State Government

Governor Proposes Amendment for New Board
5:22 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Struggling Schools

Opposition has continued to legislation that requires a new statewide school division to take over underperforming schools until they turnaround—even after Governor McDonnell proposed amendments last week. 

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Federal Insurance Exchange
9:59 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Governor Seeks to Ban Abortion Coverage

State lawmakers are again taking sides in the battle over abortion. 

Governor McDonnell is now asking legislators to impose a limit on insurance policies to be sold here through a federal exchange – a place where Virginians who don’t have coverage through work or school can buy it.

In 2014, Virginians will be able to buy health insurance through a federally run exchange.  Some consumers will be eligible for tax breaks to help cover the cost of a policy, and for that reason organizations like the Family Foundation want to exclude abortion from coverage.  

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Star Scientific
9:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Suit Raises Conflict of Interest Questions

The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating a Richmond area company that makes face cream and nutritional supplements. 

It’s called Star Scientific, and a complaint was filed in federal district court alleging the firm made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose potentially illegal transactions. 

The company says it has done nothing wrong. 

Meanwhile, reporters are finding links between Star Scientific and two of Virginia’s top political leaders – Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. 

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Government & Politics
9:18 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Debate

Just after presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a statement about his desire to implement Medicaid expansion, Governor McDonnell and McAuliffe's GOP opponent have responded. 

McAuliffe would like to see Medicaid expanded as soon as possible. "I have consistently said that we need to have the Medicaid expansion here in Virginia. First and foremost it would cover 400,000 - 500,000 Virginians--would get access to quality healthcare next year. It's important socially, morally, it's the right thing to do," he said.

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Public Comments Welcome on Proposed Regulations
5:18 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Fox Hound Training Preserves

The public comment period is now open on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ proposed new regulations for Fox Hound training preserves.  

Fox Hunting has a long history in Virginia, but in the 1980s increased land development limited where hunters could train their dogs in the skill of the chase. 

That's when what are known as Fox Hound Training Preserves were created; privately owned enclosures where the dogs could practice.  Today there are 37 preserves in 22 counties, ranging from 100 acres to around 800, mostly in southeastern Virginia.

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