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Northern Virginia Technology Council selected to fix V-A scheduling system

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) announced that the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) has been selected to examine and propose improvements to the scheduling processes and systems at Department of Veteran’s Affairs (V-A) medical facilities, at no cost to taxpayers. Recent legislation to reform the V-A included Sen. Warner’s initiative directing the V-A to […]

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Attorney General Mark Herring sues banks for $1.15 billion

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Attorney General Mark Herring sues banks for $1.15 billion

RICHMOND (September 16, 2014)–Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced a historic lawsuit against some of the largest commercial banks in the world for fraud committed against Virginia taxpayers during the height of the real estate bubble. A lawsuit unsealed today in Richmond Circuit Court seeks $1.15 billion in damages against thirteen banks that are […]

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Virginia revenue shortfall hits higher education, state agencies, and localities

Monday, September 15, 2014

Higher Education takes a hit in offsetting the Commonwealth’s budget shortfall. In addition localities across the state will have to pitch in – by helping balance the state budgets by sending $30 million a year for the next two-year budget cycle back to the state. This “donation” back to the state is oddly called Aid […]

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U.S. Western District of Virginia upcoming criminal court cases

Friday, September 12, 2014

US v. Luis Bradly Garza (Guilty Plea: September 15 at 9:15 am) AGE: 33 ADDRESS: Hillsville, Virginia The defendant, and others, has been charged related to the distribution of methamphetamine. US v. Chol Makuach Dau (Jury Trial: September 15 at 9:30 a.m.) AGE: 35 ADDRESS: Roanoke, Virginia Dau, and others, have been charged with distributing synthetic drugs. […]

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Virginia revenue improves for August as Roanoke waits

Friday, September 12, 2014

Virginia revenue improves for August as Roanoke waits

State revenue numbers are out as Roanoke City still waits for FY2014 budget results that ended June 30, 2014. Accordng to an inquiry of the city’s new director of finance, Barbara Dameron: “The first presentation is scheduled for the October 6, 2014 Council meeting and will report the financial results for fiscal year ended June 30, 2014. […]

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McAuliffe takes action to expand healthcare services

Monday, September 8, 2014

McAuliffe takes action to expand healthcare services

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam said, ” it is clear that these new initiatives are no substitute for a full expansion of Medicaid in the Commonwealth.” Today though Governor McAuliffe launched A Healthy Virginia, a 10-step plan to expand healthcare services to over 200,000 Virginians. The plan was the result of a directive to Secretary of […]

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In Roanoke AG Herring lays out plans to combat overdoses

Monday, September 8, 2014

In Roanoke AG Herring lays out plans to combat overdoses

Today at the conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced a series of initiatives to combat a recent rise in fatal overdoses of heroin and prescription opiates. Legislative, prosecutorial, and educational efforts will complement and build on the efforts of other state, local, and federal agencies […]

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Roanoke reports no alcohol-related accidents over Labor Day

Monday, September 8, 2014

Over the Labor Day weekend, Roanoke Police reported 7 DUI arrests and 0 alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.  This is a decrease from 1 drinking and driving crash in 2013 and an increase in DUI arrests from 6 in 2013 to 7 in 2014.  Overall, this was a safer holiday weekend for Roanoke City. The drinking […]

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Senator Warner at VWCC highlights student debt

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Today at 11:15 a.m., U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner will join Virginia Western Community College students to discuss his efforts to work across the aisle to make a college degree more affordable by finding bipartisan solutions to tackle the student debt crisis. Student borrowing is steadily on the rise, with student debt surpassing credit card […]

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Youth soccer fields/tournaments replace old golf course

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Youth soccer fields/tournaments replace old golf course

Attorney Maryellen Goodlatte led off Wednesday’s presentation to 15 or so households adjacent to the planned lighted soccer fields behind the dilapidating tennis building at the city’s now closed Countryside Golf Course. The location of the three fields remains the same but with an added parking lot off of Tuckawanna Circle. There are about 160 […]

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The Roanoke City Clerk’s ethics breach

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Roanoke City Clerk's ethics breach

The cat is out of the bag about the breach of ethics on the part of Roanoke City Clerk, Stephanie Moon-Reynolds. See The Roanoke Times reporter Matt Chittum’s article on the city clerk. Let me say that my documents sent to The Roanoke Time’s reporter, Jordan Fifer, have been relayed without my consent to Matt Chittum. Fifer […]

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Libertarian Robert Sarvis says Obama’s “come to Congress” not good enough

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Obama needs to do more than “come to Congress” with ISIS plan September 3, 2014 – Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis critical of Warner’s vague statement on ISIL threat and the proposed American responses in regard to the Islamic State militant terrorists in Iraq and Syria. “The United States has a responsibility to defend the […]

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