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A REASONABLE CASE FOR LOCAL POLICE TRAINING

Daily Progress Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

When local folks talk about the “one community” model of Charlottesville-Albemarle, they may be thinking about anything from specific proposals to combine services, such as schools; to currently combined services, such as a bus system; all the way to the more nebulous sense that we’re one family, without noticeable physical boundaries. But one topic that rarely comes up is law enforcement. That may be because few of us think about police services until we actually need them.

VaNews March 23, 2017



MCAULIFFE POISED TO BREAK RECORD FOR MOST VETOES BY A VIRGINIA GOVERNOR

By GREGORY S. SCHNEIDER, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is poised to veto more bills than any governor in Virginia history, a testament to the ideological gap between the Democratic chief executive and the ­Republican-controlled legislature at a time of increasingly partisan tensions in national ­politics. Since taking office in 2013, McAuliffe has vetoed 89 bills and counting — just one shy of the record, held by former governor Jim Gilmore (R). At his current pace, McAuliffe should pass the mark by the end of the week.

VaNews March 23, 2017



VCU WEIGHING 3 TO 5 PERCENT TUITION INCREASE

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Virginia Commonwealth University is considering a tuition increase of between 3 and 5 percent to make up for an anticipated $8 million reduction in state appropriations. But the administration is not considering any increase in mandatory student fees, Karol Kain Gray, vice president for finance and budget, told the Board of Visitors on Wednesday.

VaNews March 23, 2017



RICHMOND UTILITIES DIRECTOR ASKS CITY COUNCIL TO REJECT PROPOSED BAN ON FRACKING IN CITY

By NED OLIVER, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The chief of public utilities in Richmond is warning City Council members against going along with a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city of Richmond. Department of Public Utilities Director Robert Steidel said he doesn’t want to preserve fracking as a default permitted use in city industrial districts because he thinks there’s any gas or oil to be mined under the city — there is not, he said, citing state geological surveys.

VaNews March 23, 2017



RICHMOND AUDITOR SAYS FINANCE DIRECTOR'S ACCUSATION OF MISUSED TAXPAYER DATA IS UNFOUNDED

By NED OLIVER , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Richmond City Auditor Umesh Dalal said Wednesday he has reviewed allegations made by a city official about his staff’s handling of taxpayer data and found them to be without merit. Instead, he attributed the issue to a misreading of his office’s decision to use a late property tax bill received by one of his office’s employees to investigate why residents don’t always get their tax bills on time.

VaNews March 23, 2017



GOVERNOR REQUESTS PAUSE IN COAL-ASH PERMITTING

By ROBERT ZULLO , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

An amendment requested by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that restores crucial provisions to legislation seeking more options and analysis on Dominion Virginia Power’s hotly contested plans for closing its coal ash ponds could push the utility’s timetable back more than a year, a pause that some state lawmakers and local officials have been demanding. McAuliffe’s amendment — cheered by environmental groups such as the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters — would restore language that prevents Dominion from getting permits to close the ash ponds before detailed site assessments of existing contamination and other closure options are completed.

VaNews March 23, 2017



WAVERLY MAYOR INDICTED ON A DOZEN FELONY CHARGES OF ELECTION FRAUD

By SEAN GORMAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A Sussex County grand jury this month indicted the town of Waverly’s mayor on a dozen felony election fraud charges. Mayor Walter J. Mason, 69, will be arraigned on the charges next month. The indictments handed up by the grand jury accuse the mayor of making false statements or entries on absentee ballot applications, according to court documents on file at the Sussex Circuit Court. They also accuse him of either aiding and abetting or attempting to aid and abet violations of absentee voting procedures.

VaNews March 23, 2017



SPECIAL PROSECUTOR INVESTIGATING ALLEGATION HOUSE CANDIDATE WAS PRESSURED TO DROP OUT

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Doucette has been named special prosecutor to look into a complaint that a House of Delegates candidate in Norfolk was offered $10,000 in campaign funding to drop out and run for the School Board instead. Doucette has asked the state attorney general’s office to grant approval for Virginia State Police to assist him in the investigation.

VaNews March 23, 2017



NORFOLK COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY CANDIDATE APOLOGIZES FOR ROBOCALLS TIED TO OFFICIAL CITY PHONE LINE

By JONATHAN EDWARDS , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

A candidate running to be the city’s top prosecutor robocalled more than 1,000 residents from what looked like a city of Norfolk phone line, drawing fire from all corners. Ron Batliner, chief deputy for the commissioner of the revenue, said he recorded a campaign message from his city office Thursday night and sent it to the company making automated calls for his commonwealth’s attorney campaign.

VaNews March 23, 2017



ECONOMIST: PROPOSED TRUMP BUDGET COULD COST NORTHERN VIRGINIA UP TO 10,000 JOBS

By SYDNEY KASHIWAGI, Loudoun Times

If President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget is adopted, the suburbs of the Washington Metropolitan area could lose as many as 20,000 jobs in the region’s federal sector – including up to 10,000 in northern Virginia -- according to Terry Clower, George Mason University’s director of the Center for Regional Analysis.

VaNews March 23, 2017