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U.S. Western District Court cases for the coming week

Friday, October 10, 2014

Next Wednesday, October 15, 2014, US Attorney Heaphy, along with officials from Homeland Security Investigations and other agencies, will hold a press conference to announce the sentencing of Elin Coello-Ordonez. Coello-Ordonez was previously convicted of human trafficking charges for bringing an 18-year-old woman from Honduras to the United States to work as a prostitute. The […]

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Roanoke receives funds from Homeland Security Grant

Friday, October 10, 2014

Roanoke City is one of 79 Virginia localities to receive more than $4.8 million in federal funds to enhance emergency preparedness throughout Virginia. The funds, administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, are from the fiscal year 2014 State Homeland Security Grant program. Roanoke City received over $156,000 for Tactical Response Team Personal Protective Equipment. “These critical […]

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Gillespie’s healthcare plan is flawed says Sen. Mark Warner

Friday, October 10, 2014

Gillespie's healthcare plan is flawed says Sen. Mark Warner

Senator Mark Warner says that “Ed Gillespie’s plan would take us back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, charge women more than men for the same care and impose caps that cut-off coverage just when you need it the most. Senator Warner is working to keep what’s good in the […]

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Ed Gillespie’s repeal and replace healthcare alternative

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie's repeal and replace healthcare alternative

Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Virginia U.S. senate says that the Affordable Care Act increases health costs, federal spending, and gives government control over peoples healthcare choices.  “It reduces job growth, patient choice, and the quality of care.”  Today as promised in recent debates Gillespie repleased his alternative to the ACA after it is […]

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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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Robert Sarvis on court decision to strike down 3rd district boundary

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 7 — In the wake of Tuesday’s federal court decision striking down Virginia’s Third Congressional District boundaries, Robert Sarvis has called for nonpartisan redistricting for state and federal elections. (Congressman Bobby Scott represents the district.) “Even absent a racial motivation, gerrymandering for partisan advantage and incumbent protection is also wrong. It is specifically designed […]

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Ed Gillespie’s support for over-the-counter contraceptives called misleading

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Richmond, VA-Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie reiterated his support for over-the-counter access to birth control during tonight’s debate with U.S. Senator Mark Warner. This disingenuous platform, which has been used by Republican candidates across the country, would strip the no co-pay birth control benefit from the Affordable Care Act. “Gillespie’s support for this policy is […]

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Warner, Gillespie and Sarvis are different in many ways

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Warner, Gillespie and Sarvis are different in many ways

Media would have you believe there was little daylight between the Virginia U.S. Senate candidates at the forum held Monday in Roanoke. They just didn’t listen. Well, maybe they listened for sound bites or something that would make a good headline. Incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Warner, the Republican former RNC Chair and political operative Ed […]

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Virginia Horse Center Hunter Classic this weekend

Monday, October 6, 2014

Virginia Horse Center Hunter Classic this weekend

Hunter Classic, Costume Class and Two Days of Jumpers all at House Mountain Horse Show Lexington, VA – October 6, 2014 - Hunter competitors could be riding away from this weekend’s House Mountain Horse Show at the Virginia Horse Center with more than just a beautiful ribbon and a positive show experience. For the first time, […]

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Cheering SCOTUS decision to effectively allow same-sex marriage in Virginia

Monday, October 6, 2014

Cheering SCOTUS decision to effectively allow same-sex marriage in Virginia

Attorney General Mark Herring: The Supreme Court rejected all petitions for certiorari related to Virginia’s marriage equality litigation, thereby letting stand the Fourth Circuit’s decision that same-sex couples in the Commonwealth are entitled to all the rights and privileges of marriage. The Fourth Circuit is expected to issue its mandate at 1 p.m., meaning marriage licenses […]

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United Mine Workers of America endorses Senator Mark Warner

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

United Mine Workers of America endorses Senator Mark Warner

ALEXANDRIA – The United Mineworkers of America (UMWA) today endorsed Senator Mark Warner for re-election. The organization represents coal miners, clean coal technicians, health care workers, truck drivers, manufacturing workers and public employees throughout the United States. “The UMWA proudly endorses Senator Mark Warner for his leadership on protecting the health, safety and retirement of coal […]

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SBA announces support for Roanoke business

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today its support for entrepreneurial ecosystem development in eight communities through “ScaleUp America.”  This new initiative is designed to provide the necessary support to help companies scale up and grow, while strengthening and enhancing local entrepreneurial ecosystems around the specific needs of growth-oriented entrepreneurs and firms resulting in […]

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