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Virginia News Headlines: Tuesday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia (and national) news headlines for Tuesday, October 30. Thank goodness, this storm seems to be almost over, with “only” 127,786 customers (out of 2,463,844) losing power in Virginia. As you’ll see below, it’s much worse to our north and east.

*Washington to Stay Shut Tuesday

*Sandy swamps New York (“More than 6 million on East Coast lose power in storm”)

*Analyst estimates $20B in economic damage

*Superstorm Sandy updates: Blizzard warnings prompt McDonnell to send help to Western Va.

*Region saw winds, floods, but not the worst of Sandy

*Romney passes the buck for Sandy (“His plan for disasters: Make the states pay.”)

*High wind, outages should continue into today

*Braced for Sandy (“The Washington region’s preparations are a welcome contrast to those of years past”)

*McDonnell: ‘It’s still a very dangerous weather situation’

*Dana Milbank: A perfect political storm

*Obama And Romney’s Record: Climate Silence When Disasters Strike

*People Who Can’t Do Math Are So Mad At Nate Silver (Or understand one thing about statistics…)

*Mitt Romney Has Been Telling A Huge Whopper About The Auto Industry, And His Campaign Is Finally Paying For It

*Absentee voting down all across Virginia

*5th District rivals taking different approach to employment (“Rep. Robert Hurt says less regulation is needed, while John Douglass backs more training and education.”)

*Troubling ties in voter fraud case

*Editorial: The odor of voter fraud (“Any evidence of questionable election activities should be promptly investigated.”)

*Question on seizing of property is at stake

*Powell, Cantor take 7th District fight to the airwaves with new ads

*Tim Kaine says Bill Clinton presided over “biggest” U.S. economic expansion since World War II

*U-Va.’s Sullivan was hired as an interim, ex-member of board says (This bizarre story goes on and on…)

*Crew member’s body recovered after storm proves too much for tall ship

*Storm swamps Va.’s Chincoteague Island

*Sandy will linger in D.C. area Tuesday, less than an inch of rain expected

*Yes, Hurricane Sandy is a good reason to worry about climate change

*D.C. closures: Metro, federal offices, schools

  • THE WHITE HOUSE

    Office of the Press Secretary

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 29, 2012

    President Obama Signs Virginia Emergency Declaration

    The President today declared an emergency exists in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Sandy beginning on October 26, 2012, and continuing.

    The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all counties and independent cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

    W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Donald L. Keldsen as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.