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Board suspends Va. physician's license

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The state Board of Medicine has suspended the license of a Roanoke County physician charged with possessing child pornography.

The board entered an order last week suspending the license of Dr. Steven Collins.

The board found that Collins presented a "substantial danger" to public health or safety.

The Roanoke Times reports federal authorities found images of child porn on a computer at Collins' private practice in August when they arrived to investigate another matter.

Collins has been terminated as medical director of the Roanoke Treatment Center, a methadone clinic.


Virginia income tax dependence cited in report

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A report by the investment rating agency Standard & Poor's says the income gap is undermining budgets in Virginia and other states.

The S&P report released Monday says Virginia is among the 10 states most reliant on income tax revenues. It concludes that income inequality is contributing to slower economic growth in the U.S. and as a result, states are facing rising tensions over whether to raise taxes or cut spending to balance their budgets.

The report says that average annual state revenue growth fell to 5 percent, from 10 percent, from 1980 to 2011. At the same time, the top 1 percent of earners doubled their share of total income.

Virginia saw average annual tax revenue growth has slowed to around 3.6 percent per year since 2000.


DC statehood bill to get Capitol Hill hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time in 21 years, a Congressional committee will consider the notion of turning the District of Columbia into the nation's 51st state.

A Senate committee will hear testimony on Monday about a bill that would transform the nation's capital into the "state of New Columbia."

Advocates argue that only with statehood can the District's 646,000 residents gain the same rights enjoyed by the rest of the U.S. population. Opponents say the nation's founders intended Washington to remain a federal district.

The statehood bill has the support of Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid. But it's not expected to go anywhere in the Republican-led House. Making the District a state would all but guarantee two additional Democratic senators, given Democrats' huge advantage in voter registration.


Va. gov to release details on budget cut agreement

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to release details on budget cuts for the next two years.

McAuliffe and leaders of the General Assembly are scheduled to attend a news conference on the agreement Monday.

McAuliffe announced the agreement Saturday after appearing at the annual meeting of the Virginia Governmental Employees Association.

McAuliffe has said officials are projecting a revenue shortfall of nearly $2.4 billion over a three-year period.

State agencies have until Friday to submit plans to cut spending by 5 percent in the first year and 7 percent in the second year.


United Way to accept donations in bitcoin currency

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - One of the world's largest charities says it will begin accepting donations in the virtual currency bitcoin.

United Way Worldwide said Monday that it will accept bitcoin donations for the charity's innovation fund through the San-Francisco-based wallet service Coinbase. The charity will accept donations from a donor's digital wallet with no transaction fees.

In a statement, United Way CEO Brian Gallagher says the charity wants to make it easier for donors to support causes they care about. He says that requires innovation through technology and outreach.

The Alexandria, Virginia-based charity says 1.6 million consumers use the Coinbase platform. Coinbase has sought to shore up confidence in bitcoin currency after trouble with the Mt. Gox exchange this year.

In August, federal regulators warned consumers about the risks of using virtual currencies.


Distracted driving conference set in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Potential solutions for distracted driving will be discussed at a conference in Richmond.

The 2014 Virginia Distracted Driving Summit will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Westin Richmond.

The conference organized by the nonprofit group Drive Smart Virginia will focus on enforcement, education, corporate policies and distracted driving research.

Actor Charlie Bewley will speak at the event on Monday.


1 killed, 3 hurt in Norfolk shooting

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Police in Norfolk are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and three others injured.

The Virginian-Pilot reports officers responded to reports of gunshots early Sunday in a residential area near a high school.

Police say in a news release that 24-year-old Jordan Smith was pronounced dead at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Three others suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police have not identified a suspect.


SCHEV hits the road for annual presidents meeting

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) - The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is taking a road trip.

The council will hold its annual joint meeting with the Council of Presidents on Monday and Tuesday at James Madison University.

The meeting comes at a critical time for higher education in Virginia. On campuses across the state, colleges and universities are struggling to achieve 5 percent cuts this fiscal year, with another round of cuts called for next year. They will total 7 percent.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has called for the cuts to make up a $2.4 billion shortfall in the current state budget.

Besides the cuts, the council will also discuss student access and affordability.

The council is the state's coordinating body for higher education.

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