Author: Jay Atkins

Judge rules Dominion’s coal ash pit polluted Virginia water

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has found Virginia’s largest utility violated the Clean Water Act because arsenic is flowing from a coal ash storage site in Chesapeake, polluting ground and surface water. U.S. District Judge John Gibney Jr. issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by the Sierra Club against Dominion Virginia Power. But the judge also found that the arsenic discharge poses no health or environmental threat. He didn’t order the ash removed to a lined landfill, as the Sierra Club wanted. Instead, Dominion must conduct testing and the two sides must submit a remediation...

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UVa faculty: New president should have academic background

(Information from: The Daily Progress, http://www.dailyprogress.com) CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Faculty members at Virginia Tech are calling on the search committee for the University of Virginia’s next president to choose someone with an academic background. The Daily Progress reports that faculty members said at a public meeting this week that they believe the next president should have experience in higher education, as opposed to business or politics. Other universities have hired people outside of academia. For example, the president of the University of California system is former U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Mark Edmunson is a...

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CEO of Chinese paper company departs

(Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com) RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top executive at a Chinese pulp and paper company planning a $2 billion manufacturing plant near Richmond has left the company. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Dong Lan was recently named as acting CEO of Tranlin, which also goes by Vastly, following the departure of former CEO Jerry Z. Peng. The company did not give a reason for Peng’s departure. He has been the public face of the company’s plans to build a massive plant in Chesterfield County, which Gov. Terry McAuliffe has touted as one of his biggest economic...

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Governor Vetoes Legislation Undermining Virginia Public Schools

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system. The Governor’s full veto statements are below: House Bill 1400 March 23, 2017 Pursuant to Article V, Section 6, of the Constitution of Virginia, I veto House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia. This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that...

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Virginia to honor George Washington’s Whiskey

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is honoring native son George Washington for his whiskey making prowess. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed legislation recognizing Washington’s rye whiskey produced at his Mount Vernon estate as the official state spirit. Washington was urged by his farm manager, James Anderson, to try distilling whiskey at Mount Vernon, according to the bill. Washington went slowly at first, producing 600 gallons in 1797. But in 1799, the year of his death, Washington’s distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons. It was the largest distillery in the country at the time. (image courtesy of...

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911 Address Verification in Esse... @ Essex County
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Heathsville Farmers Market @ behind old Northumberland Courthouse
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Car/Bike Fundraiser @ First Baptist Church Loretto
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