AG Herring elected chair of National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Southern Region

Friday, June 24, 2016

AG Herring elected chair of National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Southern Region

Attorney General Mark R. Herring has been elected by his fellow attorneys general to serve as chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Southern Region, after two years of service as Southern Region vice-chair. The election was made official at the annual meeting of NAAG and is effective today, June 24, 2016. Attorney […]

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Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery – where is it?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Countryside Golf Course plane crash memorial marker mystery - where is it?

What happened to the memorial marker pictured here? August 19, 1994, passengers David and Charlene Peterson of Cochranton, Pa., died when the small plane they were in crashed shortly after takeoff. It  hit a cherry tree on the Countryside Golf Course 13th fairway. They left behind six children. According to The Roanoke Times the pilot […]

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Kaine, Warner, Va. AG Herring, Griffith, Clinton on SCOTUS ruling on Obama’s executive order deferring deportations

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A lower court previously blocked the Obama Administration’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) initiative. Because the Court’s justices tied 4-4, the lower court’s ruling remains in effect. Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following statement today on the […]

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USPS Office of the Inspector General begins review of Roanoke Process Center

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Prior to moving mail processing and jobs to Greensboro, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) joined Congressman Robert Hurt (VA-05) and Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in sending a letter to the Postmaster General outlining their concerns with the decision to close the Roanoke P&DC.  In their letter, the lawmakers […]

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Opinion by federal judge rules against fracking regulation

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Late Tuesday, a federal judge appointed by President Barack Obama, Judge Scott Skavdahl of the District Court of Wyoming, ruled that the Interior Department does not have the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing. “The issue before this Court is not whether hydraulic fracturing is good or bad for the environment […]

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Senators unveil proposal to keep guns from terrorists

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Senators unveil proposal to keep guns from terrorists

At a press conference held at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday  U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Angus King (I-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) unveiled a bipartisan proposal to help keep guns from terrorists and make America safer. Sen. Collins said something must […]

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Gordon Reaves Parker, 71, of Roanoke pleads guilty to conspiracy, witness tampering, healthcare fraud

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who used a drug rehabilitation program in the Roanoke City jail to obtain sex partners in exchange for drugs, pled guilty yesterday to federal drug distribution, witness tampering, and health care fraud charges, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick, Jr., announced. Gordon Reaves Parker, 71, of Roanoke, Virginia, waived […]

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Bills aimed at removing barriers to marijuana research

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bills aimed at removing barriers to marijuana research

Monday, June 20, 2016 – This week, Congressmen Andy Harris, M.D. (R-MD-01), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03), H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA-09), and Sam Farr (D-CA-20) will be introducing the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2016. This bill heeds the calls of the medical research community to address the burdensome processes that currently impede legitimate medical research on […]

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on voting rights, healthcare and educating the workforce

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on voting rights, healthcare and educating the workforce

Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and 2017 gubernatorial candidate made a sweep thru Roanoke Sunday first attending the Metropolitan Community Church of the Blue Ridge in Southeast. MCC has held vigils for the 49 victims of the Orlando Florida shooting at the Pulse, a gay nightclub. Following a fundraiser Northam was keynote speaker at the Third […]

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Lowest Virginia unemployment rate since May 2008 at 3.8 percent

Friday, June 17, 2016

Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percent in May and is now at 3.8 percent—the lowest rate since the May 2008 rate of 3.8 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which fell 0.3 percentage points in May to 4.7 percent. In May, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was […]

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Legislation passes U.S. Senate that improves DNA testing to protect the wrongfully convicted

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) co-sponsored the legislation to reauthorize programs within the Department of Justice to improve the accuracy and integrity of the criminal justice system, and ensure public confidence in our legal system by investing in cutting-edge DNA testing and forensic technology. These programs have not been updated or strengthened in twelve years, […]

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Roanoke man, Brandon Scott Thomas, pleads guilty to sex-trafficking

Friday, June 17, 2016

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke man, who conspired with others to distribute drugs and engage in sex-trafficking, pled guilty this afternoon, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced. Brandon Scott Thomas, a.k.a. “Gambino,” age 25, of Roanoke, Virginia, pled guilty to one count of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute at least […]

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