Most Read Articles April 24, 2018


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LEGISLATORS: ‘WE’RE GOING TO GET THERE’ ON STATE BUDGET, MEDICAID

By SCOTT MCCAFFREY, Inside NOVA

Members of the Arlington legislative delegation say they expect a deal on Virginia’s biennial budget to be hammered out. But nailing lawmakers down on when that might happen is proving more elusive. “We sit and sit at home. We don’t meet, we make no progress,” sighed state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd), who serves as one of the Senate’s budget negotiators and who, for weeks, has been frustrated by a lack of movement.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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EDITORIAL: WHY COREY STEWART HURTS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

What is wrong with Corey Stewart? There really seems no other diplomatic way to ask the question. We refer to last week’s debate in Lynchburg between the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate and the right to run against Tim Kaine this fall.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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RIVALS SEE OPENING IN DOMINION ENERGY'S POLITICAL SUCCESS

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Dominion Energy has long had unrivaled success at getting friendly legislation through the Virginia General Assembly, a political advantage that by some counts has been worth billions of dollars in profits. The parent company of the state's largest electric utility has massive sway in crafting Virginia's energy laws, including legislation passed earlier this year that likely eliminated any chance of the company having to lower electric rates that regulators have routinely found to be too high.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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YOU’LL BE ABLE TO TEXT 911 IN VIRGINIA, THANKS TO THESE TEENAGERS

By DEBBIE TRUONG, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Local agencies in Virginia must accept text messages to 911 under a recently passed law that was the brainchild of four Centreville High School students. The measure, sponsored by Sen. George L. Barker (D-Alexandria), emerged as part of a U.S. government class assignment at the Northern Virginia school.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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GOODLATTE LEGISLATION SEEKS TO MODERNIZE MUSIC INDUSTRY

By MICHAEL POPE, WVTF

Members of Congress are about to take up a bill from Congressman Bob Goodlatte this week that might end up being a revolutionary change to the music business.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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DEMOCRATIC CHIEF IN GREENE RESIGNS, LEVELS CRITICISM AT THE COCKBURN CAMP

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

A rural Democratic Party county chairwoman resigned Saturday in protest of what she called “harassment and intimidation” by the campaign of Leslie Cockburn, the likely Democratic nominee against U.S. Rep. Tom Garrett, R-5th. The resignation email came from Elizabeth Alcorn in Greene County, north of Charlottesville, and followed Democrats voting at caucuses in 23 localities in the 5th Congressional District in a weeklong process. Cockburn won more than 50 percent of the delegates and is expected to be nominated at a convention May 5 in Farmville.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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HOW WOULD UNDERSERVED REGIONS ADAPT TO MEDICAID EXPANSION?

By ROBERT BURKE, Virginia Business

During Virginia’s long debate on expanding Medicaid, the siren song for supporters has been “access to health care.” Pass the bill, they said, and thousands of uninsured finally will get to see doctors and nurses. If only it was that easy. Getting a Medicaid card doesn’t necessarily mean you have a doctor at hand. Plenty of places in Virginia — especially rural areas — already are short of health-care providers. Oftentimes, people there depend on nonprofit community health centers or free clinics (both of which are chronically underfunded) scattered around the state, or they just go without. This is the true access challenge.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DELIVER PIZZA, SANDWICHES TO PIPELINE PROTESTERS IN TREE STANDS

By LAURENCE HAMMACK, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

After provisions ran low in two tree stands occupied by pipeline protesters, Roanoke County police used plastic buckets on a rope to send up pizza and bologna sandwiches to the two women. The police officers, who have been keeping a close watch on the mother-and-daughter team of tree-sitters, were told for the first time Sunday that they needed food. “Their requests were accommodated immediately,” county spokeswoman Amy Whittaker said.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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CAN STANLEY'S SUBCOMMITTE HELP REBUILD LOCAL SCHOOLS?

By PAUL COLLINS, Martinsville Bulletin

From Martinsville to Henry County, Patrick County to Rocky Mount, local school districts need money. That’s been a consistent theme during this year’s budget discussions for cities and counties in southern Virginia. Local superintendents hope a new Virginia Senate subcommittee can help address some of those needs, in terms of providing state funding to help with modernizing facilities.

VaNews April 24, 2018


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EDUCATION LEADERS, STATE OFFICIALS DISCUSS KEEPING SCHOOLS SAFE

By JUSTIN MATTINGLY, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

It has been the issue at the center of education since the middle of February after a teenager shot and killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Now Virginia’s education leaders are coming together to address school safety in the state’s classrooms.

VaNews April 24, 2018