Government & Politics en VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers <p>State money originally earmarked to renovate the state capitol in Richmond, may be used for funding of two new veteran care centers.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Earlier this summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe cancelled a planned $300 million dollar Capitol complex renovation, citing more pressing needs in the state.</p><p>Now, Republicans in the house would like to use that money to fund the state’s share of two new veteran nursing homes, one in Hampton another in Northern Virginia.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:20:40 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 24661 at VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers VA's 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 VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward The Partisan Tug-of-War Over EPA's Budget <p>House Republicans are trying to slash the size of the EPA while also limiting its ability to regulate, which they argue will help the economy in places like Virginia.&nbsp;</p><p>One of the last spending battles for the year in Congress is setting up to be over the EPA and House Republicans just sent a strong signal to the agency in a proposal that just passed the spending committee: the bill slashes the agency’s budget by nine percent. Virginia Republican Congressman Morgan Griffith says the proposal isn’t intended to stop regulators on the ground.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:32:45 +0000 Lisa Fenderson 24610 at The Partisan Tug-of-War Over EPA's Budget Senator Tim Kaine Praises Roanoke Valley's Drug Court Model <p>The Roanoke Valley has garnered some attention lately for its drug policy and rehabilitation programs. President Obama’s top drug policy advisor visited the area recently to explore the region’s drug control strategies, and on Friday Senator Tim Kaine attended the region’s Drug Court graduation in Salem.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:58:11 +0000 Kelsea Pieters 24607 at Senator Tim Kaine Praises Roanoke Valley's Drug Court Model VaNews for 7.21.14 <p>With parts of Hampton Roads facing a rising sea level and stronger Atlantic storms one idea being talked about is a flood wall across the lower Chesapeake Bay…and someone in Portsmouth stirred things up when they decided to rejuvenate a sign at a subdivision entrance.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:45:59 +0000 Fred Echols 24606 at VaNews for 7.21.14