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The corrected explanation on real estate tax calculation for low income seniors

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The corrected explanation on real estate tax calculation for low income seniors

CORRECTION to Roanoke City real estate tax once off the table increases by three cents: The real estate tax calculation for low income seniors and the disabled per the City Attorney Dan Callaghan: The fixed amount a low income senior or A disable person whose real estate tax rate was approved to be frozen will never […]

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Sen. Creigh Deeds announces run for re-election

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sen. Creigh Deeds announces run for re-election

After much thought, I want to announce that I will run for re-election to the State Senate this fall.  I am proud of the many things we have been able to accomplish, working together, to protect the most vulnerable, Virginia’s children, to conserve Virginia’s open space, to rebuild Virginia’s economy, and recently to reform our […]

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Roanoke City Delegate Sam Rasoul joins chorus opposing governor’s privacy veto

Monday, May 4, 2015

Roanoke City Delegate Sam Rasoul joins chorus opposing governor's privacy veto

ROANOKE, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has expressed disappointment in Governor McAuliffe’s Friday veto of SB 965, legislation that would have limited government retention of personal data from license plate readers. Rasoul joins a growing chorus of those left frustrated by the veto, a group that includes voices across the political spectrum from […]

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Virginia AG Mark Herring reverses Cuccinelli opinion on TRAP regulations

Monday, May 4, 2015

Virginia AG Mark Herring reverses Cuccinelli opinion on TRAP regulations

This morning, the Office of the Attorney General issued new legal guidance regarding how the Virginia Department of Health and State Board of Health can proceed with implementing revisions to Virginia’s TRAP regulations. In particular, the guidance notes that the Board of Health does not have the authority to require existing women’s health centers to […]

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Roanoke City real estate tax once off the table increases by three cents

Monday, May 4, 2015

Roanoke City real estate tax once off the table increases by three cents

The city dumps the garbage fee of $7 monthly or $84 annually because it hurt low income homeowners harder than high income homeowners. The $1.22 Roanoke City real estate tax rate that will take effect July 1 exceeds the $1.21 rate that prevailed until then Mayor Nelson Harris and city council reduced the rate in […]

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Governor McAuliffe getting bad advice on anti-surveillance legislation

Friday, May 1, 2015

Governor McAuliffe getting bad advice on anti-surveillance legislation

RICHMOND, Va. – Senator Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) responds to Governor McAuliffe’s veto of SB 965. The statement is from Senator Petersen’s blog, OxRoadSouth.com – First of all, I like the Governor and support his policies on economic development, which have brought thousands of new jobs to Virginia.  I also consider him a friend, and sometimes friends disagree, […]

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Governor McAuliffe vetoes License Plate Reader Bill and five others

Friday, May 1, 2015

Governor McAuliffe vetoes License Plate Reader Bill and five others

SB 965 (Statement is identical for HB 1673) Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto Senate Bill 965, which would significantly restrict the use of License Place Readers (LPRs) and lead to many unintended consequences affecting public safety, transportation and the efficient conduct of business in the Commonwealth. Despite […]

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Roanoke City Market Building support quacks like a subsidy

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Roanoke City Market Building support quacks like a subsidy

“The City of Roanoke is contractually obligated to provide a financial support to the Market Building should it be necessary,” said Assistant City Manager Sherman Stovall. In 2007 estimated revenues from the rental of the city-owned Market Building was $286,500 with a General Fund supplement of $35,000 that covered total operating expenses of $321,500. The […]

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Excursion schedule for N&W Class J 611 when it returns to Roanoke May 30

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Excursion schedule for N&W Class J 611 when it returns to Roanoke May 30

Class J 611 to be included in Norfolk Southern Corporation’s 21st Century Steam Excursion program in June and July For nearly 20 years she’s sat silent, but on Saturday, May 30, the Norfolk & Western Class J 611™ Steam Passenger Locomotive, the most powerful steam passenger locomotive ever built, will triumphantly return to her hometown of Roanoke, Virginia under […]

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AG Herring on marriage equality oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

AG Herring on marriage equality oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2015)–After attending oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement. Herring is the first state attorney general to argue successfully at the district level and on appeal that his state’s marriage ban should be struck […]

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Western District of Virginia Court cases for 4/27-5/1/15

Friday, April 24, 2015

ROANOKE DIVISION US v. Wendy Carroll Brown (Cocke) (Sentencing: April 27 at 11:00 a.m.) AGE: 33 ADDRESS: Galax, Virginia Brown was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. US v. Shannon Marie White (Sentencing: April 27 at 1:00 p.m.) AGE: 25 ADDRESS: Max Meadows, Virginia White was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. US v. Kent Nathaniel McPeak […]

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Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle’s perceived conflict of interest addressed

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle's perceived conflict of interest addressed

Tonight at Roanoke’s public hearing on the city’s budget and “revenue enhancements” Dr. Dave Trinkle read a statement prepared by the City Attorney, Dan Callaghan. In an email inquiry as to a possible conflict of interest with his ownership in two restaurants Callaghan said, “I will be discussing this matter with Dr. Trinkle today.” That […]

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