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03 May 2013

Virginia Lottery Hits Its Own Jackpot

Lottery winners aren’t the only ones with any luck: The Virginia Lottery saw record ticket sales in the past year, as the economy continued its recovery and several big-name retailers began selling tickets.

03 May 2013

Lottery Sales Keep Rising in Virginia

Sales of Virginia Lottery tickets have risen steadily — and last year, they jumped by 9 percent.

03 May 2013

Lottery Has Produced Billions for Schools

Since 1999, the Virginia Lottery has generated more than $5 billion for public education.

03 May 2013

Top 25 Virginia Lottery Retailers

Here is a map of the 25 outlets that sold the most Virginia Lottery tickets in fiscal year 2012.

31 Mar 2013

New Law Declares Parental Rights ‘Fundamental’

Starting July 1, parents in Virginia will have “a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care” of their children.

27 Mar 2013

Governor Signs Law Designating Shakespeare Festival

All’s well that ends well, Shakespeare’s own words, as the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary will become the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia starting July 1.

26 Mar 2013

‘Shaka Watch’ Keeps Social Media Guessing

“Shaka Watch” was in full effect after the VCU men’s basketball team lost against Michigan in the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Would Coach Shaka Smart leave VCU? Rumors buzzed all over the web on the possibilites of Smart’s next move.

19 Mar 2013

New Rules for Mopeds Down the Road

Moped operators in Virginia would have to wear helmets and eye protection, carry a government-issued photo ID, and title, register and put a license plate on their scooters under a bill waiting to be signed into law by Gov. Bob McDonnell.

01 Mar 2013

What’s in a Name? ‘Official’ Shakespeare Festival

For Gov. Bob McDonnell, the proposition for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at the College of William and Mary is simple: To be or not to be the commonwealth’s official Shakespeare festival.

13 Feb 2013

They’ve Got Game at VCU Basketball Classic

State legislators and lobbyists battled it out on the basketball court Tuesday night to benefit Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

13 Feb 2013

Panel Rejects Consecutive Terms for Governor

A House subcommittee has rejected the Senate’s proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Virginia governors to serve two consecutive terms starting in 2017.

11 Feb 2013

Legislators, Lobbyists Team Up Against Cancer

State legislators and lobbyists will battle it out on the basketball court Tuesday night to benefit Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center.

09 Feb 2013

Bill Would Make Parental Rights ‘Fundamental’

A divided House of Delegates this week passed a bill formally declaring that parents have “a fundamental right to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control” of their children.

01 Feb 2013

Senate OK’s Letting Governor Serve 2 Terms

Starting in 2017, Virginia voters could have the opportunity to re-elect the governor to a second consecutive term if the House joins the Senate in seeking to amend the state’s Constitution.

27 Jan 2013

I-64 May Get Millions to Ease Congestion

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s transportation budget would provide millions of dollars for road and rail projects along Interstate 64 from Newport News to Richmond to ease traffic congestion.

16 Jan 2013

Shakespeare Festival May Get Boost from State

A bill introduced by Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg, would designate the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg as the official Shakespeare Festival of Virginia, in hopes of increasing tourism to the area.

10 Jan 2013

Legislators Give Gov. McDonnell Mixed Reviews

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s goals for his last year in office drew mixed reactions among legislators representing the Williamsburg area.