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Ryder, about 25-30 “eager voters,” parents, teachers and concerned citizens gathered in the community room at the outdated Vinton Library to hear Democratic candidate Freeda Cathcart rail against SOL testing in public schools.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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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine disappointed in filibuster blocking student loan fix

Thursday, July 11, 2013

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement following the vote to advance a proposal to keep subsidized Stafford student loan rates at 3.4%: “I am extremely disappointed the proposal to keep subsidized Stafford student loan rates at 3.4% was stopped by a filibuster. I have long supported measures, including the Student Loan Affordability Act, […]

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Taubman Museum and RCPS present museum career day

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Taubman Museum and RCPS present museum career day

The Taubman Museum of Art and Roanoke City Public Schools are proud to present the third annual 555XXL museum career day. Through this successful partnership Roanoke City rising 6th graders are able to experience a behind-the-scenes look at how a museum operates, learn about career options, meet staff, and participate in an art project at […]

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Facebook friend scam including former White House Counsel identity

Monday, July 1, 2013

Roanoke, VA (July 1, 2013) A Roanoke resident logged onto Facebook and saw a new friend request from an old friend. Normally she would be excited for the invite, but there was one small problem. Her friend was blind and no longer owned a computer. Someone was using her account. The BBB Serving Western VA is warning […]

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Former principal of William Fleming High School leaves RCPS

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Former principal of William Fleming High School leaves RCPS

In June of 2010 Gene T. Jones, Jr. the executive director of Norfolk high schools, lost his job in the division’s downsizing plan and was named William Fleming High School principal. He was reassigned and became assistant principal of Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy in June 2012. At the end of this year his contract was not renewed […]

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Gov. McDonnell announces grants for school resource officers

Monday, June 17, 2013

RICHMOND—Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that twenty-four Virginia cities and counties will soon be able to provide school resource officers (SROs) in schools where none are currently assigned, thanks to grants just approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board. Funding for the grants originate from a $1.3 million appropriation requested by Governor McDonnell and approved […]

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