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How Much Of A Raise Should Virginia Teachers Get? And When?

Virginia lawmakers are divided over the extent and timing of teacher raises, with divisions emerging even within the two major parties.

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How Will Virginia's Legislative Session Affect You? 5 Things Likely To Pass

The Virginia General Assembly has been hard at work this year — but what of the legislation that has moved forward so far will directly impact your life?

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Virginia Lawmakers Take Action To Prevent Government Behind Closed Doors

Virginia has a terrible reputation for open government, and if a recent recent state Supreme Court ruling is allowed to stand, it might get worse. But the General Assembly, with prompting by a Democratic state senator from Fairfax County, is pushing back.

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Questions Emerge About McDonnell Appeal After Death On Supreme Court

​"[Scalia's] absence appears to be the absence of a vote ​on behalf of McDonnell," says Virginia legal expert Rich Kelsey.
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With Bills Stalled, Virginia Lawmakers Ask Regulators To Act Against Car-Title Lenders

Members of the Virginia General Assembly are asking state regulators to crack down on the use of consumer finance loans by car-title lenders — bait-and-switch tactics that land consumers with huge bills for interest.

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Did Virginia Democrats Give Up Too Much On Gun Control Compromise?

Republicans came to Richmond this year looking for a way to lift an executive action that barred Virginia from recognizing concealed carry permits originating in 25 states. They got the deal, but Dems wonder if they conceded too much.
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Deal To Widen I-66 Will Bring Tolls And Construction At The Same Time

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe campaigned in 2013 as a dealmaker who could work with Democrats and Republicans, and he says he's delivering on that promise through another compromise with lawmakers — this time on the thorny transportation issue of widening Interstate 66.

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A Form Of Extortion Or Just Smart Planning? Va. Considers Limiting Proffers

The General Assembly has voted to rein in a system that makes demands on builders, but there are still pockets of resistance to the idea, especially in Northern Virginia.

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Why Is Predicting D.C.'s Weather So Difficult?

There are many factors that make the D.C. region unique. The challenge of accurately predicting winter storms here is among them.

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Should 'Right-To-Work' Law Be In Virginia Constitution? GOP Wants It On Ballot

Republicans in Virginia want to enshrine a bill banning mandatory union membership in the state constitution — a move analysts say is intended to increase turnout among the commonwealth's conservative base.

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