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U.S. Senate Votes To End U.S. Support For War In Yemen

December 13, 2018

The U.S. Senate today voted 56-41 to cease U.S. support for the war in Yemen and passed a resolution to hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

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EPA Proposes New Rule For Defining “Waters Of The United States”

December 12, 2018

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army signed a proposed rule revising the definition of "waters of the United States" to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The new rule would roll back Clean Water Act protections from vast networks of streams, wetlands and smaller waterways that feed drinking water sources across the country. 

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AG Herring Leads Opposition To Trump’s Latest Attack On Legal Immigration

December 11, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring is leading a coalition of attorneys general and attorneys general-elect opposing President Trump’s latest effort to attack, demonize, and marginalize immigrants in Virginia and around the country. The Administration’s proposed overhaul of certain immigration laws would force legal immigrants to risk their immigration status in order to access healthcare, housing assistance, and other programs.

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VA Transportation Secretary Appoints Councilman Paul Smedberg To WMATA Board

December 11, 2018

Virginia Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine earlier this week appointed Alexandria City Councilman Paul Smedberg to the WMATA Board. Smedberg, who has served as Alexandria’s representative to the WMATA Board since January, 2016, will now serve as one of Virginia’s two voting members of that body.

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Governor Announces Third Round Of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants

December 11, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam yesterday announced that the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education, will award six grants to local communities that have proposed innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality preschool for at-risk children through partnerships with community-based early childhood programs. ACT for Alexandria Early Care and Education Workgroup was one of the organizations selected to receive a grant in 2019.

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Governor Announces Budget Proposals To Invest $268.7 Million In New Money For K-12 Education

December 11, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced his proposed budget will feature $268.7 million in new money for investments in Virginia’s K-12 education system, including increased teacher salaries, deposit to Literary Fund, and additional flexible funding. Governor Northam will address the Joint Money Committees on Dec. 18 to share the full details of his budget plan.

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WhyHotel Raises $10 Million In Series A Funding, Announces New Pop-Up Locations

December 11, 2018

WhyHotel, an alternative lodging service that operates pop-up hotels​ in newly built, luxury apartment buildings, today announced it has secured $10 million in Series A funding. The funds will be used to launch new pop-up hotels, beginning with three locations in Northern Virginia and to continue expanding nationwide in 2019.

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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Louisiana, Kansas Planned Parenthood Case

December 10, 2018

Today, on a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case that would have by law disallowed the use of Medicaid for any services at Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana and Kansas. While federal funds may not currently be used to pay for abortions, the monies may be used to access other medical services at these clinics.

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Police Arrest Homicide Suspect

December 8, 2018

The Alexandria Police Department is conducting a homicide investigation in the 5500 block of Holmes Run Parkway on Friday, Dec. 7. On Dec. 8, detectives charged William Thomas Layton, 32, of Largo, Maryland with Murder, Possession of a Firearm by a Violent Felon, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

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Governor Unveils Comprehensive Economic Development Policy For The Commonwealth

December 7, 2018

Speaking at the Virginia Chamber Foundation’s 2018 Virginia Economic Summit, Governor Ralph Northam today presented his Comprehensive Economic Development Policy for the Commonwealth, which focuses on leveraging Virginia’s human capital, physical and virtual infrastructure assets, and innovation ecosystem.

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