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Daily Bacon's | October 16, 2009

Lost USB Device Forces Virginia Into Damage Control, Again | Information Week Government

Virginia, still managing its way through a troubled outsourcing deal, has a second IT mess on its hands. The state revealed that an unencrypted flash drive containing personal information on more than 100,000 adult education students has been lost.VITA overseers battle over control of boss

Advertisements on buses and in movie theaters, television and radio spots, temporary tattoos, T-shirts and stickers are all being used in a media campaign to persuade Virginians to get the H1N1 swine-flu vaccine.

VITA overseers battle over control of boss | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

The overseers of Virginia’s embattled computer agency are quarreling among themselves over proposals to rein in the agency’s new boss.
Hiram Johnson and Mary Guy Miller, members of the Information Technology Investment Board, are pressing the panel for greater accountability from Chief Information Officer George Coulter.

Virginia might be known as the No. 1 state for business, but its infrastructure nearly flunked a recent inspection.
In a first-ever report card on the condition of Virginia’s public assets,  the Virginia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state an overall grade of D+.
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If there is a theme that stands out in this year’s State of the Region report, it is the duality of dependency and vulnerability.Hampton Roads is a region that depends on defense spending for about 45 percent of its economic activity. In the 10th annual report produced by a team of economics professors from Old Dominion University and the ODU Economic Forecasting Project, the region is portrayed as equally vulnerable to the slightest changes in national defense budgets.
State and local governments are looking at big increases to pay for employee retirement plans in the next two years.
But it could have been worse.
The Virginia Retirement System’s board of trustees temporarily suspended an accounting requirement yesterday to inflate the value of the retirement plan’s assets and cushion government from rate shock to fully fund the pension plan, which lost more than $6 billion in value in the stock market meltdown last year.

Va. Tech top Virginia university in research spending | The News Leader

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech ranked 46th out of 679 universities, according to the just released 2008 National Science Foundation ranking, which is based on research expenditures reported for the year ending June 30, 2008.

Virginia Officials Tour Homes Built with Chinese Drywall | Insurance Journal

Three Virginia lawmakers are asking lenders to help homeowners whose homes were built with suspect drywall imported from China.

Questions linger in NAACP-school chiefs matter | The Daily Progress

Two local school superintendents failed to show up to speak at an NAACP forum because they had been told the event had been canceled, according to Charlottesville Superintendent Rosa S. Atkins.

RICHMOND—The public school divisions for Franklin and Southampton County made significant improvements in the on-time graduation rate for high school students, according to preliminary data released this week.
BLACKSBURG — U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, announced Monday the largest one-time federal research grant ever awarded to Virginia Tech.
The $27.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will support continued development of a global infectious diseases database called the Pathogen Portal.
Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach and several partners are proposing to develop a $50 million algae farm on city-owned land where the slimy, aquatic growth would be converted into biodiesel fuel and other forms of alternative energy.

Va blogger sentenced for undercover police posts |

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A Bedford County blogger has received a suspended sentence for posting information about an undercover police drug force.County mulls funds for prosecutor | The Daily ProgressCounty mulls funds for prosecutor | The Daily Progress

County mulls funds for prosecutor | The Daily Progress

Officials are examining whether to give Albemarle County’s prosecution team $32,000 in the wake of Commonwealth’s Attorney Denise Lunsford warning that her office might stop prosecuting misdemeanors if the county doesn’t come up with the money.

Fairfax Credit Rating Boosted to Triple-A | The Washington Post

The City of Fairfax’s credit rating was boosted Thursday to triple-A by Standard & Poor’s, in what the New York rating agency called an indication of how well the city’s stable economic base has fared during the recession.

Report urges adding dikes and levees to Hampton Roads | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

NORFOLK — A new report says Hampton Roads should start planning a system of dikes and levees now to protect the region against rising sea levels over the next century.

Report: Population in PWC nears 400k | Inside Nova

As of Sept. 15, Prince William has a population count of 394,370, up from 392,900 reported in mid-June, according to third quarter data from the county demographer.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Smooth jazz flows up and down the Oceanfront from city speakers, mixing with the occasional passing car. After a busy summer, the resort city has quieted down, leaving everyone a chance to look back.
A Buchanan County news reporter is trying to convince a jury that county school leaders improperly banned him from school property because they didn’t like his stories.

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