The McAuliffe administration has launched a new program to provide health insurance for thousands of Virginians now without it. These are low-income residents with “serious and persistent” mental health problems. State health officials believe spending the money now on mental health care will save Virginians much more later on. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board today awarded contracts for two Lynchburg area highway projects. One is for extending Odd Fellows Road and building a new interchange with US 29/460 at a cost of about $30 million. Work on this project is set for completion in the summer of 2018. On the other side of Lynchburg, a second contract will widen another stretch of Greenview Drive from two to four lanes between Hermitage and Leesville Roads, with completion scheduled for summer of 2017. This project will cost about $11 million.
(Continue reading for the full VDOT news release.)
As state lawmakers return to Richmond today, the two parties already appear to agree on a couple of key issues that include state spending and SOL changes. But sharp disagreements are likely once again on social issues that include abortion regulations and rewriting state marriage statutes to conform with court rulings declaring the same-sex bans unconstitutional. WFIR’s Evan Jones looks ahead to this year’s session.
It’s been five years since a massive earthquake struck Haiti, killing well over 100,000 people and displacing more than one million others. The head of a Concord-based relief agency has no trouble remembering the response that followed — and the immediate problems they encountered. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
We are awaiting word from the Bedford County Fire Marshal’s office identifying the person who died in an overnight mobile home fire. The call came in around 4:40 am to Saber Court, which is just off Blackwater Road in the New London area. Forest Volunteer Fire Department Spokesperson Ryan Burnette says the home was fully engulfed when responding units arrived:
There is no word yet on the cause.
(Continue reading for the Bedford County Fire & Rescue news release.)
Attorneys for former Governor Bob McDonnell have already filed appeals in hopes of reversing the verdict that led to yesterday’s sentence. But as things now stand, McDonnell must report to prison next month. McDonnell says while he made some mistakes as governor, he never violated his oath of office. WLNI’s Evan Jones has the story.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell will be sentenced today, with prosecutors asking for more than a decade in jail and defense attorneys requesting community service time. WLNI’s Evan Jones looks ahead to today’s sentencing hearing.
McDonnell is the first Virginia governor ever convicted of a crime. His wife Maureen is scheduled for sentencing next month.