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West Virginians must know by now this is no longer the state in which most of us grew up. In addition to the qualities that make this the wild, wonderful state we love, another factor has crept into the fabric of Mountain State life.
Improvements along Route 29 came up for discussion again in Albemarle County. Two Albemarle County supervisors held a town hall meeting Monday night focused specifically on a single project.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers are planning to fill a $882 million budget shortfall by tapping the state government's rainy day fund and making cuts to various agencies, universities and local governments. The plan won't affect K-12 school spending and will not include any increase in fees or taxes, they said.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and state lawmakers have hammered out a plan that they hope will balance the state budget. The governor announced details on Monday.
Gas prices in Virginia will rise come January -- possibly as much as six cents per gallon -- unless Congress approves the "Marketplace Fairness Act" internet sales tax bill that's been sitting in a House committee for months.
Virginia is among the states whose coffers depend most on a state income tax, and a recent report links a decline in the growth rate of state income tax revenue to the rising concentration of income for the richest households. A report by the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's shows a significant decline in annual average state tax revenue growth among the 10 most income tax-dependent states.
Up front I want to warn readers that I'm going to talk about the new campaign against ISIL/ISIS/IS in purely political terms. I am not trying to minimize the human impact of our military actions, but - honestly - this is going to have an impact on how people vote.
McAuliffe appeared Saturday at the annual meeting of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association. Afterward, he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the agreement will protect priorities such as funding for education and health care initiatives.
The Virginia Department of Transportation proposes to replace the current low-water bridge over the North Fork of the Shenandoah River on Morgan Ford Road with a two-lane span. VDOT has designed a new bridge 8 feet higher than the current crossing.
Lorraine Eaton is The Virginian-Pilot's award-winning Staff Epicure, who roams Tidewater writing about the foodways and cocktail scene. She is the author of "Tidewater Table," a local bestseller featuring coastal Virginia cooks and recipes In 2014, she co-authored the "Food Lover's Guide to Virginia," a culinary chapbook of the state's best eats.
Pennsylvania has reached agreement with the federal government on a plan to expand that state's Medicaid program to provide needed health coverage for half a million uninsured people. In reaching this agreement, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett joins Republican governors in Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio.
Andy Bitter is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for the Roanoke Times. Andy began covering the Hokies in October 2011 after spending three years covering Auburn for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Virginia's defense dominated much of the day, and its offense did just enough Saturday to propel the Cavaliers to a 23-21 upset win over No.21 Louisville at Scott Stadium. The defense allowed an opening touchdown drive of 75 yards but kept Louisville quiet until early in the fourth quarter, when the Cardinals scored twice to take a 21-20 lead.
I would like to register a formal complaint to the editors of this paper and others, including Gov. Tomblin and Shelley Moore Capito who complain about the "War on Coal."
On August 11, Governor McAuliffe signed Executive Order 22, establishing the Commonwealth Council on Childhood Success. The Council will work to ensure that basic health, education, and childcare needs are being met for our youngest Virginians, ages 0-8.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 04:10 am
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