Hundreds of Virginia State students rallied on campus yesterday, calling for the resignation of the university’s top administrators as the school faces budget cuts and declining enrollments. The students said they knew classes were larger, programs cut, and dorms closed, but were unaware of the depth of the school’s financial problems until last week’s board meeting when administrators detailed a 19 million dollar budget reduction.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
The United States Supreme Court could decide as early as this week whether to step in and decide gay marriage cases this term. The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples, including those in Virginia, would be for the Supreme Court to decline to get involved in the issue right now.
The new abortion clinic regulations that some said would put them out of business, may themselves be on their way out.
The federal government is making more money available for projects to help low-income families buy more fruits, vegetables and more healthy food. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack joined first lady Dorothy McAuliffe and local farmers at the Virginia State Fair yesterday to announce a total of 52 million in support of the organic industry and local and regional food systems, with most of the money authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
The nation's largest tobacco companies are challenging court-ordered advertisements requiring the cigarette makers to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. A federal judge had ordered the industry to pay for so-called corrective statements in advertisements in newspapers and on TV, websites and cigarette pack inserts. The companies involved include Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., owner of the biggest U.S. tobacco company, Philip Morris USA; No. 2 cigarette maker, R.J. Reynolds , and No. 3 Lorillard Inc.
Henrico County may be ready to restore a tax relief program for the elderly and disabled. The county had slashed benefits of the Real Estate Advantage Program that reduced or eliminated real estate tax bills of the elderly or disabled who met financial requirements. The program had reduced tax bills by up to $3,000, but the maximum was cut to $1,500 this year to save money.
When Randolph Macon College Professor David Brat stunned Congressman Eric Cantor by defeating him in the Republican primary the campus was swamped, and Randolph-Macon’s newly acquired visibility isn’t about to stop.
School Security grants totaling six million dollars have been awarded to 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs in Virginia. The grant money announced by Governor McAuliffe is intended to protect students and teachers through the purchase of video monitoring systems, metal detectors and visitor ID systems.
The security upgrades will be installed in 373 schools and other buildings across the state.
The awards were based on the schools most in need and those with relatively high numbers of offenses.
Governor McCauliffe says he is agressively pursuing a Stone Brewery for Virginia, including installing a beer dispenser at the executive mansion. The governor says he has installed a kegerator that dispenses beer from the California-based brewery and even shared a brew with company officials at the mansion the other night. He said “it’s between us and Ohio, and we’ve got to get it here in Virginia.”