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Winchester Star

Our dear Commonwealth, over the past decade, has been portrayed as a “swing,” or “purple,” state — neither reliably red nor inexorably blue. But you’d never know that by Virginia’s two senators. Their voting record suggests residency in any one of the liberal bastions — like Maryland.

VaNews May 29, 2015


TWO DEMOCRATS VIE FOR SUROVELL’S SEAT IN 44TH DISTRICT

By KALI SCHUMITZ, Fairfax Times

In the House of Delegates 44th District, the June 9 Democratic primary is essentially the general election, with no other candidate slated to be on this fall’s ballot at this time. Two Democrats are vying to replace Del. Scott Surovell (D), who is leaving his seat to run for state Senate.

VaNews May 29, 2015


AFTER SAT EXAMS GO MISSING, VIRGINIA STUDENTS MIGHT HAVE TO RETAKE THE TEST

By MORIAH BALINGIT, Washington Post

Students who took the SAT earlier this month at a Northern Virginia high school might have to take the exam again after the paper tests were lost, a devastating prospect for those who spent weeks and hundreds of dollars preparing for the college entrance exam. Tests for more than 260 students who took the SAT and SAT subject tests May 2 at Broad Run High School in Loudoun County went missing after they were sent via UPS to Educational Testing Service, which administers and scores the SAT.

VaNews May 29, 2015


SPOTTING FRAUD OR WASTE? ARLINGTON WORKERS NOW CAN REPORT IT ANONYMOUSLY

By PATRICIA SULLIVAN, Washington Post

Arlington County has set up a hotline and Web site that will allow its 3,500 employees to anonymously report and suspected financial fraud, waste or abuse in county government. County manager Barbara Donnellan announced the new security measures on Thursday. She said the county also has developed an administrative whistleblower policy to protect employees who choose to identify themselves when making a report.

VaNews May 29, 2015


AS PORTSMOUTH CUTS SERVICES, IT STILL SUBSIDIZES GOLF COURSES

By JOHANNA SOMERS, Virginian-Pilot

City Council members slashed millions from the budget this year, including cuts to public safety, and raised taxes to close a shortfall. But the council did not touch the budgets for some "quality of life" operations, including the city-owned Bide-a-Wee and City Park golf courses - despite annual subsidies that have topped $1 million.

VaNews May 29, 2015


FUNNY, UNSCRIPTED MOMENTS FROM THE 2015 GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The Virginia Public Access Project

At its fundraising luncheon on Thursday, VPAP screened a short video featuring outtakes from the recent legislative session. The video is posted online -- see what everyone was laughing about.

VaNews May 29, 2015


PIPELINE CONTRACTORS FACE TRESPASSING CHARGES IN CRAIG COUNTY

By DUNCAN ADAMS, Roanoke Times

Two Ohio men conducting environmental surveys for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline project were arrested and charged Tuesday night with misdemeanor trespass in Craig County after being accused of crossing private properties to complete survey work in the Jefferson National Forest.

VaNews May 29, 2015


LESTER: STATE TOURISM ARM’S LABELING DECISION DOES US NO FAVORS

By JEFF LESTER, Coalfield Progress

If someone says, “The Virginia mountains,” what places come to mind? Yep. It’s a long list, blessedly so. They begin at the commonwealth’s northernmost point and continue southward into Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia. But the “Virginia Mountains” is preparing to take on new meaning, as the Virginia Tourism Corporation, effective Jan. 1, 2016, will designate the region from Franklin County to Highland County, with the Roanoke Valley in between, “Virginia Mountains.”

VaNews May 29, 2015


SEN. WARNER: HAMPTON VA MEDICAL CENTER TO GET OUTSIDE HELP

By HUGH LESSIG, Daily Press

At Sen. Mark R. Warner's request, a Veterans Affairs strike team will visit the Hampton VA Medical Center, where wait times for primary care patients continue to be longer than the national average. The move was announced in a letter Thursday from Warner to VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

VaNews May 29, 2015


TAX HOLIDAY CUTS MEAN FEWER DAYS TO SAVE

By PHILIP WALZER, Virginian-Pilot

Through Sunday, you can buy a chain saw, a generator, even a pack of batteries, and you won't be charged sales tax. Virginia is observing the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this week.

VaNews May 29, 2015