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House of Delegates committee kills two full-day kindergarten bills from Loudoun lawmakers

Two bills aimed at expanding access to full-day kindergarten in Loudoun died in the Virginia House of Delegates this week.

Feb. 8 is the final day to register to vote before Virginia’s March 1 primary

The final day to register to vote or update your voter registration information for the March 1 presidential primary is next Monday.

Loudoun is the fastest-growing county in Virginia ... again

Loudoun was home to 374,471 people as of July 2015, according to estimates from the study. That figure is up nearly 20 percent from the 2010 census that counted the population at 312,311.

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What went wrong? Leesburg residents enraged at town’s blizzard response

Supervisor Kristen Umstattd (D-Leesburg) blames man's death in part on slow snow removal and emergency response.

A still shot from a drone video taken by Chris Turner in Leesburg. YouTube/Chris Turner

Drones, timelapses capture the weekend’s mammoth blizzard in Loudoun

New technology allowed a number of Loudoun residents to capture the depth of the weekend's historic storm.

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UPDATED social media roundup: Blizzard 2016 hits Loudoun County

Loudoun residents seem to be enjoying the snowstorm, posting photos across social media as the inches pile up. Here are some of our favorites so far.

Blizzard Warning begins at 3 p.m. Friday; Two feet expected

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) declared a state of emergency at 8 a.m. Thursday, a move that authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the looming blizzard expected to begin Friday afternoon or evening.

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Virginia Del. LaRock pushing legislation on ‘gender confusion’

Virginia state Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd) is pushing legislation in the General Assembly to combat what he describes as “efforts by liberals to mandate special protections on the basis of gender confusion and sexual disorientation.”

State Senate panel rejects bill to decriminalize adultery

A legislative panel has rejected a bill to decriminalize adultery in Virginia, one of about a dozen states where infidelity is a crime.

Loudoun law enforcement agencies to make body cameras routine

Law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County are working toward equipping all of their officers and deputies with body cameras, leaders said Jan. 8.

12 noteworthy bills to be considered in the 2016 Virginia General Assembly session

Here's a look at some noteworthy bills filed for the 2016 legislative session in Virginia, which begins Wednesday.

Virginia’s General Assembly convenes Wednesday

Both chambers of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans, giving the governor little chance of advancing an aggressive agenda. Likewise, the governor's veto pen gives him to ability to keep in check any GOP-led efforts he disagrees with.

Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent Eric Williams Thursday proposed a budget that tops $1 billion for the first time in the school division’s history. Courtesy Photo.

Loudoun superintendent proposes first-ever $1 billion budget for county schools

The $86.7 million dollar increase over fiscal 2016’s budget covers pressure from enrollment growth, expansion of full-day kindergarten and increasing teacher salaries to be more competitive with surrounding counties. Williams said the budget is designed not only maintain the school system’s high operating standards, but to build upon them.

Dr. Claude Moore

Claude Moore Foundation pledges more than $1 million in grants to Loudoun groups

Officials with the prestigious Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, founded by the late Loudoun resident, Dr. Claude Moore, have announced more than $1 million in charitable grants to Loudoun-based organizations for 2016, including $282,000 to the Loudoun Education Foundation.

Loudoun superintendent to present school budget Thursday

The school system’s budget for the 2015 through 2016 school year is $982.14 million, up $69.2 million from the previous year. Pressure from enrollment growth, the need for more transportation, health care costs, new schools and employee pay raises will likely increase expenditures in next year’s budget.
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