State Government

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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Law & Crime
4:22 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Pre-Trial Talks Limited for Former Governor & Wife

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive to federal court for the hearing.
Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will be able to talk to family members and friends while they await trial—as long as they don’t discuss any substantive material related to their indictment on federal corruption charges. 

That’s the ruling of U.S. District Magistrate Judge David Novak, who also said the former first couple will be allowed to discuss the case with each other. Federal prosecutors agreed—although they initially had wanted to allow contacts only with family members.

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Legislative Update
9:41 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mental Health

Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly. 

The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun. 

Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis. 

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