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Virginia’s top Democrats get high approval ratings

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

. According to a Quinnipiac Poll 62% of Virginians are optimistic about Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s term so far. The poll was taken February 5th thru the 15th. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe finishes his first year in office with a 49 – 25 percent job approval rating as 26 percent of voters remain undecided. By a […]

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Republicans send letter to VA U.S. Senators Kaine and Warner emploring them to break DHS funding filibuster

Monday, February 23, 2015

Late this afternoon another U.S. Senate vote for closure on funding the Department of Homeland Security was blocked with a 47-46 vote. Many senators not bothering to attend the “Groundhog Day” vote that Republicans (making only a point) hope will reach the 60 vote threshold to get the bill to the floor for an up […]

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Del. Rasoul’s bill reduces taxes for renewable energy businesses

Monday, February 23, 2015

Del. Rasoul's bill reduces taxes for renewable energy businesses

HB 1297 passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate. Governor Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign it into law. It will take effect July 1, 2015. The bill  classifies machinery and tools owned by a business and used directly in producing or generating renewable energy as a separate class of property […]

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Roanoke recognized for LEAN Management Program

Monday, February 23, 2015

Roanoke, VA – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recently recognized the City of Roanoke’s LEAN Management Program as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes 124 programs from all levels of government-school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships-that […]

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U.S. Western District Court of Virginia 2/23 – 2/27/15

Friday, February 20, 2015

ROANOKE DIVISION US v. Sharon Marie James (Sentencing: February 23 at 11:00 a.m.) AGE: 54 ADDRESS: Roanoke, Virginia James has been convicted of heroin distribution. US v. Gina Marie Santos (Guilty Plea: February 23 at 2:00 p.m.) AGE: 50 ADDRESS: Salem, Virginia Santos has been charged with distributing heroin. ABINGDON DIVISION US v. Marvin McBride (Guilty Plea: […]

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Dr. Steven Collins pleads guilty to child porn and drug charges

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dr. Steven Collins pleads guilty to child porn and drug charges

Dr. Steven Collins today admit to receiving child pornography and improperly prescribing Oxycodone. ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke County doctor who was indicted in August on charges of prescribing oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice and receipt of child pornography, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia […]

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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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SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

Friday, February 13, 2015

SPJ urges Virginia lawmakers to reject execution secrecy bill

On Monday, February 16,  the Criminal Law subcommittee of the House Committee on Courts of Justice will take up Senate Bill 1393 filed by Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, George L. Barker and Charles W. Carrico, Sr. The bill would allow the state Department of Corrections to contract with any ‘external entity’ to compound the […]

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U.S. Western District Court of Virginia 2/17 – 2/21/15

Friday, February 13, 2015

ROANOKE DIVISION US v. Boris R. Caballero (Guilty Plea and Sentencing: February 17 at 10:00 a.m.) AGE: 50 ADDRESS: Harrisonburg, Virginia Caballero has been charged with perjury. US v. Robert Cummins (Sentencing: February 18 at 9:30 a.m.) AGE: 45 ADDRESS: Floyd, Virginia Cummins has been convicted of misappropriation of postal funds. US v. Randa Michelle […]

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Virginia’s January revenue down corporate income tax grows

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Virginia's January revenue down corporate income tax grows

Governor McAuliffe announced today that January revenue declined by 1.1 percent.  However, several timing factors contributed to the drop.  As expected, payroll withholding dropped in January after a 15.1 percent gain in December because there was one less deposit day in January. Individual refunds increased in January, as the date for accepting returns was earlier […]

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Vicki Mullen admits diverting prescription drugs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ROANOKE, VIRGINIA – A Roanoke woman, who fraudulently used her employer’s DEA Registration Number to illegally prescribe controlled prescription drugs to her son, daughter-in-law, and others, pled guilty this morning in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. Vicki Chilton Mullen, 63, of Roanoke, Va. and her son, Gregory […]

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Use of ground troops to fight ISIL concerns Senator Tim Kaine

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the draft Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL announced by President Obama today. For more than seven months, Kaine has been a leading voice urging the administration to seek a specific authorization for military action against ISIL while pressing his Congressional […]

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