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Today's News

  • Byron bill requires AEP to pass tax savings on to customers

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With crossover behind us and approval of a new two-year budget ahead, the 2018 General Assembly session entered its home stretch this week.

  • Republican plan would lower the cost of coverage and care

    By Senator David Sueterlein

        The 2018 General Assembly has now passed the critical “crossover” deadline when each chamber must finish work on all of its own non-budget bills. Going forward each chamber can now only be consider legislation originating from our friends across the building and I will have begun presenting our bills in House committees and subcommittees. Seventeen of the nineteen bills I introduced were advanced by the Senate and are now being considered by the House of Delegates committee system.

  • ACLU stance forgets about victims of theft

        Republicans and Democrats in Richmond showed bipartisan support for a proposal to increase the threshold at which a theft is considered a felony.
        The proposal raises the threshold from $200 to $500. Democrats advocated for the change and Republicans agreed to it because the change would require defendants to pay restitution before getting off some form of court-ordered supervision.
        But some folks aren’t buying into the change.

  • He wants a military parade?

        When Senate Republicans reached a budget agreement, it included an utterly obscene increase in military spending, a full 15 percent, beyond what President Boy Child had proposed.
        Republicans have now made it clear they no longer care about budget deficits. They’ve decided to run government as sloppily and irresponsibly as Donald Trump does business. GOP “deficit hawks” have surrendered to the Trumpanzees in Congress.

  • Why we are still in Afghanistan

        Last week, Rick Howell asked in The Liberal Agenda, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” I would like to answer that question. We are still in Afghanistan because two U. S. presidents screwed up.

  • Why we are still in Afghanistan

        Last week, Rick Howell asked in The Liberal Agenda, “Why are we still in Afghanistan?” I would like to answer that question. We are still in Afghanistan because two U. S. presidents screwed up.

  • Garrett files for re-election

        Congressman Tom Garrett has officially filed his paperwork with the 5th District Republican Committee and the Virginia State Board of Elections, making him the first and only candidate in the race for the Republican Nomination thus far.

  • VSP arrest Montvale man for soliciting a minor

        Investigators with the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division arrested Larry Scott Hawkins, 52, of Montvale, on Feb. 14 at his residence in Bedford County.

        At the request of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police initiated an investigation into an allegation that Hawkins had used a media device to solicit a 17-year-old female for sexual misconduct. 

  • Grant provides after school activities

        A federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant is providing a safe place for Moneta Elementary School students to productively spend time after school while waiting for parents to get off from work.

        The program, which has had an average of 60 children each day, is a Monday through Thursday  program that runs from 2:30-5 p.m.
        “This is an educational place for them to be while their parents are working,” Kathy Smith, the site coordinator for the school said.

  • Jackson among those seeking US Senate seat

        E. W. Jackson is seeking the Republican nomination for Senate. Jackson unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013. He was defeated by Democrat Ralph Northam.