State Government

Health & Medicine
5:51 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Virginia's First Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Credit US Department of Justice

 It’s been 45 years since the Vietnam War ended, but American veterans are still dealing with the effects of Agent Orange, a mixture of toxic chemicals used in the deforestation of the fields upon which thousands of American military personnel fought against a communist opposition.

During the war, the government insisted the herbicide was harmless, today, veterans know all too well that is not the case.

Virginia’s first “Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting” is taking place in Lynchburg.

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Several Transformations
12:49 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Tobacco Commission Considers Southwest Medical School Again

When critics question how effectively the Virginia Tobacco Commission is using hundreds of millions of dollars the state received from the National Tobacco Settlement there's one project that always seems to come up.

It started five years ago as a $25-million grant to establish a medical school in Bristol. Since then the only two things that have been consistent about the plan are the absence of any apparent progress and the Tobacco Commission's continuing support.

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Government & Politics
4:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Redrawing Virginia's Congressional Map

Accused of unconstitutional gerrymandering, Virginia's General Assembly was told last week by a federal district court in Richmond that it must redraw its Congressional map next year because too many black voters are “packed” into one majority-minority district. 

But state lawmakers could actually avoid a contentious debate and not address the issue at all during their next session.

 

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Are Politics At Play?
3:07 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Tobacco Commission's Effectiveness Questioned By GOP Member

Its official name is the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, but people just call it the Tobacco Commission.

Since 2000 it's spent more than a billion dollars on grants intended to do what its name implies – revitalize parts of Virginia devastated by the fall of the tobacco economy. 

The Commission has drawn the attention of many critics along the way.

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Changing the 'Get Out the Vote' Strategy
5:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Virginia's Voter ID Laws

Virginia’s new voter ID law has Virginia Democrats worried after the state board of elections found nearly 200,000 registered voters don’t have a driver’s license.

Back in 2013 when Virginia and a string of other Republican controlled state legislatures were pushing forward with new voter ID laws, Attorney General Eric Holder likened the laws to ‘poll taxes’ and promised an NAACP audience the government would protect minorities. 

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