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Anne Holton resigns as Secretary of Education – Dr. Dietra Trent appointed as replacement

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anne Holton resigns as Secretary of Education - Dr. Dietra Trent appointed as replacement

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe released the following statement congratulating Anne Holton on her service to the Commonwealth as the Secretary of Education and on her new role following the selection of her husband, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate: “As Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Anne has been a tireless […]

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Public Safety/Patent Trolls topics of AG Mark Herring’s Roanoke visit

Friday, July 22, 2016

Public Safety/Patent Trolls topics of AG Mark Herring's Roanoke visit

Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum at Virginia Western Community College this morning featuring Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Herring said he is a pro-business attorney general. One of his topics strayed a bit from his safety initiatives and drifted into what are called “patent trolls” who prey on small businesses. Patent trolls […]

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Virginia Health Care Community united in Zika prevention and response efforts

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Virginia Health Care Community united in Zika prevention and response efforts

As of this week 5 more cases of the Zika virus have been added to Virginia’s total cases making a total of 38 cases as announced today by  VDH Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine. The Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say the 38 cases of Zika virus are […]

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Badges for Baseball program launches – teams youth with law enforcement mentors

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Badges for Baseball program launches - teams youth with law enforcement mentors

United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. will and youth will throw out ceremonial first pitch in recognition of the launch of the Badges for Baseball program at Salem Red Sox tonight. The U.S. Attorney has been practicing with his sons Jack and Richard the last couple of days he said. In cooperation with officials […]

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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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Two appointed to Roanoke City School Board

Monday, June 6, 2016

At the 2:00 p.m. Roanoke City Council meeting Annette Lewis and Lutheria Smith were appointed to Roanoke City School Board. Council member Ray Ferris said it was a tough decision with so many qualified applicants. Sue Reese was the only applicant that attended the council meeting to hear the verdict. Reese is a regional director […]

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Virginia Hospitals unveil 14 recommendations to prevent opioid misuse

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Virginia Hospitals unveil 14 recommendations to prevent opioid misuse

RICHMOND, VA – A Task Force established to examine ways to reduce opioid abuse, particularly related to emergency room prescribing practices, has developed a set of recommendations to help guide hospital emergency departments in an era when prescription drug misuse has become more prevalent. The Task Force was created by action of the Virginia Hospital […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes firearms for school security officers

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed legislation that would permit school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. The Governor’s full statement is below: April 6, 2016 Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1234, which permits school security officers to carry firearms under certain conditions. There […]

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Del. Rasoul says virtual schools hurt public education funding

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Del. Rasoul says virtual schools hurt public education funding

At Tuesday nights Town Hall Roanoke Delegate Sam Rasoul praised Governor Terry McAuliffe for his veto of virtual schools. It was a back door to syphon money away from public education he said. “No charter schools,” said Rasoul to applause from the audience. In a press release Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 518, House Bill […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes bill requiring schools to identify sexually explicit materials

Monday, April 4, 2016

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 516, which would require schools to identify materials as “sexually explicit” and notify parents if teachers plan to provide instructional material containing such content.  The legislation would also require teachers to provide alternative instructional materials if requested by a parent. The Governor’s full veto statement is […]

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Del. Rasoul’s charitable healthcare education credits bill goes to the governor

Monday, February 22, 2016

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Senate has unanimously passed HB 319, put forward by Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City).  The legislation would allow medical professionals who provide charitable healthcare services to receive continuing education credits. Rasoul called it an important measure that will give Virginians greater access to healthcare and help medical industry workers professionally. […]

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House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

House Republicans block bill expanding access to full-day kindergarten

RICHMOND, Va.: This morning, the Education – Education Innovation Subcommittee killed two bills that would have helped expand access to full-day kindergarten by creating a budget and plan for localities that don’t have full-day kindergarten access for all children. HB 457, patroned by Delegate Kathleen Murphy (34th – McLean), HB 798, patroned by Delegate John […]

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