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WAITING FOR GOODLATTE: SOME RESIDENTS FRUSTRATED BY CONGRESSMAN’S ABSENCE

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

If you’re a constituent of longtime Rep. Bob Goodlatte and you want to communicate with him, here are your options: You can attend one of the regularly scheduled “open-door meetings” in his district, where a Goodlatte staffer will listen to your concerns and pledge to relay them, but is not authorized to respond.

VaNews April 21, 2017



METRO, SCHOOL NEEDS LIKELY TO PUSH ARLINGTON TAX RATE UP 1.5 CENTS, BOARD SAYS

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Facing rising costs from Metro and higher school enrollment, the Arlington County Board is poised to pass a 1.5 cent increase in the property tax rate, one-half cent less than what the county manager proposed and the board advertised earlier this year. The county budget, which the board will vote on Saturday, would grow 4.3 percent over the current year to about $1.2 billion.

VaNews April 21, 2017



MCAULIFFE MAKES THE RIGHT MOVE BY COMMUTING TELEGUZ'S SENTENCE

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe made a politically risky but ethically imperative decision this afternoon by commuting the death sentence of Ivan Teleguz to life without parole. As we noted in an editorial a few days ago, substantial doubts have been raised about the case. Two of the principal witnesses against him have recanted and the third made a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty himself.

VaNews April 21, 2017



NORFOLK SCHOOL OFFICIALS PLEAD THEIR CASE TO CITY COUNCIL FOR ADDITIONAL $10 MILLION IN FUNDING

By MATT MCKINNEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Superintendent Melinda Boone and School Board Chairman Rodney Jordan went to the City Council on Wednesday to argue for a $10 million boost a week after the interim city manager presented a budget with no increased school funding. “We ask you to take this journey with us,” Boone said during a public budget hearing at Granby High School.

VaNews April 21, 2017



ARLINGTON OFFICIAL CRITICIZED FOR REMARK ABOUT SLAIN U.VA. STUDENT YEARDLEY LOVE

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

An incumbent Arlington school board member running for reelection apologized Wednesday night for comments he made earlier in the day about domestic violence, after coming under fire for victim-blaming. James Lander, running for his third term on the board, expressed regret on social media for saying on a local radio station Wednesday morning that if Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student murdered in 2010 by her boyfriend, “wasn’t strong enough or educated enough to remove herself from a violent relationship then we have failed her as a society. Because if you are the smartest person with books, but you can’t apply the knowledge, then what good is it?”

VaNews April 21, 2017



MCAULIFFE COMMUTES IVAN TELEGUZ'S DEATH SENTENCE TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE

By FRANK GREEN , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Ivan Teleguz’s death sentence for the murder-for-hire of his ex-girlfriend in 2001 was commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole by Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday. Teleguz, 38, was scheduled to be executed Tuesday for the capital murder of Stephanie Yvonne Sipe, the mother of their 23-month-old son. Sipe was stabbed to death in her Harrisonburg apartment. According to trial testimony, he hired two men to kill her for $2,000 and drove them from Pennsylvania, where Teleguz had moved.

VaNews April 21, 2017



IS TOM PERRIELLO THE KEN CUCCINELLI OF 2017?

Richmond Times-Dispatch Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Many people have compared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello to Bernie Sanders, and you can understand why: Like Sanders, Perriello has upset the establishment by running an insurgency campaign to the left of the presumed nominee. But another comparison seems equally apt, if not more so. Maybe Perriello is the Democrats’ Ken Cuccinelli.

VaNews April 21, 2017



COUNCILMAN MARK WHITAKER TURNS HIMSELF IN AT PORTSMOUTH JAIL ON FELONY ID FRAUD AND FORGERY CHARGES

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY AND ANA LEY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 15 articles a month)

Councilman Mark Whitaker was indicted Thursday on 20 felony charges of identity fraud, forgery and using forged checks. A special grand jury impaneled to hear evidence about Whitaker’s church, New Bethel Baptist Church, and its development company and its now-defunct credit union returned the indictments.

VaNews April 21, 2017



TUITION TO RISE 2.2% FOR IN-STATE UVA UNDERGRADS

By DEREK QUIZON, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors approved across-the-board tuition increases of 2.2 percent for in-state undergraduates and 3.5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates. An incoming first-year student from Virginia at the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences will pay $288 more than a student from the previous incoming class, or $13,348 per year.

VaNews April 21, 2017



IT’S OFFICIAL: STATE SEN. WEXTON LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO CHALLENGE REP. COMSTOCK

By STAFF REPORT, Loudoun Times

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton of Leesburg today became for the fourth and highest-profile Democrat to announce a campaign challenging incumbent Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th Congressional District. “I believe that public service is about working every day to make people’s lives better. I’ve spent the past two decades serving the people of Virginia -- as a prosecutor, a substitute judge, an attorney for at-risk children, and now as a legislator," Wexton said

VaNews April 21, 2017