A top Virginia GOP official who posted an anti-Muslim Facebook message has resigned, but not apologized. The Washington Post says Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party handed in his resignation to party officials last night, after a comment he posted on his Facebook page following President Obama’s praising Muslims for helping to build “the very fabric of our nation,” at the end of Ramadan. FitzSimmonds wanted to know, “exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims.” In his resignation letter, he said “It seems that no mat
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The Richmond City Council has introduced legislation to help lure Stone Brewing Company to build a plant downtown. The legislation would make an exception to its light industrial zoning rules which would allow Stone Brewing to produce 120,000 gallons of beer per year to begin. The current limit is 100,000.
Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has announced he will petition the US Supreme Court to hear Virginia’s marriage equality case and has asked a Richmond appellate court for a stay of its recent ruling that upheld a lower court decision to strike down the state’s ban on same sex marriages. The Attorney General says he will file a petition with the Supreme Court Friday, asking it to hear Virginia’s case and “definitively settle the constitutional issues for the Commonwealth and the rest of the country.”
A researcher at the University of Virginia’s Center for Wireless Health says a medical internet could transform healthcare.
Congressman Eric Cantor says he will step down and resign from the House early and has asked Governor McAuliffe to call for a special election to coincide with the November 4th general election to choose his successor. It came as a shock and only hours after Cantor said farewell to his colleges as the number 2 GOP leader in the House.
The State Council of Higher Education says Virginia students at public colleges and universities are paying more and warns further budget cuts could make it worse. Undergraduates at public four-year institutions can expect to pay an extra $552 this next fiscal year, up 5.7%. Virginia community college students will pay another $180 per year. The State Council of Higher Education says if state revenues shrink further, additional budget reductions may be needed.
The Richmond Metropolitan area has had the highest absolute job gains in the state over the year according to the Virginia Employment Commission. Metro Richmond has gained 11,900 jobs so far this year, highest in the state, with Northern Virginia second at 2,200. In June alone, the metro area gained 2,400 jobs.
Statewide, the largest job gains were in private education, health services and construction. Trade and transportation were down.
Meanwhile, unemployment ticked up slightly in June by .2% at 5.4 - second consecutive gain this year, after four months of declines.
A Randolph Macon professor has put together a one-of-a kind partnership to provide the most accurate measure of water quality in the James ever achieved.
The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office says the Eastern Shore campground struck by a killer tornado last week is expected to reopen Friday morning. The Sheriff’s office released a statement yesterday that Cherrystone Campground on the Chesapeake bay is set to reopen Friday, following a community cleanup this week.
Back-to-school is almost here and Virginia once again is giving shoppers a break on buying school supplies. During this three-day period beginning Friday (August 1), shoppers at retail stores statewide will not have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to 20 dollars or on most clothing and footwear priced at 100 dollars or less.
It is one of three sales tax holidays every year passed by the 2007 General Assembly. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the period, and some do.