Local Government

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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Snow Storm Preparations
8:46 am
Wed February 12, 2014

State of Emergency: What Does It Mean?

The season’s first major snow storm is well on its way and as a result, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency. 

A state of emergency means that state agencies are at the ready to assist local governments, and provide a quick response wherever and whenever they are needed in the state.

State agencies include the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation and the Virginia National Guard, just to name a few. It also means electric, phone and cable utility companies are standing by to assist with any and all outages.

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Transportation
5:13 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

All Aboard for Roanoke

Officials with the Department of Rail and Public transportation and Norfolk Southern have signed an agreement to extend Amtrak service from Lynchburg to Roanoke. 

Governor McDonnell says last year’s transportation funding plan was instrumental in funding the return of intercity passenger rail service to the Star City for the first time in more than 30 years.  State Department of Rail and Public Transportation Director Thelma Drake says the agreement is a big step forward

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Government & Politics
10:43 am
Mon September 16, 2013

VaNews for 09.16.13

Plans for a tract of land near Williamsburg and the Fairfax County Library's new strategic plan have been causing controversy.

Stories about both were among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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Saving a Landmark
7:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Efforts Underway to Preserve Natural Bridge

Credit www.naturalbridgeva.com

Thomas Jefferson once owned it-and you could too….It’s the Natural Bridge property and attractions in Rockbridge County, up for sale and scheduled for public auction in November.


But in an effort to save and preserve the landmark, Congressman Bob Goodlatte  has proposed the property actually be considered for addition to the  national or state park system.


And in the latest move to protect the tourist attraction from a sale, a new coalition has been created by the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council and Valley Conservation Council.

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