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McAuliffe vetoes bill to defund Planned Parenthood

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed anti-abortion legislation that would have cut off state funding to Planned Parenthood’s six Virginia health centers, which provide care to more than 22,000 men and women each year.

Texting while driving convictions quadruple in Virginia

Emphasis on “convictions.” A 2013 law has made texting while driving a primary offense, so it’s easier to convict offenders.

Virginia plants seeds for new hemp industry

Virginia soon will legalize the growing of industrial hemp under legislation passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Licensed growers will be allowed to cultivate industrial hemp as part of a university-managed research program.

Legislative session a mixed bag for immigrants

About 20 state legislators and representatives of immigrant advocacy groups have formed the New Americans Caucus to address the needs of undocumented residents and other immigrants.

Charter school amendment passes this session

A proposed constitutional amendment empowering the Virginia Board of Education to create charter schools has cleared this year’s final hurdle—approval from the House of Delegates.

Virginia still deciding if women are equal

In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and asked the states to ratify it. Forty-three years later, Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA, which would guarantee women and men equal rights.

Dominion bill wins final passage

The House gave final approval Thursday to a bill that freezes Dominion Virginia Power’s base rate for five years but prevents the state from forcing the company to reimburse customers if the utility company earns excessive profits.

Balloons’ dangers to wildlife not inflated

In this Q&A, Mark Swingle, director of research and conservation for the Virginia Aquarium, explains why and how balloons are harmful to the environment.

House passes ethics bill

The House of Delegates on Tuesday passed a bill that would limit gifts accepted by Virginia politicians to $100.