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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Navy Shipbuilding: Past Performance Provides Valuable Lessons for Future Investments

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Virginia Issues

https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/692331.pdf

Describes challenges in U.S. shipbuilding programs, summarizes recommendations made by government financial experts in the past, reviews the outcomes and discrepancies in costs, quality and schedule in shipbuilding contracts over the past decade, and compares best practices with current Navy practices for addressing risks inherent in shipbuilding.  From the Government Accountability Office.

 

Collins v. Virginia

Categories: Crime/Justice,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-1027

8-1 Supreme Court ruling that overturned a conviction and reaffirmed that police need a warrant to enter private property to search for stolen goods.  The case involved a suspected stolen motorcycle sitting on a driveway.  Collins had been charged with receiving stolen goods after police searched the motorcycle without a warrant.  The Virginia Supreme Court had affirmed the conviction. From the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell University Law School

 

 

Greenhouse Gases, New and Existing Power Plants

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx

Website established to track Virginia’s plan for regulating carbon emissions from electric power generation.  Includes results from public hearings.  Comment period closed on 4/9/18.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

 

2016 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2016 Industry Reports

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/SARATitle3/2016TRIReport.pdf

For calendar year 2016, Virginia businesses filed 1,345 individual reports on the release, transfer, or management of 909 million pounds of 153 toxic chemicals.  The 2016 totals represent a 5.8% increase, compared to 2015, of chemicals being released or managed onsite.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

 

Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/techrpt86_PaP_of_HTFlooding.pdf

Provides estimates for height and frequency of high tide flooding up to the beginning of the 22nd Century.  Cites Norfolk as one of the most vulnerable areas and predicts daily high tide flooding under an intermediate scenario by 2100.  From the National Ocean Service.

 

Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=22095

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor

 

The State of Transportation in Hampton Roads 2017

Categories: Energy,Transportation,Virginia Issues

http://www.hrtpo.org/uploads/docs/State%20of%20Transportation%202017%20-%20Final%20Report.pdf

Describes the current status of all aspects of the transportation system including highways, air, rail, and waterways.  Includes commuting, congestion, and air quality.  From the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

 

State Spending: 2017 Update

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://jlarc.virginia.gov/pdfs/reports/Rpt498.pdf

Reviews changes in Virginia’s budget over the past decade and the reasons for those changes.  Identifies three major areas for the largest budget growth: health care, transportation, and education.  From the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

 

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