Virginia’s cash picture continues to darken.
The latest snapshot of state revenue collections shows that general fund collections dropped 7.5 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago.
Businesses that received federal contracts from stimulus spending reported creating or saving about 30,000 jobs, according to figures released Thursday. The reports also suggest that the program has been particularly beneficial for the Washington region.
The Fairfax County School Board is bracing for the most dramatic reduction in services in more than 20 years as it attempts to bridge a projected $176 million budget shortfall with cuts that could extend to closing schools, increasing class size, ending summer school, discontinuing most full-day kindergarten classes and eliminating foreign language instruction in elementary schools.
On the first day of his senior year at South County Secondary School, Cory Nelson introduced himself to a fourth-period automotive technology class. Almost immediately, another student blurted out “retard,” prompting the rest of the room to break out in snickers.
This month, New Horizons Career and Technical Education Center started its partnership with the Hampton Roads Public Works Academy cadet program, according to a New Horizons principal.
A steady stream of traffic along Roanoke’s Colonial Avenue muffles the playful screams of children romping on the playground at Fishburn Park Elementary School.
Cars crawl down Route 123 in the afternoon rush. Forty feet below them, giant machines and men wearing yellow hard hats begin their advance under Tysons Corner to bring Northern Virginia commuters their holy grail: a new subway.
CHRISTIANSBURG — Oral arguments in two $10 million civil lawsuits brought by families of two women killed in the Virginia Tech massacre are scheduled for Dec. 14.
Virginia court figures show the use of juries in criminal cases continues to decline in the state.
The Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission reports that juries were responsible for 1.3 percent of 27,195 felony convictions in the 12 months that ended June 30, 2008. The commission says that’s the lowest percent so far recorded.
Fairfax Circuit Judge Jane Marum Roush received the top rating from the eight statewide bar groups that evaluated candidates for a possible opening on the Supreme Court of Virginia.
ABINGDON, Va. – On a lonely stretch of road on the far outskirts of Abingdon, a brown single-wide trailer is hidden behind a tree line up a bumpy gravel drive. The yard is littered with overturned scooters, stray tires and a miniature plastic John Deere tractor.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — The state of the nation’s prison system will be the topic of the Legal Aid Justice Center’s annual fundraising event tomorrow night.
“Incarceration Nation” will feature a panel discussion about the prison reform movement and an episode of the documentary series “30 Days” featuring filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s month in jail.
The eight-week re-entry program for inmates at the Albemarle-Charlot-tesville Regional Jail has had a positive impact on the recidivism rate, according to a University of Virginia study.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki got a bipartisan hug from the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday as lawmakers accepted his plan to fix Post- 9/11 GI Bill payment delays, and blamed their own rush to enact the complex education benefit last year for some of the challenges VA now faces.
The crisp, clean notes of a military brass band filled the big drill floor/basketball court at Roanoke’s Virginia National Guard Armory at midday Sunday.
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Construction is under way on a 500-kilovolt regional power line that’s sparked powerful protests from area residents and environmental groups.
Danville’s Office of Economic Development continues to find ways to meet the city’s needs and challenges in industry and job growth.
Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has begun construction at Crosspointe, its new aerospace facility in Prince George County, Virginia. Crosspointe is the first Rolls-Royce manufacturing facility built from-the-ground-up in the US. Located on over 1,000 acres, it is the largest
Rolls-Royce site by area in North America with ample space to accommodate suppliers’ and partners` co-location in the future.
RICHMOND, Va. – Agriculture leaders from Virginia are heading to Cuba to promote the state’s offerings.
The Virginia Lottery will launch a gift card pilot program next month to expand its retailer distribution network.
ROANOKE — Virginia’s one-of-a-kind Illegal Whiskey Unit — a team of agents dedicated to busting up bootleg stills — has fallen prey to state budget woes, leaving Southwest Virginia’s elusive moonshiners without a full-time, dedicated foe for the first time in decades.
County government officials report that, as of yet, they have not received federal reimbursement for funds expended as part of inauguration activities in January.
The chairman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors may propose major reforms to a county program that gives tax breaks to owners of rural undeveloped land.
Under David L. Slutzky’s idea, rural landowners would be given a choice: They could pay real-estate taxes based on the land’s fair market value just like the vast majority of county landowners, or they could get massive land use tax breaks by agreeing to keep their land permanently undeveloped through conservation easements.
Two lawmakers have launched an effort to partner Leesburg’s Dodona Manor with the National Park Service, a move they said would boost the visibility of the historic mansion, which was once home to Gen. George C. Marshall.
Colonial Williamsburg’s collection of historic pieces is going high-tech.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is making images, descriptions and object histories of all 60,000 of its pieces available on the Web in a new eMuseum. So far, about 3,200 objects are available, with more being added monthly.
Life on the streets can be a hardscrabble fight for the homeless.