Governor McDonnell adds unnecessary abortion amendment

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Why did Governor McDonnell find it necessary to add an amendment to the General Assembly’s health reform legislation to prohibit abortion coverage through insurance plans purchased through the federally run health care exchange that will serve Virginia. In a request for explanation from Jeff Caldwell, the Governor’s Press Secretary replied: Governor McDonnell has always maintained […]

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Governor signs voter photo ID bill – adds executive order

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Governor McDonnell signed the legislation requiring voters to present a valid form of photo identification with the recognition that almost all citizens already have acceptable forms of photo ID that would allow them to vote and a majority of voters support this policy. He believes that proving that you are a citizen and registered voter […]

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Cuccinelli on Virginia Port Authority vote to maintain management of Port of Virginia

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cuccinelli on Virginia Port Authority vote to maintain management of Port of Virginia

RICHMOND (March 26, 2013) —  Following is the statement of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on the Virginia Port Authority vote to maintain management of the Port of Virginia: “Today, the board of commissioners of the Virginia Port Authority took an important step to preserve the Port of Virginia as a unique Virginia resource that can be operated […]

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Interactive Achievement receives $3.5 million growth investment

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Personalized educational software provider will further develop its technology capacity and product suite and with this investment will come a significant increase in new jobs within the next 18 months.  ROANOKE, Va. (March 26, 2013) – Interactive Achievement, creator of standards-based instructional improvement software, today announced a $3.5 million growth equity investment for a minority […]

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Governor McDonnell submits $14.1 Million budget amendments

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Includes $2 Million in Funding for Increases in Teacher Compensation; $1.6 Million for Economic Development, $2.14 Million for Filling Judicial Vacancies, and $450,000 for Key Education Initiatives and Language to Clarify Medicaid Reforms.  Per Salem Delegate Greg Habeeb’s communication McDonnell has provided funding for an open Juvenile & Domestic Relations judgeship and an open Circuit Court judgeship […]

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Governor McDonnell makes changes to transportation bill

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Governor McDonnell makes changes to transportation bill

Roanoke Amtrak passenger rail intact. Reduces alternative transportation fee from $100 to $64 annually, reduces 4.3 percent car titling tax to 4.15 percent, reduces regional tax from .25 per 100 of real estate assessed value to .15 per 100 of assessed value on real estate transactions, reduces NOVA transient occupancy tax from 3 to 2 […]

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Governor adds clarity to takeover of failing schools

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Governor McDonnell sent amendments to the General Assembly on the Opportunity Educational Institution bill to further improve and clarify the legislation. This student-centered legislation places the interests of the student first and ensures students facing some of the most difficult challenges will have access to the best resources to accelerate school improvement. The legislation will […]

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McDonnell makes amendments to drones and texting but waiting …

Monday, March 25, 2013

Governor McDonnell continues finalizing actions on the transportation bill and budget amendments including action on Medicaid funding and reform.  Jeff Caldwell, Press Secretary in a press release said action on these bills will be taken near midnight tonight. The decisions will be communicated early Tuesday morning via press releases. However, action has been taken on […]

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U.S. Senator Tim Kaine on passage of Senate budget

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Virginia’s U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee issued a statement following the passage of a budget out of the full Senate at 4:56 a.m. Saturday morning: “I’m proud of the work we did on the Budget Committee to develop a balanced plan that will spur economic growth while putting us […]

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Goodlatte co-sponsors bill to end subsidies for free cell phones

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement after signing on in support of the Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act (H.R. 176): “What started with good intentions as the Lifeline plan has now grown into Uncle Sam’s unlimited plan.  Federal subsidization of wireless phone service has increased the cost of this program exponentially, […]

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Butterflies will flutter at the Science Museum in May

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Butterflies will flutter at the Science Museum in May

Dark for several years because of a much-needed $27 million renovation, Center in the Square springs back to life in May when it reopens to the public. More room for tenants, a more spacious atrium featuring large fish tanks and a rooftop café are all in the mix. The Church Avenue building also owned and […]

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Community High School drops tuition to open its doors wider

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Community High School drops tuition to open its doors wider

In a press release Roanoke’s Community High School of Arts and Academics’ Board of Trustees announced that they have unanimously voted to drop the tuition for 2013-14 from $10,200 to $5,000 per student. In addition to this reduction, CHS will continue to have ample financial aid reserves, according to Josh Chapman, Academic Director. Community High […]

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