smoking gun, literally.

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Drinking Water Clinics
4:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Safe Drinking Water

About 1.7 million Virginians rely on wells, springs and cisterns for their drinking water. 

While municipal water supplies are tested daily under the Safe Drinking Water Act, people who rely on wells and springs are completely responsible for the care and maintenance of their water supplies.

The Montgomery County Water Clinic is Tuesday March 19  at the Blacksburg Recreation center.

Here is a list of the counties where water clinics are happening over the next 6 months:

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Sequestration Issue Looms
4:30 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Lawmakers Talk Money

While there's another threat of a government shutdown on March 27 unless the U.S. Senate and Congress reach some type of compromise, members of Virginia's Congressional delegation say some progress is being made.  There's even a possibility of reducing the impacts of sequestration on Virginia.  

Three budget amendments by Senator Mark Warner were approved. They address spending transparency, duplicate reports, and the federal retiree backlog.

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