The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk. That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials. One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring.
Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing new limits on electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere. At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals.
For weeks, speculation has run rampant at the State Capitol over what authority Governor McAuliffe might have under the Virginia Constitution to keep the state operating if a budget is not passed by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.
Attorneys for the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Services were asked to advise state lawmakers about executive options for paying bills or mitigating a government shutdown. At the heart of the issue is the constitutional requirement for separation of powers and co-equal branches.
It was raises and pink slips for McDonald's employees in Southside Virginia...and a school board member in Fairfax has changed his prom night plans after a public stir over his Twitter exchange with a student.
These have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.
Three Virginia plaintiffs are asking a federal judge to delay the upcoming June primaries—AND if lawmakers fail to implement a new congressional redistricting plan, impose one himself. Although the plan was pre-cleared by the U.S. Justice Department, both sides of a lawsuit that alleges gerrymandering began presenting their case.