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Government & Politics
5:14 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

New Workforce Laws Take Effect Today

A whole batch of new laws that are taking effect this week could lead to more job opportunities for Virginians—particularly those who don’t have or are not pursuing a four-year degree. Many reflect Governor McAuliffe's ambitious goal of training the Commonwealth’s workforce and awarding more than half a million credentials within the next 15 years. 

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New Traffic Laws
11:20 am
Wed July 1, 2015

New Traffic Laws Permit Passing Cyclists

Flickr user Benson Kua
Credit Creative Commons

A number of new driving and traffic safety laws take effect in Virginia on Wednesday that could provide some relief to plenty of motorists.  But if drivers aren't careful, they also could be relieved of some hard-earned cash for new infractions.

If you're an impatient driver on a single-lane road with slower moving obstacles in front of you, there's good news.

“You may cross a double yellow line to pass a pedestrian or a device which is moved by human power. Which is including bicycles, skateboards, and foot scooters.”

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Discovery Channel
4:00 am
Tue June 23, 2015

TV Moonshiner Goes Legit

The Discovery Channel’s show Moonshiners made one Virginia man famous, but distiller Tim Smith says it didn’t make him rich, so he’s found another way to achieve that goal.

Viewers who’ve seen Moonshiners definitely have the impression of reality TV, as Tim Smith - who lives in Climax, Virginia - fires up an illegal still with the help of his son JT and his business partner Tickle. “Hidden deep within the hollows of a forgotten hollow of America, a battle is raging.” 

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Virginia Public Access Project
5:17 am
Mon June 22, 2015

VaNews for 6.22.15: High School Diplomas On-Line

Arlington County has made it a little more costly for people who violate the anti-profanity law...and Virginia will begin offering students a chance to get their public high school diplomas without ever seeing the inside of a classroom. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Keeping up with Technology
12:08 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

The Challenge of Getting a GED Inside

L- R Brandon Snider, Jason Whitlock Frank Fassl passed their GED exams

High School graduation rates appear to be on the rise across the country, but for one segment of the population, they’ve dropped dramatically. The pass rate for prison inmates taking the G-E-D plummeted after a new computer based test was introduced in 2014.

G-E-D stands for General Education Diploma. It’s a test people can take if they failed to get their high school degrees. Corrections facilities are facing new challenges in making the tests available to inmates, even as experts stress, there’s nothing better than that degree to keep people from returning to jail.

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