Saturday October 10, 2015
Compiled by Bernadette Kinlaw
By LAURA VOZZELLA , Washington Post
Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday that he plans to push for limits on what car-title lenders can charge, calling current loans “abusive.” “I would like to see us do something about these abusive car-title loans,” McAuliffe (D) said in a radio interview. “You cannot drive down a street in Richmond — and many [streets] in Richmond you drive down, there’s two or three on a block. ... I can’t remember what year, but recently we had more car-title loan stores than McDonald’s in Virginia.”
By LAURA VOZZELLA , Washington Post
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as U.S. commerce secretary under a President Hillary Rodham Clinton? Asked to ponder the possibility that Clinton, a close friend, would appoint him to the post if she wins the White House in 2016, McAuliffe (D) called the prospect “interesting” — because he’d have to answer to a boss for a change.
By KATHERINE HAFNER, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Friday appointed Chesapeake's Deborah DiCroce to the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors. DiCroce, of Chesapeake, is president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and former president of Tidewater Community College.
By PRUE SALASKY, Daily Press (Paywall for certain articles)
A new survey of likely voters in five states -- Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia -- shows solid majorities believe the Affordable Care Act is here to stay (64 percent) and that Congress should work to improve the law (71 percent), according to a news release from the Commonwealth Institute, which supports Medicaid expansion in Virginia.
By ALLISON BROPHY CHAMPION, Culpeper Star Exponent (Modified Pay Wall)
The newly-formed Culpeper County chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, is joining the state organization in taking to task an area legislator for what they have characterized as his refusal to engage in the discussion about medical marijuana use.
By PATRICK WILSON, Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)
Election complaints filed against Virginia Beach state Senate candidates Frank Wagner and Gary McCollum will be referred to the city's commonwealth's attorney, said Edgardo Cortés, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections. Wagner, a Republican who represents the 7th District, filed his most recent campaign finance report a day late. His campaign was fined $100, Cortés said.
By MORIAH BALINGAT, Washington Post
Virginia is changing its school accountability system to give parents and community members a better sense of where schools stand in the state’s rating system The new system gives credit to struggling institutions that are making progress towards benchmarks on state standardized tests and indicates when schools are falling short of benchmarks by slim margins.
By TREVOR METCALFE, Danville Register & Bee
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Jackson Kiser said he would deny both the Roanoke River Basin Association and the Danville River Basin Association from entering the lawsuit filed by Virginia Uranium Inc. after a pretrial hearing Friday in Danville Federal Court. VUI seeks to remove the state ban on uranium mining so it can mine and mill a 119 million pound ore deposit outside of Chatham.
By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post
Virginia will use a new federal grant to help juvenile offenders at the end of their sentences return home and have successful lives, the governor’s office said this week. The announcement of the $700,000 grant comes as states across the country are moving away from warehousing inmates to connecting them with local services in hopes of reducing recidivism and saving taxpayer dollars.
By ANNA HARRIS, Loudoun Times
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an order Oct. 6 expanding registered apprenticeships in the state, hoping to encourage a skilled workforce, decrease employee turnover and up workers’ loyalty to their company. The term apprenticeship hearkens back to the Middle Ages career structure; apprentices learned skilled trades under the tutelage of a master craftsman in a guild.
By TREVOR BARATKO, Loudoun Times
Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia on Thursday called the Obama administration's strategy in Syria “a joke.” Speaking on the Chesapeake-based John Fredericks Show, the Virginia Democrat rhetorically asked, “What is the strategy?”
By BOB STUART, News Virginian
Despite speculation that he might be a compromise choice for speaker of the U.S. House, 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte said Friday he is not a candidate...The 11-term Republican from Roanoke, who represents much of the Shenandoah Valley, is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. His name was bandied about as a candidate on blogs Thursday after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his withdrawal from the speaker race.
Prince William Today
Circle Dec. 9 on your calendar – that’s the day the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is likely to vote on the McAuliffe administration’s proposal to add tolling and make other adjustments to Interstate 66 inside the Beltway. The 17-member state panel will hold its December meeting in Northern Virginia – site to be determined – and at the meeting is expected to look at a framework agreement with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission to implement the I-66 tolling plan.
By ONOFRIO CASTIGLIA, Winchester Star (Subscription Required)
Streamlining 325 miles through the mountainous spine of western Virginia, Interstate 81 is the longest interstate in the commonwealth — and perhaps the most dangerous. An influx of truck and car traffic has pushed use of the highway beyond the limits of its original design.
By LORI ARATANI AND PAUL DUGGAN, Washington Post
Metro now is the first U.S. subway system placed under direct federal supervision for safety lapses under a plan announced late Friday by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Day-to-day operations would continue under the auspices of Metro, but Federal Transit Administration officials could intervene when safety concerns arise. Officials could conduct surprise inspections and issue directives to Metro to immediately address safety problems in the system.
By BRIAN CARLTON, News Virginian
A new alternative for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline's route through Augusta County would steer clear of the area's largest water source. Dominion Resources released the proposal on Friday, saying that after months of communication with county officials, they believed the new option addressed local concerns. “The Augusta County Service Authority and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have been having discussions for several months about the ACP and its route through the county,” said Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle.
By TRACI MOYER, News Leader (Metered Pay Wall)
Nearly a year after Augusta County leaders raised concerns over the possible contamination of a protected water supply from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion is working to address the issue — with a new route. “In listening to the concerns of the Augusta County Service Authority (ACSA), the Atlantic Coast Pipeline routing engineers believe they have found a promising route variation to avoid the Lyndhurst Well, i.e. the Lyndhurst Source Water Protection Area,” said Jim Norvelle, on behalf of Dominion Energy.
By PETER VIETH, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (Paywall for some articles)
The Virginia State Bar faces no legal obstacle to funding its Diversity Conference with bar dues money, according to Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring. An Oct. 2 official opinion from the attorney general concluded the goals and activities of the conference are germane to the legitimate goals of the bar in improving legal services and regulating the legal profession.
By K. BURNELL EVANS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
A Richmond School Board member who admitted passing a stopped school bus said she’s gone to driving school as instructed by a judge but didn’t provide the required paperwork on time. Tichi Pinkney Eppes was to have presented proof of going to driving school by 9 a.m. Friday, but didn’t appear in court and prosecutors had no record of her having submitted the driving school certificate earlier.
By AMELIA BRUST, Daily News Record (Subscription Required)
No more bed bugs have been reported at Fulks Run Elementary School, staff said, but the division is preparing for any future cases. Rockingham County Public Schools formed a task force with employees, parents and a health professional to assess the bed bug situation at Fulks Run Elementary School.
By ROBERT SORRELL, Bristol Herald Courier
A former Abingdon assistant town manager who admitted to using a town credit card for personal purchases will serve two years in federal prison. William Garrett Jackson, 38, formerly of Abingdon, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon. He previously pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds. He made those purchases, which totaled $76,404.59.
By PETER GALUSZKA , Washington Post Editorial
Maybe it’s Halloween, but attempts keep coming to hang Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, as an evil witch. The latest is an op-ed published Sunday by Del. David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) who wrote: “It is time for Dr. Terry Sullivan to go – and sooner rather than later.”
Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
The rock singer John Mellencamp once put out an album entitled “Nothin’ Matters and What If It Did.” He was singing about sassy little love songs, but he may well have been talking about this year’s elections for the Virginia Senate.
By MORGAN GRIFFITH, Published in the Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)
Exactly 241 years ago today, in what was then part of Virginia, a battle was fought that in 1908 was recognized by the United States Senate as being the first battle of the American Revolution. The Battle of Point Pleasant was fought at the juncture of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers on land then owned by the Roanoke Valley’s own Col. Andrew Lewis at what is now Point Pleasant, West Virginia. While this battle is little-known and rarely studied, its aftermath proved to be a turning point in American history.
Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Salem, represents Virginia’s 9th Congressional District.