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SELC Challenges New Rushed Permits For Atlantic Coast Pipeline

September 19, 2018

The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, and Virginia Wilderness Committee, filed legal challenges today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to new permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline issued by the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week.

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Warner, Kaine Praise Senate Passage Of Comprehensive Opioid And Substance Abuse Bill

September 18, 2018

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today praised Senate passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a comprehensive substance abuse treatment bill to address the national addiction crisis. The bipartisan bill passed 99-1 after months of work in several Senate committees.

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Trump Administration Caps FY2019 Refugee Admissions At 30,000

September 18, 2018

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the Trump Administration will accept only 30,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2019, the lowest number to be allowed admission into the United States in more than three decades. This is a reduction of 15,000 from the current year’s cap.

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Four Titans Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

September 17, 2018

Four T. C. Williams High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists: Mark Bailey, Ava Benbow, Ana Humphrey and Alexander Schlegel.

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AG Herring Wins Federal Court Ruling Against Education Secretary Devos For Delaying Student Loan Protections

September 14, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring won a victory in federal court against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s plan to abandon federal protections for students cheated by predatory, for-profit schools. The opinion called Secretary DeVos’ actions unlawful and ordered an immediate hearing in Washington, D.C to determine remedies.

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Warner, Kaine Applaud Virginia Priorities In Bipartisan Appropriations Legislation

September 14, 2018

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) applauded congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to fund federal programs and build new military construction and facilities under the Department of Veteran Affairs (V-A), the Department of Energy, and the Department of Defense. 

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month At Alexandria Libraries

September 14, 2018

Beginning Saturday, Sep. 15, Alexandria Library will host programs that highlight the rich Hispanic heritage in our community.

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Plaintiffs, Trump Administration Reach Asylum Agreement In Family Separation Challenge

September 13, 2018

An agreement was reached overnight on asylum rights for families separated by the Trump administration. The legal challenge remains ongoing but the agreement, if approved by the court, may allow many separated families to seek asylum.

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Russian National Who Operated Kelihos Botnet Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Conspiracy, Computer Crime And Identity Theft Offenses

September 12, 2018

Peter Yuryevich Levashov, aka “Petr Levashov,” “Peter Severa,” “Petr Severa” and “Sergey Astakhov,” 38, of St. Petersburg, Russia, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut, to offenses stemming from his operation of the Kelihos botnet, which he used to facilitate malicious activities including harvesting login credentials, distributing bulk spam e-mails, and installing ransomware and other malicious software.

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Alexandria City Council Votes To Approve Certain Public Safety Pay Increases

September 12, 2018

On Sept. 11, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to approve pay increases for certain public safety positions. Beginning Sept. 22, police officers’ salaries will increase by 6.2% firefighters and medics by 5%; Sheriff’s Deputy I, Deputy II, Lieutenants and Captains will receive a 5% equivalent increase.

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