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ALEXANDRIA MAYOR TO SAY ON SUNDAY WHETHER HE’LL RUN A WRITE-IN CANDIDACY

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post

Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, who lost the Democratic primary election in June and who has been contemplating a write-in campaign for the November general election, plans to announce his decision Sunday.

VaNews September 4, 2015


VA. TRANSPORTATION CHIEF PRESSES CASE FOR I-66 TOLLING

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Sun Gazette

Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation acknowledges that not everyone will be happy with each facet of proposed changes to Interstate 66. But, in a letter to concerned legislators, Aubrey Layne says he hope critics will see the forest for the trees.

VaNews September 4, 2015


LEGISLATORS MEET WITH ARLINGTON CHAMBER

Sun Gazette

The Government Affairs & Economic Development Committee of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 2 hosted members of the Arlington legislative delegation in preparation for the 2016 session of the General Assembly. In addition to elected officials, the forum also featured Mark Levine, the Democratic nominee who is unopposed in the 45th House of Delegates race.

VaNews September 4, 2015


WARNER ANNOUNCES HIS SUPPORT FOR IRAN DEAL

By MARKUS SCHMIDT , Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said Thursday that he will back the proposed agreement with Iran that would impose new curbs on the country’s nuclear program in return for easing economic sanctions. “I believe that supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated between Iran and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China is the best option for advancing the goal of keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Warner said.

VaNews September 4, 2015


PUBLIC PERCEPTION A CHALLENGE FOR RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL, CONSULTANT SAYS

By K. BURNELL EVANS , Richmond Times-Dispatch

Faced with a frank assessment of their public perception Thursday, members of Richmond City Council pledged to work better together and with the administration of Mayor Dwight C. Jones in the coming year. But as they called out goals during a visioning process at a daylong retreat at the University of Richmond, one unfulfilled requirement laid bare the challenges all parties have faced in working together to move the city forward.

VaNews September 4, 2015


JIM WEBB WANTS HELP FOR ‘INSURGENT’ CAMPAIGN

By RACHEL WEINER, Washington Post

In a fundraising pitch as offbeat as his campaign, former Virginia senator Jim Webb is telling supporters he needs funds to fuel an “insurgent” presidential bid. “The time is finally right for our under-financed insurgent campaign to be taken seriously, in the media, among Republicans and independents, and even in the inner circles of the Democratic Party’s power structure,” he writes. “[W]ith enough financial help to keep us in the game, the moment has come for us to break into the political mainstream and seriously compete for the Presidency.”

VaNews September 4, 2015


ANDY PARKER ENDS SUPERVISORS CAMPAIGN TO FOCUS ON GUN CONTROL

By CASEY FABRIS, Roanoke Times

Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ (Channel 7) journalist Alison Parker, announced Thursday he was dropping out of the race to regain a seat on the Henry County Board of Supervisors to focus on his campaign for gun control legislation....Representing Henry County is important, he said, but it would distract Parker from what is now his “bigger mission.”

VaNews September 4, 2015


LUMPKIN'S JAIL SPARKS COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Richmond Times-Dispatch

The law of unintended consequences often refers to unfortunate results related to well-meaning policies and actions. The baseball stadium proposed for Shockoe Bottom had consequences of a happier sort.

VaNews September 4, 2015


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER ED IN VIRGINIA

News & Advance

The University of Virginia, the commonwealth’s flagship institution of higher learning, has been in crosshairs of the media more in the past five years than at any time in the school’s modern history. That spotlight has drawn attention to issues at UVa that are both specific to the university and indicative of changes and issues sweeping through higher education in the United States.

VaNews September 4, 2015


GROUP: PIPELINE ENVIRONMENTAL INFRACTIONS ON UPSWING

By JOHN BRUCE, The Recorder

Despite cutbacks in drilling activity, water pollution violations from the rush to build shale gas pipelines have grown this year. A citizens group questions why damage to drinking water supplies would not continue to escalate with the expected federal approvals of the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley interstate pipelines.

VaNews September 4, 2015