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Virginia Governor Northam: Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh
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Virginia Governor Northam: Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh

Governor Northam Commends Nomination of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as USDA Deputy Secretary VDACS Commissioner recognized for leadership, innovation, and partnership RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today commended President-elect Joe Biden for appointing Dr. Jewel H. Bronaugh to serve as Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Dr. Bronaugh has served as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) since May 2018. Pending confirmation by the United States Senate, Commissioner Bronaugh will become the first African American Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “As Commissioner of VDACS, Dr. Bronaugh has been a true leader—promoting the agency’s core mission while taking on new challenges, including our COVID-19 ...
Virginia Governor Releases December 2020 Revenue Report
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Virginia Governor Releases December 2020 Revenue Report

General Fund revenue collections up 15.1 percent from previous year and fiscal year-to-date collections up 7.8 percent, payroll withholding, corporate income tax, sales and use taxes, and recordation tax posted strong gains RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that total General Fund revenues rose 15.1 percent in December, driven by solid growth in payroll withholding, corporate income tax, sales and use taxes, and recordation tax collections.  On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 7.8 percent through December, well ahead of the annual forecast of 1.2 percent growth. “Our diligence in following our long-term financial plan has put Virginia in a stronger position to weather this health crisis and ensure a sustainable recovery,” said Gov...
Virginia Governor Northam Sets Special Election for 38th Senate District
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Virginia Governor Northam Sets Special Election for 38th Senate District

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today issued a writ of election declaring a special election in the 38th Senate District for March 23, 2021.  The seat was previously held by Senator A. Benton Chafin, Jr., who passed away on January 1, 2021. Under § 24.2-216 of the Code of Virginia, the Governor is charged with setting the special election date when a vacancy occurs in the General Assembly absent of the General Assembly being in session. The full writ of election is available here. The last day for candidates to file to appear on the ballot is January 22, 2021. Information regarding candidacy requirements can be found on the Department of Elections website.
DC: Bowser, Hogan & Northam’s Statement for Presidential Inauguration
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DC: Bowser, Hogan & Northam’s Statement for Presidential Inauguration

Joint Statement from Bowser, Hogan and Northam on Planning for the 59th Presidential Inauguration Washington, DC (STL.News) Today, the chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss planning for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.  The call covered recent requests by DC to the federal government, and the leaders discussed the need for enhanced planning and preparation compared to previous inaugurations given the chaos, injury, and death experienced at the United States Capitol during the insurrection on January 6, 2021.  The Mayor and the Governors agreed to urge Americans not to come into Washington, DC for the Inauguration and to instead participate virtually. They issued the following statement: “January 6, 2021 is now a seminal ...
U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger Announces Departure
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U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger Announces Departure

U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger Announces Departure ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) United States Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger today announced that he will step down from his post as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) effective 11:59 p.m.  on January 15. “It is with tremendous gratitude for the women and men of Team EDVA, our selfless federal, state, and local law enforcement partners, and my incredibly supportive family that I conclude my time in public service,” said Terwilliger.  “It has been the honor of honors to be in the arena with so many dedicated individuals in the pursuit of justice, and I feel so fortunate to conclude my service as the United States Attorney in the district where it all began.  To the people of the EDVA, thank you for the extraordin...
Hardy County: Kenneth Allan Evans appears on drug charges
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Hardy County: Kenneth Allan Evans appears on drug charges

Hardy County man, Kenneth Allan Evans appears on drug charges ELKINS, W.V (STL.News) Kenneth Allan Evans, of Moorefield, West Virginia, was arrested today and appeared in federal court to face drug charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Evans, 48, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Elkins on December 15, 2020 on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine,” one count of “Maintaining Drug-Involved Premises,” one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine,” and one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine – Aiding and Abetting.” Also charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other related charges are: • Kaleb Joseph Beals, 31, of Silver Creek, Georgia • Jennifer Ann Howell, 41, of Moorefield, West Virginia • Kell...
U.S. Attorneys, DEA Launch Website to Combat Stigma of Substance Use Disorder
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U.S. Attorneys, DEA Launch Website to Combat Stigma of Substance Use Disorder

U.S. Attorneys, DEA Launch Website to Combat Stigma of Substance Use Disorder ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) Federal law enforcement leaders in the Commonwealth of Virginia today announced the launch of www.storiesoverstigma.com to fight back against the silent health epidemic of substance use disorder. “Our hope is that through this website we will empower Virginians to share their buried stories of substance use disorder,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  “Unfortunately, the stigma that historically accompanies this disease often silences family and friends of the deceased.  Those who succumb to substance use disorder are our loved ones: our parents, our sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, and friends.  They deserve to have their stor...
Virginia: Brian J. Booth Arrested for Using Confidential Information
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Virginia: Brian J. Booth Arrested for Using Confidential Information

Federal Aviaton Administration Employee, Brian J. Booth Arrested for Using Confidential Information for Attempted Extortion Scheme WASHINGTON (STL.News) Brian J. Booth, a 38-year-old Virginia resident, was arrested today and charged via criminal complaint with mail fraud for a scheme to use information stolen from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in an attempt to extort foreign officials and obtain payment for the information. According to Court records, Booth, an FAA employee, had access to information identifying persons who were previously authorized to exercise piloting or aircraft maintenance privileges in the United States, but who had their piloting or aircraft maintenance privileges revoked.  Booth sent the names and addresses of certain of these individuals to the emb...
YouTube Video Leads to Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon
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YouTube Video Leads to Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon

YouTube Video Leads to Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) A previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release after he appeared in a video posted to YouTube while in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Najee Lewis, 23, of Stafford, unlawfully possessed a stolen 9mm Ruger pistol while appearing in a music video.  At the time, Lewis knew he was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing the firearm. Lewis previously was convicted in Prince William Circuit Court of two separate felony robbery offenses that had occurred two days apart.  He was subsequently sentenced at the same time for both offenses.  In May 2018, Lewis was released from incarceration for these robbery conv...
Air Force hits record retention levels, reviews voluntary force management efforts
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Air Force hits record retention levels, reviews voluntary force management efforts

ARLINGTON, VA (AFNS)(STL.News) The Department of the Air Force is seeing its highest retention levels in 20 years, second only to rates recorded shortly after 9/11 in 2002. However, as hundreds of members who were previously planning to retire or separate in 2020 withdrew or delayed their departures amidst COVID-19 concerns, it led to fiscal year 2021 end strength numbers that already exceeded the projected end-of-year goals. “Congress delivered immense help, increased our numbers and helped us make real readiness improvements after sequestration reductions,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.  “Increased recruiting and retention efforts helped restore the size of the force by nearly 23,000 over the last five years.  We also closed ...
Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract for Construction of First Two Columbia-Class Submarine Modules
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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded Contract for Construction of First Two Columbia-Class Submarine Modules

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (STL.News) Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has been awarded a contract modification from General Dynamics Electric Boat in support of construction on the first two Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines The contract modification, valued at approximately $2.2 billion, provides continued design support efforts, as well as the construction and delivery of six module sections for each of the first two Columbia-class submarines. As part of the contract, Newport News will deliver the completed modules to Electric Boat for final assembly.  The contracted module delivery dates are scheduled to start in November 2022 with the last module delivery taking place by January 2028. “We are pleased to be a ...
Northrop Grumman Board Declares Quarterly Dividend
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Northrop Grumman Board Declares Quarterly Dividend

FALLS CHURCH, VA (STL.News) The board of directors of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) declared a quarterly dividend of $1.45 per share on Northrop Grumman common stock, payable December 16, 2020, to shareholders of record as of the close of business November 30, 2020. Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide.  Their 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.
Virginia Governor: Expansion of SPIG Industry in Washington County
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Virginia Governor: Expansion of SPIG Industry in Washington County

Governor Northam Announces Expansion of Highway Guardrail Manufacturer to Create 113 New Jobs in Washington County SPIG Industry to invest $7.9 million to incorporate three production facilities, welding shop, and rail spur line RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SPIG Industry, LLC, a manufacturer of highway guardrails and guardrail end terminals, will invest $7.9 million to expand its operation in the Bristol-Washington Industrial Park in Washington County.  The company will build three large production plants and a welding shop, as well as a new rail spur line to serve the facility. SPIG chose Virginia after considering several other states for the project, which will create 113 new jobs. “The continued growth of SPIG Industry demonstrates the tremendous...
Virginia Governor: October 2020 Revenue Report
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Virginia Governor: October 2020 Revenue Report

General Fund revenue collections down 2.7 percent from previous year and fiscal year-to-date collections up 6.7 percent, growth in sales and use taxes and recordation tax collections offset expected decline in payroll withholding RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that General Fund revenues fell 2.7 percent in October with solid growth in sales and use taxes and recordation tax collections offsetting an expected decline in payroll withholding. “This month’s revenue report shows that Virginia is on sound financial footing despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Governor Northam.  “We must stay focused on beating this virus first and foremost, so we can remain on a road to recovery and continue moving our Commonwealth forward.” Regular monthly collections a...
Virginia: Paul Cosmos Voskanyan Sentenced
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Virginia: Paul Cosmos Voskanyan Sentenced

Virginia: Paul Cosmos Voskanyan Sentenced for Possessing Significant Quantities of Crack Cocaine (STL.News) – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 600 grams of crack cocaine. According to court documents, Paul Cosmos Voskanyan, 35, had been wanted on felony warrants out of Virginia Beach since February 2018.  In April 2019, members of the Virginia Beach Police Department tracked Voskanyan to a hotel in the City of Chesapeake. Chesapeake SWAT officers responded to assist with the arrest.  Voskanyan eventually exited the hotel and made his way towards an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot.  Knowing his tendency to flee, officers moved in to take him into custody before he could enter the vehicle.  Voskanyan tri...
Virginia Governor Northam: $22 Million for Private Institutions of Education
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Virginia Governor Northam: $22 Million for Private Institutions of Education

Governor Northam Announces $22 Million for Virginia’s Private Institutions of Higher Education Funding will support ongoing COVID-19 response at private colleges and universities RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced a new allocation of $22 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to support Virginia’s private institutions of higher education.  This funding is proportionate to recently announced CARES Act funding for public institutions, and will be used to support COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts at Virginia’s private non-profit colleges and universities. “Like public colleges and universities, Virginia’s private institutions are facing tremendous financial challenges as a result of COVID-19,” said Governor...
Virginia Governor Northam Directs $7 Million in CARES Act Funding
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Virginia Governor Northam Directs $7 Million in CARES Act Funding

Governor Northam Directs $7 Million in CARES Act Funding to Virginia Food Banks Money will help address food insecurity amid COVID-19 pandemic RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia will allocate $7 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act dollars to Virginia food banks to help Virginians who rely on food assistance. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the already serious problem of food insecurity in Virginia and across the country,” said Governor Northam.  “This funding will help Virginia food banks and other food assistance programs meet the increased demand for their services and ensure every Virginian has continued access to nutritious food during these challenging times.” Prior to the pandemic, ap...
Huntington Ingalls Increases Quarterly Dividend to $1.14 per Share
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Huntington Ingalls Increases Quarterly Dividend to $1.14 per Share

NEWPORT NEWS, VA (STL.News) Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.14 per share, an $0.11 increase over the $1.03 per share dividend paid in each of the prior four quarters.  The $1.14 per share dividend will be payable on Dec. 11, 2020, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Nov. 27, 2020. NOTE: this may not be complete release. View complete release at: https://newsroom.huntingtoningalls.com/releases/huntington-ingalls-industries-increases-quarterly-dividend-to-1-14-per-share