Va. DOE seeks public help in redesign of school report cards

Education-News1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Education already offers parents and the public detailed data on schools, school divisions and the state. Now the department is seeking guidance on what additional data should be included in the report cards. Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples says a survey of parents and other community members will help the department and the state Board of Education to identify other indicators of a school’s or division’s performance. He says the current format can be confusing. The General Assembly directed the Board of Education to develop the redesigned report cards by October 2016. The 16-item survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolreportcards. The survey takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It will remain active until Aug. 14.

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Lynchburg Police Department investigating moped thefts

LPD lynchburg policeBetween July 12 and July 17, six mopeds were reported stolen from various locations in the Campbell Avenue area in the City of Lynchburg. All of the thefts happened during the nighttime hours and there are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the identity of the suspects is asked to call Detective L.P. Singleton at (434) 455-6173 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Va. attracting more and more overseas visitors

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia welcomed more overseas visitors to the state in 2014. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 413,000 overseas visitors took in the sights last year, an increase of 17 percent over 2013. It was also the first time the number of overseas visitors had topped 400,000. McAuliffe says tourism revenues for 2014 are expected to exceed $22.4 billion. That’s a 4.1 percent increase over 2013.

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AG: Removal of Danville Confederate flag up to City Council

Va. AG Mark Herring

Va. AG Mark Herring

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says it’s up to Danville City Council to decide whether a Confederate flag should be removed from the grounds of a city-owned mansion. Herring tells media outlets that the flag shouldn’t be on public property. He says he supports its removal. The council has said it doesn’t have the authority under Virginia law to remove the flag from the Sutherlin Mansion. The law forbids removal of a war monument or memorial. Herring says it’s up to the General Assembly to change the law. But ultimately, removing the flag is a decision for City Council to make. The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History’s board asked the city last year to remove the flag from the mansion’s grounds. The museum leases the mansion.

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Republicans blast Va. governor’s parole commission

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ State Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s establishment of a commission to study potential criminal justice reforms and whether Virginia’s parole abolition in the 1990s has been good for the state. GOP lawmakers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that Virginia’s criminal justice system works well and that reviving parole in Virginia would hurt victims of past crimes. They spoke just before the commission’s first meeting. Del. Todd Gilbert called McAuliffe’s commission a “song and dance” whose mission is to give a pretext for bringing back parole. But Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, who is the commission’s co-chair, said the commission was formed to have a “frank conversation” about imperfections in the criminal justice system. Former Republican Gov. George Allen and the legislature abolished parole in 1995.

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New Va. law regulates crowdfunding for small companies

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia law hits the books this month that will make it easier for small companies to raise capital. According to the State Corporation Commission, the new regulations will allow companies to raise up to $2 million through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding typically uses the internet to raise funds. The Virginia regulations adopted by the 2015 General Assembly establish the criteria for such funding appeals, which are exempt from the more detailed registration requirements of the Virginia Securities Act. The Virginia crowdfunding exemption allows companies to raise up to $10,000 from each investor.

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Sweet Briar announces return of student abroad programs

Sweet Briar CollegeSWEET BRIAR, Va. (AP) _ Now that Sweet Briar College is on track for the upcoming academic year, its junior year abroad programs are returning from Hollins University. The agreement to transition the programs back to Sweet Briar was announced Monday by Hollins President Nancy Gray and her counterpart at Sweet Briar, Phillip Stone. The agreement is effective immediately. Hollins agreed to take on the junior abroad programs in France and Spain after Sweet Briar’s leaders decided early this year to close in late August. Under a mediated settlement, however, Sweet Briar will remain open. Hollins agreed the programs would return to Sweet Briar if that was to occur. The women’s college is located in Roanoke.

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Nearly 400 expected to attend Va. education conference

Education-News1RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Nearly 400 Virginia school board members, superintendents and others are expected to attend an annual education conference in Richmond. The Virginia School Boards Association 30th annual Conference on Education will be held Tuesday at the Richmond Marriott. Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe will address the conference and present awards to the winners of the association’s Food For Thought competition. The association says nearly 50 mini-workshops will be held on personnel, school law, curriculum and instruction, and other topics.

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UPDATE: Wanted suspect turns himself in

07-20 Suspect

UPDATE: Daniel Caleb Pait turned himself in to detectives at the Lynchburg Police Department yesterday and was taken into custody without incident. He’s being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

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On Friday a detective with the Lynchburg Police Department attempted to take 26-year-old Daniel Caleb Pait into custody on two outstanding larceny warrants. The detective was able to handcuff Pait, but he assaulted the detective and was able to escape custody. Pait was last seen in the Timberlake Road and Laxton Road area. He is not believed to be armed. Anyone with information about Pait is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.

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Va. youth conference focuses on substance abuse prevention

Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is holding a conference to prepare high school students to get involved with preventing alcohol and drug abuse. The 2015 Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project will begin on Monday with opening remarks by Virginia first lady Dorothy McAuliffe. The five-day conference will be held at Longwood University in Farmville.

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