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2019-7-3

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Toomey, Warner Introduce Measure Recognizing September 11th National Memorial Trail

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) are working together to further honor the heroes of September 11th, 2001.

In a bipartisan resolution, Senators Toomey and Warner highlight the significance of the September 11th National Memorial Trail (NMT) – a 1,300 mile network of roads and paths that connect the Pentagon Memorial (Arlington, Va.), the Flight 93 National Memorial (Shanksville, Pa.), the National September 11th Memorial and Museum (New York City, N.Y.), and the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection (Yardley, Pa.). The NMT also passes through parts of Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

“September 11th, 2001 was one of the darkest days in American history, claiming the lives of thousands of American heroes. Pennsylvania remembers that had it not been for the sacrifice of those who overtook the terrorists on Flight 93, it could have been much worse,” said Senator Toomey. “In the wake of these attacks, the very best of our country shined through. First responders performed extraordinary acts of valor, communities from across the country donated food, blood, and money, and we honored those we lost. The September 11th National Memorial Trail connects key landmarks in a way that helps our country move forward positively and offers solemn remembrance to hallowed grounds.”

“The September 11th National Memorial Trail provides an opportunity for Virginians to reflect on those we lost and those who sacrificed their lives saving others,” said Senator Warner. “I am proud to know that our resolution will recognize this important trail and continue to honor the brave individuals who fought for our freedom. I encourage folks across the Commonwealth to take some time to appreciate the trail’s natural beauty and remember America’s heroes and their loved ones.”

RESOLUTION

Recognizing the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.

Whereas September 11th, 2001, is the date of one of the worst terrorist attacks on United States soil, claiming nearly 3,000 lives at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania;

Whereas the United States came together to honor the loved ones who were victims of the attack and the heroes of September 11th, including the first responders, in the days, weeks, and months after the attack by erecting the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial;

Whereas, as a further tribute to first responders and the individuals who lost their lives, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, in partnership with State and local governments and other nonprofit organizations, was formed to develop a 1,300-mile trail and greenway to connect the 3 memorials;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail is a biking, hiking, and driving trail that provides a physical link between the 3 memorials;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail passes through Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and the District of Columbia;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail forms an unbroken triangle that links the cities, towns, and communities along the trail that are home to State and local memorials and other significant sites that reflect the spirit of United States patriotism and resilience;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail—

(1) starts at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia;

(2) follows the Mt. Vernon Trail and then extends north along the 184-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

National Historical Park;

(3) connects at Cumberland, Maryland, with the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which the Trail then follows to Garrett in Somerset County, Pennsylvania;

(4) turns northeast and continues for approximately 21 miles to the Flight 93 National Memorial;

(5) continues east through the communities and historic sights of Pennsylvania until arriving at the 130-mile Liberty Water Gap Trail in New Jersey, which the Trail then follows to New York City;

(6) continues to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City;

(7) returns south, following important sections of the East Coast Greenway and connecting the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection to the trail;

(8) continues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; and

(9) ends at the Pentagon Memorial;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail serves as an important recreational and transportation venue for promoting tourism, economic development, healthy bodies and minds, and cultural and educational opportunities;

Whereas the September 11th National Memorial Trail has the support of States, local communities, and the private sector;

Whereas recognition by the Senate of the September 11th National Memorial Trail does not confer any affiliation of the Trail with the National Park Service or the National Trails System;

Whereas recognition by the Senate of the September 11th National Memorial Trail does not authorize Federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the Trail; and

Whereas States, local communities, and the private sector are encouraged to join together to complete the September 11th National Memorial Trail: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate recognizes the September 11th National Memorial Trail as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.

McEachin Applauds Announcement of Needed Improvements to Ettrick Amtrak Station

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin today issued this statement on the news that the Commonwealth Transportation Board has included $5.7 million to upgrade and repair the Ettrick train station.

“For years I have advocated that these upgrades happen and that Ettrick be the permanent site for the new, modernized and larger Amtrak station,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “This is an outstanding first step. I have written numerous letters asking for Ettrick to be the chosen site and supported a grant request for monies for these improvements. Moreover, I have met with local officials, Amtrak officials and community members to try and facilitate this decision.

“I want to commend the community and Chesterfield County officials for their unceasing efforts to make this happen.

“Ettrick, as I have said, is the best location for the new Amtrak station. A station is already on the site and will now be upgraded. Usage of that station and Amtrak has only grown and the present station was clearly too small and outdated. Locating Amtrak permanently in Ettrick not only serves the community, fits into the County’s extensive plans for the area, but also serves Virginia State students.

“Let me reiterate how pleased I am to see this and to thank everyone involved for working together to make it happen,” Congressman McEachin concluded. 

Background: http://villagenewsonline.com/2019/07/02/funding-approved-for-ettrick-train-station/

Virginia About to Restore Driving Privileges to 627,000

Drivers Licenses can no Longer be Suspended to Force Court Payments

LYNCHBURG, Va., June 28, 2019 – Starting Monday, courts in Virginia will be prohibited from suspending driving privileges solely for failure to pay court fines and costs.

The General Assembly passed and Governor Northam signed a bill this year to end the practice of suspending driver’s licenses because of unpaid court fines and costs. The budget amendment reinstates, as of Monday, driving privileges for the more than 627,000 Virginians who currently have their licenses suspended.

Drivers who believe their licenses can be reinstated should make sure the state Department of Motor Vehicles knows their correct address so the DMV can contact them and let them know the steps to be taken. Drivers can provide their correct address by calling a local DMV office or visiting dmvNOW.com. Also:

  • If a driver’s license is current, the holder can resume driving on Monday without any further steps.
  • If a driver no longer has a physical license, the driver must replace it. If the license has expired, the driver must renew it. 
  • If the driver has surrendered his or her license to the DMV, he or she must complete the full application.

VLAS reminds everyone that the new law does not eliminate the requirement to pay court costs, fines and fees. It only eliminates suspending a driver’s license as a potential punishment. For more information, drivers should visit vlas.org and dmv.virginia.gov/drivers/#fines_costs.asp

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE URGES MOTORISTS TO CELEBRATE SMART, SAFE & SOBER DURING HOLIDAY CELEBRATING RED, WHITE & BLUE

RICHMOND – With the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday this year, many Virginians are planning ahead for a long holiday weekend. Virginia State Police is encouraging everyone to also think ahead for their celebratory travel plans. Last week, state police joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement to launch a series of new Public Service Announcements (PSA) to remind motorists that drunk driving kills: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCffVSEnfXOSmv5hEqUYDNfg.

 

“Virginia may have experienced fewer alcohol-related crashes in 2018, but those fewer crashes proved more dangerous and deadlier,” said Colonel Gary T. Settle, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “Last year in Virginia, alcohol-related fatalities increased by 12.1% in comparison to 2017. Thirty more people died and 45 more people were injured in traffic crashes due to alcohol on Virginia’s highways in 2018. That translates to 278 deaths and 4,475 injuries because of someone’s reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”

 

As part of its ongoing efforts to increase safety and reduce traffic fatalities on Virginia’s highways during the coming holiday weekend, Virginia State Police will increase patrols from 12:01 a.m. Wednesday (July 3, 2019) through midnight Friday (July 5, 2019) as part of the Operation Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.). Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program intended to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries due to impaired driving, speed and failing to wear a seat belt.

 

During last year’s two-day Independence Day Operation C.A.R.E initiative, Virginia troopers arrested 42 drunk drivers. In addition, state troopers cited 4,911 speeders and 1,251 reckless drivers, issued 114 citations for child seat violations, and cited 433 individuals for failing to obey the law and buckle up.

 

If planning to drink alcohol at a July 4 function, plan ahead and arrange a designated driver, use a rideshare service or taxi, or utilize public transportation to be certain you get home safely.  Party hosts are encouraged to serve guests non-alcoholic beverage options, and to help prevent any guests from drinking and driving home from their event.

  

With increased holiday patrols, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers of Virginia’s “Move Over” law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle stopped alongside the road. If unable to move over, then drivers are required to cautiously pass the emergency vehicle. The law also applies to workers in vehicles equipped with amber lights.

SVCC Hosting New Student Orientation in July!!

All new students are invited to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) this summer at Southside Virginia Community College! New Student Orientation will be held on the John H. Daniel Campus on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 200 Daniel Rd. Keysville, VA and on the Alberta Campus of SVCC(109 Campus Drive, Albert, VA)on Thursday, July 18, 2019. Registration will start at 9:00am in the Workforce Development Building. Please wear comfortable shoes. Parents and/or mentors are welcome to attend. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is not required. While at NSO, you can finish your admission process, learn more about SVCC services, win door prizes, and meet SVCC staff. Plan now to attend.  For more information, contact Le’Tina Giles at letina.giles@southside.eduor 434-736-2023.
 

SVCC Allows Expedited JMU Completion for Feinman

All through high school, Meredith Feinman of Charlotte Court House, Virginia, was enrolled in college classes at Southside Virginia Community College.  She attended Randolph-Henry High School from 2013 to 2017 and during her sophomore year, decided to take The Governor’s School of Southside Virginia (GSSV) test and was accepted into the program. For the next two years,  Meredith attended GSSV classes on SVCC’s John H. Daniel campus.

“There was definitely a transition period when I got to Governor’s School where I had to learn to manage my time extremely wisely. The amount and expected quality of work had increased compared to my high school classes, and I wanted to still have time for the extracurricular activities I was involved in,” she said. 

 Meredith was in the Humanities strand of the program and stated, “Since leaving Governor’s School, I’ve rarely had teachers that truly care about and support their students like my GSSV teachers did.”

After graduating from SVCC in 2017 with her Associate degree of Arts and Science, general studies, with highest honors, Meredith began attending James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

 She said, “Governor’s School and my dual enrollment classes really prepared me for a four-year university. Because of the credits I was able to transfer, I was in classes with juniors and seniors my first semester, and I felt confident. I knew how to study effectively, and I knew how to manage my time.”

Due to transferred credits form SVCC, Meredith graduated from JMU in just two years.  In May of this year, she received  a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Communication Studies and a minor in General Business.

Meredith has been accepted into, and will attend, JMU’s Graduate Program for Communication and Advocacy. She also will be working as a graduate assistant in the Communication department during the first year of her program, and she will teach classes for the department during the second year. Meredith is currently interning in SVCC’s Public Relations office and is looking forward to returning to JMU in the fall.

Her parents are Shannon and Steve Feinman.

WARNER INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TO ANNUAL DEFENSE BILL TO MANDATE REPORTING OF FOREIGN ELECTIONS INTERFERENCE

~ Follows last week’s unanimous consent request, which was blocked by Senate Republicans ~
 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has introduced an amendment to the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would require presidential campaigns to report foreign interference in U.S. elections. The amendment introduction follows Sen. Warner’s attempt last week to pass the legislation by unanimous consent, which was blocked by Senate Republicans.

“Protecting our democracy is a national security issue,” said Sen. Warner. “President Trump’s own FBI Director and Director of National Intelligence have warned that the Russians – and others – will be back in 2020. Then last week, President Trump, sitting in the Oval Office, rolled out the welcome mat for Russia, China or any of our other adversaries to interfere in the 2020 election. So let’s be extra-clear: if a foreign country contacts you to interfere in an U.S. election, you don’t say ‘thank you’ – you call the FBI.”

Sen. Warner originally introduced the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act last month. The proposed NDAA amendment, based on the FIRE Act, would require presidential campaigns to disclose attempts at foreign elections interference to the appropriate federal authorities at the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

This amendment requires presidential campaigns to report only contacts with foreign nationals offering explicit assistance that is already forbidden under existing law, or offers to collaborate or coordinate with a foreign government or agent thereof. Routine contacts with foreign nationals, including meetings on official government business, personal conversations, contact with journalists, or contact with non-citizens expressing political views, including conversations with DREAMers, would continue to be exempt from any reporting requirements. 

The amendment has been co-sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Angus King (I-ME), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

Breast Health Educational Workshops

Women of all ages are invited to attend these free educational workshops on breast health, offered by VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital Health & Wellness at multiple times and locations this summer.July 10 (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.),
  • R.T. Arnold Library, 110 E. Danville St., South Hill, VA

  • July 24 (10 a.m. – 12 noon), Brunswick Co. Public Library, 133 W. Hicks St., Lawrenceville, VA

  • August 7 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Clarksville Public Library, Virginia Ave., Clarksville, VA

  • August 28 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), Warren Co. Memorial Library, 1119 S. Front St., Littleton, NC

In addition to participants will receive a free blood pressure and sugar screening, they will learn about breast health education and breast cancer awareness, self-awareness breast massages, intervention and early detection, who is at risk for breast cancer, how often to have a mammogram, and education on colon cancer.

For more information, call VCU Health CMH Health & Wellness at 434-774-2541.

These workshops are funded through a grant from Susan G. Komen Central Virginia and in collaboration with VCU Massey Center’s Health Information & Advocacy @ Your Library.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital commitment to quality stroke care

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Vickey Morgan, RN, BSN, SCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator at VCU Health Community Memorial. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital achieved the recognition of Advanced Primary Stroke Center Disease Specific Certification from the Joint Commission in 2016 and again in 2018. Toward continuing to receive this recognition every two years, VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital follows the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines to achieve the Target Stroke awards: In 2016 the Target Stroke Silver Plus Quality Award; in 2017, the Gold Plus Target Stroke Elite Quality Achievement Award; and now the highest achievable award the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING URGES CFPB TO UPHOLD DEBIT CARD OVERDRAFT FEE RULE

RICHMOND (July 2, 2019) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring today joined a coalition of 25 state attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, in urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to maintain the current Overdraft Rule that stops banks from hitting consumers with hidden overdraft fees. The current rule permits banks to charge fees to consumers for overdraft services on ATM and one-time debit transactions only after consumers have been provided with important information about those services and fees in a model notice, and only after those consumers have made the affirmative choice to opt in to such services.Before the Overdraft Rule was put in place, banks could enroll individuals in their overdraft programs automatically and slap them with a fee – usually $35 per transaction – if they overdrafted.

“As Attorney General, it is my job to protect consumers and that includes making sure that banks do not have the ability to hit their customers with hidden fees,” said Attorney General Herring. “Before this rule went into effect banks were able to enroll someone into an overdraft fee program without that person’s consent, allowing them to make even more money on an overdraft transaction. I hope the CFPB will make the right decision and keep this overdraft rule in place so Virginians can make their own banking decisions.”

The Overdraft Rule — which went into effect in 2010 — recognized that many consumers received overdraft services by default, but were never given clear information about their options and the fees their financial institutions charge. In fact, some studies released by the CFPB have shown that median fees can cost as much as 68% of median overdrafted transactions. For example, when the median overdrafted transaction was $50, the median fees charged were $34.

The CFPB’s data shows that only about 16-percent of consumers have chosen to affirmatively opt into overdraft services under the Overdraft Rule, which has benefitted millions of Americans and led to a significant reduction in the total number and amount of overdraft fees.

In their letter, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues specifically emphasized that there is no basis to believe that the Overdraft Rule would place any additional economic burden or cost on small financial institutions, and that compliance has both been straightforward and used a model form designed for simplicity and cost-savings. In contrast, the CFPB has not published any data or research to demonstrate any economic burden as a result of the Overdraft Rule. 

Joining Attorney General Herring in submitting comments to the CFPB were the Attorneys General of New York, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the Executive Director of the Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection. 

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