State Government

VA Lt. Governor's Race
7:18 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Last Minute Push Before Democratic Primary

Ralph Northam (left) and Aneesh Chopra

The day of the statewide Democratic primary is quickly approaching, and the candidates are spending the final campaign week working to mobilize voters in the little-publicized election. 

The two Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor want to expand Medicaid, curb gun violence through a ban on assault weapons, and promote economic development.  Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan gives us a final look at both men who hope to preside over the state Senate:  Ralph Northam and Aneesh Chopra.

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Fighting Hunger
4:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Keeping VA's Food Banks Stocked for Summer

Hunger pangs may be a sign to raid the refrigerator, order carryout, heat up some leftovers, or head to your favorite restaurant. 

But thousands of Virginia children don't have that option.  In fact—and it’s a little-known fact—area food banks throughout the Commonwealth are in greater need of supplies over the summer than over the holidays, when most food drives take place.

Since 2006, there's been a 56-percent increase in the need for serving the hungry. And as Governor McDonnell explains, it's harder to restock food banks during this time of year than any other.

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Government & Politics
8:22 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Joint Appearance by VA Gubernatorial Candidates

Republican Ken Cuccinelli (left) and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

Forget the indirect campaign ads produced by PACs.  Virginia's two leading gubernatorial candidates took to the same stage yesterday to let their opponents know exactly where they stand. And while audience members at the Virginia Public Access Project luncheon were leaving, Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe were even more candid with the media in attendance.

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McDonnell Initiative Moves Forward
7:07 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Governor Expedites Rights Restoration Process

Although the General Assembly this year shot down one opportunity for Governor McDonnell to fulfill a campaign promise to restore the voting and civil rights of nonviolent felons, the Governor has found a way to sidestep lawmakers and make progress toward that goal.  A day after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli unveiled his advisory report on the issue, McDonnell announced his own initiative. 

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Wildlife Center of Virginia
11:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Cubs on Camera

Wildlife Center of Virginia

It’s spring, and that means business for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where hundreds of animals – many of them babies -- are brought for treatment of injuries or illness. This year veterinarians are caring for a record number of bear cubs, the public is invited to watch.

On a sunny afternoon in May, a small, light brown bear climbs around her cage – trying to find a way out.  She was confiscated from someone who tried to keep her as a pet, and Amanda Nicholson, director of outreach for the center, says this baby is not native to these parts.

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