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Girl Shot By Taliban Gives Address at UN

 Girl Shot By Taliban Gives Address at UN

 

Fifteen year old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last Fall gave the address at the United Nations on Friday. Yousufai was shot for speaking out against the militants and promoting education for girls. In her address to the United Nations, she called for free, mandatory education for all children of the world. She stated that her life threatening experience has only made her more determined.

New Way for Virginians to Register to Vote Online

Virginia - Virginians will soon be able to register to vote online in two ways.

The state board of elections website, http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ , is adding an online registration option.

People registering for the first time will have to print out and sign a form, then submit it to their registrar's office.

The new system allows registered voters to change their information.

The new system also checks DMV records, therefore changes to information such as a change of address must be made twice: first at the DMV, second at the State Board of Elections website.

The law allowing online voter registration took effect on July 1st.

The new online registration portion of the website is expected to appear sometime the week of July 8th.

Newport News announces new city manager

Newport News announces new city manager

On June 25th the Newport News City Council announced James M. Bourey as the new city manager. Bourey will be replacing former City Manager Neil Morgan who retired in May.

“With over 35 years of public service experience, Jim will complement our remarkable team of City employees,” said Newport News Mayor McKinley Price.

Bourey will be leaving his job as Director of Corporate Development with Elliot David, an account/financial service in Greenville, South Carolina. From 2004 to 2010 Bourey served in many positions in Greenville, one of which includes City Manager.

Before working in Greenville, Bourey served in many senior management positions in cities in California, Minnesota, and Florida.  

Bourey has his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from North Carolina State University, and has two master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, in Urban Design and in Architecture.

Adjunct professors dealing with health care change

Adjunct professors dealing with health care change

Many college students are beginning the preparation for the fall semester. Students may notice the lack in classes available or lack of professors assigned.

Frustrating as this may be for new and returning college students, it is just as much so for the college and professors themselves.

Adjunct professors are taking a hit in hours as the new federal law, requires health benefits for employees who work 30 or more hours in a company of over 50 employees

This will begin on January 1, 2014, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 will come into effect.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 will place a very large price tag for colleges throughout Virginia, which will eventually trickle down into the laps of students with higher tuitions.

Newspaper Removes Word ‘Democrat’ from Name

The Fauquier Times-Democrat announced that it is removing the word ‘Democrat’ from its name. The Virginian

newspaper said it’s changing its name because of the increase in the nation’s conflicting politics.

Obama win boosts chances for tax hike on rich

Obama win boosts chances for tax hike on rich

By Jeanne Sahadi

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — It won’t happen without a fight — potentially a really ugly fight. And it may even push the country over the fiscal cliff for a time.

But now that President Obamahas been re-elected, and Democrats have retained control of the Senate, there’s a far greater chance that high-income households will soon face higher tax bills.

“It seems likely,” said Republican tax lobbyist Ken Kies of the Federal Policy Group. “I can’t imagine President Obama will agree to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone.”

Indeed, senior administration officials have said that the president would veto any package that extends them for high-income taxpayers. (Related: California OKs tax hikes)

But that doesn’t mean House Republicans will back down on their insistence that no one’s tax rates go up.

On Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner held fast to the Republican line.

Hampton Roads election highlights

In Hampton Roads, here are the results for several races.  

In Virginia Beach, Mayor Will Sessoms beat out two challengers – Wally Erb and Richard Kowalewitch. 

For the two Virginia Beach School Board at large seats, the race is very close.  With 94 of 95 precincts reporting, Beverly Anderson and Elizabeth Taylor have the most votes and appear to be the winners.  In the Rose Hall District, Joel McDonald, Jr. beat out Chris Arney.  Leonard Tengco won over Eric Wray, Jr. for the Centreville School Board seat.  Dan Edwards ran unopposed for the Kempsville School Board district. 

In Portsmouth, Kenneth Wright won a second term as mayor.  He beat out Vice-Mayor Charles Whitehurst, Sr.  For City Council, Curtis Edmonds, Sr., Danny Meeks, and Elizabeth Psimas won the three seats up for grabs.  Incumbent Steve Heretick lost his seat.