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Virginia’s seasonably adjusted nonfarm employment holds steady

Friday, November 21, 2014

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was down 900 jobs between September 2014 and October 2014 RICHMOND—Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage point in October to 5.3 percent and was down 0.1 percentage point from last October. Over the previous five months, the unemployment rate had been trending up slightly. In October, household employment increased […]

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Gov. McAuliffe says business leaders have called for immigration reform

Thursday, November 20, 2014

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement following President Obama’s executive actions on immigration: “I applaud President Obama’s efforts to ensure that undocumented workers who are living, working, and paying taxes in the United States are no longer under constant threat of deportation. Families come here to achieve the American Dream and to […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith questions President’s authority

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rep. Morgan Griffith questions President's authority

Thursday, November 20, 2014 – In advance of President Obama’s remarks this evening regarding his plans to move on immigration via executive order, Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) today issued the following statement: “Reports indicate the foundation of President Obama’s legal theory behind his plans on immigration is the criminal law doctrine of prosecutorial discretion.  If […]

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Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb launches Presidential Exploratory Committee

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb launches Presidential Exploratory Committee

On Twitter last night former Virginia Senator Jim Webb said he had decided to launch an Exploratory Committee to examine whether he should run for President in 2016. He made the decision after reflecting on numerous political commentaries and listening to many knowledgeable people he said In four pages Webb recounts his years as a […]

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Sen. Tim Kaine votes against Keystone pipeline leaving Senate one vote short

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A super majority of 60 votes were needed to keep the pipeline from being put to a vote. Sen. Tim Kaine parted ways with his Virginia colleague and voted against the Keystone pipeline. Kaine held the line – at least to this point. If passed President Obama promised to veto the bill and there are […]

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Just say NO to parties in Roanoke parks with alcohol

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Just say NO to parties in Roanoke parks with alcohol

It looked like a slam dunk. Adding more parties in the park  in an amendment that would allow any for-profit entity to apply to the city and ABC to hold events that serve alcoholic beverages. The seven parks would have been Wasena, Fallon, Washington, Smith, Mill Mountain, Highland and Piedmont. In a contentious council meeting […]

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Roanoke City Council falls with a FUD on precinct consolidation

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Roanoke City Council falls with a FUD on precinct consolidation

It’s called FUD – Fear Uncertainty and Doubt. When it comes to the consolidation and realignment of Roanoke City’s voter precincts city council fell with a FUD thud. Following Monday’s city council meeting after hearing from four speakers, each other, and Dan Callaghan the city attorney they folded the precinct tent and went home – […]

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Virginia Senators Warner and Kaine support Dillon for U.S. District Court

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine expressed their support for Elizabeth K. Dillon, nominee to the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, as the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing to consider her nomination. “Elizabeth is exceptionally well qualified to carry out the duties and responsibilities […]

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U.S. Western District Court of Virginia upcoming sentencings

Friday, November 14, 2014

ROANOKE DIVISION US v. Jerry Lee Johnson (Sentencing: November 18 at 2:00 p.m. AGE: 44 ADDRESS: Burlington, North Carolina Johnson has been convicted of failing to register as a previously convicted sex offender. LYNCHBURG DIVISION US v. Timothy Lee White Sr. (Sentencing: November 20 at 2:30 p.m.) AGE: 56 ADDRESS: Thaxton, Virginia White, and others, […]

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Roanoke Better Business Bureau warns of season scams

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Roanoke Better Business Bureau: ‘Tis the season to be hiring. After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation has announced it expects sales this holiday season to increase a healthy 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion. According to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday hiring survey, 43 percent of companies plan on hiring seasonal employees in 2014. […]

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Roanoke neighborhoods recognized at awards celebration

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Roanoke neighborhoods recognized at awards celebration

Submitted by Bob Clement of Neighborhood Services: This year’s 2014 Annual City Neighborhoods’ “Harvesting the Fruits” Potluck Dinner and Awards Celebration took place on Friday evening, Nov. 7. Over 150 neighborhood advocates and leaders from across the city came together at the Jefferson Center’s Fitzpatrick Hall. Those in attendance shared their favorite dish, networked with […]

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Carter Bank and Trust convicted armed robbers sentenced

Friday, November 7, 2014

Devin Robinson, Jamel Allen and Whitney Nicole Cesar Previously Convicted of Robbing Carter Bank in Ararat in Virginia ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – Three individuals who were previously convicted of robbing Carter Bank and Trust in Ararat, Virginia, were sentenced this afternoon in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. Devin Montae Robinson, […]

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