The summer sizzle is once again raising awareness of a naturally, environmentally-friendly way to help keep cool and avoid major runoffs from drenching rains. Nestled into the riverbank along the James, is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, whose crowning glory is a green roof.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
It appears Hanover County is about to get a new neighborhood Walmart market at Sliding Hill Roads and Charters Hill Court. The planning Commission has approved a rezoning request for a 42,000 square foot complex that includes a fueling center and a drive-through pharmacy. The layout plans and the developer are the same as a planned Walmart in Henrico, though the commission would not, or could not confirm it.
A Virginia Congressman is asking the Secretary of Health and Human Services to abandon a controversial plan to bring hundreds of Central American children to the old St. Paul’s college site in Lawrenceville. About 1,000 people packed the Brunswick High School Auditorium to hear the government’s explanation of how they planned to bring the young immigrants to the former college campus and how they would make it secure.
Attorney General Mark Herring has announced steps to improve the office’s efficiency, including a new procurement policy for outside council. Herring said the AG’s office spent about 23 million 15 million and 14 million in 2013, 2012 and 2011 respectively for outside council, and although he say no evidence any of it was improper, there were no adequate measures to track it. Herring announced the hiring of Richmond attorney Shawri King Casey to serve as the first Compliance and Transparency Counsel and he says streamling the AG’s office is a good idea
Nestled into the riverbank along the James is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS building, whose crowning glory is a green roof. Part of the roof is literally growing plants to help control rainwater runoff, insulate the building and blend with the environment.
Green roofs are not new, sod roofs in Scandinavia have been around for centuries and the Europeans have traditionally been ahead of Americans. But a Virginia Tech Professor recently shared some new information about them, at an international gathering in Germany.
A Chesterfield County man has been cited for attempting to bring a loaded handgun past a security checkpoint at Richmond International Airport. The weapon was a .357 caliber handgun with five rounds. The Transportation Security Administration says officers stopped the man from bringing the weapon past an airport security checkpoint. They say an x-ray machine detected the handgun inside the travelers carry-on bag as it passed along the conveyor belt. Richmond International Airport Police cited the Chesterfield County man on a weapons charge. They did not release his name.
SunTrust has reached a nearly one billion dollar settlement with the government to resolve allegations it underwrote and provided risky mortgage loans. The Justice Department announced yesterday the 968 million dollar deal with SunTrust Mortgage, a Virginia-based lender and subsidiary of SunTrust Banks. As part of the deal, SunTrust has agreed to provide 500 million dollars in homeowner relief and 418 million to resolve allegations that it underwrote bad loans.
GOP Congressional nominee David Brat says he will run a campaign of economic prosperity for Virginians in his first public statement since the primary. He doesn’t have enough phones, he needs computers, but his shockingly unexpected journey to the November general elections moved ahead yesterday, a week after he beat Eric Cantor by 11 percentage points in the Republican primary. Brat spoke briefly with reporters on his way to a Rotary Club breakfast in Midlothian, which was closed to the press.
A divided Supreme Court has ruled in a Virginia case that the federal ban on “straw gun purchases” can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun. Bruce James Abramski, Jr. bought a Glock 19 handgun in Collinsville in 2009 and transferred it to his Uncle who lives in Pennsylvania.
Virginia House Republicans have introduced legislation that would allow them to hire lawyers to defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban in court. Attorney General Mark Herring won’t do it, so House Republicans have simply decided to go over his head and send someone else.