Howell: House Republicans “resolute” in budget impasse, calls on Warner to oppose shutdown threats

WFIR-LOGO-1Republican leaders in Richmond call it blinding hypocrisy, accusing Democrats who opposed federal government shutdown threats last fall of an obvious about-face in threatening a state government shutdown come July. They have asked Democratic Senator Mark Warner to support their position and call for an end to state budget shutdown threats. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Sherman Lea appointed to VA Parole Board

wfir-linkRoanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea spent 32 years working for the Virginia Department of Corrections. Now he has been appointed to the Virginia Parole Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Roanoke County looking for stolen credit card users

CC suspect 1Two subjects have been targeting Kroger, Food Lion, and Wal Mart in multiple jurdictions.  They are using stolen card numbers to buy gift cards and other items.  They may be driving a white Dodge Charger or a Toyota truck. Please contact Officer Torzewski at 777-8662 if you have any information about the two subjects. (Picture of suspect courtesy Roanoke County Police).

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House GOP leaders say opposition to VA Medicaid expansion remains firm

General-Assembly RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ House Republicans say they remain resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.  During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, House Speaker William J. Howell said he is optimistic that Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Democratic lawmakers would back down from their support of a proposed state budget that includes expanding Medicaid eligibility. State services could shutter if a state budget isn’t passed by July 1.  House Republicans also sent a letter to Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner asking him to support their position. Last year, Warner condemned national Republicans who forced a federal government shutdown over a failed effort to defund the Affordable Care Act. Howell said McAuliffe is using similar tactics in the Virginia Medicaid expansion debate.

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