DebSF -- November 13th, 2010
A few additional local news items from this past week:
- The News-Leader reports that JMU geology prof Elizabeth Johnson is studying Mole Hill as part of a $20,000 grant from the Jeffress Memorial Trust for the purpose of researching the Earth’s crust beneath the Shenandoah Valley. According to the article, there is very little published research about this well-known local landmark. Johnson notes that Mole Hill is likely the weathered remains of a violent volcanic eruption that has eroded over millions of years of erosion, leaving only a “mole hill” covered with trees and greenery.
- WHSV reported on Tuesday’s City Council vote in support of the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, following the lead of the County Board of Supervisors who also voted to endorse the plan at its board meeting in October. According to the article, Michael Wong, the Executive Director of the Harrisonburg Redevelopment/Housing Authority and also the chair of the Ten Year Plan Development Steering Committee, members will start applying for nearly $170,000 in national grants within a week.
- The Breeze reports that efforts have failed to move the trial of Peter Morgner, 20, of Vienna, who faces seven felon in connection with the Springfest riots. According to the article, Morgner’s attorneys requested the trial be moved to another county because of the publicity surrounding his case. The request has been taken into consideration by the court, meaning the location could be changed if the court is unable find an unbiased jury.
- BuisnessWire reports that the bond rating for RMH is likely to upgraded with in the year, reflecting the expected credit improvement that will occur after the closing of a formal affiliation agreement between RMH and Sentara Healthcare on or about Jan. 1, at which time Sentara will become the sole corporate member of RMH. BuisnessWire expects the affiliation to generate many clinical, financial and strategic benefits for the hospital. Although RMH will not become a member of SH’s obligated group, SH’s financial strength provides an additional source of capital local efforts. According to the piece, RMH’s dominant market share of approximately 84% in its primary service area.
- Also in this week’s News Leader is a report on recently re-elected Representative Bob Goodlatte’s reaction to the outcome, saying that the results of the Nov. 2 election was less a vote of confidence for Republicans than it was for an alternative approach to government. According to the article, Goodlatte intends to introduce a Constitutional amendment that would require the federal government to balance its budget the way the states are required to, and to eliminate the visa “lottery” program that offers citizenship to 50,000 people per year based solely on a drawing. “The State Department has identified it as a national security issue,” Goodlatte said.
Photo by Randy Lowery, from the Hburg News Flicker Pool
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