Anne Marie Morgan http://wvtf.org en Opening Statements in Corruption Trial http://wvtf.org/post/opening-statements-corruption-trial <p>The second day of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began with instructions to the jury that they must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt by the evidence—and not by leaks or media accounts.</p><p>Prosecutor Jessica Aber&nbsp; recounted the indictment’s theory that the McDonnells exchanged official acts for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.&nbsp; But&nbsp; the bombshells hit when the couple’s defense attorneys spoke.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:57:35 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 25039 at http://wvtf.org Opening Statements in Corruption Trial Backing Small & Minority-Owned Business http://wvtf.org/post/backing-small-minority-owned-business <p>Governor McAuliffe has signed an executive order to increase the opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned companies to conduct business with the state.&nbsp;</p><p>The goal is to promote equity—and maximize the participation of small businesses in work that’s obtained through procurement and state contracts.&nbsp; He also set a high goal for the number of participants.</p><p>McAuliffe directed Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones to raise the state share of spending that goes to small, women- and minority-owned businesses to 42%.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:17:15 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24687 at http://wvtf.org Backing Small & Minority-Owned Business VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward http://wvtf.org/post/vas-mental-health-initiative-moves-forward <p>A new General Assembly panel is vowing to conduct a thorough review of Virginia’s mental health system, while not shielding any “sacred cows” in the process.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;Century held its inaugural meeting… and began by examining how the Commonwealth’s system is faring—then comparing it to other states. Members already seem determined to make reforms. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:59:34 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24660 at http://wvtf.org VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward Virginia Retirement System http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-retirement-system <p>The return on Virginia Retirement System investments fell 21% in 2009—but the pension fund has now rebounded and is exceeding expectations. That’s the message delivered by VRS officials to state lawmakers.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:47:44 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24293 at http://wvtf.org Virginia Retirement System The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door http://wvtf.org/post/va-general-assemblys-revolving-door <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 21.111112594604492px; line-height: 22.82666778564453px;">In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly.</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 21.111112594604492px; line-height: 22.82666778564453px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 21.111112594604492px; line-height: 22.82666778564453px;">While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:05:21 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 23974 at http://wvtf.org The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door