Guilty pleas in multi-state cock fighting case

mark herringUnited States Attorney Timothy Heaphy and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced that three individuals pled guilty in federal court Thursday in Abingdon, Virginia to animal fighting and drug charges after being arrested during a joint federal/state multi-agency operation in Virginia and Kentucky on May 3, 2014. United States District Judge James P. Jones accepted the guilty pleas of the following individuals: Continue reading

McAuliffe announces 250 new jobs for Grayson County

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Core Health & Fitness LLC, a leader in developing and marketing advanced strength and cardio equipment for the fitness industry, will invest $2 million to expand the former Med-Fit operation in Grayson County. The facility has manufactured Nautilus commercial products for more than 34 years. Virginia successfully competed against California and china for the project, which will create 250 new jobs. Continue reading

VDOF firefighters combat wildfires in Central Oregon

forestryAs wildfire activity increases in the Western United States, firefighters from the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) are assisting with suppression efforts in Oregon.  This week, 22 VDOF full- and part-time employees headed to Oregon.  Firefighters will be working as part of a wildfire hand crew and incident managers will operate out of a mobile command post. Continue reading

Kaine pushes for reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

tmi kaineIn remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine called for reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), highlighting how Ex-Im provides critical financing assistance to Virginia businesses that helps them increase their exports and create jobs across the Commonwealth – all at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer. Kaine shared stories of four Virginia companies who have benefited from Ex-Im’s assistance: Orbital Sciences Corporation in Dulles, turkey Knob Orchard in Timberville, Bristol Compressors in Bristol and Eagle Paper International in Virginia Beach. Continue reading

New antibiotic defies convention on treating superbug

UVAA new antibiotic being developed at the University of Virginia School of Medicine to combat the dangerous C. difficile superbug also appears effective against a wide array of other pathogens, including the Helicobacter pylori bacterium, a new study suggests. With antibiotic resistance a growing concern – and an alarming shortage of new antibiotics in development – the drug is notable because it works in a way that prevents microbes from becoming resistant to it. Continue reading

McAuliffe announces solicitation of applications for a second round of FACT Fund grants

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that grant applications are being accepted from Virginia localities to address encroachment of military or security installations.  These grants are being supported with $4,361,600 in the Virginia Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT) Fund. Virginia localities that have had or have pending identifiable or measurable negative impacts caused by encroachment upon military or security installations are eligible to apply for these grant funds. Continue reading