Author: Jay Atkins

Analysis: Senate bill worse for Virginia’s Medicaid program

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An analysis of the Senate health care bill shows its changes to the way Medicaid is funded would cost Virginia’s program at least $1.4 billion over seven years. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services released the estimate Monday. It says the Senate bill would cost Virginia almost double what the House version would from 2020 to 2026. The difference has to do with how cost increases are estimated. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the measure would “blow a hole in Virginia’s budget.” Some Republican lawmakers have also expressed concern about the Medicaid changes. The...

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University president urges community to avoid KKK rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — University of Virginia’s president is urging students and faculty to stay away from an upcoming Ku Klux Klan rally in the city. Local news media outlets report that University President Teresa Sullivan urged community members in an email to “avoid the rally and avoid confrontation” when the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights come to Charlottesville on July 8 to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee. Sullivan says the university community condemns the group’s “detestable beliefs,” but also understands its right to free speech. Sullivan says that “to...

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Virginia court to weigh police use of license plate data

(Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s highest court will consider a challenge to police’s practice of keeping data from automated license plate readers. The Washington Post reports that the Virginia Supreme Court will hear the case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in Fairfax County, where police keep license plate data for one year. Police say the data is crucial to help find missing people and stolen cars and solve other crimes. But critics say keeping the data past a short period of time presents privacy concerns. A Fairfax County judge dismissed the...

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Judge rules auto dealers’ challenge of Tesla can proceed

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has legal standing to challenge a state Department of Motor Vehicles decision allowing Tesla to open a dealership. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that on Monday, Judge Gregory Rupe ruled the association can appeal Virginia DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb’s decision granting Tesla’s application for its second dealership in the state. The ruling doesn’t affect the store’s opening but allows the association’s challenge to proceed. The association argues state law prohibits Tesla from owning dealerships. The California-based manufacturer makes electric cars sold online and at company-owned...

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Del. Ransone Receives 100% on Report Card

RICHMOND – The Family Foundation Action today announced that Delegate Margaret Ransone received a 100% score on the recently released Family Foundation Action Virginia General Assembly Report Card. “Delegate Ransone has represented the values of her district well and been a trusted pro-family leader during her time as a Virginia Delegate,” said Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation Action. “The citizens of the 99th District can rest assured that they are well represented and have a highly respected voice in Delegate Ransone. We are grateful for her consistent voting record and look forward to continuing to work with...

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