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Aging Va. General Assembly Building needs repairs

A new report says the aging General Assembly Building on Capitol Square has asbestos in one tower and multiple fire and safety code issues.

Sunday - 01/27/2013, 02:27pm EST

Tags: Virginia General Assembly, Capitol Square, Richard F. Silwoski

Proposed East Coast uranium mine dividing Va.

A geologist walks the field's of a Southside Virginia farm and a shrieking Geiger counter illustrates what hundreds of jobs sound like - jobs that could be the salvation of this economically depressed area or spell its ruin.

Saturday - 01/26/2013, 01:31pm EST

Tags: uranium mining, Virginia Uranium Inc., Coles Hill, Va., Virginia General Assembly, uranium mining ban, economic development

Va. lawmakers take aim at cigarette trafficking

Lawmakers are aiming to impose harsher penalties on cigarette traffickers in Virginia, where officials say low excise taxes have made it an attractive base for smugglers.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 04:47pm EST

Tags: cigarettes, smuggling, Virginia General Assembly

GOP senators will oppose VA electoral change

A bill that would replace the state's winner-take-all method of apportioning presidential electoral votes with one that awards votes by congressional district is expected to fail this year.

Friday - 01/25/2013, 04:37pm EST

Tags: Jill Vogel, electoral college, Virginia General Assembly, GOP

Poll: Majority of Virginians want to close the gun show loophole

A new survey of Virginia voters shows that three- fourths want to close the state's so-called "gun show loophole."

Friday - 01/25/2013, 05:36am EST

Tags: Christopher Newport University, Quentin Kidd, poll, gun laws, gun show loophole, Virginia General Assembly, Hank Silverberg

Va. House delays showdown on Senate redistricting

The House showdown over a surprise redistricting bill that Senate Republicans strong-armed to passage will have to wait for another day.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 01:34pm EST

Tags: Virginia Senate Republicans, Virginia General Assembly, redistricting, Bill Howell, Bob Marshall

Va. Senate approves 'dooring' bill

The Virginia Senate has approved a bill banning drivers from opening a car door without first checking to see if a bike, vehicle or pedestrian is coming.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 07:52am EST

Tags: Virginia General Assembly, dooring

Va. Senate committee backs felons' rights bill

The Virginia Senate will consider legislation backed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to automatically restore nonviolent felons' voting rights after the measure won a committee's endorsement Tuesday.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 06:55pm EST

Tags: Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Senate, voting rights, voting rights of felons

Va. Senate GOP springs redrawn Senate lines on Dems

State Senate Republicans muscled a surreptitious redraft of Virginia's 40 Senate districts to passage Monday by a single vote over bitter objections from Democrats who were blindsided by the surprise move.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 05:20am EST

Tags: Virginia Senate, senate district, Virginia General Assembly

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Uranium backers gave gifts, donations to lawmakers

Interests lobbying the General Assembly to repeal a law banning uranium mining plied state legislators with nearly $140,000 in campaign contributions the past two years, according to data gleaned by a nonprofit and nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 03:06am EST

Tags: virginia public access project, virginia state board of election, Virginia General Assembly, uranium mining, Virginia Uranium Inc.

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