Local Government

Unaccompanied Minors
8:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation

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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. 

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. 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.

“I can’t say that what we’re comfortable with. The devil’s always in the details.”

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General Assembly
8:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

The VA General Assembly's Revolving Door

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In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly. While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the norm—and left many to wonder why.  But, the answer may be as simple as timing and opportunity. 

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State Budget Woes
8:41 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Many Unknowns When It Comes to State and Local Budgets

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Spring is the season when Virginia’s local governments put the finishing touches on their own budgets for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st.  But they’re finding it difficult to craft their spending plans without knowing exactly how many dollars they will receive from the state-which is unknown due to the state budget impasse.  They’re trying to get the job done, anyway, and in some cases, with consequences to local taxpayers. 

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Economics & Economy
7:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What Does the Future Hold for the New River Valley?

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What will it be like to live in the New River Valley over the next twenty years?

Well, that depends on what happens now that a 3 year study on livability in the NRV is complete and ready to be acted upon.  

More than 3,000 people from all over the New River Valley weighed in on which issues they’re most concerned about for the future of this region; including housing, transportation, energy, environment, and cultural assets which define this part of south western Virginia. 

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VA Mental Health System
7:40 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Mental Health Report Addresses Accountability

There’s new information on the state of the mental health system in Virginia.

A new report issued by the state’s inspector general reveals that Virginia is spending millions of dollars annually to house mental health patients who no longer qualify or need state care. 

According to the latest report by the Office of the State Inspector General, there are mental health patients occupying beds that could otherwise be used by people requiring emergency or long-term psychiatric care.

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