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McDonnell Sentencing Gives Renewed Momentum To Virginia Ethics Reform

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in federal prison for accepting gifts and loans totally over $165,000 — something that may spur lawmakers to address the commonwealth's ethics laws.

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Virginia Lawmakers To Tackle Reforms To Standardized Testing

Frustrations have been mounting in Virginia schools over the influence of the Standards of Learning standardized tests — something members of the General Assembly say they hope to address.

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LGBT Activists Say Virginia Bill Codifies Discrimination Based On Sexuality

A new bill introduced by Virginia Del. Bob Marshall would allow individuals, businesses and government agencies to refuse service to individuals on the basis of "homosexual behavior."

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Olympics Dreams Dashed, Arlington Goes Back To Drawing Board On Aquatics Center

Leaders in Arlington were hoping that Olympic fever would sweep through the region, allowing them to find funding for a new aquatics center on the northern edge of Crystal City. But now that's not happening, and the project is once again on hold.
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Virginia's Two U.S. Senators Diverge On Keystone XL Pipeline

Now that the House of Representatives has approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the fight moves to the Senate, and it's pitting Virginia's two senators against each other.
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Warner And Kaine Become Key To Bipartisan Coalitions In U.S. Senate

Virginia’s two Democratic Senators are expected to hold a lot of sway as more moderate voices in the new Republican controlled Senate.
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Fairfax County Struggles To Come Up With New Plan For Collecting Trash

Environmental advocates are calling for changes to how trash is collected in Fairfax County. But they're also learning that digging into the garbage can be difficult.
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More Legal Challenges Await Virginia Political Districts?

The newest lawsuit filed in Richmond against House of Delegates districts might not be the last of such challenges, the experts say.

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Comstock's Virginia House Seat Goes To Democrat

Kathleen Murphy defeated Craig Parisot in a special election Tuesday.

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Judge: McDonnell's 2-Year Sentence Could Have Been Longer

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in federal prison Tuesday. Federal Judge James Spencer had guidelines of seven or eight years, but he decided to issue a two-year sentence instead, saying that he was giving the former governor credit for his public service and his time in the Army reserves.