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  • Legislative notebook: Nursing background checks pass Senate

    RICHMOND – The Virginia Senate unanimously approved new fingerprint and background check requirements for nurses Tuesday.
  • Medicaid expansion at stake at ballot box in November

    Medicaid expansion at stake at ballot box in November
    In a microcosm of the national partisan divide over federal health care reform, popularly known as Obamacare, Virginia has put one element — the expansion of Medicaid — front and center in the political debate preceding November's election....

    Virginia election board to allow some expired IDs for voting

    Virginians who let their driver's licenses, passports or other photo IDs expire will still get a chance to vote, as long as those documents aren't too old. The State Board of Elections struck a compromise Wednesday between those who argued that an...

    Crime & Legal Issues: Legislation could expand Virginia's DNA database

    Legislation sponsored by two Virginia lawmakers calls for greatly increasing the number of people who must provide DNA samples to the state upon their convictions. Under current law, everyone convicted of a felony and a very small number of misdemeanors...

    A respite before next phase of Virginia senate battle

    A respite before next phase of Virginia senate battle
    For the moment, the war for one of Virginia's two U.S. Senate seats is on hold, as local election officials across the state launch their usual one-to-three day effort to verify results from Tuesday's unexpectedly close race between Sen. Mark Warner and...