July 11

President Barack Obama will make a campaign appearance at Phoebus High School in Hampton Friday as part of his two-day swing through Virginia. Other events will take place at a high school in Virginia Beach, a firehouse in Roanoke and a restaurant in Henrico, President Obama will discuss his plan to cut taxes for the middle class. The trip marks Obama’s second campaign swing through the state ahead of the Nov. 6 general election. In May, the president officially kicked off his campaign with an event in Richmond.
 
 
SMITHFIELD FOODS HAS CUT THE RIBBON ON THE FIRST RESTAURANT SINCE THEY STARTED BUSINESS IN 1936.  THE RESTAURANT AND NEW RETAIL STORE IS IN DOWNTOWN SMITHFIELD ON  MAIN STREET AND IS CALLED “A TASTE OF SMITHFIELD”. THE COMPANY BILLS ITSELF AS A “$13-BILLION GLOBAL FOOD COMPANY AND THE WORLD’S LARGEST PORK PROCESSOR AND HOG PRODUCER”.  SMITHFIELD SPECIALTY FOODS GROUP VICE-PRESIDENT PETE BOOKER SAYS THEY’RE OPENING UP THIS RESTAURANT IN SMITHFIELD TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY — GIVING COMPANY TOWN RESIDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE SOME OF THE NEW THINGS THE COMPANY’S THINKING ABOUT. 
 
 
The number of people signed up to receive driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals electronically from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has surpassed 1 million. Commissioner Richard Holcomb says nearly one in five licensed drivers in Virginia have now signed up to receive emails, texts or phone messages from the DMV. The agency says it saves 59 cents in printing, processing and postage fees for each renewal notice it doesn’t have to send by regular mail.
 
 
A nurse’s aide has admitted to her role in the theft of wedding bands from elderly veterans. 23-year-old Ashley Sweeney of Ferrum pleaded guilty Tuesday in Roanoke Circuit Court to four counts each of receiving and selling stolen property. Sweeney admitted accepting rings taken from four patients at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joshua Dietz says the rings were then sold at two pawn shops for a total of $405. Sweeney will be sentenced in September.
Another nurse’s aide faces charges of grand larceny and obtaining money by false pretenses.
 
 
Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling legislators that Virginia policymakers need more answers from President Barack Obama’s administration about Medicaid before formulating a response to the June U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health reform law. McDonnell noted that while the court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s centerpiece, the requirement that everyone be insured or pay a penalty, it also ruled that the federal government can’t penalize states that don’t expand Medicaid. He said his health team must learn more and find Virginia’s best option on Medicaid.
 
 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a $50,000 grant to Virginia to help the state fight a fatal bat disease. White nose syndrome has killed millions of bats across the Northeast. White nose syndrome is caused by a fungus. It was first spotted in New York six years ago and has since spread to 19 states and four Canadian provinces. The agency says the funding will be used to monitor caves and mines where bats hibernate, prepare state response plans and for related projects.

July 11, 2012 |

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