Flags in Henrico County have been lowered to half-staff in memory of long-time Three Chopt Supervisor David Kaechele, who died last night (1/19) at the age of 85.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The Virginia Department of Education is looking for partners to share in an $11 million dollar literacy and workforce development grant designed to retrain thousands of Virginians and have set a conference for Tuesday (1/24), to explain how it works.
It is about finding and training workers for new jobs in the Commonwealth.
Washington D.C. is preparing for an inauguration, and Virginia is preparing for massive traffic congestion approaching the capitol city.
Getting into the city Friday (1/20) will be difficult. Corrinne Geller, of the Virginia State Police, suggests going to VDOT’s 511 website for real-time traffic information, even downloading the 511 app.
Union Station will be open throughout, but getting in and out could be problematic.
A group of University of Virginia Students and faculty members is planning a walk-out on inauguration day.
Members of the Black Student Alliance and other advocacy groups, plan a walk-out, a rally and a teach-in.
Westin Gobar is Political Action Chair of the Black Student Alliance. He says there will be a teach-in and workshop on protest and practical political action as they face four years of a Trump presidency, beginning with local government.
Virginia’s half-century-old liquor-by-the drink law is under fire from restaurant owners who say it is unfair and out of date. Since the 1960’s, legislators allowed liquor by the drink sales in restaurants as long as about half the income came from food sales. Before that, Virginia was dry.
But State Senator Bill DeSteph says time and tastes have changed and he has a bill to ease those restrictions.
Flu cases are spiking on both coasts according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the Virginia Department of Health reports cases in the Commonwealth are up dramatically.
As of the second week in January, flu cases are widespread across the state.
Sarah Fenno, Virginia Department of Health, says it is a relatively mild form of flu. The vaccine appears to be working.
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.
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.