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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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Main Roanoke Library closes October 28

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Roanoke Public Libraries Main Library branch will close for renovation starting on Monday, Oct. 28. The 61-year-old library building is slated for a complete renovation to the first floor and mezzanine, providing a state-of-the-art facility to the Library System. Many new services and enhancements will be added including self check-out areas, flexible collaborative rooms, a Children’s Mezzanine, family restrooms, […]

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Anti-Obamacare chain letters flying fast and furious

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Anti-Obamacare chain letters flying fast and furious

Affordable Healthcare Act chain letter scare tactics are again rampant and reek of desperation. Their popping up on Facebook as well as in emails. They are not new but resurfacing as Obamacare is being held hostage by the Republican tea party wing in the House of Representatives causing the government to shutdown. This tells you where […]

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Cuccinelli in letter to governor will not defend Opportunity Educational Institution

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sends a letter to the governor declining to defend the state’s new Opportunity Educational Institution.  The Letter is HERE. Cuccinelli says he certainly supports efforts to turn failing schools around.  However, his legal analysis shows that, unfortunately, this law goes about it in a way that is unconstitutional.  The Virginia Constitution […]

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Learning about arachnids with Sen. Tim Kaine at Westside Elementary School

Monday, July 22, 2013

Learning about arachnids with Sen. Tim Kaine at Westside Elementary School

It started in the fifth grade classroom where students were first instructed not to make faces as media jostled for position waiting for Sen. Tim Kaine to arrive. No faces? What a bummer. During the entire hour the Senator was at Westside Elementary School it was hard to tell who was having the most fun […]

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