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Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 12, 2013
Painting themselves as the “mainstream ticket,” the Democratic nominees for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General say Virginians have a clear contrast between them and the Republican nominees, which the Democrats have dubbed “the Tea Party ticket.” And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, as a show of solidarity, the defeated primary candidates announced that they’re now committing themselves to getting their former opponents elected.
Posted in Virginia's News on June 12, 2013
One of the most contentious issues the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has faced in recent years, is regulation of an activity known as ‘Fox Hound Training.” Opponents call it “Fox Penning” and consider it a cruel practice for the animals involved. Supporters say their dogs are being trained to hunt under controlled conditions aimed at protecting all the animals involved. The DGIF board will vote Thursday on new safety requirements proposed at its meeting in March. Robbie Harris reports.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 7, 2013
Not all minds learn the same way. However, when it comes to education, millions of children across the U.S. are swept into the same system of state and federal mandates—with expectations of positive academic results AND developing a sense of individuality. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, parents at Patrick Henry Elementary school in Richmond, the Commonwealth’s only elementary charter school, are telling lawmakers that the state needs more charter schools and it’s time to get rid of the associated stigma.
Posted in Virginia Conversations on June 7, 2013
On this edition of Virginia Conversations, making sure there are enough doctors to take care of an aging population. Medical experts say there’s a shortage now of family doctors. And with President Obama’s health care reform adding more potential patients to the mix, that shortage is predicted to get worse. We talk to two doctors who not only treat patients, but also help educate up and coming physicians. Here’s host May-Lily Lee:
Posted in Virginia's News on June 6, 2013
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 6, 2013
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, implementation of the Affordable Care Act is coming, and the reality is it will have an impact on businesses—large and small. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce led a strategy session for its members to help make implementation less burdensome.
Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports that the question asked by many businesses—especially smaller ones— is how they can remain competitive and innovative while spending a significant share of dollars on health insurance.
Posted in Daily Capitol News Updates on June 5, 2013
Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is accusing the IRS of refusing to release $125-million in settlement funds to Virginia. It comes at a time when the IRS is under scrutiny for its spending and other questionable practices, but the Attorney General says that’s just a coincidence. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, after months of trying to get the agency to ante up, he’s shining a light on the problem through the media with hopes of getting a response.
With only a week left before the statewide Democratic primary, many Virginia voters are now taking a closer look at the candidates. The two Democrats vying for Attorney General both want to make sure that the office is not politicized, protect reproductive rights, and help implement the federal Affordable Care Act in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports on the two men who would like to become the state’s chief lawyer and “top cop”: Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring.
The day of the statewide Democratic primary is quickly approaching, and the candidates are spending the final campaign week working to mobilize voters in the little-publicized election. The two Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor want to expand Medicaid, curb gun violence through a ban on assault weapons, and promote economic development. Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan gives us a final look at both men who hope to preside over the state Senate: Ralph Northam and Aneesh Chopra.
Sixty Five years ago, ‘The Marshall Plan’ for reviving Europe’s economy after World War II, changed the course of history. As Secretary of State after the war, General George Marshall conceived the plan in the wake of the devastation of World War Two. The plan resides here in Virginia and is still studied by leaders and scholars from all over the world.
Now, thanks to help from archivists at Virginia Tech, they won’t have to travel here to see it. Robbie Harris has more.
Learn more at the George C. Marshall Foundation website.
Posted in VaNews from VPAP on June 3, 2013
A crossing guard who makes $40 an hour and the next onslaught on political advertising in Virginia were among the hottest topics on the Virginia Public Access Project’s Va News link over the past week. Fred Echols reports.
VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at vpap.org.
A University of Virginia professor has won the Asian equivalent to the Nobel Prize for his research on energy, magnetism and black holes. The news came by e-mail, and John Hawley is still buzzing as Sandy Hausman reports.