With Virginia’s transportation funding plan finally in place, ‘then COVID-19 hit’ | Govt-and-politics

Success came in 2013, when the assembly approved a $6 billion transportation funding package , sponsored by then-House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, and supported by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell, but much larger in scope than they originally sought. The final package included long-sought regional funding for transportation priorities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne, then a member of Commonwealth Transportation Board, said Southard played an important role in getting the bill passed, as well as subsequent legislation that led to the creation of Smart Scale program for ranking state transportation projects and committing money to get them done.

“He was a steadfast proponent of transportation funding,” Layne said.

Later, as transportation secretary under Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Layne said he initially clashed with Southard and his industry over reforms to the Public Private Transportation Act to protect the state’s interests in major highway deals with private developers

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House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

House Science Bills on Space Weather and Election Technology Pass the House

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From: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas praised the passage of two bipartisan Committee bills today on space weather and election technology. 

S.881, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act, more commonly referred to as the PROSWIFT Act, improves our ability to monitor and forecast space weather. Space weather is generated by magnetic activity on the Sun and can affect technologies on Earth ranging from cell phone communications to GPS navigation to the electric grid. The bill includes an amendment by Lucas to create a pilot program that will ensure that emerging private sector companies have a seat at the table and will be able to provide monitoring and forecast data which
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Economists expect Shreveport-Bossier to recover some, but not all, jobs in 2021 and 2022

Shreveport-Bossier City likely won’t see full job recovery from COVID-19 until 2023, LSU business professor emeritus of economics Loren Scott said Wednesday.

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Scott spoke virtually on the Louisiana Economic Outlook he produces annually with his co-author LSU professor Greg Upton. The Port of Caddo-Bossier and Committee of 100 hosted the event.

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Shreveport-Bossier, the state’s fourth-largest metropolitan statistical area, has Louisiana’s third-highest job loss (10,600 jobs or 5.9%) for 2020.

The big losses came from Libbey Glass, DiamondJacks Casino and Dolet Hills mine and plant. Libbey Glass is shutting down its 450-person plant in Shreveport. DiamondJacks permanently closed its resort and casino in Bossier City, meaning 349 jobs were lost. Dolet Hills in Mansfield is closing its mine (155 jobs) and power plant (88 jobs).

Those were the biggest job losses in the area, but Shreveport-Bossier also lost jobs in hospitality and tourism as

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John Venino For RBR Board Of Education

RED BANK, NJ – Five seats are up for grabs on the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education in November, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

One full-term seat is open on the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education, with Board President John Garofalo and newcomer Stephanie Albanese competing for the position.

Current board member Eugene J. Koster, Jr. is running for reelection in the full-term race to represent Little Silver, while newcomer John Venino will be challenging the incumbent for the spot.

Venino is a school counselor and a proud resident of Little Silver for over seven years. He has three children who attend Red Bank Regional High School in grades 9, 10 and 12.

“I am seeking a seat so that Little Silver has a true advocate on the board of education,” Venino told Patch.

Venino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education

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State teachers group calls on DeSantis to protect education funding

Contending the reopening of Florida’s schools has not worked well, leaders of the state’s largest teacher union on Friday pressed Gov. Ron DeSantis to improve the situation.

In a letter to the governor, Florida Education Association president Andrew Spar spelled out two steps he said would help stabilize the schools as they struggle with teacher departures, online instruction woes and health-safety concerns.

Florida Education Association president Andrew Spar [ Courtesy of the Florida Education Association ]

Spar asked for a guarantee that the state’s $12.9 billion education budget not be cut, despite multibillion-dollar revenue shortfalls stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. And he proposed continuing the funding protections implemented in the state’s school reopening order, in which per-student money is provided based on pre-pandemic projections rather than current enrollment, which is down statewide.

The association is in the middle of a lawsuit challenging the reopening order.

In an online news conference,

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Missouri Job Center to offer IT and web development classes | KOLR

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The Missouri Job Center announced Friday it will be offering IT and web development classes for free to those who meet eligibility guidelines.

According to a press release, the job center can do this with the help of The Geek Foundation. Classes will meet two nights per week and are tailored to adults wanting to change careers and get into the field of Information Technology and Web Development.

Below are the two tech classes offered:

  • Develop Yourself IT Class is a 24-week class that prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ exam and equips students with skill sets needed for entry-level IT job opportunities
  • Develop Yourself Full-Stack Web Development Class is 20 weeks and trains in JavaScript, Java, and the foundational programming concepts needed for Front-End and Full-Stack Web Developer careers

Both classes begin on October 27th and will be offered at multiple locations, the job center says.

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VeChain Joins China Animal Health And Food Safety Alliance (CAFA) As Council Member To Provide Blockchain Technology For Enterprise Members

CAFA is a government-backed organization directly under the Chinese National Agricultural Science Technology Innovation Alliance initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China, which aims to build a trustworthy platform that connects the government, industry associations, producer enterprises and research institutes in the food sector.

Since its launch, CAFA has revealed more than 130 members that are already signed up as official members of the alliance. These members consist of massive companies and bodies across upstream and downstream parties in the food industry, including supermarkets, food and beverage manufacturers, e-commerce platforms and more. Other members also include major players in the CTI industry, research labs, agricultural and animal supplies.

As a council member of CAFA, VeChain intends to enhance CAFA’s strategy of “building a from-farm-to-table traceability system across the entire country.

By using VeChain ToolChain, all enterprise members of the

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Cyber agency issues attack alert over ransomware threat to education sector



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The UK’s cybersecurity agency has issued an alert to schools, colleges and universities about an increase in hacking attempts around the start of the new academic year.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned the education sector to be aware of ransomware attacks and urged organisations to follow their guidance on securing their networks.

The centre says it saw an increase in attempted cyber attacks on education establishments in August, often using ransomware which involves the encrypt of data by cybercriminals who then demand payment in exchange for recovery of the data.

The NCSC has encouraged institutions to take immediate steps such as ensuring all data is backed up and copies are stored offline to prevent data loss in the event of an attack.

As part of the issued alert, the NCSC says it has stepped up support for UK schools, colleges and universities, including

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Florida teacher’s union calls for governor to maintain funding in schools and transparency

President Andrew Spar with the Florida Education Association said Florida school districts are struggling to keep classrooms staffed with teachers adding the pandemic is to blame.

“Create that stability, guarantee no cuts, zero cuts for the education budget. Keep the money that was promised for the 20-21 school year in place,” Spar said.

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Through a letter, Spar called for Governor Ron DeSantis to maintain education funding as it was designed in the 2020-2021 General Appropriations Act.

On Friday Parents from several school districts along with Orange County Public school board member, Angie Gallo, were present during a virtual press conference held by the FEA.

Gallo explained how OCPS is being transparent about COVID-19 cases in schools by launching a new dashboard online for parents and

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$85,000 Cleveland Foundation Grant Will Fund Virtual Internship Program Pilot To Teach Students Remote Workforce Skills

Lakeland Community College has received an $85,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to develop and pilot a unique virtual internship program.

With remote work capabilities now the norm for many people, the college wants to prepare its students entering today’s workforce with internship experiences that include the ability to do remote work.

Typically, students get their introduction to real-world work environments through on-site internships. But because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses closed their offices and shifted to remote work which resulted in no internship opportunities throughout the past months for students. Now that work-from-home has been implemented on such a large scale, employers are willing to explore how to best bring interns into the fold.

“We are very grateful for this Cleveland Foundation grant to help move our students’ education forward. Engaging students in experiential learning of all kinds is critical as they move from students

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