McAuliffe to sign budget but proceed with Medicaid expansion on his own

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Governor Terry McAuliffe says that he will sign the state’s two-year budget, but he has vetoed a provision seeking to tie his hands on Medicaid expansion.  McAuliffe says he is moving forward on that expansion on his own, he has options available, and he has directed officials submit a plan to his desk by September 1st.

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House of Delegates Republican leaders say McAuliffe has no authority to expand Medicaid coverage on his own or without the specific approval of the General Assembly. They say it’s a clear case of executive overreach, and they are prepared to challenge it through all available avenues, including the court system.

As for the budget, McAuliffe says time is now too short, and too many local governments, school systems, state workers and citizens depend on state funding to risk a government shutdown that would occur without a new spending plan in place by July 1st.

 

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Governor’s office: state to provide $1.2 million for Main Street bridge replacement

Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office say Lynchburg is in line for state matching funds in the coming budget year  to help pay for replacement of the Main Street bridge replacement over the Lynchburg Expressway. The state is committing $1.235 million dollars to the project. It’s part of $180 million in matching funds for highway projects in localities across Virginia.

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Store owner: Redskins’ trademark decision may hurt team, NFL — and his business

Redskins LogoStores specializing in licensed sports team merchandise paint a gloomy picture if courts uphold a Patent Office ruling cancelling trademarks for the Washington Redskins. Lynchburg-based B&C Sports has stores at malls in Lynchburg, Charlottesville and Roanoke and it sells a lot of Redskins merchandise.  WLNI’s Evan Jones spoke with the stores’ owner.

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Goodlatte challenger wants immigration opened and drug use decriminalized

Will Hammer

Will Hammer

Congressman Bob Goodlatte faces a November challenge from a Libertarian. Will Hammer  wants the U.S. to open its immigration policy, reduce its global military reach, and curb its reach into the lives of Americans — everything from surveillance to offering student loans. And as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, Hammer believes drug use should be decriminalized.

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Fighting in Iraq may impact what you pay at the pump this summer

Gas-Prices1The large-scale fighting that has overtaken parts of Iraq in recent days may impact what you pay at the pump for the rest of the summer. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, experts say we should no longer expect the usual trend of falling prices into July 4th.

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$1 million renovations this year at Peaks of Otter Lodge

Peaks-of-Otter_logoThe company now managing Peaks of Otter is spending a lot of money this year to upgrade the lodge, now 50 years old. Delaware North is paying close to $1 million to renovate the 63 rooms, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it has other plans to upgrade the Blue Ridge Parkway landmark.

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Year-round “big air” skiing coming shortly to Liberty University

Liberty University photo

Liberty University photo

The summer season is here, so how about some swimming, sunning — and “big air” ski stunts! Liberty University’s Snowflex ski center now has a giant airbag, and they’re finishing up a jump in front of it so skiing and snowboard competitors can safely practice aerial stunts before trying them out for real. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.

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From impasse to impending passage; lawmakers return to Richmond to approve a budget

virginia-general-assembly-logoState lawmakers return to Richmond today, with both parties expecting rapid approval of a new budget, ending the months-long stalemate. The budget will not include Medicaid expansion as Democrats had wanted, but it may still come up for consideration this year, as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports.

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Empty nest: mother nature shows its cruel side as three osprey chicks fall to nighttime predators

OspreyNestSmith Mountain Lake State Park promises to show the good and bad in nature through its “ospreycam“, and in recent days, it’s been pretty cruel in the nest. The three chicks that were there a week ago are all gone, disappearing one by one on successive nights. Park officials say it’s nature at work, and as WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, it’s not always pretty.

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Amazement Square Friday fundraiser to let you like as a child and adult — at the same time

amazement_squareAmazement Square may be mostly for children, but the museum is planning a special event Friday just for adults. As WLNI’s Evan Jones reports, “Museum After Dark” will let you live as a kid and an adult at the same time.

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Admission is $50 for two hours or $75 for all four. Click here for full “Museum After Dark” information.

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