News en Federal Rulings on Crude Oil Rail Shipments <p>Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are applauding action by the U-S Department of Transportation aimed at improving the safety of crude oil rail shipments.</p><p>The action follows the derailment of 17 cars in downtown Lynchburg a few months ago.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Transportation’s <a href="">proposed regulations are available for review</a> and the public has 60 days to offer comment on them.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:10:50 +0000 Editor 24826 at Federal Rulings on Crude Oil Rail Shipments Medical Expenses & Tax Breaks <p></p><p>With people still adjusting to their insurance policies and premiums under the Affordable Care Act, now might not be the ideal time to tell Virginians that sales taxes associated with some health procedures, prescriptions, and even Band Aids could be passed on to them.&nbsp; But that was one of the issues the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:17:40 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24813 at Medical Expenses & Tax Breaks Corruption Trial Begins Monday <p>The federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, begins on Monday.&nbsp; Federal prosecutors allege the former first couple performed official acts to promote Star Scientific’s products in exchange for roughly $165,000 in gifts and loans from its ex-CEO, Jonnie Williams—then failed to disclose most of those gifts.</p><p>McDonnell says he never made such an agreement--and the company received NO quid pro quo.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:31:36 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 24809 at Corruption Trial Begins Monday VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation <p>Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border, while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children.&nbsp;The proposal still faces an uphill battle - even in the GOP. Here’s Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who has been calling for more border security.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:22:43 +0000 Matt Laslo 24789 at VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation "Kids Count" Survey Results Released <p>The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released its 25th annual Kids Count survey. And while Virginia has made progress in the areas of education and overall health, it still suggests that more children are living in impoverished homes and lack the community make-up or family foundation to help increase their likelihood of living successful lives.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:12:41 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24788 at "Kids Count" Survey Results Released