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Protesters at HQ: NRA Turns 'What Should be a Fist-Fight Into a Murder'

BY NICHOLAS BALLASY JUNE 22, 2016

PJ Media

 

FAIRFAX, Va. – A Code Pink-led group of activists gathered out front of the National Rifle Association headquarters to call for an assault weapons ban in the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Orlando LGBT club...


State Delegate Barbara Favola (D-Va.) joined the group and thanked them for advocating in favor of stronger gun control laws.


“The Republicans who are defeating the reasonable amendments that were put forward are acting in a shameless way. I think they’re turning this into an election issue,” she said. “They’re trying to say, ‘well, if you accept any reasonable measure you are anti-Second Amendment,’ which is absolutely false and it’s very discouraging.”

 

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Virginia Lawmakers Call on FERC to Study Cumulative Enviro Impacts of Planned NatGas Pipes

Jeremiah Shelor June 22, 2016

NaturalGasIntel

 

A handful of Virginia’s Democratic legislators have added their names to the list of those calling for FERC to cumulatively review the various natural gas pipeline projects planned to cross parts of Virginia and West Virginia.


The letters, using nearly identical language, were signed by Virginia Sens. Adam Ebbin and Barbara Favola, along with Dels. Kaye Kory, Alfonso Lopez, Marcus Simon, Sam Rasoul and Rip Sullivan. The letters were submitted to FERC’s dockets for ACP and MVP by the Sierra Club’s Virginia Chapter.

 

Echoing familiar environmental arguments against new pipeline infrastructure, the legislators cited climate change, impacts to protected species and habitats, impacts to air quality, the encouragement of new unconventional drilling, water quality impacts and “changes in the rural character” of the region as among the reasons to prepare a programmatic EIS.

 

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Governor McAuliffe Announces 348 New Jobs In Arlington County

AlexandriaNews.org

June 17, 2016


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Grant Thornton LLP, a leading U.S. professional-services firm, will invest $15.75 million to consolidate offices and grow its presence across the Northern Virginia region. Virginia successfully competed against Washington, D.C. for the project, which will retain 994 jobs and create 348 new jobs.


"Grant Thornton has made a wise choice selecting Arlington County as the place to expand its Atlantic coast operations,”said Senator Barbara Favola. “Arlington County and the entire Northern Virginia region offer a highly educated and technologically savvy workforce, coupled with first-class school systems and research institutions. Clearly, Virginia's investments in human capital are yielding positive results every day. We welcome Grant Thornton to the region."

 

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Advisory Firm Agrees to Invest $15.7 Million, Add 348 Jobs in Arlington

by Tim Regan — June 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm

 

A large advisory firm will invest millions of dollars and create hundreds of new jobs by moving to a new home in Rosslyn.

 

The county and the state competed against the District of Columbia for Grant Thornton’s new office. More from the press release...

 

“Grant Thornton has made a wise choice selecting Arlington County as the place to expand its Atlantic coast operations,” said Senator Barbara Favola. “Arlington County and the entire Northern Virginia region offer a highly educated and technologically savvy workforce, coupled with first-class school systems and research institutions. Clearly, Virginia’s investments in human capital are yielding positive results every day. We welcome Grant Thornton to the region.”

 

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Hillary Clinton Opens Up Offices in Arlington, Alexandria

By Dan Taylor (Patch Staff) - June 15, 2016 2:41 pm ET 

 

With the presidential campaign heating up heading into the final stretch, Hillary Clinton is putting more boots on the ground here in Arlington and Alexandria.

 

Virginia Delegate Charniele Herring was on hand for the opening of the office in Alexandria -- called the Fairfax office -- at 6:30 p.m. June 14. Virginia Sen. Barbara Favola will host the opening of the Arlington office at 6 p.m. June 15. 

 

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Gulf Branch Nature Center celebrates 50 years, looks ahead

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 pm | Updated: 10:38 am, Wed Jun 15, 2016.

A half-century to the day after it opened to the public, supporters of Gulf Branch Nature Center celebrated the past with an eye to the future.

 

The park, located off Military road, is “more than just a nature center,” said Duke Banks, vice president of Friends of Gulf Branch Nature Center. It is, he said, “a magnet for community engagement.”

 

The remarks came during a ceremony held June 12 to honor the same day in 1966 the facility debuted.

 

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In 2009, some county officials proposed ending government funding for the nature center, but a public rebellion ensured that did not happen.


The community “stood up and banded together,” said state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st), who was serving on the County Board at the time. A public-private partnership ensued, and “we are all grateful that we have this wonderful open-air space,” Favola said.

 

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B.F. Saul kicks off Homewood Suites project at Rosslyn's Colony House corner

Jun 1, 2016, 2:35pm EDT

Michael Neibauer

Washington Business Journal

 

Rosslyn bid farewell to Colony House Furniture in 2011. Now, finally, the vacant 30,000-square-foot building at 1700 Lee Highway is coming down, soon to be replaced with a 10-story Homewood Suites by Hilton Hotel.


B.F. Saul Co. Hospitality Group, with representatives of Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), Donohoe Construction, Torti Gallas and Partners and Arlington County, broke ground Wednesday on the 168-key, all-suite hotel located at the corner of Lee Highway and North Quinn Street. The first step is to demolish the circa-1957 Colony House building. The furniture store sign was removed only last week.



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Arlington generates roughly $2.7 billion in tourism revenue for the commonwealth, or 13 percent of all Virginia tourism dollars, said state Sen. Barbara Favola, a former Arlington County board member. B.F. Saul's confidence in this site, located several blocks outside of the Rosslyn core, is an indication of its confidence in that market.


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Residents, lawmakers rally after Va. gun store opens

Stephanie Ramirez, WUSA

March 26th, 2016

 

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) --Dozens of parents gathered Saturday, furious no one was able to stop a gun shop from opening in Arlington, Va.

 

Lawmakers rallied with those parents and tell WUSA 9 they are pushing for legislation that will give local governments a bigger say.

 

“I did introduce a bill last session and it failed. It didn’t get out of Committee and we’re not surprised,” said (D) State Senator, Barbara Favola.

 

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Bill to aid Virginia foster youth expected to be included in budget

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Sarah Kleiner

Friday March 11, 2016

 

A budget amendment is expected to be approved today that will provide financial support to young Virginians who leave the foster care system at age 18 without a permanent family.

 

Members of the House and Senate agreed to include $1.9 million in new funding for the Fostering Futures program, an federal initiative that 30 other states and Washington, D.C., have already joined. An additional $2.1 million that the state already spends on foster youth who age out will be diverted into Fostering Futures. If the amendment is approved, Virginia will be eligible for about $4 million in a matching federal grant.

 

Advocates have tried to get the General Assembly to approve the legislation for several years.

 

One of the measure’s patrons, Sen. Barbara A. Favola, D-Arlington, said she was “absolutely thrilled” that conference committee members included it.

 

“This will make such a big difference for our most vulnerable kids,” Favola said.

 

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