State Government

App-Based Service Rules
8:46 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Cab Drivers Rally for More Ride Sharing Regulations

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In Richmond, hundreds of taxicab drivers from across the commonwealth are at the Capitol to rally for new regulations for app- based, ride hailing companies. 

Earlier this week, lawmakers struck a deal with Uber and Lyft to create new regulations for the ride-hailing companies.

"Under the old rules, basically the taxicab rules, the ability to operate Uber and Lyft was going to expire soon."

That's Republican Delegate Tim Hugo of Centreville.

"So they needed some sort of authority granting them the ability to operate in Virginia."

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McDonnell Trial
8:38 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Bob McDonnell's Priest Says Former Governor is Hopeful

In Virginia, Bob McDonnell's priest says the former governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption. 

McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to the governor say McDonnell is hoping that ruling is an indication of things to come.

"He is still wrapped in the excitement."

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General Assembly 2015
8:14 am
Fri January 30, 2015

School Divisions Could Have Flexibility in Graduation Requirements

In Richmond, members of the General Assembly are moving forward with the plan to change high school graduation requirements. The bill is part of a larger effort to reduce the influence of standardized tests.

The House Education Committee is moving forward with a bill that would give local school divisions more flexibility in how they determine graduation requirements. The idea is to let administrators ditch standardized tests in favor of other assessments, like a science project or a research essay.

"I don't think it undermines the accountability."

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General Assembly 2015
7:59 am
Fri January 30, 2015

One Gun Control Bill Survives General Assembly Scrutiny

Virginia lawmakers have been mulling over a series of gun bills-and only one gun-control measure has survived a Senate Committee.  While the bill has lost some of its teeth, its sponsor says it nevertheless makes progress in the fight against domestic violence. 

Senator Barbara Favola's bill was originally defeated. But a Senate Committee reconsidered it and passed a watered-down version that was sent to the Finance panel.

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Conservation v. Development
4:58 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

State Stocks Up on Open Spaces

Credit Virginia Dept. of Land Conservation and Recreation

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced the state will give $1.7 million to save 14 properties -- farms, forests, wildlife habitat and historic areas rather than allow them to be developed.  That adds 5,700 acres to Virginia’s conserved lands. 

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