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Roanoke City Library hours starting July 1st

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roanoke City Library hours starting July 1st

Roanoke City announces that beginning tomorrow, July 1, the Roanoke Public Libraries will permanently expand our hours of operation at most branches to allow better access to the public.         The new hours are: ……………………Mon.      Tue.     Wed.     Thu.     Fri.       Sat.       […]

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AG Mark Herring announces mediation resolution for Sweet Briar College

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Today, Attorney General Mark Herring announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been agreed upon by Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer, Saving Sweet Briar, Sweet Briar College and the Office of the Attorney General outlining a plan to keep Sweet Briar open. This agreement was reached after hundreds of hours of mediation and discussion […]

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Gov. McAuliffe announces grants targeted to help close skills gap

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe announces grants targeted to help close skills gap

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Governor’s Office, in partnership with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), will be offering the Commonwealth’s first competitive grants designed to help close the skills gap in key industry sectors of critical importance to the Virginia economy and reward and encourage employer-led talent development solutions. These state grants […]

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Governor receives campus sexual violence recommendations

Friday, May 29, 2015

RICHMOND– Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the final meeting of the Governor’s Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence today and received a briefing from Attorney General Mark Herring on the task force’s recommendations. “Preparing our students to succeed requires educating them in environments that are free from the threat of violence,” said Governor McAuliffe. “When I […]

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Crystal Spring Elementary earns Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state Board of Education announced today that 252 schools and four school divisions earned 2015 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and […]

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Gov. McAuliffe signs environmental literacy executive order

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gov. McAuliffe signs environmental literacy executive order

HOPEWELL – Governor McAuliffe today signed an executive order establishing the Virginia Environmental Literacy Challenge. The voluntary challenge will provide a pathway for classroom teachers and school division administrators to engage students in outdoor experiences and school sustainability projects that improve their understanding of the environment. “Environmental literacy is a key component of my administration’s […]

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Science Museum of Western Virginia Summer Camps and more

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Science Summer Camps are OPEN for registration. For more information click here. Special Exhibit: Dinosaurs & Fossils! On view until the end of Summer 2015. In collaboration with the International Museum Institute of New York, the Science Museum of Western Virginia debuted on January 31st a new exhibit for our region: Dinosaurs & Fossils! Drawn […]

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City council muddles tax increases – Trinkle balks on meals tax

Monday, April 6, 2015

City council muddles tax increases - Trinkle balks on meals tax

Roanoke City Council was all over the place in what taxes to raise and how much at a briefing on the budget at Monday morning’s work session. The goal is to reach a future predicted deficit of $3.7 million over the next 5 years. On April 23 there will be a public hearing on raising […]

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Virginia Tech’s “Highty-Tighties” to perform in Virginia International Tattoo

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia International Tattoo is very pleased to welcome Virginia Tech’s Regimental Band, “The Highty-Tighties” to the 2015 Tattoo. Performing for the first time in the Tattoo, the Highty-Tighties will perform as part of the massed band, alongside six of the world’s greatest military bands. They will also conduct a solo performance during […]

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Delegate Rasoul asks governor to restore preschool funding

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Delegate Rasoul asks governor to restore preschool funding

ROANOKE, VA – With a 15% cut in Roanoke City’s preschool slots looming, Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has urged Governor Terry McAuliffe to strike budget language that would allow that to happen. The preschool placements are made possible through the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).  VPI distributes state funds to schools and community-based organizations to provide […]

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Del. Sam Rasoul “Solid as a Rock” on education

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia Educators Association (VEA) recognized Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) this past week with its “Solid as a Rock” award, indicating a 100 percent rating for his 2015 voting record. This is the second year in a row that Rasoul has received a 100 percent rating from the VEA. Rasoul backed […]

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Virginia House Democrats say “Tebow Bill” is unfair to public schools

Thursday, February 19, 2015

HB1626 passed the Senate with the following amendment and the amendment was agreed to by the House of Delegates today: “Nothing in this section shall require a local school board to establish a policy permitting participation in interscholastic programs at its schools by students who reside in the school division receiving home instruction.” So it […]

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