Friday, May 24 2013 6:01 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:01:46 GMT
In this week's Politifact Virginia report, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is hoping to make education a key plank in his bid for governor. He thinks the state needs to work harder in luring new teachers becauseMore >>
In this week's Politifact Virginia report, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is hoping to make education a key plank in his bid for governor.More >>
Friday, May 3 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-05-03 22:05:59 GMT
In this week's Politifact Virginia report, when it comes to creating new gun laws- many gun rights supporters argue the laws currently on the books aren't enforced enough. When it comes to backgroundMore >>
In this week's Politifact Virginia report, when it comes to creating new gun laws- many gun rights supporters argue the laws currently on the books aren't enforced enough.More >>
There were wins and losses for both sides Thursday morning in Richmond Circuit Court.More >>
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Thousands of dollars in lawmaker expenses and gifts from 2012 became public Tuesday, detailing overseas trips, golf outings and sports tickets taken in by Virginia senators and delegates.
Two delegates and two senators from the Richmond area made the top 20 list of most expensive gift totals, with a trip to Istanbul among one of the most valuable items disclosed.
"It was all paid for by a private group, not by taxpayers," said Del. Riley Ingram in an interview Wednesday. "We talked trade, education, and how to learn from their healthcare system."
The American Turkish Friendship Association paid for eight Virginia lawmakers to make the 5,000 mile trip. The group is based in Fairfax, and promotes cultural understanding between the United States and Turkey.
Del. Jimmie Massie (R-Henrico) topped the list of local lawmaker gift totals. At $6,484, Massie ranked seventh out of 140 delegates and senators. Sen. Henry Marsh (D-Richmond) followed in eighth with $6,036, Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell) ranked twelfth with $4,811.
Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville) finished the top 20 list with $3,398 in gifts.
When asked about five golf outings, one paid for by pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, Del. Ingram said the company did not sway any of his votes or policies. Ingram helped the company's treatments to become more accessible to Virginia's mentally ill, a move he said he supported without the offer of golf trips.
"Their treatments are simply better than what the generic pills can do," Ingram said. "We don't get paid much as lawmakers. These are simply perks of the job."
Del. Jimmie Massie accepted 14 tickets to sporting events in 2012, including two football tickets from Virginia Tech, three football tickets and a basketball ticket from the University of Virginia.
Virginia lawmakers can accept gifts in any amount, as long as the totals are more than $50. Del. Rosalyn Tyler (D-Emporia) reported zero dollars, a year after reporting a $10,000 trip to France with a uranium interest group.
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:48 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:48:56 GMT
Augusta is a hot spot this weekend as holiday travelers pass by the Georgia—South Carolina border. For many, that means traffic and it also means more law enforcement on the road. Georgia state troopersMore >>
Georgia state troopers have increased patrols during the holiday weekend and will have a few checkpoints throughout the CSRA.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 01:09:50 GMT
One teen is dead after a fatal car accident in Aiken County this morning The Aiken County Coroner's Office confirmed Ricky Marquez, 19, died after the car he was riding in left the roadway and struck severalMore >>
An Aiken County teen is dead after severe head injuries from a fatal car accident this morning. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:31:35 GMT
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday. "Every little bit helps," said ValliMore >>
Oklahoma natives are raising money to help tornado victims who are now forced to rebuild their town after an EF-5 twister ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:51:03 GMT
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard."Situations like this where there is a healthMore >>
Eileen Faucette-Robinson is fed up with the problems; years of problems, from what she says is a result of an apartment complex towering over her backyard.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:45:01 GMT
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts. They say they voted against changing the membership standards because 85% of the 2,700 constituentsMore >>
The Georgia-Carolina Council for the Boy Scouts of America voted against allowing gays to join the Boy Scouts.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:45:32 GMT
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated. "The Augusta Commission in a meetingMore >>
Mobility Transit Services, the company that runs the Augusta Public Transit, is suing the City of Augusta after they claim their contract was unlawfully terminated.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:53 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:53:19 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:54:11 GMT
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.Robert Donald Holden, Jr, of Hephzibah, was pronounced dead at the scene on the 3500 blockMore >>
The Richmond County Coroner's Office has confirmed a bicyclist has been struck and killed on Peach Orchard Road.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-24 12:00:17 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:43:19 GMT
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.That's off of Deans Bridge Road.Residents in the area say that two people were shot and taken to the hospital.More >>
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting at the Cedar Grove Apartments.More >>