Roanoke College is out with a new poll detailing how Virginians view their financial situation and general business conditions now and in the future.
It’s the second time this year the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College conducted its consumer sentiment survey, and Senior Analyst Alice Kassens says there were some surprises.
People who oppose the proposed “coal fields expressway” are staging a protest in Abingdon Virginia, where coal company, Alpha Natural Resources is holding its annual meeting Wednesday, May 22.
The protestors say they’ll call attention to the company’s role in what’s known as the Coalfields Expressway. A proposed 50 mile road, supporters say will improve transportation in far southwest Virginia and help the local economy.
Governor Bob McDonnell issued a letter earlier this month urging college presidents and boards to hold the line on in-state tuition.
The plea was repeated Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Rector Helen Dragas, but the board of visitors voted 14 to 2 to increase tuition and fees by 3.8% or about $450 for in-staters and 4.8% -- just over $1,800 for students from other states.
The board approved even bigger tuition and fee hikes for students in the law, business, engineering and medical schools.