State Government

Delegates Question Legal Authority
3:59 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Shifting Legal Position

He hasn't been on the job for two full weeks, and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring is already shaking things up.

While he doesn’t surprise anyone by sticking to his campaign pledge of fighting for marriage equality, he does strike a chord on all sides by saying that Virginia's legal position has shifted.

Herring says he will use his office's resources to join a lawsuit challenging the state Constitution’s provision that upholds traditional marriage.

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Health & Medicine
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion Could Cost Less Than Expected

New numbers released this week show that the state would save and not spend money, by implementing the new federal health care law. 

In a media briefing in Richmond yesterday, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel stated that previous estimates of costs involved in implementing the affordable health care act in Virginia, are outdated and that the new numbers are based on more accurate data than was available in previous years.

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Government & Politics
4:56 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Domestic Violence Legislation Passes the Virginia Senate

The Virginia State Senate has approved legislation that expands the rights of a person petitioning for a protective order and puts an alleged abuser on the hook for costs associated with some of the victim’s needs and costs.  

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Government & Politics
12:45 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Tale of Two Gun Rallies

Hundreds of people, some of them armed, were in Richmond Tuesday - hoping to sway lawmakers toward voting for or against further regulation of guns. 

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Law & Crime
6:25 am
Wed January 22, 2014

McDonnell Indictment Prompts Response

Credit www.timesdisptatch.com

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by a federal jury on 14 counts related to gifts and loans they received from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. McDonnell made a public statement at a Richmond law firm and said they have been falsely accused.  He stated that he never promised—and Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific never received—any government benefit of any kind from him or his administration.  He noted that the federal investigation has been indescribably agonizing, but he believes that the facts and the law are on his side.

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