The Virginia Tobacco Commission gave away millions of dollars, more than what commission staff recommended, to help a politically connected power company. The Associated Press says commission staffers told the state inspector-general that the first of three $10 million installments paid to Dominion to help build a natural gas pipeline in Brunswick County should have been $6.5 million based on their calculations, and that they felt pressured by Governor Bob McDonnell’s office, though the inspector-general’s office did not find evidence to support that.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
A Virginia Tech Student From Midlothian, who rode cross country on a cancer fund-raiser, has a new campaign to buy 20 bikes for children with cancer between now and Christmas.
Governor McAuliffe says Virginia’s economy is in a “very perilous situation” with potential federal defense cuts looming. The Governor is working on his spending plan due next month highlighted by 322 million in red ink. And he says he’s open to eliminating tax relief programs to balance the budget, including rolling back a program that partially offsets Virginia’s car tax.
Infant mortality has dropped dramatically in Virginia in the last ten years, but as Charles Fishburne reports, Virginia is still below the national average and struggling to do better. The Virginia Department of health says the state has seen a decrease of 18.2 percent in infant mortality from 2007 to 2012. Laurinda Davis is Nursing Supervisor in the City of Richmond Health District and she has been working in infant care for 34 years. She says it’s all about the first 361 days of a babies life. That’s the critical time, but the entire first year is important.
Dominion Transmission is seeking dismissal of a federal lawsuit challenging the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The suit comes from five Nelson County residents and says a Virginia law relevant to the pipeline project is unconstitutional. That law allows natural gas companies to enter private property without the owner’s written permission, if the company has requested permission to inspect the property and given advance notice to the owner. A company lawyer says the lawsuit is premature and unfounded.
Hundreds of students and faculty members protested Saturday night (11/22) at the University of Virginia over allegations of an alleged gang rape and coverup. The protest occurred after UVA President Teresa Sullivan earlier in the day suspended all fraternal groups and asked Charlottesville police to investigate the alleged incident at Phi Kappa Psi house that is said to have occurred two years ago.
Virginia Roads could be a bit more crowded this Thanksgiving Holiday. Triple A Mid-Atlantic projects 1.3 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend.
Triple A’s Tammy Arnett says motorists will be saving 57¢ a gallon or more for gasoline.
The holiday travel period begins next Wednesday and ends next Sunday midnight.
Former US Senator Jim Webb has launched an exploratory committee to consider a 2016 presidential bid. The Virginia Democrat is the first potential candidate of either party to launch what could become a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s White House ambitions.
His 14-minute address is posted on Youtube and on his new website at webb2016.com.
The City of Richmond will have to return almost $1.5 million in state aid due to declining revenues. The money will come from core programs like police, jail operations and help for troubled children and adolescents. The reason is a $2.4 billion gap in the state’s two-year budget and an agreement hammered out two months ago by the Governor and the General Assembly.
Virginia cities are hurt the most, but it will cost Henrico County about a million and Chesterfield County almost $800,000. Education has been spared for now.
A Richmond woman charged with lying to federal investigators about supporting the so-called Islamic State militant group will remain in jail while she awaits trial. Twenty-nine year old Heather Elizabeth Coffman, surrounded by her defense team and federal agents and confined with ankle chains, appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday and waived her right to a detention hearing.