State Government

Health & Medicine
8:06 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Deeds Shares His Story on "60 Minutes"

Credit CBS News

State Senator Creigh Deeds speaks on television for the first time since his son's suicide, and he’s taking his mental health care message to a national audience.

In an interview with Scott Pelley for “60 Minutes” Creigh Deeds discusses what he feels is a “critical failure in mental health care”.

That “failure” he talks about ended in the death of his 24-year-old son Gus, who attacked him with a knife, shortly before taking his own life last November.

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Quinnipiac Poll
4:06 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Constituents React

Since Attorney General Mark Herring announced his decision to side with plaintiffs in the lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage—reaction is coming in from constituents, and partisan and advocacy groups.

Reporter Sandy Hausman took to the streets of  Crozet  and Charlottesville, and here’s a montage  of the reaction she heard  from folks .

Back in 2006, 57 percent of Virginians approved the same-sex marriage ban.  This summer, a Quinnipiac University poll found the numbers had dropped—down to 43-percent of Virginians opposing gay marriage.

 

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Delegates Question Legal Authority
3:59 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Shifting Legal Position

He hasn't been on the job for two full weeks, and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring is already shaking things up.

While he doesn’t surprise anyone by sticking to his campaign pledge of fighting for marriage equality, he does strike a chord on all sides by saying that Virginia's legal position has shifted.

Herring says he will use his office's resources to join a lawsuit challenging the state Constitution’s provision that upholds traditional marriage.

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Health & Medicine
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion Could Cost Less Than Expected

New numbers released this week show that the state would save and not spend money, by implementing the new federal health care law. 

In a media briefing in Richmond yesterday, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel stated that previous estimates of costs involved in implementing the affordable health care act in Virginia, are outdated and that the new numbers are based on more accurate data than was available in previous years.

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Government & Politics
4:56 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Domestic Violence Legislation Passes the Virginia Senate

The Virginia State Senate has approved legislation that expands the rights of a person petitioning for a protective order and puts an alleged abuser on the hook for costs associated with some of the victim’s needs and costs.  

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