State Government

Mental Health Crisis
7:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward

A new General Assembly panel is vowing to conduct a thorough review of Virginia’s mental health system, while not shielding any “sacred cows” in the process.  The Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21st Century held its inaugural meeting… and began by examining how the Commonwealth’s system is faring—then comparing it to other states. Members already seem determined to make reforms.  

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Law & Crime
8:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

IRS Phone Scam Spreading Across the State

A nationwide scam has made its way to Virginia and state officials are sending out a warning. 

The latest phone scam to hit the state involves fake IRS agents asking for money, and threatening arrests if you “don’t pay up”. The criminals will claim that you have an outstanding IRS debt and will strongly request that you “settle up” using a credit card.

What makes the situation look and sound so legitimate for many who receive the call, is that the caller ID will likely say the call is coming from the IRS in Washington DC or from a local police department.

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Upcoming Federal Corruption Trial
4:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Pre-Trial Hearing for Former Governor & Wife

Former Governor Bob McDonnell
Credit File Photo

While they sat separately but alongside their defense teams, former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, seemed to have a much calmer demeanor than some of other court appearances associated with their upcoming federal corruption trial.  Their defense has been dealt several blows, but their latest pretrial hearing sought to discredit the prosecution’s tactics and star witness.
 

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Pension Fund
4:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Virginia Retirement System

The return on Virginia Retirement System investments fell 21% in 2009—but the pension fund has now rebounded and is exceeding expectations. That’s the message delivered by VRS officials to state lawmakers.

VRS investments yielded returns that increased by double digits in the last two fiscal years, with a 15.7% return last year alone.  VRS Board Vice Chairman Robert Greene said the fund set a record.

“The fund amount, $66.1 billion, makes an historic high for the fund, exceeding all previous fund balance amounts.”

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Virginia Energy Plan
6:56 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Offshore Wind Energy Efforts Lagging in the Old Dominion

When it comes to offshore wind energy development, some environmental organizations say Virginia leaders are on the right track, but they need to greatly pick up the pace. An alliance that includes Environment Virginia and the Virginia Conservation Network says other East Coast states are eyeing wind-turbine dominance. The groups say the slow-moving Commonwealth could lose out on many of the benefits associated with its development.  

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