State Government

The Associated Press

Amid much pomp and circumstance, day one of the Virginia General Assembly kicked off today in Richmond. 

 A chorus of the national anthem, a pledge to the flag, and an oath of office, and the 2016 session of the House of Delegates is off. But before it all, a prayer for the legislators.  

"Our most gracious heavenly father, I pray that as they face the onslaught of nearly 3,000 pieces of legislation that you'll give to each of them the wisdom to discern what is best and what is right."

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Virginia’s Governor has proposed a series of changes to public education aimed at preparing students to join the workforce, but the state’s teachers may not like some of his ideas.  

Terry McAuliffe wants to set new requirements for high school grads, emphasize hands-on instruction, and offer industry credentials.  He thinks schools should be allowed to hire industry experts to teach on a temporary or part-time basis, but at the Virginia Education Association, which represents teachers, President Meg Gruber has doubts when it comes to science and math.

Virginia Could Build Two New Prisons for Kids

Jan 11, 2016
VA Dept. of Juvenile Justice

On any given day, the state of Virginia is dealing with about 5,000 kids who’ve broken the law.  Some are on probation or parole.  Others are in community programs, but about 400 are locked up.  Eighty percent of them end up committing new crimes within three years of being released.  Now, lawmakers in Richmond will debate reforming the juvenile justice system by building two new detention centers.

VMFA Visits Cuba Hoping for Partnership

Jan 6, 2016
AP File Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Governor McAuliffe returns from Cuba having spent the last 3 days with his cabinet pursuing stronger economic and educational ties with the increasingly unrestricted nation.

One group you might not expect was along for the ride: representatives from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.

Why Governor's Trip Could Make Money and History

Jan 4, 2016
Associated Press/Ramon Espinosa

Governor Terry McAuliffe is in the midst of a three-day trip to Cuba, hoping to drum up new business for Virginia, but as Sandy Hausman reports, his mission could benefit businesses nationwide.

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