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THE GOVERNOR AND THE PIPELINE

Roanoke Times

When Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in town recently, he tried to brush aside questions about one of the big topics in this part of the state — the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. “I just want to be clear,” the governor said. “This is a federal issue. This is not a state issue. The governor has no say in this pipeline.”

VaNews July 28, 2015


STERLING: LET’S START A NEW CONVERSATION ON CONFEDERATE SYMBOLS

By KENDALL WILLS STERLING, Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Confederate battle flag has come down from the State House grounds of South Carolina, and the National Park Service has removed the flag from all battlefields where it flew, sparking a debate between those for whom the flag carries hurtful connotations and others for whom it represents family and the land they love.

VaNews July 28, 2015


FORDNEY: FREDERICK SHOULDN’T CHANGE PROFFERS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS

By CHRIS FORDNEY, Winchester Star

The Frederick County Board of Supervisors approved a change recently that should be a wake-up call for county taxpayers. In what was described as a rezoning, Harvest Communities was allowed to chop its previously approved package of proffers — the money that goes into county coffers from home sales to help fund new roads, schools, parks and emergency services — by about 90 percent.

VaNews July 28, 2015


VIRGINIA WILL PROVE A 2016 BATTLEGROUND

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Speculation regarding Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s future persists. Will he complete his term or join the presidential Cabinet, perhaps as secretary of commerce in a Hillary Clinton administration? The Times-Dispatch’s Jeff Schapiro recently discussed several scenarios before concluding McAuliffe seems unlikely to leave office early. Staying on the job would enhance his reputation as a party builder, perhaps his party’s most determined since Charles Robb.

VaNews July 28, 2015


SAFETY RULES FOR OIL TRAINS APPLIED, BUT ...

Daily Progress

Virginians will be happy to know that the Federal Railroad Administration last week reiterated its directive ordering railroads to notify states when they are expecting to transport Bakken crude oil through state territories. States can then use the information to alert local police, fire and rescue agencies that potentially dangerous tanker cars will be moving through their communities.

VaNews July 28, 2015


READYING FOR ROUGH SEAS

Daily Press

In the next 18 months, Newport News Shipbuilding will deliver the first-in-class Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier to the U.S. Navy. Its workers will also render inactive the USS Enterprise and complete the refueling of the USS Abraham Lincoln. It is a cruel fate that such laudable productivity, which would be the envy of most industries, will affect the livelihood of hundreds of workers. Completion of these major projects means there will be more workers than work at the shipyard and that layoffs are imminent.

VaNews July 28, 2015


ANOTHER APPEAL FOR MCDONNELL

News & Advance

Bob McDonnell, Virginia’s disgraced former governor, is now a convicted federal felon, awaiting intake into the federal prison system after his conviction last fall on 11 corruption charges. But he’s still keeping up the fight, trying to stay out of prison as long as he can.

VaNews July 28, 2015


BEN CLINE LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION BID FROM FAST-GROWING I-81 TRUCK STOP

By ALICIA PETSKA, Roanoke Times

The construction zone around a rapidly growing Rockbridge County business supplied the backdrop Monday for Del. Ben Cline’s re-election kickoff. “We couldn’t be more excited about the developments that are going on in our area,” Cline, R-Rockbridge County, said as he stood outside White’s Travel Center, a truck stop in Raphine undergoing a major expansion.

VaNews July 28, 2015


CHESAPEAKE CONSIDERS RESTRICTIONS ON MASSAGE BUSINESSES AFTER CONCERNS ABOUT PROSTITUTION

By MARY BETH GAHAN, Virginian-Pilot

When members of the Planning Commission first began hearing whispers about massage therapy businesses in town, some concerns in particular got their attention: Customers late into the night. Propositions for more than a professional massage. Possible human trafficking. "We learned about it and became alarmed," member Adam Perry said. "Chesapeake prides itself on being a family-friendly community, one that human trafficking has no place in."

VaNews July 28, 2015


VACANCIES, WORKLOAD PUT CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IN PORTSMOUTH BEHIND ON CLOSING CASES

By JOHANNA SOMERS, Virginian-Pilot

The Portsmouth Social Services Department's supervisor - the state - is dissatisfied with the department's child protective services program and is requesting corrective action. The state agency discovered that the Portsmouth department had 215 overdue child abuse and neglect reports as of June 25, according to a document from the state. Since the city created an action plan, that number has fallen to 194. According to state code, the department has 45 days to complete an investigation after a report about a child.

VaNews July 28, 2015