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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning


Here are a few Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, November 29.

*U.S. high court puts off decision on taking Va. health-care case (“As a practical matter, the case is probably on ice while the granted cases play out.” Ha ha ha, too bad for Coochy Kooky Cuckoo!)

*Richmond Tea Party audited over taxes

*Democrats dominate Virginia map lawsuit

*Pr. William supervisors may decide whether to take mobile home park to court

*Virginia Tech settles suit with family of student who committed suicide

*Federal money will help repair Virginia roads, bridges damaged in storms

*George Allen Touts Support From New Lawmakers (Shocker! Felix is supported by a bunch of far-right wingnuts.)

*McDonnell to oversee his first GOP governors meeting in Florida

*Supervisor retracts donation

*Bolling tries to boost beleaguered Va.-based Mercury Paper (“Greenpeace wrote in a report that the company destroys rainforests, causes species extinction and threatens efforts to deal with climate change”)

*Democrats begin airing TV ads in Virginia targeting Mitt Romney

*Editorial: A Southwest legislator’s bleak vision for the region (“State senator-elect Bill Carrico doesn’t understand pre-K programs.”)

*State releases some details of Midtown Tunnel expansion deal

*Virginia is for lovers, but Norfolk is a hot spot for divorcing couples

*Wise County power plant making progress (This was, is, and will continue to be a huge mistake.)

*Ten Commandments suit in Va. survives challenge

*Dulles rail project may tap private investors

*Chesapeake School Board backs $47.7M building plan

*Major Changes Proposed for Artisphere

  • Moran Pushes for Passage of Exotic Animal Protection Bill

    Cites Feld Entertainment violations and fines

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, today renewed his call for passage of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act following the announcement that Feld Entertainment agreed to pay $270,000 in fines for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

    “Today’s announcement indicates that mistreatment of animals in violation of the law – despite claims to the contrary from the traveling circus industry – is widespread and persistent,” said Rep. Moran. “The mounting evidence of inhumane treatment and growing public concern for these animals demands that we reconsider the appropriate living conditions provided for these intelligent, social creatures.”

    The settlement agreement was announced today by the USDA and Feld Entertainment, Inc., which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, for alleged Animal Welfare Act violations from June 2007 to August 2011. Further, Feld Entertainment also agreed to provide Animal Welfare Act compliance training for all Feld employees who will work with and handle animals.

    “We are delighted to see the USDA taking firm action against Ringling and sending this clear message to other USDA licensed circuses and exhibitors. The fact that Ringling Bros. Circus has had non-compliances of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) dating back at least four years to warrant this unprecedented punitive settlement, is a clear indication for the need to pass federal legislation to protect wild animals in traveling circuses,” responded Matt Rossell, Animal Defenders International’s Campaigns Director. “ADI applauds the foresight of Representative Jim Moran (D-Va) who saw the need for circus animal protection and took immediate action with his recent introduction of H.R.3359, the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act.”

    The “Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act,” introduced by Rep. Moran this month, would prohibit exotic animals from performing if the animal was kept in a confined mobile facility in fifteen days prior to their performance. TEAPA would provide some exemptions including zoos, rodeos and aquariums.

    To read more about the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, please visit: http://moran.house.gov/press-r

    To read the USDA press release, please visit: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal…