U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s bill allows victims of Wells Fargo’s fraud to seek their day in court

Friday, December 2, 2016

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner's bill allows victims of Wells Fargo’s fraud to seek their day in court

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced legislation to give Wells Fargo customers who were victims of a fraudulent account scheme their day in court. The bank was involved in a scandal this year after it was revealed that Wells Fargo employees secretly opened roughly 1.5 million bank […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 12/5-12/9/16

Friday, December 2, 2016

ABINGDON DIVISION. US v. Justin Michael Lowe (Guilty Plea: December 5 at 1:30 p.m.) AGE: 24 ADDRESS: Not Available Lowe is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and oxycodone. . US v. Brandon Cody Trivett (Guilty Plea: December 5 at 1:30 p.m.) AGE: 23 ADDRESS: Not Available Trivett is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine […]

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U.S. Senator Mark Warner votes for extension of Iran sanctions

Thursday, December 1, 2016

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), incoming Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, today voted in favor of legislation which imposes a 10-year extension of sanctions on Iran. Sen. Warner co-sponsored the Iran Sanctions Act. It passed unanimously in the Senate and almost unanimously in the House in November. It now heads to […]

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Deborah Branch, Melissa Harr and Bryan Harr Sr. indicted on healthcare fraud charges

Thursday, December 1, 2016

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA – A federal grand jury, sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, has indicted three individuals with healthcare fraud charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today. The grand jury has charged Deborah Branch, 64, Melissa […]

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam meets with Carilion leaders to discuss opioid addiction and its challenges

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam meets with Carilion leaders to discuss opioid addiction and its challenges

Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric physician, started off the discussion Wednesday morning with a chilling statistic – there have been 860 deaths so far this year due to opioid overdoses. Virginia is on par to reach 1000 deaths by year end he said. Dr. Northam, met with leaders at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital […]

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President-Elect Trump’s charge against Virginia voter fraud debunked

Monday, November 28, 2016

President-Elect Trump's charge against Virginia voter fraud debunked

Election recounts filed in three states by Green Party candidate Trump’s claim of voter fraud in Virginia that went for Clinton by 5 points had not an iota of fraud – not even any just plain counting errors. But a recount of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania where states Trump won by a combined 107,000 votes […]

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New CEO takes the reigns of troubled Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Monday, November 28, 2016

New CEO takes the reigns of troubled Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the selection of Stephen Moret as President and CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership selected by the VEDP Board of Directors. “I congratulate and welcome Stephen Moret as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. I commend the VEDP Board of Directors for selecting […]

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Virginia opioid addiction crisis declared a Public Health Emergency

Monday, November 21, 2016

Virginia opioid addiction crisis declared a Public Health Emergency

Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency. State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine’s declaration that the opioid addiction crisis is a Public Health Emergency is an important and appropriate step in the ongoing campaign to combat […]

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Jon Dumire of Roanoke sentenced on federal firearms charge

Monday, November 21, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who was previously convicted of a crime and therefore prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm, was sentenced today on a federal firearms charge, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Jon Phillip Dumire, 23, of Roanoke, previously pled guilty in the United States District Court for […]

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Del. Sam Rasoul resigns as Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus

Friday, November 18, 2016

Del. Sam Rasoul resigns as Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus

In a press release Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) said that he has resigned from his leadership post as Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus in Virginia’s House of Delegates.  Rasoul said he notified House Democratic Leader David Toscano and House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring this morning.  He had been elected to the position by […]

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Western District of Virginia court cases for 11/21-11/25/16

Friday, November 18, 2016

ABINGDON DIVISION . US v. Bige Colin Maggard (Sentencing: November 21 at 9:00 a.m.) AGE: 54ADDRESS: Hyden, Kentucky Maggard was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine . US v. Jon Phillip Dumire (Sentencing: November 21 at 9:00 a.m.) AGE: 23 ADDRESS: Roanoke, Virginia Dumire was convicted of federal gun charges. . US v. Bennett Hamby […]

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SWVA weather alert: fires could quickly grow out of control

Friday, November 18, 2016

Special Weather Statement issued November 18 at 2:58PM EST by NWS Blacksburg . Increased fire danger for Saturday afternoon through Sunday across southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina… a strong cold front will move through the region Saturday. Behind the front…winds will increase from the northwest to around 15 to 30 mph…with occasional gusts to […]

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