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Thursday, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Associated Press

Va. General Assembly Adopts Changes in Transportation Bill

Va. General Assembly Adopts Changes in Transportation Bill

Virginia’s General Assembly adopted Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendments to his transportation funding bill. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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By Julie Carey

Va. Approves Amendment Barring Abortion Coverage by Health Care Exchange Plans

Va. Approves Amendment Barring Abortion Coverage by Health Care Exchange Plans

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's controversial amendment to bar health insurance plans sold through a federal exchange from covering most abortions won approval from both the House and Senate. Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM
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By Carissa DiMargo

McDonnell Signs A-F School Grading Bill

McDonnell Signs A-F School Grading Bill

Gov. Bob McDonnell has signed a number of bills Friday to reform public schools in Virginia, part of his ALL STUDENTS initiative. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Virginia Teacher Evaluation Bill Clears Final Hurdle

Virginia Teacher Evaluation Bill Clears Final Hurdle

A bill to revamp teacher evaluation and grievance procedures won final passage after an unsuccessful last-ditch attempt to amend it. Read »

Monday, Feb 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM
      

Virginia House Passes Bill to Grade Schools From A to F

The House of Delegates passed legislation that would assign letter grades to public schools in Virginia just as teachers grade students from A to F. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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By Bob Lewis, AP

Black Leaders Criticize Va. GOP Voter Bills

Black Leaders Criticize Va. GOP Voter Bills

A bitter partisan dispute over Republican bills that place new burdens on voting grew more passionate Tuesday as black leaders compared the measures to Jim Crow-era voter suppression and accused the GOP of... Read »

Friday, Jan 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM
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By Bob Lewis, Associated Press

GOP Racing New US House Map Through Va. Legislature

GOP Racing New US House Map Through Va. Legislature

Now in control of both the Virginia House and Senate, legislative Republicans are rocketing their congressional redistricting plan to passage over Democratic objections that it shortchanges black voters. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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By Associated Press

Bolling Breaks Tie on Power Sharing

Bolling Breaks Tie on Power Sharing

Virginia Senate Republicans ruled out power sharing with Democrats on Wednesday with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casting the vote that broke a 20-20 deadlock. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:17 PM
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By Bob Lewis, Associated Press

Va. Senate Organizing Fight Could Be Showstopper

Va. Senate Organizing Fight Could Be Showstopper

Democrats say it's up to Republicans to draw first blood in an opening-day General Assembly dispute over whether an evenly split Senate will share power or one party will assert a majority. Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM
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By Julie Carey
      

Va. Educators Renew Fight to Start School Before Labor Day

Northern Virginia educators are getting ready to renew their fight to get rid of the so-called King’s Dominion Law as the 2012 General Assembly session begins this week. Read »

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