Are cell phones wasted on state employees?

May 18, 2011

By Alexander Chang and Nan Turner Capital News Service RICHMOND – With electronic communication becoming an essential need in both the personal and business worlds, it’s no surprise why the GEICO Caveman advertisement of a Neanderthal using technology in a [...]

Virginia tornado

McDonnell to appeal FEMA decision, Hurt agrees

May 18, 2011

By Dan McDermott The Lynchburg Times Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced today that he is appealing FEMA’s decision to deny Virginia’s request for federal disaster relief following dozens of tornadoes that killed 10 and destroyed hundreds of homes. 5th District [...]


Asia could be next market for Virginia wines

May 17, 2011

By Amanda Iacone Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND — A burgeoning taste for wine in China could provide a massive market for Virginia winemakers, and Gov. Bob McDonnell is promoting the fruitful commodity during a trade mission to Asia. However, the [...]

Virginia Prison

Questions mount as Virginia’s sexual predator population grows

May 10, 2011

By Amanda Iacone Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND — Lawmakers have several unanswered questions as a team of legislative staffers begins working on a study of the state’s ballooning violent sexual predator program. Members of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission on [...]


Drug change for Virginia’s lethal injection

May 10, 2011

By Alissa Smith Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND — Death row inmates Ricky Grey and Jerry Jackson may face death with a new lethal drug cocktail when their execution days come. A recent shortage of the anesthetic used in lethal injections, [...]

Child and Family Services

Report: State lacks basic mental health services for children

May 8, 2011

By Amanda Iacone Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND — A new report charges that Virginia does not provide enough basic mental health services to keep children out of hospitals or residential treatment programs. The report released this week on the state [...]


Hollywood brings jobs to Virginia

May 8, 2011

By Alissa Smith Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND – Hollywood’s magic, and all the jobs that come with it, is heading to Virginia. Award-award winning producer Steven Spielberg chose Virginia as the location for his upcoming film “Lincoln”, based on the [...]

Virginia tornado

FEMA denies federal disaster assistance for Virginia tornado damage

May 8, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Virginia’s request for federal disaster assistance for those affected by the April tornadoes. Governor Bob McDonnell requested federal disaster assistance for the counties of Halifax, Pulaski and Washington. Also, the governor requested FEMA [...]

View of Seoul's Gangnam district in 2009

McDonnell’s planned Asia trip draws fire, cheers

May 6, 2011

By Alissa Smith Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell’s upcoming trip to Asia will cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it could bring back millions in new business and investments. A group of economic development and [...]


McDonnell puts heat on feds for Virginia offshore drilling

May 6, 2011

By Amanda Iacone Virginia Statehouse News RICHMOND — As the U.S. House of Representatives voted to overturn a ban on offshore drilling, Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday stood among the gas pumps at a local filling station to demand that offshore oil and [...]