Sun January 13, 2013
It's All Politics

Enmity And Ennui: Va. Governor's Race Inspiring Both

Originally published on Sun January 13, 2013 5:15 pm

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli talks about the Supreme Court decision on the national health care law on June 28, 2012 in Richmond, Va.
Steve Helber AP

Most Virginians say they approve of the job that first-term GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell is doing, suggesting he'd have a good shot at re-election when his term expires at the end of this year.

But it's one-and-out for governors in Virginia, the only state that doesn't allow its chief executive to serve consecutive terms.

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Mon January 7, 2013

New Regulations Could Treat Virginia Abortion Clinics Like Hospitals

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 8:00 am

Protesters appeal to members of the Virginia Board of Health after their decision to impose new building regulations on abortion clinics in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 14.
Steve Helber AP

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the famed and widely cited case that legalized abortion. Yet across the country, states are continuing to approve restrictions.

With little fanfare, Virginia and Michigan Republican governors recently signed new abortion bills into law. Virginia's Bob McDonnell, in particular, quietly approved clinic regulations adopted by the state's Board of Health three months ago that hold abortion clinics to the same building standards as hospitals.

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Mon January 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

Triage System Helps Colleges Treat Mentally Ill Students

Originally published on Tue January 8, 2013 2:34 pm

Meredith Was, a senior at the University of Virginia, heads a chapter of the mental health advocacy group Active Minds.
Jenny Gold for NPR

Miranda Dale had her first breakdown during her freshman year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It was 2 a.m. on a Saturday, and she hadn't left her dorm room in days.

"I honestly didn't know what to do," says Dale. "I heard rumors that at a big university you're just a number and you're not going to get through to anyone" at the university counseling center.

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Tue November 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Turkey Grower Calls Pardon Of Cobbler (Or Is It Gobbler?) 'An Honor'

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 12:54 pm

The turkeys to be pardoned Wednesday appeared at a press conference Tuesday at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Update at 2:32 p.m. ET:

Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Obama clearly related his own redemption this month to the turkeys he pardoned.

"They say that life is all about second chances, and this November I could not agree more," he said at the pardon ceremony. "The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward."

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Fri November 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Alleged 'East Coast Rapist' To Appear In Virginia Court Hearings This Month

In this courtroom drawing, Aaron Thomas, stands before a judge with officers and public defender Joseph Lopez, in New Haven, Conn., on March 7, 2011.
Elizabeth Williams AP

Aaron Thomas, the man suspected as the 'East Coast Rapist', is scheduled to enter a plea in two Virginia courts this month, according to reports. The Associated Press says on Nov. 30, Thomas will appear in a courtroom in Loudoun County, apparently to enter a plea in a sexual assault case.

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