FORMER VIRGINIA ABC EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES

jailA former Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) employee pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing more than  $239,000 in funds that were intended for educational programs to combat underage drinking. Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia; and Adam S. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office, made the announcement after the guilty plea was accepted by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Gibney. Continue reading

USDA ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO HELP VETERANS AND MINORITY FARMERS GET STARTED IN AGRICULTURE

vhj,According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced today the availability of more than $9 million in outreach and technical assistance for minority farmers and ranchers and military veterans who are new to farming and ranching. The funding, provided through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program, will enable community-based organizations and other partners to work directly with these groups to successfully acquire, own and operate farms and ranches and equitably participate in all USDA programs. Continue reading

GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS AUGUST 3–9 AS FARMERS’ MARKET WEEK IN VIRGINIA

farmer marketIt’s the best time to enjoy the bounty of the summer season. At farmers’ markets across the Commonwealth, families will find Virginia Grown tomatoes, corn, squash, peaches, melons, berries, flowers and more harvested at the peak of flavor, freshness and nutrition. To celebrate, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaims August 3-9, 2014 as “Virginia Farmers’ Market Week.” Continue reading

Sen. Warner Joins Bipartisan Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Warner, Mark-020209-18425- 0011U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and a bipartisan group of seven Senate colleagues today introduced legislation to combat sexual assault on college and university campuses. The Campus Safety and Accountability Act will help to better protect and empower students, improve reporting, training and best practices, and strengthen transparency and accountability of educational institutions.  Continue reading

Kaine Meets With White House Drug Policy Acting Director To Discuss Opioid Crisis In Virginia

tmi kaineToday, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine met with White House Drug Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli to discuss the opioid crisis in Virginia and next steps to combat the epidemic. Last month, Kaine praised Botticelli’s announcement in Roanoke that the Administration plans to direct $25.5 billion toward public health and criminal justice initiatives that will help tackle rapidly growing rates of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse across the country. Continue reading

Kaine, Blumenthal, Murphy Introduce Bill To Protect Domestic Violence Survivors From Gun Violence

tmi kaineU.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) to introduce the Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act of 2014, legislation that would encourage states to remove firearms from domestic abusers. The senators presented their bill at a press conference where they were joined by Merry Jackson, whose daughter Lori Jackson was shot and killed this year by her estranged husband, who was under a temporary restraining order at the time. Kaine shared the story of Deborah Wigg, a Virginia Beach resident who was tragically shot and killed in 2011 by her separated husband, who, despite being arrested and issued a restraining order for domestic violence against Deborah, never had his gun confiscated as federal law requires. Continue reading

VA Reform Bill Includes Sen. Warner’s Initiative to Bring Private Sector Expertise to Scheduling System Challenges

Warner, Mark-020209-18425- 0011U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s (D-VA) proposal to have private-sector technology experts assess and recommend fixes to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ broken scheduling system — at no cost to the taxpayers — has been included in the bipartisan House/Senate compromise legislation. Both chambers are expected to approve the compromise this week.    Continue reading

NOVA Delegation Statement on GSA’s Announcement of Virginia as Potential FBI Headquarters Location

warner and kaineU.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) and U.S. Reps. Rob Wittman (R-VA-1), Jim Moran (D-VA-8), Frank Wolf (R-VA-10) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) released this statement today following the announcement that a Springfield, Virginia site is a finalist for a relocated Federal Bureau of Investigations headquarters. The General Services Administration selected three sites for its shortlist, two of which are in Maryland and one in Fairfax County. Continue reading