Yesterday (1/11), Dominion Virginia Power continued its push for solar power with the completion of three solar arrays, in Powhatan, Isle of Wight and Louisa. Dominion Spokesperson Daisy Pridgen says that’s enough for 95,000 homes.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine was among those questioning President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State today (1/11).
Kaine is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
Virginia’s 7th District Republican Congressman Dave Brat has introduced one of the first Republican plans to begin replacing Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and revising the healthcare system. Brat’s plan would reform the Health Savings Account, increasing contribution limits, repealing over the counter restrictions and eliminating the high deductible health plan mandate.
But it is a small part of the healthcare puzzle.
The Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy has just released its annual study on the financial health of Virginia Hospitals, and calls for an end to Certificate of Public Need regulations.
The Institute says Certificate of Public Need creates a monopoly that is not good for Virginia and hospitals make enough money already.
Michael Thompson is the Institute President and author of the report.
A University of Virginia Researcher has developed a formula that for the first time treats the causes, not just the symptoms, of dry eyes.
Millions of Americans suffer from dry eyes. To date, over-the counter drops don’t help much.
Gordon Laurie is a professor of cell biology at the University of Virginia and he says the prescription drugs treat only the inflammation, not the cause. He’s been working on this problem for 32 years, and says, he thinks he can fix it.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has just released its biennial State of the Bay report and says its overall health has risen from a D to a C-, but recovery is fragile.
The Foundation Celebrated its 50th year with better numbers and says the Chesapeake Bay is clearer, underwater grasses are beginning to thrive, and oysters are making a comeback.
Henrico County will become home to a German company that could offer a solution to this nation’s aging infrastructure underground.
Most major cities in the country, including Richmond, are facing major problems with corroded pipes, and are looking for solutions. The Impreg Group is confident they have the answer.
Impreg will open a warehouse in Henrico’s Byrd Corporate Park, and plan to expand into manufacturing in phase 2, spending $5.4 million and hiring 60 people.
Relief is coming for what is one of the biggest bottlenecks in Hanover County, at the site of road improvements at Bell Creek Road and Route 360. Construction has caused problems at what was already one of Hanover’s busiest and most dangerous intersections.
VDOT’s Brian Ramsey says the $10 million dollar project realigns Bell Creek Road, adds a lane to U.S. Route 360 East and West, and hopefully ends the backup all the way up the ramp to I-295.
With an end in sight, residents are hopeful it will get better.
Virginia Department of Transportation crews took advantage of the good weather Wednesday (1/4) and have begun to pre-treat interstates and major primary routes with anti-icing materials.
VDOT and its weather forecasting services have a high degree of confidence there will be ice and/or snow on the highways by the end of the week and are already treating the roads.
VDOT’s Jessica Cowardin encourages people to pay attention to forecasts and road conditions throughout the week and be mindful of the trucks applying the pre-treatment solution.
The Virginia Retail Federation is set to go to bat for its members, who are fighting online sales, minimum wage increases and accelerated taxes. They say sales taxes must be applied equally.
“Our members say they welcome the competition…they just want it to be fair competition,” says Jodi Roth, Government Affairs representative for the Virginia Retail Federation. Roth says consumers are supposed to pay sales taxes on online purchases at tax time, but most don’t. She says closing loopholes would help.