Archive for: January 24th, 2018

Crime/Court
Town Public Works director faces charges on car sale in wake of divorce
January 24, 2018
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FRONT ROYAL – A preliminary hearing date of February 27, at 2 p.m. has been set in a felony case revolving around the sale of a personal vehicle by a town employee in the wake of a recent divorce.

Town of Front Royal Public Works Director Carl James “Jimmy” Hannigan Jr. is charged with three counts related to alleged forgery of part of a DMV title and transfer of that title in September of last year. Hannigan was present in Warren County General District Court for the 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 24 docket but was not called for any testimony. After consulting with Hannigan, who declined comment following the brief hearing, his attorney Eric Wiseley addressed his client’s situation.

“Mr. Hannigan went through a nasty divorce last year, and his wife was not happy with the Court’s decision regarding an automobile that belonged to my client. Not happy with the Court’s decision, she filed criminal charges that are a bit overblown. Police investigators handled the matter very professionally, and we look forward to clearing this up before the court.

“At no time did Mr. Hannigan have any intent to defraud anyone, or otherwise act in an inappropriate manner with regard to this car or anything else. I can’t say much more at this time, because for now our focus is on clearing my client’s good name.”

According to Wiseley the vehicle in question was a 1998 Honda C-RV with about 200,000 miles on it.

Opinion
ICYMI: A Year Of Pro-Life Victories
January 24, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in the Daily News-Record, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reflected on last week’s March for Life and highlighted several victories for the pro-life movement in the past year.

Daily News-Record: A Year Of Pro-Life Victories

By: Bob Goodlatte

January 24, 2018

Each January men and women across the country mourn the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. They mourn the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives taken by abortions each year and the indifference of a culture that has turned away from its fundamental values. Many of these brave people demonstrate their opposition to abortion by participating in the March for Life – like thousands of Americans, many from the Shenandoah Valley, did on Friday in Washington. With each step, they solidify their support for the unborn and their commitment to human dignity.

This year, however, they also have much to celebrate.

In 2017, for the first time in nearly a decade, we witnessed the transition to a new era: a federal government united for the cause of life. During the past 12 months, Congress and the Administration have worked together to protect the most vulnerable among us. What a difference one year can make.

Last January, the White House issued an executive order prohibiting foreign aid to organizations that provide or promote abortions outside the United States. The same month, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7, an important bill that bans the use of taxpayer funds for abortions.

Then, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or Micah’s Law. This bill is named after Micah Pickering, who was delivered at 22 weeks and has grown to a happy, healthy five-year-old boy. This bill increases restrictions on abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, a point at which there is agreement that unborn children can feel pain.

The House Judiciary Committee also held a hearing examining a bill that would protect unborn children as soon as a heartbeat is detected.

On Friday, the 45th anniversary of the March for Life, the House of Representatives passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., ensures that any child born alive during an abortion procedure receives the same degree of professional care to save the life of the child that any other child born alive at the same gestational age would receive. The Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act also establishes criminal penalties for those who kill babies born alive or harm them to attempt to harvest body parts, while protecting women who receive abortions from being prosecuted.

These actions from Congress and the White House represent a dramatic shift towards embracing a culture of life. However, there is much work left to be done. Many of these important bills still await action in the Senate before they can be signed into law.

As I reflect on the March for Life and the support of Americans across the country for the unborn, I feel optimistic that we can achieve great successes with a unified vision of life and liberty. I pledge my support to continue to fight for life and for the protection of our most vulnerable.

Bob Goodlatte represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia, which includes Rockingham County and Harrisonburg, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

http://www.dnronline.com/opinion/a-year-of-pro-life-victories/article_48e1b1ea-006d-11e8-a973-6b3064dc8fdf.html

State News
Virginia Notifies FAMIS Recipients that Coverage will Continue Following CHIP Reauthorization
January 24, 2018
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RICHMOND – Governor Ralph Northam announced today that the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services will begin notifying Virginians who benefit from the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) program that their coverage will continue uninterrupted now that Congress has reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.

“Virginians who were worried that their children’s health care would be disrupted by Congress’ inability to reauthorize CHIP can breathe a sigh of relief,” said Governor Northam. “The families who will receive this notification should not have had to wait this long to get certainty about their children’s’ health care. I hope the difficulty this episode created for many states and families will be a wakeup call to those in Washington who allowed this important program to expire and hang in the balance for so long. I want to thank Senators Warner and Kaine and the members of our congressional delegation who fought hard over the past few months to get this program, which creates opportunity for so many Virginia families, reauthorized.”

Below is the letter that will be sent to families who previously received notification that their coverage was at risk due to congressional inaction:

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

January 24, 2018

Important Update About FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS

We recently sent you a letter telling you that your FAMIS or FAMIS MOMS coverage might end on January 31, 2018.

We are very happy to tell you that on January 22, Congress approved the funding to renew FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS for a period of six years and that there is no longer any possibility that the FAMIS programs will shut down in 2018.

Important Things for You to Know

  • There are NO changes to your family’s FAMIS benefits. FAMIS and FAMIS MOMS members can continue to get ALL of their health care services.
  • When it is time to renew your FAMIS benefits, you will get a letter in the mail with instructions telling you how to renew your coverage. You must renew on time or you will lose FAMIS coverage!
  • Visit coverva.org for more information. If you still have questions and would like to speak to a representative, please call 1-855-242-8282.

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Interesting Things You Need to Know
Bill Gates’ smart city
January 24, 2018
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As innovation continues its march into the future, many wealthy individuals and professional investors are looking for ways to build a city from the ground up that can fully incorporate all that modern technology has to offer.

According to NBC News, Bill Gates is the most prominent name behind one of these ‘smart cities’ currently being planned in an open area of Arizona near Phoenix. Developers have promised that the new city, proposed to be named Belmont, will bring like-minded people together in an attempt to build an infrastructure based on cutting edge technology, data centers, high-speed networks, manufacturing methods, and autonomous vehicles and logistics hubs. Arizona has had a good track record with embracing new technology. Their openness has already lured such companies as Uber, Waymo, and Intel which all have testing sites in the state.

CNN highlights the fact that Cascade Investment, an investment firm owned by Gates, has put 80 million dollars into the project so far and they are envisioning the city to eventually rival the size of Tempe, Arizona which has a population of 182,000 people. Starting from scratch, they argue, will be much more cost-efficient and less complicated than trying to reinvent an existing town. This method allows the developers to decide where commercial, industrial, and residential space will be from the beginning, how they will connect, and work to improve the quality of life for the people who live and work there.

These types of projects have become more popular as of late and other big names, such as Google, have committed their own funds to projects in other parts of North America with a similar goal of recreating a city that takes full advantage of modern advancements in technology. Perhaps the most significant recent announcement, a 500 billion dollar pledge from Saudi Arabia for a metropolis spanning three countries, shows that many companies and nations are getting serious about creating their own technological utopias.