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business

State Corporation Commission sets workers compensation premium level adjustments

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved revisions to the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance in Virginia.


congress

Kaine, Warner praise Virginia priorities in House spending bill

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine applauded Saturday night’s Senate passage of the compromise spending legislation for fiscal year 2015.


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Bob Goodlatte: Countering Senate inaction

Due to Senate inaction, Congress was forced at the last minute to take steps to fund the government through the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2015.


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Governor McAuliffe selected to head Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council

Governor Terry McAuliffe will assume the chairmanship of the Chesapeake Executive Council beginning January 1, 2015.


congress

Warner, Kaine announce $20M in funding for Wallops Flight Facility

Sen. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine confirmed today that compromise spending legislation for fiscal year 2015 includes $20 million in funding for Wallops Flight Facility.


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Governor McAuliffe signs Executive Order 36, creating Virginia’s first Green Community Program

Governor McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 36, authorizing the creation of Virginia’s first Green Community Program.


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Sen. Warner statement on award of $17.5M federal preschool grant

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner released this statement today following the announcement that Virginia will receive a $17.5 million Preschool Development Expansion Grant to serve children in 11 Virginia school divisions.


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Tim Kaine applauds federal preschool expansion grant

Tim Kaine comments on a grant that will allow Virginia to increase the number of children served in state-funded preschool programs by 17 percent.


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Governor McAuliffe announces $17.5 million federal preschool expansion grant

Virginia has been awarded a $17.5 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant that will allow the Commonwealth to serve as many as 1,600 additional at-risk four-year-olds in new, high-quality preschool classes.


law

ACLU responds to Gloucester School Board decision on transgender students

The Gloucester School Board voted Tuesday to accept a policy that will discriminate against transgender students.


law

Protests: A waste of time?

People are gathering in cities across the country – New York City, Washington, Berkeley – to protest decisions by grand juries in Missouri and Staten Island against bringing back indictments in cases in which cops were responsible for the deaths of unarmed petty-crime suspects.


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Robert Hurt: Reform the tax code to stimulate growth

Our nation’s outdated and complicated tax code is a perfect example of the federal government standing in the way of strengthening our economy for our nation’s families and small businesses.


business

Former Ocwen mortgage borrowers to begin receiving settlement payments

More than 2,300 Virginia borrowers who were harmed by the mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices of Ocwen Financial Corporation will begin receiving checks of approximately $1,150.


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Randy Forbes: Is your identity safe this holiday season?

When busy shopping malls were the primary way to shop during the holiday season, lines wrapped around the stores and the biggest security concern was to make sure you didn’t leave your purse or wallet unattended while you reached into your cart or put bags in your car.


Ken Plum: Taxes

Governor Terry McAuliffe will address the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on December 17 in a statutorily required report on the state’s finances.


law

ACLU encourages Gloucester schools to reject transgender bathroom policy

The ACLU sent a letter this week to the Gloucester County School Board urging it to reject a proposed policy that would limit school restrooms and locker rooms to “the corresponding biological genders.”


terry mcauliffe

Governor McAuliffe announces jobs, economic development agenda

Governor Terry McAuliffe released his New Virginia Economic Strategic Plan and a series of legislative proposals aimed at accomplishing the plan’s mission of growing and diversifying the Virginia economy.


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McAuliffe: Agriculture, forestry essential to ‘the new Virginia economy’

Fog delayed his arrival, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was perfectly clear about his vision for agriculture’s and forestry’s role in Virginia’s economy.


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Sen. Tim Kaine suggests improvements to proposed EPA rules

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine submitted a letter to the EPA in response to the agency’s request for input on its proposed Clean Power Plan.


congress

Senate passes Warner-Wittman Chesapeake Accountability Act

The U.S. Senate today passed the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Accountability Act of 2014, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA-01).


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UVA students make a difference for youth in first semester of new major

This fall marked the first semester of the new Youth and Social Innovation major at the UVA Curry School of Education, and already students are bringing innovations to a local youth program.


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ACC Announces Autonomy Proposals

The ACC announced three legislative proposals that have been submitted to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process as approved by the league’s Council of Presidents.


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UVA President Teresa Sullivan meets with students regarding sexual assault

University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan met with students today about sexual assault issues and the University’s path forward.


Grassroots Progress Report evaluates Obama’s mountaintop removal legacy

The Alliance for Appalachia is releasing a Grassroots Progress Report that assesses the work the Obama administration has done in the region and provides recommendations for the final two years of Obama’s tenure.


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Virginia tobacco growers weather changes; payments to cease

Virginia tobacco farmers have lived through enormous marketing changes in the past 30 years, and more change is coming. About the only constant has been that tobacco is still an extremely valuable crop that’s worth the time and effort to grow.


Rooftop solar finally cost competitive with grid in U.S.

Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change.


David Swanson: There goes Virginia’s climate

A snowstorm is the ideal time to write about climate disruption, as it allows us to immediately set-aside the cartoonish claim that if any spot on earth isn’t warmer than it was yesterday then all is well. The following things we know:


business

University of Richmond, Commonwealth partners to research return on investment of vocational rehabilitation programs

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a nearly $2.5 million federal grant to the University of Richmond and its partners to assess the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities.


tax

Frank Clemente: Black Friday Blues

Shoppers will be lining up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday for spectacular deals. What they don’t know is that the best bargains have already been taken – not by other shoppers, but by some of America’s largest corporations.


virginia football

UVA football honored by AFCA for graduation rate

The UVA football team was one of 61 institutions recognized this week by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for graduating at least 75 percent or more of their football student-athletes.


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Old Dominion Electric Cooperative works to improve facilities at Monterey delivery point

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative has begun working on a project that will increase reliability to its member-owner Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s Monterey delivery point located in Highland County.


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Project Impact calendar set for distribution in early December

A popular locally produced calendar that features a unique collection of historic photos from around the Shenandoah Valley and amusing “holidays” for each day of the year is due out in early December.


Ken Plum: Protracted General Assembly session

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned its regular session in early March this year and immediately went into special session that while still continuing has become the longest special session ever.


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Virginia Tech class mobilizes for health outreach program

When The Health Wagon, a spiffy 2014-model motorhome, rolled onto the Drillfield this week, it wasn;t there to deliver flu shots or accept blood donations, but rather to tell a story.


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UVA News: Statement of Rector George Keith Martin regarding Rolling Stone sexual assault piece

University of Virginia Rector George Keith Martin on Thursday issued the following statement regarding the recent story on sexual assaults at UVA.


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McAuliffe executive order establishes Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order establishing the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which will be chaired by First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.


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UVA President Teresa Sullivan comments on Rolling Stone article on handling of sexual misconduct cases

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan on Wednesday evening issued the following statement to the University community in regard to an article published on Rolling Stone’s website earlier in the day.


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Marijuana, medical or otherwise, is on the horizon

Recreational marijuana laws were on the ballot in Alaska, Oregon, the District of Columbia and Florida. They passed comfortably in Alaska, Oregon and DC.


robert hurt

Congressman Robert Hurt statement on flood insurance hearing

Congressman Robert Hurt released a statement after attending a hearing held by the Financial Services’ Housing and Insurance Subcommittee on the flood insurance market.


virginia

New George Washington National Forest Plan balances multiple uses

Today, the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Regional Forester released the Final Forest Plan that will direct management of the George Washington National Forest.