The Senate Intelligence Committee began hearings today (3/30) on Russian interference in American elections, with Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner taking the spotlight. In the committee’s opening remarks, ranking Democrat Mark Warner said, “Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered a deliberate campaign, carefully constructed, to undermine our election.”
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Dozens turned out for a public hearing on the Chesterfield County budget proposal in a meeting that at times was contentious.
It was the final hearing, and a time for people to speak their minds. And they did--on schools, public safety, tax rates and assessments.
A Wason Poll released this morning (3/29) shows an even match up between the leading GOP candidate for governor and either of the top ranking Democratic opponents.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports Virginia honey production dropped significantly last year, as honey bees continue to diminish. “Honey Bees continue to disappear in Virginia and across the nation, and we saw a winter loss in Virginia of about 32% of our colonies,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist.
Tignor said, “Bees were hit with a big freeze during the major nectar flow.”
A Wason Poll released this morning (3/28) shows one candidate dominates the Republican race for Governor, while the Democrats are widely split.
With just more than two months before Virginia’s go to the polls to select their party’s nominees for statewide office, Republican Ed Gillespie has a commanding lead among his party’s candidates for Governor. “We found that he has 38% of Virginia Republican primary voters already,” said the Wason Poll’s Dr. Rachel Bitecofer. “His closest competitor is coming in at only 11%.”
A Virginia Tech Geophysicist says yesterday’s (3/22) earth quake in central Virginia was not uncommon, but a reminder to be prepared.
The 2.4 quake was a small one and typical of tremors that have been tracked back to the 1700’s. “This earthquake was just are reminder that we have had damaging earthquakes in the past and we’re going to have damaging earthquakes in the future,” said Dr. Martin Chapman, a Geophysicist at Virginia Tech and a world-renown authority on earthquakes.
A Virginia Tech researcher says brain imagery shows a difference between knowing or reckless behavior in criminal acts, a distinction that can affect judges and juries in sentencing.
Computational Neuroscientist Read Montague, along with researchers at Yale, did a brain scan on 40 subjects to determine if criminal intent might register. It did. “What we did was look at the boundary between knowing you were doing something and simply being reckless,” said Montague.
The full Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear re-hear oral arguments in a key prayer-in-government meetings case today (3/22).
The case comes from Rowan County, North Carolina, where plaintiffs argue the county commissioners prayer practices disparage or coerce attendees to participate in prayers that are overwhelmingly Christian in nature.
The ruling potentially could affect the county and all five states in the Fourth Circuit.
Unemployment in the Richmond region increased by nearly half a percentage point from December to January, in figures released yesterday by the Virginia Employment Commission.
The rates were up for the month, but unchanged from a year ago.
"The unemployment rate for the Richmond metropolitan area for January 2017 was 4.3 percent."
Ann Lang, Senior Economist at the Virginia Employment Commission
"That was up four-tenth of a percentage point from December and the same as a year ago January."
Virginia has submitted four applications to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Resilience Grants program, it’s no longer in the budget.
NOAA planned to award $15 million dollars nationwide to help coastal regions plan for and mitigate the effects of rising seas and recurrent flooding. Mark Luckenback says, “The grant proposals that you just referred to, I’m afraid were all submitted to a program, that under the president’s budget, were zeroed out.”