Sunday Mar 9
Local lawmakers: Split budget, Medicaid issues
Local lawmakers say the General Assembly session which ended Saturday was productive, even if there was no approval of a state budget or resolution to the impasse on Medicaid expansion.
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Fri Mar 07, 2014
Stanley questions governor's motives for Tobacco audit
State Sen. Bill Stanley is concerned about Gov. Terry McAuliffe's motives in requesting a detailed account of spending from the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Armstrong to seek federal judgeship
Armstrong confirmed Wednesday that he has submitted a letter of intent to U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, as well as the Virginia State Bar, to seek a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
I-73 study passes state Senate
The Virginia Senate has approved a resolution establishing a joint committee to study the construction of proposed Interstate 73 to help expedite the project.
Wed Mar 05, 2014
5 Arrested In Franklin Moonshine Bust
Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control special agents wrapped up several months-long investigations into moonshine and narcotics operations in Franklin County last week with five arrests and leads into more illegal activity launching a new investigation.
Legislators: Budget talks deadlocked because of Medicaid expansion debate
Courtesy Photo: Del. Charles Poindexter , fourth from right, joins House Speaker William Howell, at podium, in urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Senate Democrats to pass a budget without Medicaid expansion and to call a special session to deal with that issue separately.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Short-term unemployment bill moves forward
After passing the Senate earlier this session, a bill that addresses short-term unemployment compensation has been referred to the House Commerce and Labor Committee for consideration.
Wed Feb 19, 2014
Animal cruelty registry, surgery fund bills postponed to 2015
A bill to establish an animal cruelty registry through the Department of Virginia State Police has been continued until next year's session of the Virginia General Assembly.
Tue Feb 18, 2014
Proposed fund hikes would benefit NCI
A roughly 50-percent increase in state funding is proposed for the New College Institute for each of the next two years to cover costs of maintaining its new building and hiring five new employees.
Fri Feb 14, 2014
Poindexter's meth bill killed; Stanley's passes Senate
A bill introduced by Del. Charles Poindexter that would have increased the minimum penalty for methamphetamine convictions was killed in committee this week.
Mon Feb 10, 2014
Glade Hill woman pleads guilty to meth charges
Mary Ellen Blankenship, 49, pleaded guilty last Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court to possession of methamphetamine and possession of ingredients used to make methamphetamine.