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Extended U.S. Senate session alters Tim Kaine’s Roanoke visit

Monday, December 15, 2014

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine was set to kick off a four-day swing through the Commonwealth in the Roanoke Valley. In the morning, Kaine was to participate in a roundtable discussion with the Asian American Business Owners Association in Roanoke County about issues facing small business owners and families.  In the afternoon, Kaine was to have […]

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Virginia Western Community College to receive Federal Workforce Investment Act funding

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Virginia Western Community College to receive Federal Workforce Investment Act funding

Governor Terry McAuliffe made workforce development his economic top priority during his gubernatorial candidacy. He stressed the need for community colleges to step in to fill the skilled labor void where businesses struggled finding qualified candidates. Virginia Western has taken the reins in its certificate offerings. Funds from the Federal Workforce Investment Act will help […]

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Virginia AG Herring troubled by Rolling Stone’s article errors

Friday, December 5, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring in a statement on today’s news regarding the Rolling Stone article on sexual assault at the University of Virginia: “It is deeply troubling that Rolling Stone magazine is now publicly walking away from its central storyline in its bombshell report on the University of Virginia without correcting what errors its […]

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Independent counsel selected for UVA sexual violence investigation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This morning, Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Hudson sent a letter to University of Virginia Board of Visitors Rector George Martin informing him that the firm of O’Melveny & Myers will serve as independent counsel to the Board regarding issues of sexual violence at the University of Virginia. The team is expected to include highly qualified […]

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Three Roanoke Elementary schools receives $400 thousand grant

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Roanoke City will split almost $400 thousand start-up grant to three elementary schools that include Fallon Park Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary and Westside Elementary. The grant were awarded to offset cost for year-round programs scheduled to begin in 2015-2016: In total Governor Terry McAuliffe today awarded more than $1.6 million in state extended school year grants […]

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Virginia revenue shortfall hits higher education, state agencies, and localities

Monday, September 15, 2014

Higher Education takes a hit in offsetting the Commonwealth’s budget shortfall. In addition localities across the state will have to pitch in – by helping balance the state budgets by sending $30 million a year for the next two-year budget cycle back to the state. This “donation” back to the state is oddly called Aid […]

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Rep. Morgan Griffith congratulates winner of House app contest

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Rep. Morgan Griffith congratulates winner of House app contest

Thomas described his winning app, entitled “Orb Defense Game,” as a children’s tower defense game in which “…enemies try to get to the end of the map, while taking damage from nearby towers, which exist solely to destroy the oncoming enemies.”  He told Congressman Griffith today that he is planning on pursuing collegiate studies in […]

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McAuliffe by executive order creates Children’s Cabinet

Monday, August 11, 2014

McAuliffe by executive order creates Children’s Cabinet

Richmond – Governor McAuliffe today signed an Executive Order creating a cabinet solely dedicated to the education, health, safety, and welfare of Virginia’s children and youth. The newly launched Children’s Cabinet will develop and implement a policy agenda that will help better serve Virginia’s children and will also foster collaboration between state and local agencies. […]

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Graduates of web-based financial education program honored

Monday, May 19, 2014

Graduates of web-based financial education program honored

Vinton, Virginia – May 19, 2014 – Today, Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Lange, Union First Market Bank and educators from William Byrd High School honored graduates from the My Money, My Future program, a financial education course designed to empower young people with the essential skills needed to make sound financial decisions. Union First Market Bank […]

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Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe taps Anne Holton as Secretary of Education

Friday, January 3, 2014

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe taps Anne Holton as Secretary of Education

  Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe announced at a press conference on Friday the nomination of Former First Lady Anne Holton to be his Secretary of Education. “Anne Holton’s lifetime of experience with Virginia public schools, her public service on behalf of Virginia students and her passion for creating opportunity for all of our kids make her […]

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BBB Alert: Pay a ransom to unlock your computer

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BBB Alert: Pay a ransom to unlock your computer

Roanoke, VA (November 12, 2013) BBB is warning businesses and consumers of a new computer threat that steals information, encrypts the data, and then charges $300 in ransom for recovery of the files. The ransomware is called CryptoLocker, and is the latest attempt by scammers to hold consumer’s and businesses’ computer information hostage in order to […]

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Teachers rally for 17th HOD district Freeda Cathcart

Monday, October 28, 2013

Teachers rally for 17th HOD district Freeda Cathcart

According to teacher, Thomas Ryder, about 25-30 “eager voters,” parents, teachers and concerned citizens gathered in the community room at the outdated Vinton Library to hear Democratic candidate Freeda Cathcart rail against SOL testing in public schools.  On the heels of incumbent 17th district Delegate Chris Head’s Halloween slam mailer, Cathcart supporters were incensed and resolved […]

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