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Visitors to 21 national parks in Va. had cumulative benefit to state’s economy of nearly $2 billion

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 22,233,323 visitors to 21 national parks in Virginia spent over $1.2 billion in Virginia in 2021. That spending resulted in 18,000 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of nearly $2 billion.

PWC Police report that the reward offered in Benton Middle School shooting investigation now $6000

Through a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, First Sgt. Perok reports that an additional $5,000 reward is being offered in connection to the arrest and conviction of the accused. The PWC Police Department is also offering up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

AARP scam alert - Be on the lookout for IRS scam imposters

Scammers posing as IRS agents or Treasury Department officials are calling to try to convince taxpayers that they owe back taxes and face immediate arrest if they don’t pay immediately.

Local Social Security offices to reopen April 7—with restrictions

Local Social Security offices will restore in-person services, including for people without an appointment, on April 7, 2022.

FEMA Region 3 helps bereaved families, reaches COVID funeral cost milestone

FEMA Region 3 reports funeral assistance funds provided to families of applicants have topped $208 million.

Sen. Kaine backs bill to cap out-of-pocket insulin costs at $35/month

“No one should have to choose between paying for their medication and keeping food on the table,” said Senator Kaine. “I’m proud to cosponsor legislation that would cap out-of-pocket costs of insulin and help working families make ends meet.” The Affordable Insulin Now Act would require Medicare plans and private group or individual health care plans to cap patients’ out-of-pocket costs for insulin at $35 per month.

Rep. Connolly reports $948 million+ in American Rescue Plan funds for higher education in Virginia

Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) reports that the U.S. Department of Education announced that colleges and universities in Virginia have received $948 million+ in American Rescue Plan funds over the past year

Sen. Kaine (D-VA) introduces legislation to boost military spouses in job market

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is Co-Chair of the Senate Military Families Caucus, and U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) introduced the Military Spouse Hiring Act March 23. This legislation proposes to amend the tax code to incentivize businesses to hire military spouses.

Want to attend a service academy?  Sen. Warner’s service academy info event is April 23

Senator Mark Warner will host his annual Academy Day on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a virtual event that will be hosted on Accelevents. The event will offer students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes.

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