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  • Health Politics Top Stories Poll: Virginia voters oppose using federal funds to Expand Medicaid but want lawmakers to compromise

    Poll: Virginia voters oppose using federal funds to Expand Medicaid but want lawmakers to compromise

    Republicans’ argument against expanding Medicaid in Virginia appears to be winning public approval, but more than 7 out of 10 voters want to see the General Assembly find a compromise on the issue, according to a survey from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. The survey also shows that if the legislature’s failure to pass a budget leads to a shutdown of state government, 73 % of voters want Gov. Terry McAuliffe to use executive orders […]

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  • County Government Politics Top Stories Fairfax board votes to raise real estate taxes, blames “sluggish post-recession” economy

    Fairfax board votes to raise real estate taxes, blames “sluggish post-recession” economy

    The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors today reviewed and gave preliminary approval to a fiscal 2015 budget that would raise the property tax rate to $1.09. Board Chairman Sharon Bulova called it a “very challenging” budget year marked by a “sluggish post-recession” economy. “The good news this year is that real estate values are beginning to rebound. The bad news is that only residential values are rising; business taxes are flat and commercial assessments are a decrease from Fiscal Year […]

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  • Entertainment & Events Top Stories Wolf Trap adds 22 shows to round out 2014 summer season

    Wolf Trap adds 22 shows to round out 2014 summer season

    Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces a second set of performances to complete the 2014 Summer season. Wolf Trap offers unparalleled diversity in programming in a stunning natural environment, and builds upon its founding principles of celebrating music while nurturing the next generation through education. “We are proud to present an extraordinary season filled with truly iconic artists,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “Wolf Trap is the only place in the country where you can find Yo-Yo Ma, Robyn […]

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  • Politics Top Stories McAuliffe modifies Restoration of Rights policy

    McAuliffe modifies Restoration of Rights policy

    Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced his amendments to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s process by which rehabilitated felons can have their voting rights restored after they have paid their debt to society. When it takes effect on April 21, the new policy will make the restoration of rights process more transparent by providing Virginians with a list of the offenses that require a waiting period before an offender can apply to have his or her rights restored. It will also empower […]

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  • Education Top Stories All Fairfax County schools make top schools list; Oakton in top spot

    All Fairfax County schools make top schools list; Oakton in top spot

    All Fairfax County high schools have been designated among the most demanding public schools in the country and are featured in the 2014 Washington Post list of more than 1,900 top U.S. high schools. Oakton High School had the highest ranking of FCPS high schools on the list, which is based on a formula devised by Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews. Oakton was ranked 144th on the 2014 list. Rankings for other Fairfax County Public Schools are: Centreville High School, […]

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  • Politics Top Stories Moran-Connolly bill would give federal workers a 3.3% raise

    Moran-Connolly bill would give federal workers a 3.3% raise

    Reps.  Jim Moran (D-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), John Tierney (D-MA) and other House members, today introduced legislation to provide a 3.3% pay raise to federal workers. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act would provide the pay hike to all federal employees in calendar year 2015. “Federal workers deserve to be compensated for the vital role they play in the lives of millions of Americans,” Rep. Moran said. “These are the men and women finding […]

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  • Lorton Police & Crime Top Stories Dumfries man arrested in fatal I-95 shuttle bus crash

    Dumfries man arrested in fatal I-95 shuttle bus crash

    Virginia State Police have arrested a Dumfries man in connection with an early-morning accident involving a 16-passenger shuttle bus on I-95 near the Lorton exit. One bus passenger, David Alberto Sanchez, 24, of Woodbridge, was killed and at least one other seriously injured in the accident. The passengers on the America Transportation shuttle bus, all from Prince William County, were returning from a birthday party in D.C. and were traveling south on I-95 when, according to witnesses, a white, four-door passenger vehicle traveling […]

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  • Education Top Stories GMU names Lehigh University dean its next provost

    GMU names Lehigh University dean its next provost

    George Mason University has chosen S. David Wu, the dean of a prestigious engineering college, to be its next provost and executive vice president. Wu joins Mason after a 27-year career at Lehigh University, including the past decade as its dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. He brings a wealth of experience that will strengthen George Mason and its mission to set the standard for public universities in the 21st century, the university said in […]

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