New potential source of money for schools; a moon over Roanoke County and other headlines
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.Internet sales tax for schools?State Sen. Bill Stanley is pitching a plan to direct a coming windfall in state internet sales tax collections to repairing and replacing public school buildings.A 2013 study found more than three out of five of Virginia’s 2,030 school buildings are more than 40 years old, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Stanley estimates it would cost between $3 billion and $4 billion to modernize the state’s schools, The Roanoke Times reports, while additional sales tax the state will collect as a result of a US. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year is expected to boost state revenues by $250 million to $300 million every year.
- Former Rockbridge County jail superintendent and current county supervisor John Higgins was indicted on four federal charges stemming from allegations he was letting inmates beat up sex offenders and denying them medical care. The jail’s former head nurse, Gary Andrew Hassler, was indicted on two counts of falsifying documents. – The Roanoke Times
- The Virginian-Pilot is thinking about selling its downtown Norfolk headquarters. – The Virginian-Pilot
- Despite rumblings over the past few months, House Minority Leader David Toscano held onto his leadership post when Democrats caucused Thursday. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Indecent exposure charges will likely be dismissed against the wife of a Roanoke County High School softball coach accused of mooning people in the stands after her team lost. – The Roanoke Times
- A study found Uber hasn’t impacted the number of serious car wrecks in Virginia or the number of alcohol related crashes, contrary to claims Uber has made elsewhere. – Associated Press
- Virginia Tech says it raised a little over $150 million in private donations last fiscal year, about $10 million less than the prior fiscal year, but still great, according to a spokeswoman. – The Roanoke Times
- Local registrars are looking at ways to avoid errors in election-night vote counts. – Daily Press
- At midnight tonight, Northrop Grumman will hand over the state’s IT systems to new contractor Science Applications International Corp. – The Richmond Times-Dispatch
- A former Norfolk State University student sued a state trooper, alleging the officer slammed him into the ground and shattered his jaw during an arrest on Interstate 64 and then failed to get him prompt medical care. – Daily Press
- A 70-year-old Augusta County man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for possession of child pornography that prosecutors described as “horrific.” – The News Virginian
- The state is giving the city of Norton $3.5 million to fill in an old mine so the land can be redeveloped. – The Bristol Herald Courier
- Archers will take to Fairfax County parks in the coming weeks to thin the county’s deer population as part of an annual hunt. — WTOP
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