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Virginia monthly unemployment rate decreases 0.1 percent

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Virginia monthly unemployment rate decreases 0.1 percent

According to the Virginia Employment Commission Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point in January to 4.7 percent and was down 0.6 percentage point from January 2014. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has been trending downward since October 2011 and, at 4.7 percent, is the lowest rate since October 2008. In January, with […]

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Senator John Edwards announces for re-election

Monday, March 16, 2015

Senator John Edwards announces for re-election

Virginia Senator John Edwards represents the 21st district that includes Roanoke City, all of Giles County, part of Montgomery County and part of Roanoke County. Edwards was first elected to the Senate in 1995. He announced his plans for another term today with about 100 supporters at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Edwards served in […]

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Dave Suetterlein to succeed Ralph Smith as candidate in the 19th senate district

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dave Suetterlein to succeed Ralph Smith as candidate in the 19th senate district

At a news conference today, Senator Ralph K. Smith (R-Bedford County) announced he will not seek a third term representing the 19th District in the Senate of Virginia. In announcing his decision, Senator Smith endorsed the candidacy of Dave Suetterlein, his Legislative Director and the current Chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Committee, to succeed him […]

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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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U.S. Navy carrier the Gerald Ford will be stationed in Norfolk

Thursday, March 12, 2015

U.S. Navy will position newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) in Hampton Roads and maintain Little Creek as a deep-water port and retain four amphibious ships through 2020. WASHINGTON – Today, the Virginia Congressional delegation announced that the U.S. Navy will position its newest carrier, the Gerald Ford, at Naval Station Norfolk for […]

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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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Listen to radio ad asking Rep. Goodlatte to impeach judge for domestic assault

Thursday, March 12, 2015

New Radio Ads in Lynchburg & Charlottesville Ask Rep. Bob Goodlatte to take a stand against domestic violence and impeach Alabama judge who was arrested for domestic assault. VIRGINIA —  UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization is sounding the alarm about an Alabama judge who was arrested for assaulting his wife last August but remains […]

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FDA approves palcohol, powdered alcohol – Virginia has banned it

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Palcohol is freeze-dried alcohol packaged in a small, portable pouch. It comes in a variety of flavors and mixed in water becomes an alcoholic drink. The flavors make it appealing to small children. From the Virginia Attorney General’s Office back in February when the General Assembly in anticipation of FDA approval of palcohol voted unanimously […]

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IRS provides clarity to Virginia firefighters and police on clothing taxation

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner has cleared up what would seem obvious to most of us – that clothing provided by an employer and require to be worn on the job is not taxable. Evidently there has been some “miscalculation” by the IRS who want to tax our uniformed public servants and forcing them or […]

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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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Forum on natural gas pipelines touches on the legal rights of property owners

Monday, March 9, 2015

Forum on natural gas pipelines touches on the legal rights of property owners

The four factors facing the proposed 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline and the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline boil down to, the need for natural gas, the environmental impact, safety concerns and property rights. Property rights hit home for many of the 200 attendees at the Forum on Natural Gas Pipelines hosted by the Cabell Brand Center […]

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Scam emails show as coming from the Office of Attorney General Mark Herring

Monday, March 9, 2015

Emails from scamers are demanding payment to resolve purported debt or outstanding warrants. The emails show as coming from the office of Attorney General Mark Herring RICHMOND (March 9, 2015) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today warned Virginians to be vigilant for a major, ongoing “phishing” scam involving emails, phone calls, and social media […]

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