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DECERTIFYING VULNERABLE VOTING MACHINES IS JUST THE FIRST STEP

Free Lance-Star Editorial (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Virginia State Board of Elections has belatedly decided that all electronic touchscreen voting machines still in use throughout the commonwealth cannot be used for the Nov. 7 general election because they are vulnerable to hacking, even though they are not connected to the internet.

VaNews September 18, 2017



HOUSE CANDIDATES CAUTIOUS ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

When the topic of Confederate statues came up in the campaign for a semi-competitive House of Delegates district in suburban Richmond, it was hard to tell the Democrat from the Republican. Dawn M. Adams, a health care professional running as a Democrat in a district that covers part of Richmond’s storied Monument Avenue, answered a question at a candidate forum last week by saying many people find the monuments “hurtful,” but many see them as history and “pieces of museum-esque art.”

VaNews September 18, 2017



GILLESPIE EXHORTS CROWD AT GOODLATTE BARBECUE

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie spoke with a sense of urgency Sunday, telling a Fishersville crowd it is imperative he is elected Virginia's next chief executive in November. The former Republican National Committee chairman told an Augusta Expo crowd attending 6th District Rep. Bob Goodlatte's annual barbecue that this year's governor's race will affect the commonwealth for the next 30 years.

VaNews September 18, 2017



METRO BOARD CHAIRMAN SPLITS WITH WIEDEFELD, SAYS $15.5 BILLION REQUEST IS TOO CONSERVATIVE

By FAIZ SIDDIQUI, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

In a break with Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld, board Chairman Jack Evans says the agency should be pushing for $25 billion over 10 years to cover the system’s long-term needs, significantly more than the $15.5 billion the agency chief has requested. Evans said the additional money could be used for projects such as a second Potomac River tunnel

VaNews September 18, 2017



IN WAKE OF RALLIES, UVA PANEL ANALYZES CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER TRUMP

By LAUREN BERG, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

When white supremacists stormed through Charlottesville last month — leaving one person dead and more than 30 others injured — the violence echoed dark days long past. On Friday, a panel of legal experts at the University of Virginia School of Law attempted to contextualize the events of Aug. 11 and 12 within the greater scope of American history — particularly moments such as Reconstruction, 20th-century Ku Klux Klan violence and the civil rights movement.

VaNews September 18, 2017



KAINE LEGISLATION WOULD EXPAND CTE TRAINING IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

Virginia U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine wants to offer America's middle school students career and technical programs with a focus on career exploration. Kaine, D-Va., and West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito last week introduced the Middle School Technical Education Program Act in the U.S. Senate.

VaNews September 18, 2017



THE ARGUMENT THAT WON'T SWAY FERC ON PIPELINES

Roanoke Times Editorial (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Every American school child once was required to learn the names of the three ships that sailed with Columbus on his first voyage to the New World — the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Virginia students had to learn the names of three more ships, the ones that first brought settlers to Jamestown — the Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery. Here are three more ships whose names might be important to those of us living in this part of Virginia — the Creole Spirit, the Clean Ocean and the Arctic Discoverer.

VaNews September 18, 2017



MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD TO PONDER CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICE CHANGE

By YANN RANAIVO, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

Montgomery County’s governing body will soon learn about the possibility of ending the commissioner of revenue and treasurer as publicly elected jobs. During a meeting last week, board of supervisors Chairman Chris Tuck said he’s curious about how the county could absorb those jobs into its finance department and end their elections as state-mandated constitutional officers.

VaNews September 18, 2017



GERDY: A WORKFORCE TRIFECTA IN THE LYNCHBURG CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

By TOM GERDY, Published in the News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Over the last three or four decades, we have all witnessed manufacturing jobs being outsourced to countries with large poorly paid and often abused workforces. Minimal regulations and sometimes absence of any industry oversight creates opportunities to produce products at a fraction of the cost of producing them in the United States.

VaNews September 18, 2017



PUBLIC ASKED TO COMMENT ON NEW MENHADEN PLAN

By TAMARA DIETRICH, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The public has the chance to weigh in on a new draft plan to manage Atlantic menhaden — often called the “most important fish in the sea.” At stake is a proposed amendment to the interstate fishery management plan that would incorporate ecological reference points, or ERPs, to manage the fishery, as well as considering changes to the Chesapeake Bay fishery cap

VaNews September 18, 2017