Archives: 2015 capital news service

Elections board removes GOP’s “loyalty oath”

State officials agreed Thursday to honor the Republican Party of Virginia’s request to remove a requirement that voters sign a “loyalty oath” before voting in the March 1 presidential primary.

Most dams lack emergency action plan

For many Virginians living downstream from a dam, there is a good chance that they don’t know what to do or where to go if the dam fails. That’s because more than 40 percent of the state’s dams that are supposed to have evacuation plans do not.

Guns trigger debate at General Assembly

In Virginia, as in most states, you can get a gun without ever having fired one. A push for new gun laws was one of the hot topics of the General Assembly’s 2015 session. Both the gun lobbies and gun control advocates sought legislation regarding firearms.

Fresh vegetables and fruits can be surprisingly hard to find in Virginia

Twenty-eight percent of Virginians report having a difficult time finding fresh fruits and vegetables to buy in their community, according to a survey released on Monday at the fourth Weight of the State childhood obesity prevention conference.

Federal grant will expand preschool program

Thanks to a $17.5 million federal grant to Virginia’s pre-kindergarten program for low-income children, more than 1,200 additional children will be able to attend preschool in 11 high-needs school divisions beginning next school year.

Watchdog group blasts General Assembly’s “murky practices”

Transparency Virginia, a nonprofit, nonpartisan legislative watchdog group, released a report last Tuesday highlighting “murky practices” and “disturbing” findings from the 2015 General Assembly session.

Virginia closes legal gap on sex trafficking

Twenty-five years after the hit movie “Pretty Woman,” Virginia is getting more serious about sex trafficking.

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