The Senate Finance Committee has advanced a new state budget without Medicaid expansion, a major step towards ending a months-long stalemate. Averting a possible government shutdown with less than three weeks to spare, the General Assembly passed an austere, two-year budget late last night after hours of behind-the-scenes wrangling over Medicaid expansion.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The White House’s signature Africa initiative comes to fruition this week when 500 of the continent’s most promising young leaders begin a new, six-week leadership, academic and mentoring program that is the hallmark of the Young African Leaders Initiative. Twenty five will be in Virginia, where American democracy began.
Governor McCauliffe has kicked off the first meeting of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission yesterday at George Mason University. The group is charged with providing recommendations on how to make Virginia a leader in cyber security.
A study published earlier this week indicates hackers are costing consumers and customers as much as $575 billion dollars annually, and online crime is estimated at .8% worldwide.
A Norfolk judge has ruled that a law allowing the state to take over chronically failing public schools is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Poston ruled yesterday in favor of the Virginia School Board Association and the Norfolk School board which filed the lawsuit challenging creation of the Opportunity Educational Institution.
The state-run institution was slated to take control of six schools that were denied state accreditation in Norfolk, Alexandria and Petersburg. The law was a key component of former Governor Bob McDonnell’s education reform agenda.
There is a familiar name winning the Democratic Virginia’s 8th District, and Republicans voted to return a veteran congressman in the 1st. Former Virginia Lt. Governor Don Beyer won a seven-way Democratic Congressional primary yesterday, virtually assuring he will replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran in the heavily Democratic 8th Congressional District. With 46% of the vote, Beyer had far more than his closest challenger, State Delegate Patrick Hope, who had 18 percent.
Father’s Day is an empty celebration for many children in Richmond, where 65% of them are born to single mothers. A group of concerned professionals met today to try to deal with the odds.
Children without fathers have shorter lives, higher obesity rates, more depression, more dental problems, more incarceration, and more poverty. Today’s symposium was a gathering of professionals from all walks, who deal with these problems and want to find ways to provide community support for families, or at least for reconciliation and cooperation between parents.
The United States Senate is poised to confirm the first woman justice in the US District Court for Eastern Virginia.
The wait time for new patients seeking a primary care doctor at McGuire Veteran Medical Center in Richmond is more than 72 days. That’s about five times what the Department of Veteran Affairs had set as a goal. But the department has also admitted that target was unattainable, given existing resources and growing demand.
Other V.A. facilities in Virginia are also running behind. In Hampton, the average wait time is 58 days, in Salem the wait is 35 days. The numbers were released yesterday by the VA as part of a national audit.
Duke Energy has signed an agreement to clean up the Dan River. The Nation’s largest energy company has signed an agreement with environmental and wildlife officials in Virginia and North Carolina to clean up toxic coal ask from the Dan River, which flows through both states.
The University of Virginia’s Children’s Hospital, which just made the US News and World Report’s List of Outstanding Children’s Hospitals in two categories, unveiled a new facility to make its healthcare even better. UVA has a 111 bed children’s general facility with more than 3,000 patients admitted each year. Karin League is Associate Chief for the UVA Children’s Hospital.