Tobacco commission’s millions go up in smoke

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo from the Library of Virginia

More than $5.2 million in “tobacco” grants to Virginia communities have disappeared, leaving some of the state’s most depressed areas deeper in the red.

From July 2007 until October 2014, 22 localities defaulted on Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grants or owe the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission money, said Ned Stephenson, the commission’s deputy director.

The county, ironically, is represented by Terry Kilgore, the chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

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Facing bleak economy, VA millenials want government to do more — and get out of the way

By   /  October 24, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

AP file photo

Virginia Millenials have some interesting ideas and political preferences.

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Dominion, farmers dig in for long pipeline standoff

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  News, Virginia  /  No Comments

IN THEIR DOMAIN: Augusta County residents listen to representatives from Dominion discuss the utility's proposed gas pipeline that could run through some of their properties.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Power is firing back at opponents by shooting down what it calls “myths” over the utility’s proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
A hot-button issue is the potential use of eminent domain to seize private property along the natural gas pipeline’s projected 550-mile route across the state.
Rural groups in [...]

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Feds throw money at alpaca poop, drug enforcement museum

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Congress, News, State Government, Virginia, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Photo credit: Sen. Tom Coburn's office

It’s no surprise that the federal government wastes tax dollars. Where it wastes your hard-earned dollars, however, can be a little more shocking.

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Anderson: Privacy caucus will probably address police cell phone data collection

By   /  October 22, 2014  /  Abuse of power, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?  Corrections officials confiscate cell phones smuggled into prison due to the potential for criminal activity and harassment. Government Accountability Office photo.

It looks as if members of the Ben Franklin Privacy Caucus have more work to do.

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Virginia’s elected officials step up — or don’t — over Ebola concerns

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

Photo by Center for Disease Control

Confidence in the Obama administration to handle the threat of Ebola is so low that even members of Congress are trying to fill the gap.

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