Archives for June 2017

Vets Transitioning To Insurance Agents?

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and some active duty military and reservists now have a new incentive to become licensed insurance agents in Virginia. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance recently received approval from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training to provide licensure tests to veterans. This allows veterans who sit for certain Virginia insurance licensure examinations to be reimbursed under the GI Bill®.  Virginia joins seven other states whose insurance licensing examinations are reimbursable under this federal program.

VA Execution Plan Spurs Debate On Mental Illness

The upcoming execution of a Virginia inmate has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental illness should be shielded from the ultimate punishment. William Morva is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday for the killings of a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy in 2006. Morva’s attorneys are calling on Virginia’s governor to spare his life.

Incentive For Veterans To Become Insurance Agents

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces and some active duty military and reservists now have a new incentive to become licensed insurance agents in Virginia. The State Corporation Commission’s Bureau of Insurance recently received approval from the Virginia Department of Veterans Services State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training to provide licensure tests to veterans. This allows veterans who sit for certain Virginia insurance licensure examinations to be reimbursed under the GI Bill®.  Virginia joins seven other states whose insurance licensing examinations are reimbursable under this federal program.
 

New Online Registration Option For Drivers

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will soon offer a new convenience for customers when 2017 legislation becomes effective on July 1. Currently, only customers who renew their vehicle registration online prior to its expiration can print a receipt to serve as proof that the holder has extended his registration period. However, beginning July 1, customers who want to renew an expired vehicle registration will also be able to print a receipt to use as proof of the registration renewal until registration decals arrive in the mail seven-to-10 business days later. Prior to July 1, these customers would have needed to visit a DMV customer service center to complete their transaction.

Schools To Test Drinking Water For Lead

As of next week, your kid’s school will have to test its drinking water for lead. It comes in the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis. Each school board is required to develop a plan for the testing with an emphasis on older schools. WDBJ reports school boards in Virginia are required to cover the cost of the testing when the new law begins.

Public Input Sought On Preservation

Public input is being sought on the future of historical preservation and interpretation at Greenfield. The Botetourt County Greenfield Preservation Advisory Commission is trying to form a plan for the future of it and is out with a survey at survey monkey.com and there’s a comunity meeting at the Greenfield Education and Training Center on July 11th.

Heavy Travel For Virginians On The Fourth

More than a million Virginia residents are expected to travel to celebrate July Fourth.
AAA made the projection in a statement Wednesday, saying it expects 1.2 million Virginians to travel 50 miles or more from home. The projection is a 3 percent increase over 2016.
One million Virginians are expected to drive to their destinations, and there’s good news for drivers. AAA also says that as of Tuesday, Virginia gas prices are on average $2.03 per gallon. That’s 10 cents less than at this time last year.

Millboro Cuts Ribbon On Fire House Addition

After months of construction and a $215,000 investment, the Millboro Volunteer Fire Association has cut the ribbon on its news fire station addition. The money came from the private sector and the addition will be home to a new pumper truck, a community room that can be used for meetings, plus a new kitchen and shelter. There is also a three bedroom burnout apartment in the addition. Assocation officials call the response overwhelming.

Liquor Stores Open On The Fourth

Liquor stores in Virginia will be open on the July Fourth holiday. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says in a statement that its stores will open as regularly scheduled on the July Fourth holiday. But stores will close early at 6 p.m. Virginia is one of over a dozen states nationwide where the state government manages the sale and distribution of liquor, and state ABC stores are the only stores in Virginia where customers can purchase liquor.

Report: Senate Health Care Bill Costly For VA Medicaid

An analysis of the Senate health care bill shows its changes to the way Medicaid is funded would cost Virginia’s program at least $1.4 billion over seven years. The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services released the estimate Monday. It says the Senate bill would cost Virginia almost double what the House version would between 2020 and 2026. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says that would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget.