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Parents of Morgan Harrington letter to Virginia House of Delegates

Friday, January 30, 2015

A letter from Dan and Gil Harrington was distributed today to all 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Dan and Gil Harrington Parents of Morgan Harrington Founders of Help Save the Next Girl January 30, 2015 Dear Delegate: Many of you know our story well. We are the parents of Morgan Harrington. Morgan, […]

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Mike Wray to run for Roanoke County School Board

Friday, January 30, 2015

Mike Wray to run for Roanoke County School Board

Mike Wray a former Cave Spring Roanoke County Board of Supervisor  plans to run for the Cave Spring Roanoke County School Board in November.  Fuzzy Minnix had announced that he will not run for re-election to the Roanoke County School Board. Minnix had served on the school board for six years and was on the […]

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Virginia Democrats deliver impact letter of Medicaid expansion in House districts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Virginia Democrats deliver impact letter of Medicaid expansion in House districts

Thursday the House Democratic Caucus delivered “Dear Colleague” letters to every member of the House of Delegates containing new data from the Commonwealth Institute that breaks down how many Virginians in each House of Delegates District would benefit from the acceptance of over $1 billion of Medicaid expansion funds from the Federal Government. The letter also […]

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U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia February 2015 cases

Thursday, January 29, 2015

For the week of February 2 – February 6, 2015 ROANOKE DIVISION US v. Clarence Hawkins, Jessie Hawkins (Guilty Plea: February 2 at 9:30 a.m.) Hawkins, and others, have been charged with heroin distribution charges. US v. Albert Edward Blair (Guilty Plea: February 2 at 2:00 p.m.) AGE: 46 ADDRESS: Roanoke, Virginia Blair has been […]

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AG Herring leads Virginia and 21 other states, District of Columbia in defending federally-facilitated healthcare exchanges

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AG Herring leads Virginia and 21 other states, District of Columbia in defending federally-facilitated healthcare exchanges

RICHMOND (January 28, 2015)–The Commonwealth of Virginia today led 22 states and the District of Columbia in filing an amicus brief defending the sustainability of America’s healthcare system and the right of millions of low- and moderate-income Americans, including hundreds of thousands of Virginians, to premium-assistance tax credits when they purchase health insurance on a […]

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VA House GOP tell working families to “drop dead” say House Democrats

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Richmond, VA — Today, the House Democratic Caucus released the following joint statement from Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-57) and Caucus Chair Scott Surovell (D-44) slamming House Republicans for voting against legislation that would work towards building a new Virginia economy. This legislation included: raising the minimum wage, protecting low-income workers from predatory lenders, closing […]

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Virginia unemployment rate drops – Roanoke gains jobs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

RICHMOND— Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage point in December to 4.8 percent and was down 0.4 percentage point from December 2013. December’s decrease was the third consecutive monthly decline, dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest rate since October 2008. Governor McAuliffe said in a statement, […]

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Rep. Goodlatte and Griffith blame “war on coal” for Norfolk Southern jobs relocation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) issued the following statement today reacting to the news that Norfolk Southern Corp. will be closing its office building in Roanoke, impacting the jobs of all 500 employees working there: “Norfolk Southern came to our region more than 130 years ago with the primary purpose of moving […]

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Delegate Sam Rasoul criticizes Norfolk Southern’s decision to relocate jobs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Delegate Sam Rasoul criticizes Norfolk Southern's decision to relocate jobs

As reported in The Roanoke Times and other local media this morning a shocked Roanoke citizenry was slapped, shocked and angered at Norfolk Southern’s decision to relocate all its downtown building employees to Norfolk and Atlanta. On Facebook Roanokers wrote that they felt betrayed by the railroad that defined Roanoke’s beginnings and that Roanokers had […]

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GOP Senate committee squashes all gun control bills with Sen. Edwards joining Republicans UPDATED Video

Monday, January 26, 2015

GOP Senate committee squashes all gun control bills with Sen. Edwards joining Republicans UPDATED Video

BREAKING UPDATE: In a shocking move earlier today, multiple Senate Republicans seemingly changed their votes on Senator Barbara Favola’s (D-Arlington) SB 943, a bill to keep guns out of the hands of convicted stalkers and sexual batterers. Committee Chair Tommy Norment ruled the bill reported in front of an audience of reporters, committee members, and dozens […]

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Delegate Rasoul’s safety bill passes the House

Monday, January 26, 2015

ROANOKE, VA – HB 1344, a bill to protect workers by making it clear that Safety Service Patrol employees are included in Virginia’s “move over” law, passed unanimously on Friday.  Members in Virginia’s House of Delegates voted 96-0 to unanimously to pass Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City)’s first bill in the 2015 session. “These men […]

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Gov. McAuliffe, Sen. Ruff and Del. Kilgore introduce enhanced Tobacco Commission legislation

Friday, January 23, 2015

In light of the perceived scandal involving former Senator Phil Puckett’s resignation and job offer with the Tobacco Commission that gave the impression it was a reward for tossing control of the Virginia Senate to Republican, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the introduction of legislation to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of the Tobacco Indemnification and Community […]

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