State Government

The majority of Virginia Republicans in Congress are backing an effort they say will protect religious institutions and businesses from having to abide by the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling.

Legislative Shocker: Senators Quit Special Session

Aug 17, 2015
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State legislators will not be drawing a new map of Congressional districts, and a newly appointed judge may keep her seat on Virginia’s Supreme Court after a surprise move by Senate Democrats and one Republican.

As kids head back to school, parents, teachers and administrators are gearing up for a fight in Richmond – hoping to win greater state support for public education.  They say it’s time to restore cuts made during the recession  and to raise pay for new teachers as  thousands prepare to retire.  

As president of the Virginia Education Association, Meg Gruber is sounding the alarm.

“Thirty-eight percent of our teachers are 50 years and older, and if you have enough years of service in at 50, you can retire.”

Virginia Senate Votes to Adjourn Special Session

Aug 17, 2015

Governor McAuliffe called the General Assembly into special session to redraw the Commonwealth’s congressional district boundaries, but Republican lawmakers first used the opportunity to try to advance their own selection to the state Supreme Court. 

The day’s sessions turned into a tug-of-war between supporters of McAuliffe’s interim nominee, Justice Jane Marum Roush, and advocates of the GOP’s choice, state Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston. 

Virginia's growing craft beer culture is running into complications as the state tries to decide how to regulate the brewers...and Petersburg's sheriff is facing a lawsuit from a surprising source, the City of Petersburg. Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews

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