Republican 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 U.S. Senator Mark Warner to support their position and call for an end to state budget shutdown threats. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.
Two subjects have been targeting Kroger, Food Lion, and Wal-Mart in multiple jurisdictions. 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 Roanoke County Police Officer Torzewski at 540-777-8662 if you have any information about the two subjects.
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.
Advice from museum that’s already restored steam locomotives: expect surprises when NW 611 gets overhaul
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is preparing to begin restoration of Norfolk and Western 611 next month, and as it does, another rail museum with similar experience advises to expect plenty of surprises. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga says you never know exactly what you will encounter until the process gets going. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.