State Government

Solar Energy Woes
7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Hoping to Catch Up When It Comes to Solar Power

It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten.   Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy.  Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.  

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33 Years of Service
2:46 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Lawmakers Honor VT President Charles Steger

VT President Dr. Charles Steger
Credit Virginia Tech

The Virginia General Assembly is recognizing the contributions of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.

Delegate Joseph Yost of Giles County was joined by Tech alumni from the House of Delegates, to honor Steger for 33 years of service to the Virginia Tech Community and the entire state.  

Yost says Steger, the 15th President at Virginia Tech,  has exemplified the University’s motto, Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.”

 

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VA Textbooks: Sea of Japan vs East Sea
4:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Join Asian Naming Dispute

Virginia's General Assembly has been caught in a dispute between Japan and Korea—and it's all over how students and teachers refer to the body of water between the two nations.

Throughout the session, Asian media, emissaries, and other interested parties have crowded committee meetings and Capitol hallways … and some have even met with the Governor. 

The dispute is over whether the current name of the “Sea of Japan” in textbooks should be referred to in new versions as the "East Sea."

 

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Education
8:26 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Changes Ahead for State School Systems?

The Virginia Senate has passed a series of bills to delay or weaken some of the controversial education accountability measures that were enacted in recent years.  

One addresses the policy of grading schools using an A through F system that aimed to make school performance more understandable to parents.

  Other bills would modify the rules governing when schools would be transferred to oversight of the newlycreated Opportunity Educational Institute and cut the number of Standards of Learning assessments.  

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Bostic v. Rainey
2:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Court Hears Gay Marriage Ban Challenge

Tim Bostic & Tony London

It’s now up to a U. S. District Court judge to decide if gay and lesbian couples living in Virginia will be able to marry legally. 

A hearing before the court on the marriage equality case of Bostic v. Rainey-a lawsuit that could have far-reaching consequences. . .

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