Colonial Downs Racetrack in New Kent County…and all off-track betting parlors, will be shut down the first of next month. The Colorado-based owner of the racetrack did not even wait for the Virginia Racing Commission to vote on one last proposal to try to keep it open, but said at the beginning of the meeting it would surrender its operating license. Jeffrey Jacobs, Chairman and CEO said, “the glory days have faded into memory and Virginia Thoroughbred racing is well on its path to demise.” The track had been lobbying for fewer thoroughbred races and higher purses as a way to rem
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The University of Virginia Medical Center is preparing its hospital staff members who may be faced with treating Ebola patients.
Customs and health officials at Dulles International Airport are scheduled to begin screening travelers arriving from three West African nations this morning.
Virginia is getting 9.3 million dollars in federal funding to help residents sign up for health insurance. State officials say there are about 300 thousand Virginians who qualified for tax credit if they purchase insurance on the Federal Marketplace who remain uninsured. The money will help hire about 100 people to help with enrollment that runs from November 15th through February 15th.
The grant was awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services and allows Virginia to partner with the Virginia Community Healthcare Association and the Virginia Poverty Center.
A woman being evaluated for Ebola at the VCU Medical Center has tested negative. She had recently traveled to Liberia, and showed up at Richmond’s CrossOver Health Care Ministry Clinic on Cowardin Avenue with a low grade fever. The patient was taken by private car to VCU Medical Center’s emergency department and admitted to the hospital where she isolated and tested for Ebola by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratories, which did not detect the virus. Those test results will be confirmed by the CDC.
Tickets are available for the October 28th debate in a Virginia election that has gotten national attention. When Dave Brat defeated Eric Cantor in Virginia’s Seventh District Republican primary, the national media descended upon Ashland to report the stunning upset of one of the nation’s most powerful members of Congress by a political novice and relatively unknown college professor at Randolph Macon.
The Augusta County Alliance is taking efforts to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline directly to Governor McAuliffe, just as the Governor is preparing to formally release his energy plan that includes his enthusiastic support of the pipeline. The Alliance is asking him to take another look.
They have 700 signatures in opposition already and are going for 10,000 with the help of the Chesapeake Climate Change Network.
A patient registry is being planned so that 30 major medical centers can share patient success stories. It will be coordinated by UVA’s world-reknown gamma knife specialist, Dr. Jason Sheehan.
Southside tobacco barns and the site of one of Virginia’s worst train wrecks are among nine historic places being recognized by the Department of Historic Resources. The tobacco barns that dot Southside Virginia’s countryside in Pittsylvania County made the list and the Thaxton train wreck in Bedford County on July 2nd, 1889 that left 18 people dead will also receive a marker.