SEC measures curtail “pay to play” practices

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Washington, D.C., June 30, 2010 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today voted unanimously to approve new rules to significantly curtail the corrupting influence of “pay to play” practices by investment advisers. Pay to play is the practice of making campaign contributions and related payments to elected officials in order to influence the awarding of […]

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“Eat for Education” campaign encourages dining at city restaurants

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

“Eat for Education” campaign encourages dining at city restaurants

A campaign dubbed “Eat for Education” was launched Wednesday in front of the Texas Tavern. The two-percent meal’s tax increase starts July 1 and Mayor David Bowers recognized that “the meals tax may impact restaurants and their customers.” The two-percent tax will go to combat the budget shortfalls for Roanoke City Schools. The campaign still […]

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Campaign fund usage definition awaits completion by attorney general

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Virginia State Board of Elections hit a brick wall when a complaint was lodgedagainst Delegate Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) accusing him of using his campaign fund for “personal use” over a year ago. There is no “definition” of what is considered “personal use” in state law. The complaint was reviewed by Senior  Attorney General James Hopper who […]

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SEC statement on Supreme Court decision Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Monday, June 28, 2010

Washington, D.C., June 28, 2010 — Today the Supreme Court issued its decision in Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and United States of America. In its decision, the Supreme Court held that the restriction on removal of Board members under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 violates […]

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Response to Roanoke Times Editorial: Expect the unexpected

Monday, June 28, 2010

Response to Roanoke Times Editorial: Expect the unexpected

On Friday June 25, The Roanoke Times editorial board proclaimed that Countryside is a lost cause. Writing about the recent news that the bid for the Market building renovation came in well under budget, the RT said, “There is no bad news — unless those hankering for the city to reopen Countryside Golf Course attempt […]

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Cuccinelli’s military tele-town hall promises veteran advocacy

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cuccinelli's military tele-town hall promises veteran advocacy

In a press release Friday evening Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced “a new level of veterans advocacy” in the attorney general’s office. In a Thursday night town hall meeting for veterans and active duty military he took questions from callers. His office plans to train state agencies on using the law to better advocate for […]

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Star City Motor Madness June 25-26

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Star City Motor Madness June 25-26

Tens of thousands of car, truck and motorcycle fans will gather in Roanoke on June 25 – 26 for one of the biggest automotive events in Virginia this year, the 9th Annual Advance Auto Parts/WRABA Star City Motor Madness. Star City Motor Madness is a celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love […]

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Combating payday and car title loan scavengers

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC’s) Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion (ComE-IN) will meet on today, Thursday, June 24th, to discuss the results of the FDIC’s small-dollar loan pilot program (the pilot). The pilot, launched in 2008, was a two-year case study designed to illustrate the feasibility of banks offering affordable small-dollar loans as an […]

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Roanoke City Police Crime Alert

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Roanoke City Police Crime Alert

This subject is suspected of stealing an 89 year old ladies purse from Kroger’s in Roanoke. He later forged multiple checks in our area as well from the victims account. If you happen to know his identity or whereabouts, please call Detective Mike Vineyard at (540) 853 – 5616. Thank you for your assistance.  June […]

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Wall Street Reform Bill – exemptions opposed

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Washington, DC – Following a meeting of the CFTC-SEC Joint Advisory Committee on Emerging Regulatory Issues, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler today commented on the status of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010. Commenting on the Wall Street reform bill that is currently in conference committee, Chairman Gensler said: “The […]

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There will be no vendor carts in the downtown district

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

There will be no vendor carts in the downtown district

Monday evening’s public hearing and council motion on the “cart path of least residence” put speakers at ease. The vote came down 5-2 with Mayor David Bowers and Vice-Mayor Sherman Lea voting “no.” Vendor carts will only be allowed at greenways and parks. The most popular spots are likely to be at Carilion Medical Center […]

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Buena Vista Recreation Center sold

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Buena Vista Recreation Center sold

UPDATE: Letter Southeast Action Forum (SEAF) gave to city council and city administration. There were no qualms with the sale of the historic 1850 Buena Vista home in Southeast Roanoke Monday evening. Council’s vote was unanimous. There were some questions about the three acres that go with it. Access to the rest of the 12.7-acre […]

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