Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Bill Requiring General Registrars to Deny Voter Registration Applications from Qualified Virginians

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 9, which would require Virginia general registrars to deny voter registration applications submitted by eligible Virginians. In a statement explaining his veto, the Governor said he opposes stripping registrars of their discretion when it comes to omissions from applications that are not material to determining whether the applicant is qualified to vote in the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Royals Fall In 1-0 Groundball-Fest At W&L

EMU’s baseball men couldn’t cash in on their chances Tuesday afternoon, dropping a 1-0 ODAC decision at Washington and Lee in Lexington, Va. The Royals will try to redeem themselves tomorrow when they host the Generals in another single game, set for a 4:00pm start in Harrisonburg.

On a windy day, both pitching staffs did their job by keeping the ball on the ground. As a result, neither team got a runner past second base until the bottom of the fourth, when W&L had their frame ended when a runner tried to steal home with two outs.

The Generals got the lone score in the fifth, opening the frame with a walk and back-to-back singles to bring in the run. Aaron Hooven (Carroll, Va./Carroll County) relieved starter Kyle Armstrong (Greenville, Va./Riverheads) and walked his first batter before leaving the bases loaded.

In the sixth, EMU had runners on first and second with just one away, but a double play ended the threat. A picked off runner cut down what could have been a big inning in the seventh.

Kyle Salladay (Chesapeake, Va./Grassfield) and Patrick Love (Bedford, Va./Staunton River) walked to open the ninth, with both moving into scoring position after a sacrifice bunt. But back-to-back strikeouts snuffed out the late rally attempt.

The Royals had five hits and five walks, but also hit into two double plays and left 10 men on base. Griffin Stanley (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring) and Ryan Hedrick (Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby) each had a pair of singles, and Love walked twice.

Armstrong fell to 2-2, giving up the game’s only run in 4.2 innings. Hooven allowed just three baserunners in 3.1 innings of relief.

W&L starter Kyle Tipping scattered five hits and three walks in 6.2, while Danny Devereux notched his fifth save with 2.1 innings of work. The Generals’ pitching staff earned just three strikeouts, but got them when they needed them to close the day.

The Royals will be trying to copy the 2015 results between the two in Wednesday’s rematch. EMU and Washington and Lee split their meetings last year, with each winning at home.

Governor McAuliffe Announces Deschutes Brewery Chooses City of Roanoke for Eastern U.S. Location

McAullifGovernor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Deschutes Brewery will invest $85 million to establish its Eastern U.S. brewery in the City of Roanoke. The Governor met with company officials at their headquarters in Oregon during his September 2015 West Coast Marketing Mission. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and South Carolina on the project, which will create 108 new jobs paying above the average prevailing wage in the region. Continue reading