- The Kaine Administration
- General Assembly
The cash-strapped Virginia Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed slashing an additional $84 million from its budget this fiscal year, by doing less paving, pushing old equipment for another year and curtailing maintenance of its facilities.
If a computer were to rank local highway priorities, it would make its top picks widening many sections of Interstate 64, rebuilding Interstate 264 interchanges in Virginia Beach and widening Holland Road in Suffolk.
Virginia transportation officials are moving hundreds of millions of dollars from secondary and urban road projects to higher priority Interstate and primary highways.
Virginia’s contract for the Beltway HOT lanes are not just far from free to taxpayers and even worse if people carpool. The structure of the deal ultimately minimizes public outrage until it’s too late, saddling taxpayers with a high bill and no voice.
The governors of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware have announced a partnership designed to promote and coordinate the development of wind energy off the mid-Atlantic coast.
The Kaine Administration
RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s term expires in less than two months, but that doesn’t mean he’s leaving behind his concerns about the future of the commonwealth.
The Virginia University of Lynchburg is launching the biggest fundraising effort in its history Thursday in support of the ongoing restoration of its campus.
Lynbrook Elementary School, which serves one of the poorest communities in Fairfax County, seems to be a model for reform. Three years ago, the Springfield school failed to meet state testing goals in English. Since then, it has charted double-digit gains in passing rates for every one of its closely monitored racial and ethnic groups of students.
U.S Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be at An Achievable Dream Academy at noon Friday with Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott to tour the school and meet students. An hour later, Duncan will sit down with administrators, educators, staff and students at the academy’s sister middle and high school. The visit is one of 15 Duncan is making on his Learning and Listening tour, a barnstorming effort to ask educators, parents, students and community members what is working in their schools, and what’s not. The tour began last May and has been chronicled by Duncan and his staff in a blog. Duncan said he is gathering ideas and criticism from people across the nation on changing and improving education policy as lawmakers consider reauthorizing the 34-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind. The federal law provides funding for a range of school programs through its chapters, called titles. People are most familiar with Title I, which provides funds and support for low-income students and others who are considered academically at risk.
Students at Hollin Meadows Elementary School were harvesting lettuce from the school’s garden Wednesday morning when they received a visit from Gardener-in-Chief Michelle Obama.
Students in Alexandria City Public Schools would have fewer computer labs next school year and more crowded classrooms, according to the district’s modest plans for capital improvements.
Prince William County supervisors set their legislative agenda Tuesday, and as in years past, funding for transportation and education are the top issues they want addressed when the General Assembly convenes in January.
When the Defense Department chose to move thousands of employees to Alexandria’s Mark Center site off Interstate 395 last year, it left the competing Victory Center building empty — and still waiting to be filled.
RICHMOND, VA. — Civil rights organizations are asking Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to sign an executive order restoring the rights of nearly 300,000 felons before he leaves office in January.
The University of Virginia Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters, a market information company.
RICHMOND, Va. — Employees, thispatients and visitors smoked their last cigarettes at Henrico Doctors’ and Bon Secours Richmond hospitals yesterday.
A federal grand jury has subpoenaed from the Virginia House of Delegates documents related to former Del. Phillip A. Hamilton’s job at Old Dominion University.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Wednesday he opposes shutting down a state ethics investigation of former legislator Phil Hamilton’s financial ties to Old Dominion University.
Del. Phil Hamilton lost his reelection bid earlier this month, I was relieved to see–voters saw fit to hand him his hat for lining his own pockets with taxpayer dollars (or so it appears). Democrat Robin Abbott won the Peninsula district with 54% of the vote. Like every other outgoing delegate, Hamilton remains a delegate until January, when his replacement will be sworn in, when he’ll wrap up two decades in the house.
Gov. Tim Kaine (D) said this week he plans to appoint a replacement to the Virginia Supreme Court if Congress confirms Justice Barbara Keenan to the federal bench before his term expires in January.
Just 12 days remain until a new Virginia law restricting smoking in restaurants goes into effect.
GLOUCESTER – — Forty citizens filed a petition Wednesday with the Virginia Supreme Court that seeks to overturn $80,000 in sanctions levied against them by a judge who said they abused the judicial system in trying to remove four county supervisors from office.
A Richmond jury awarded a research librarian at the Library of Virginia $8 million in damages yesterday, the full amount sought by her lawyers after the woman was struck by a GRTC Transit System bus and severely injured.
Virginia and its localities should stop building more prisons and jails because a decade-long building program has led to undercrowding, a state budget analyst said yesterday.
The Virginia Department of Health is closing Chesapeake Bay tributaries, including all of them in Hampton Roads, to shellfish harvesting because of last week’s nor’easter.
Virginia health officials are advising against consuming walleye fish caught in Lake Gaston because of mercury contamination.
HAMPTON — Last week’s nor’easter blew off course a major project that flood-prone Hampton residents hope will alleviate their problems, as well as a giant barge that was being used for the project.
RICHMOND, Va. — The city of Richmond is projecting a $10 million revenue shortfall in the current budget year because of sagging sales-tax collections and cuts in state funding.
County government budget cuts have put a dent in the hours county libraries are open and some of the services they provide, but the public continues to flock to them, according to new figures.
If Manassas Councilman Jonathan L. Way had his druthers, he’d shut down the city’s low-cost Internet service as soon as possible, because it’s costing the city more than $100,000 a year.
The Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority will present a draft master plan next month for redeveloping the city’s public housing.
When Hazel Lawson and her husband built a tin-covered cottage in Chic’s Beach 57 years ago, sprawling, grass-topped dunes and a canopy of oak trees separated their summer home from the ocean.
HAMPTON — A proposal for a new boutique hotel, restaurant and shops near the Power Plant retail area was approved by the City Council on Wednesday night, but a rezoning to allow the development of up to 128 residential units near Buckroe Beach has been deferred for further discussions.
Scott Martin is convinced that economic growth and tree-hugging go together just fine.
WAYNESBORO — Invista’s Waynesboro operation told its employees Wednesday afternoon that a round of layoffs will see about 110 employees and contractors lose their jobs.
The Fairfax County Public Library is set to lay off 107 full- and part-time employees to help close a $4 million budget gap next year, officials told library staffers Wednesday.