State Government

Groundwater Warning
12:19 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Environment Virginia Symposium at VMI

Participants at the Environment Virginia Symposium
Credit Virginia Military Institute

Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources is warning that supplies of groundwater in the eastern part of the state are running dangerously low. 

Speaking at a conference on the environment at Virginia Military Institute, Doug Domenech said stores are down due increased demand from new homes, shopping centers and industrial parks.

The state is now urging industries that don’t need clean water to consider finding other sources, such as rivers, and the legislature recently approved money to monitor areas where ground water is in decline.

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16-Day Trade Mission
4:43 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Selling Virginia

Governor McDonnell heads out West this week … before flying to the Far East on a trade mission to China and Japan. 

A team of state economic development officials and cabinet secretaries will travel with the Governor on a 16-day job creation and marketing mission that begins in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

McDonnell says he and Utah Governor Gary Herbert will co-market their states to California companies.

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Virginia Board of Health
2:40 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Abortion Clinic Regulations

This Friday,  April 12, Virginia’s Board of Health meets again to vote on controversial new rules that would force women’s health clinics that provide abortions to meet standards written for hospitals – or to close. 

Now, a candidate for lieutenant governor says guidelines issued by the governor himself dictate another course of action for the so-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers – or TRAP. 

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New State School Division Laws
4:59 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Changes in the Classroom

A new state school division to manage some underperforming schools is NOT the only change to public education to be approved this year by state lawmakers. 

An array of new laws to revise some programs and expand others will soon take effect. 

Under one law, schools must add early reading intervention services for kindergarten, first and second grades, AND algebra readiness intervention for sixth through ninth grades.  Parents will receive clear, A-through-F report cards to rate local schools under a second law—sponsored by Delegate Tag Greason.

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Hydraulic Mills Community
4:44 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cemetery is in the Path of Route 29 Bypass

Map showing the location of the Hydraulic Mills community.
Credit African American Families Database

The Virginia Department of Transportation has cleared another speed bump in its drive to build a bypass to Route 29 through Albemarle County. 

Those who oppose the 29 bypass have made many arguments.  Some think the project, which VDOT predicts will cost about $240 million is too expensive for the limited time drivers would save.  Others worry about the impact on health from a six-mile road that would pass by six schools, while a third group feared trucks with hazardous cargo could pass too close to the city’s water supply. 

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