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Full Implementation Of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act Delayed By USDA

Earlier in the week, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a Trump Appointee, announced the USDA will delay full implementation of the nutrition standards passed into law by the Obama Administration in 2010 called the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, a long-time advocate for children and school nutrition, told 88.9 WCVE News this afternoon she’s disappointed by that decision.

Governor Restores One-Handgun-A-Month Law: Attorney General Comments

Governor Terry McAuliffe had a very active day yesterday (3/27) vetoing or signing laws back into life.

One in particular affects how easy it is for guns to make it to the streets. One proposed veto targeted Senate Bill 10-23, which would restore Virginia’s One-Handgun-a-Month Purchase Law. If passed, the One-Handgun-A-Month Law will make it a crime to purchase more than one handgun in 30-days by state residents and out-of-state purchasers.

U.S. Marine Corps To Investigate Distribution Of Nude Photos Of Women

On Sunday (3/5) we learned that the U.S. Marine Corps launched an investigation after reports that service personnel were distributing nude photos of women that reportedly promote sexual violence.

Among several national publications, including USA Today, it was reported Sunday that active military personnel and other veterans had been distributing nude photos of female colleagues and other women as part of a Facebook group called Marines United, that promotes sexual violence.

Gloucester County School Board Seeks Delay In Transgender Bathroom Case

The Gloucester County School Board, which says it wants to keep a transgender teen from using the boys' restroom at his high school, is calling on the Supreme Court to delay consideration of the case to allow the Trump administration to weigh in.

The board also hopes a delay may allow time for Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

However, the ACLU of Virginia is not in agreement. Gail Deady, Council for the ACLU of Virginia, says transgender students need confirmation now.

Kaine Says Questions Don’t End With Flynn Resignation -- Just Getting Started

On Monday (2/13), another of President Donald Trump’s key advisors -- National Security Advisor Michael Flynn -- stepped down as the controversy swirled on Capitol Hill.

In the wake of the resignation of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as the National Security Advisor over concerns about his communications with the Russian Government, 88.39 WCVE reached out to U.S. Senator Tim Kaine about what this means for the new administration. “One of the problems,” says Senator Kaine, “is the Trump Administration’s ability to hold the trust of the American Public and our Allies.”

Governor Voices Concern About Rate Increase For Dominion

Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday (2/13) expressed his concern about a possible rate increase for customers of the state’s largest electric utility -- Dominion Virginia Power. The governor’s office says it is worried that Dominion customers would overpay because a 2015 law prohibits state regulators from adjusting base rates for several years, which is the majority of a customer’s bill, but allows them to approve large construction costs.

The Governor has gone on record saying he supports undoing the 2015 law, however, Dominion Spokesman David Botkins says why break what works.

Kaine Questions Haley For U.N. Ambassador Position

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who is a member of both the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, found himself in front of another former Southern Governor yesterday (1/18). It was Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, who is President Elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

From the start, Kaine questioned Haley on the importance of freedom of the press. Other areas explored in committee included her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and upholding the Iran nuclear deal.

Former Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine Returns to Senate Calling on Redefinition of War with Islamic Militants

Now that the 2016 election is over and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine returns to his work in Congress, he is returning to some of his previous goals.

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine -- who served just a couple of weeks ago as Hillary Clinton’s Vice-Presidential running mate -- renewed his call for an official declaration of war against Islamic Militants. Kaine even took-on outgoing President Barack Obama.

ACLU Opposes Proposed DOE Amendment

The ACLU of Virginia says it is opposed to a proposed controversial amendment by the Virginia Board of Education -- that it says could censor classic works of art for Virginia students.

Joining ranks with the National Coalition Against Censorship, Legal Director of the ACLU of Virginia, Leslie Mehta says the proposed amendment is not defined. As a result says Mehta, classic works of art such as Literary Classics such as Romeo and Juliet, The Diary of Anne Frank, or a Brave New World, could be deemed sexually explicit.

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