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.”
Articles by Charles Fishburne
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.
The Federal Government has named three sites as finalists for the new FBI headquarters, two in suburban Maryland and one is in Virginia. They have been talking about it for years, moving the 38-year old, crumbling headquarters that the FBI has so outgrown. Half its employees don’t fit, but instead work in 21 satellite offices scattered around the region.
A VCU professor is about to launch a study to find out if kids are throwing out their vegetables at school lunches. Charles Fishburne reports.
Keywords: VCU Study, Chesterfield County Elementary Schools, Eating Vegetables, Research, National School Lunch Program, Dr. Suzanne Mazzeo