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Tremayne Rontae Kirby of Franklin County pleads guilty of human trafficing

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Franklin County man, who forced a local woman to engage in prostitution through the use of physical violence and threats, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, United States Attorney Anthony P. Giorno announced. Tremayne Rontae Kirby, 25, of Franklin County, Virginia, pled guilty … [Read more…]

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Consumer Settlement with Amgen yields $1.5 million for Virginia

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Consumer Settlement with Amgen yields $1.5 million for Virginia

RICHMOND (August 18, 2015) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today that he, along with the Attorneys General of 47 other states and the District of Columbia have reached a $71 million settlement with Amgen Inc. to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully promoted its medications Aranesp and Enbrel. As part of the settlement, … [Read more…]

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CFPB’s first state-specific financial caregivers’ guides launched in Virginia

Monday, August 17, 2015

SPRINGFIELD (August 17, 2015) – Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring joined Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), for the launch of the CFPB’s first state-specific financial caregivers’ guides to help educate caregivers on the process of managing someone else’s money in Virginia. Over 22 million older Americans have named someone … [Read more…]

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Retiring Republican state Sen. John Watkins votes with Democrats to block Virginia Supreme Court nominee

Monday, August 17, 2015

Retiring Republican state Sen. John Watkins votes with Democrats to block Virginia Supreme Court nominee

The Virginia House of Delegate Republicans had no trouble advancing the nomination of their pick for the Virginia Supreme Court. A back and forth debate in the House pitted Democrats who were opposed to firing Judge Jane Roush already appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe, against Republicans who were determined to nominate their preferred pick, Judge … [Read more…]

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Showdown Monday on redistricting and Justice Jane Roush appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Showdown Monday on redistricting and Justice Jane Roush appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court

Insinuations in statements by various groups and more recently former Gov. Doug Wilder suggest that Democrats will be hurt if they don’t get behind an African-American judge for the Virginia Supreme Court vs. a white female justice appointed to the court by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Creating division – Is this the new Virginia Way? The … [Read more…]

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Governor McAuliffe concerned that minor tweaks to flawed redistricting map will still be illegal

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Governor McAuliffe concerned that minor tweaks to flawed redistricting map will still be illegal

RICHMOND – As the General Assembly begins preparation for a special session on redistricting starting Monday, August 17th Governor Terry McAuliffe encouraged but concerned. “It is encouraging to learn that House leaders are willing to proceed with the redistricting process ordered by the federal courts, and even more heartening to see that the Speaker of … [Read more…]

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VHHA creates statistical healthcare dashboard that overlays legislative districts

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

VHHA creates statistical healthcare dashboard that overlays legislative districts

Just take the “Community Health Legislative Dashboard” link and select Senate district or House district. From the dropdown list of legislators pick your Senate or House representative or compare with other districts. RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association’s research team has created a public “dashboard” that geographically collates Virginia health and demographic data. … [Read more…]

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Virginia SOL tests improve with retake reform

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Virginia SOL tests improve with retake reform

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that student scores on the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests have improved significantly since last year. Statewide, students posted five-point overall gains in reading and mathematics while increasing by two points each in writing, science and history. Following the passage of SOL reform legislation, the 2014-2015 school year … [Read more…]

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BBB Alert: Craigslist rental scams in Roanoke area

Friday, August 7, 2015

Better Business Bureau rental scam alert: “A real steal! 1,400 sq. ft. home for rent, all utilities included – for just $500 a month!” Steal is the right word, because this advertisement is nothing more than a scam. BBB Serving Western VA has uncovered a Craigslist rental scam that is listing fraudulent ads on the … [Read more…]

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Gainsboro History Walk wins 2015 Grassroots Planning Award

Friday, August 7, 2015

Gainsboro History Walk wins 2015 Grassroots Planning Award

The American Planning Association of Virginia selected the Gainsboro History Walk Interpretive Panels project for the 2015 Grassroots Planning Award during their annual conference held in Norfolk July 19-22.  The project was the culmination of efforts undertaken by a grassroots committee comprised of neighborhood representatives and staff from Hill Studios who worked for over two years to design a way to … [Read more…]

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Presidential candidate Scott Walker picks Sen. Mark Obenshain as Virginia Campaign Chair

Friday, August 7, 2015

Presidential candidate Scott Walker picks Sen. Mark Obenshain as Virginia Campaign Chair

Cleveland, Ohio – Gov. Scott Walker today announced State Sen. Mark Obenshain will serve as the Virginia state chairman for his presidential campaign. “I am privileged to introduce State Sen. Mark Obenshain as the leader of our campaign’s efforts in Virginia,” said Walker. “Sen. Obenshain is a person who shares the same conservative values and … [Read more…]

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Virginia can move ahead with replacing existing license plates with the confederate flag

Thursday, August 6, 2015

From Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring: Late this afternoon, Judge Jackson Kiser entered his order officially granting Attorney General Herring’s motion to vacate the order and dissolve the injunction that had forced Virginia to put the Confederate battle flag on certain specialty license plates. Those documents are available here: Order Memorandum opinion Because the injunction … [Read more…]

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