By a margin of more than 3-1, Virginia voters say the Washington Redskins should not change the team name.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The Hanover County Planning Commission has recommended approval of 68 new homes on Summer Duck Farm near Atlee Station Road and Deer Stream Drive. The project would include houses of at least 1800 square feet on approximately ¾ acre lots.
The developer has agreed to pay for road improvements, plant a buffer strip, and preserve a pre-Civil War House on the back of the property.
Neighbors said they were concerned about increased traffic, small lots and potential overcrowding at area schools.
The recommendation now goes before the Board of Supervisors.
Mayor Dwight Jones’ proposed tax cut has received a setback. It was a modest one, but city council’s finance and economic development committee has voted 3-0 to reject the proposed one cent reduction in property taxes next year.
The city is re-examining the tax rate because assessments rose by more than 1% and that triggers a state law requiring the city either roll back the tax rate or have a public hearing and vote to keep it the same.
Committee members suggested council consider spending priorities, including schools, before it goes before the full nine-member council.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is offering a storm surge map for coastal areas. The department has created a new tool to help coastal residents assess the risks of rising waters in a storm surge. Officials say the map presents a worst-case scenario, but is not a real-time tool.
Storm surge is the abnormal and dangerous rise of water over the tide. It is pushed to shore by high winds, typically a hurricane or tropical storm.
The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that Virginia has become the latest state to detect a respiratory illness causes by Enterovisus 68. The CDC says seven of ten children have tested positive for the virus so far, all at St. Mary’s hospital. Since Saturday 329 more have visited the Emergency Room for treatment, ninety% of those, with a respiratory problem. Forty-six were admitted, some to the ICU, and while those cases have not been confirmed as D-68, the hospital has brought on extra doctors and nurses and supplies.
A Wason Poll just released says Virginia voters strongly support Medicaid expansion but worry about the cost and expect the upcoming special session of the General Assembly to fail.
Deadly domestic violence is the focus of a conference beginning today (Sepember 17) in Williamsburg. Organizers say about one in every three homicides each year in Virginia are attributed to intimate partner violence.
Virginia’s top public safety officials will be in Williamsburg today to address law enforcement officials, along with advocates for victims of domestic violence. Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will deliver opening remarks. Attorney General Mark Herring is also scheduled to attend.
Richmond’s former chief administrative officer says his abrupt departure was a “mutual agreement,” between him and the mayor. Byron Marshall said “when it’s time to go, it’s time to go” and noted that “these jobs serve at the pleasure of the mayor who at any time can say I no longer need your services.”
Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring is suing some of the world’s largest banks for $1.15 billion in damages related to the housing market crash.