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UVA Student Groups and Faculty Members Plan Rally, Protests, Teach-in Friday

A group of University of Virginia Students and faculty members is planning a walk-out on inauguration day.

Members of the Black Student Alliance and other advocacy groups, plan a walk-out, a rally and a teach-in.

Westin Gobar is Political Action Chair of the Black Student Alliance. He says there will be a teach-in and workshop on protest and practical political action as they face four years of a Trump presidency, beginning with local government.

Virginia GOP Unveils Economic Plan

Republican leaders in Virginia’s House of Delegates have now unveiled their agenda for improving the state’s economy.

72nd District Delegate Jimmy Massey Chairs the House Republicans policy working group - he says their 4-point plan will balance Virginia’s budget shortfall without tax or fee increases. The plan calls for cutting state regulations by 35% through a new division in the Department of Planning and Budget.

Governor Proposes Changes to VEDP

Governor Terry McAuliffe is proposing several structural changes to Virginia’s Economic Development Partnership Authority (VEDP) – including making the Secretary of Commerce and Trade the default Chair of VEDP’s Board of Directors.

Governor McAuliffe revealed the proposal to reporters Monday (12/12). He argues the change will bring leadership to the board's decision-making.

Crime Commission Looks to Crack Down on Cigarette Trafficking

The Virginia State Crime Commission endorsed three measures aimed at curtailing cigarette trafficking Monday (12/5). One of them would add a new section to the state code and create a more strict and interactive process for those seeking cigarette tax exemptions.

Commission Staff Attorney Colin Drabert says right now, it's easy for traffickers to obtain the sales tax discount by setting up fake shops through the internet.

State Senator Considers Run for Attorney General Nomination

Virginia Senator Bill Stanley told a room full of reporters Thursday (12/1) that he may seek the Republican nomination for Virginia Attorney General in next year's election. The comments came as part of a panel at the Virginia Press Association's Capital Day event.

Senator Stanley has served in Virginia’s 20th District since 2011. He says he had previously yielded his hopes at a running in order to support what would’ve been Republican Delegate Rob Bell’s second attempt to secure the nomination.

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