Virginia’s DMV is facilitating a unique relationship between the military and the transportation industry. While there is a shortage of commercially licensed drivers and fewer jobs for veterans, the DMV is making it easier for servicemen and women who have specialized driving experience to obtain their Commercial Drivers License when returning home.
The program is part of a statewide effort to translate the skills learned in the military into the certifications needed for civilian jobs.
The relationship between Governor Bob McDonnell and Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams is at the center of state and federal investigations with allegations of improper gifts from Williams to McDonnell.
Governor Bob McDonnell holds interest in millions of dollars of real estate and one property, a home previously occupied by his daughter and son-in-law, is now being rented by him to a state employee he hand-picked for the job.
State Health Commissioner Dr Cynthia Romero is renting McDonnell’s 835,000 dollar Henrico County home. A McDonnell spokesperson confirmed the rental but did not reveal any details of the agreement between McDonnell and Romero. Political analyst Larry Sabato says this is no doubt a conflict of interest that anyone would recognize.
Despite the sources and their political leanings, pollsters are finding that the Star Scientific scandal is taking a toll on Governor McDonnell's approval ratings. A new Quinnipiac poll today also finds that overall, most Virginians still like their governor.
A new church in southwestern Virginia is looking to local culture to inspire its congregation.
It celebrates the Appalachian spirit of community and practicality best demonstrated by potluck dinners and conversation, followed by music and dancing. The new church, called “Wild Goose,” opened earlier this year in a remote part of Floyd County.