As the federal Affordable Care Act is phased in, the Commonwealth is assessing how it will comply with the law without going broke—given the tens of thousands of state employees that must be provided with health insurance. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, over the next year employees will be hearing more about the 29-hour rule adopted by the McDonnell administration.
As the 17-year cicadas emerge from the ground, millions of birds will be feasting – and a few people plan to join the party, harvesting, cooking and eating these insects which experts say are high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol. Sandy Hausman was at one of the first dinner parties to celebrate the coming of cicadas.
Experts say that due to the prolific use of pesticides it is not recommended to eat any bug without knowing its origins are safe.
Those debit cards that the Virginia Department of Taxation issued to taxpayers instead of checks are NOT going anywhere. In fact, as the tax season wraps up, most residents have already seen them. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, Tax Commissioner Craig Burns has told the Senate Finance Committee that he believes the worst is over.
On this edition of “Virginia Conversations,” a discussion on the race for Governor between Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Our political pundits weigh in on the issues facing… and dogging, the two candidates. Plus we’ll have reaction to last weekend’s GOP convention in Richmond. Join host May-Lily Lee.
As the statewide and local campaigns heat up and we move closer to a Democratic Primary, the State Board of Elections wants to remind citizens of a number of rules to remember regarding voter and candidate ethics. As Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the Board takes seriously state code violations which could result in fines or other penalties.
Revenue that Virginia officials were anticipating from online sales tax legislation in Congress is now in doubt. Matt Laslo reports on the battle going on behind the scenes on Capitol Hill over a proposal to collect online sales taxes.
Tens of thousands of state employees will likely see an increase in the cost of their health insurance plans beginning July 1st. They also face a deadline this week, as the Commonwealth begins to implement significant changes in its health insurance plans. Open enrollment for revising health benefits, investing in flexible spending accounts, adding family members, and other options ends this Friday. Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, reductions in premiums could await those who enroll in a new Wellness Engine called “MyActiveHealth.”
Scientists at the University of Virginia have made a surprising discovery that could mean more effective treatments for a range of deadly cancers. Sandy Hausman reports on how this finding could shape future therapies, and how long it might take to bring those to market.
State revenues improved a little last month following a dismal drop of 6.1% in March. The news reassured members of the House Appropriations Committee, who worry that federal sequestration cuts could have a negative impact on both Virginia’s economy and the state’s coffers. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Finance confirmed that they have good reason for concern.
A University of Virginia history class that attracted 47,000 students and a look at the career of entrepreneur and politicans’ friend Jonnie Williams were the topics two of the most-read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org. Fred Echols reports.
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A University of Virginia Professor of Education has won two new grants to help American children read. The program she’s developed is already in use statewide and has spread to every state and five other countries. It’s called PALS, and Sandy Hausman tells why it’s a breakthrough for kids.