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Data on 103,000 Students Misplaced | The Washington Post

A flash drive containing the personal information of more than 103,000 former adult education students in Virginia was misplaced last month, state education officials reported Wednesday.

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Civil engineers give Virginia infrastructure a D-plus | The Virginia Pilot

A new report card grading Virginia’s network of roads, bridges, dams, water systems and other vital infrastructure gives the state a barely passing grade of D+.The state was rated in 13 categories by the state section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which released a summary of its findings Wednesday.

Sept. report shows Va. finances continue plunge | Forbes

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s tax collections continued to decline in September, even compared to the same disastrous month of stock market meltdowns from 2008, a monthly state revenue report shows.

Virginia foreclosures up 4.1 percent from last year | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Foreclosure activity in Virginia rose 4.1 percent from July through September from the same period a year ago, according to a RealtyTrac report being released this morning.

Transportation program faces more cuts | The Roanoke Times

RICHMOND — Virginia faces the prospect of cutting an additional $883 million from its already lean six-year transportation program, state officials said Wednesday.The grim report delivered to the Commonwealth Transportation Board was based on a prolonged economic downturn that has eroded revenue normally earmarked for roads, rail and transit.

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Road funding to be cut $134 million more this year | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

Audit Report Criticizes Massive Virginia IT Outsourcing Plan | Government Technology

For the second time in less than two months, a major state IT outsourcing initiative is the target of a critical state auditor’s report.

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Audit Shows Failure of Virginia Computer Upgrade | IT Business Edge
Auditors slam Northrop’s $2B Virginia outsourcing contract | Washington Technology
A Slow March to Change | The Washington Post

LEXINGTON, Va. — Freshmen at Virginia Military Institute are called rats. And on this morning, they are up before the sun. One by one, they emerge through a stone archway beneath the gothic parapets of their barracks, salute a statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, fall into columns by height and march east to the mess hall for a breakfast of bacon, eggs and bellowing.
Inside, first-year cadets sit as straight as their chair backs and speak only in loud formalities: “BROTHER RAT, PLEASE PASS THE SALT.” The slightest lapse can unleash a torrent of verbal abuse from an upper-class cadet.

Boucher proposes new surface mine permit process |

WISE — Virginia 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon, is proposing a new three-tiered permitting system to be presented to the Army Corps of Engineers during a hearing today on the agency’s proposal to eliminate the Nationwide Permit 21 for surface mining in the Appalachian region.

CommonwealthRx at Virginia HIMSS To Promote e-Prescribing in Virginia | Reuters

RICHMOND, Va.–(Business Wire)– CommonwealthRx announced today that it is rapidly moving forward in its mission to facilitate adoption of e-prescribing in Virginia with the new launch of its website and hotline support for prescribers and pharmacists. CommonwealthRx staff spoke at the annual meeting of the Virginia Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) regarding its vision to improve patient safety, quality of care and cost-effectiveness through electronic prescribing and medication management.

Changes Proposed for Virginia Lottery |

A proposed change to the state lottery system could give you another chance to strike it rich. The companies that run the Powerball and Mega-Millions lotteries have reached a tentative deal to offer both games in states across the country.

Supreme Court of Va. to hear Episcopal Church ownership case | The Washington Examiner

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear the appeal of the Episcopal Church, which is trying to keep ownership of nine properties in a highly publicized dispute with a group of breakaway conservative congregations.

In head count, George Mason edges VCU | The Richmond Times-Dispatch

George Mason apparently has edged past Virginia Commonwealth as the state’s largest university.

Va. schools can pursue $119M in green bonds | The Virginia Pilot

Virginia’s public school divisions can compete for $119 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act bond authorizations to make existing schools more environment -friendly, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced Wednesday.

$150 million base eyed for York | The Virginia Gazette

YORK — Naval Weapons Station Yorktown made the cut as a site to consolidate five companies of the Marine Corps Security Force Regiment at one base.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation says coal plant is illegal | The Daily Press

NORFOLK – For nearly a year, environmentalists have argued that a coal-fired power plant in Surry County would pollute theChesapeake Bay watershed.

Va. Students’ Math Scores Top National Average |

Virginia’s fourth- and eighth-graders perform better in mathematics than their peers nationwide, but less than half have a solid grasp of the subject.

Virginia not likely to adopt national bar exam | Virginia Lawyers Weekly Blog

The National Law Journal has a very detailed article about the prospects for a national bar exam, noting that as many as 32 states are giving serious consideration to standardizing lawyer credentials nationwide.

Jim Webb: Brave Thinker | The Atlantic

Why he’s brave: He’s taking on the nation’s neglected prison system.
Quote: “I think you can be a law-and-order leader and still understand that the criminal justice system as we understand it today is broken.”

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