Government & Politics

Environment
1:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Climate Change & Election Season

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Republicans say a new Environmental Protection Agency rule will kill jobs in Virginia and they see it as a way to win November's election.

A new White House assessment on climate change paints a dire picture for coastal states like Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine says the writing is on the wall.

"Being vulnerable to sea level rises. That plus agricultural and forestry effects is every reason why we should be very concerned."

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Redistricting Trouble
6:40 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Virginia's 3rd District Still Dealing with Redistricting Issues

Virginia's Congressional 3rd District

Three Virginia plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to delay the upcoming June primaries—AND if lawmakers fail to implement a new congressional redistricting plan, impose one himself.  Although the plan was pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, both sides of a lawsuit that alleges gerrymandering began presenting their case. 

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Government & Politics
7:32 am
Mon May 19, 2014

VaNews for 5.19.14

An apparent Paleo-Indian ritual site found in Virginia may pre-date Stonehenge by 50 centuries...and a perplexing question about Williamsburg's unemployment rate has been answered by a pair of college students.

These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

    

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Veterans & Healthcare
8:56 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Medical Care for Veterans a Contentious Topic This Week

As the embattled head of the Veterans Affairs department testified in the Senate this week, lawmakers also explored reforming how veterans receive care. 

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Transportation Funding
8:45 am
Fri May 16, 2014

VA Taxpayers May Have to Take On State Transportation Costs

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A state advocacy organization says last year's transportation compromise reached between Virginia lawmakers is already falling apart—and if it isn't addressed soon, the state, and especially lower- to middle-income families will be negatively impacted. While the Commonwealth Institute offers no one "magic bullet" to resolve this challenge, its President, Michael Cassidy, says there are some options that lawmakers need to put back on the table. 

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