The bipartisan budget deal reached in Congress is expected to bring a lot of relief to the commonwealth of Virginia, though Virginia lawmakers still say it isn’t perfect.
Fear of another government shutdown early next year is dissipating here at the Capitol. The agreement increases federal spending by about forty five billion dollars, sets spending levels for the next two years and offers federal agencies some relief from sequestration. Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes says is giving the agreement muted praise.
With cooler weather here, many people look forward to new fashions – designs that often come from Paris, New York or Rome. But fashions are also changing in the kitchens of Virginia, with new dishes and ingredients popping up on menus.
Attorneys for former UVA lacrosse player George Huguely argued for a new trial before the Virginia Court of Appeals.
They are not discussing plans to possibly take his case to a higher court if a three-judge panel in Richmond fails to grant their client's request … following his conviction for the murder of former girlfriend Yeardley Love.
Huguely attorney Paul Clement says his team is not overly confident, but the fact that the judges were asking probing questions is promising.
The University of Virginia’s “warning status” has been lifted by its accreditation agency, following a number of policy changes by the Board of Visitors.
The 12-month warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, followed last year’s removal of UVA President Teresa Sullivan, by the university’s Board of Visitors. The removal was highly unpopular both on and off-campus, leading to widespread complaints and protests. The board unanimously reinstated Sullivan within several weeks.
Governor McDonnell has unveiled a series of funding provisions for his final state budget to improve and strengthen Virginia’s mental health services. The Governor had already decided to fund these Campus Safety Task Force recommendations this summer, but their urgency was underscored by the recent death of a state senator’s son after local health officials reportedly could not find a psychiatric bed for him during a mental health crisis. McDonnell says the reforms will continue long after he has left office.