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Task Force on Drug Abuse Prepares Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse met Thursday (3/19)to review legislation passed this year and to work on final recommendations due to the Governor in June.

The state has implemented a monitoring program to prevent excessive prescriptions by doctors and to determine how many prescriptions a patient may have received.

Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran says stopping the flow of drugs into the state is another challenge.

The group will meet again in April and will present a final report to the Governor in June.

McAuliffe Considers Amendments to Campus Sexual Assault Bills

As Governor McAuliffe considers possible amendments to campus sexual assault legislation passed by the General Assembly this year, his task force on the topic is reacting to the bills and pitching a few ideas of its own.

This year, the General Assembly approved legislation to require state universities to report all felony sexual assaults either to local law enforcement or prosecutors, while giving students the ability to report anonymously.

Task Force on Campus Sexual Violence Prepares Recommendations

The Governor’s Task Force on Combatting Campus Sexual Violence is preparing its final recommendations, which will be released in June.

The task force is considering creating a database of students who have been expelled for assault, mobile apps to report incidents to campus officials or outside law enforcement and prevention training programs in K-12 schools.

Attorney General Mark Herring is chair of the task force.

The group is also discussing the creation of a center to coordinate research and best practices for campus sexual assault prevention.

Former Mayor Announces Candidacy For House

Former Richmond Mayor Reverend Leonidas Young formally announced Tuesday that he will run for the 74th district House of Delegates seat currently held by the embattled Democrat-turned-Independent Joe Morrissey.

If elected, Young says he will push for raising the minimum wage and expanding access to health coverage and the automatic restoration of rights for felons who have served their time. 

Former Richmond Mayor Young To Run For Morrisey's Seat

Former Richmond Mayor and ex-convict Leonidas Young says he will announce his candidacy today to replace Joe Morrisey in the House of Delegates.

Apparently, it is with Morrisey’s blessings. 

Young says Morrisey has supported his efforts to return to public office, and in fact, his announcement will take place at Morrisey’s law office. 

Group Says Atlantic Coast Pipeline is “All Pain, No Gain”

A group of residents of Augusta and Nelson Counties has launched a new campaign against the proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by Dominion Virginia Power, now under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The group says should the project be approved, Dominion should put it on an alternate route that maximizes rights of ways for existing pipelines, transmission lines or railroads in the Commonwealth.

Nancy Sorrells is co-chair of the All Pain, No Gain campaign and the Augusta County Alliance.

Morrisey Present At Birth Of Former Receptionist’s Baby Boy

A young woman at the center of two criminal cases involving Delegate Joe Morrisey has given birth to a baby boy. 

Morrisey confirmed the birth of a seven pound, eight ounce boy at a hospital in Georgia, to Myrna Pride, that he was present, and that as he put it, “she is absolutely thrilled, and I am, too.” Beyond that he had no comment.

Morrisey was convicted in September 2014 in connection with his relationship with the then 17 year-old office receptionists, but both denied it was sexual.

School Board Says Jones Budget Does Not Fund Critical Needs

Members of the Richmond School Board say the $689 million budget Mayor Dwight Jones presented on Friday is essentially flat in operational spending for education over the previous year.

The board and Superintendent  Dana Bedden had requested $24 million in additional funding for a 1.7 percent raise for teachers and faculty, new ESL instructors and implementing the academic improvement plan.

Mayor Jones says the additional funds would have required a 15-cent increase in the city’s real estate tax. It currently stands at $1.20 per 100 dollars of assessed value.

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