| Nov 13, 2014
| 10:05 AM
In a blunt letter to Congress, nearly 100 retired Navy and Marine Corps leaders on Wednesday warned of dire consequences to the U.S. fleet unless Congress pumps billions of additional dollars into shipbuilding, repair and maintenance.
The letter comes...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 7:51 AM
When a federal judicial panel voted this year to reduce the sentences of thousands of inmates serving time for federal drug crimes, the move won praise from the Justice Department and advocates for prisoners.
But now, with the Nov. 1 deadline for...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 6:55 PM
— The first known case of Ebola contracted in the United States is giving urgency to moves by lawmakers to boost funding for a response after years of cuts to federal prevention and research budgets.
With health officials raising the prospect of...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 10:24 AM
Defense spending -- and particularly the way the Pentagon buys things -- needs a sharp eye, says Suzanne Patrick, the Democrat who is challenging Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Virginia Beach, in November.
But funding a powerful blue-water Navy is a priority,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 6:04 PM
The aircraft carrier business has done more than boost the bottom line of Newport News Shipbuilding. It has almost certainly kept Hampton Roads out of a recession.
That observation, backed by data that illustrates the shipyard's striking influence in...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 5:36 PM
Gov. Terry McAuliffe helicoptered into Newport News Friday morning to help christen Jefferson Lab's new and improved particle beam accelerator, which just underwent a $338 million upgrade.
But he also came as a cheerleader, a coach and a bit as a...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 3:13 PM
Maryland is now facing a $405 million revenue shortfall over this year and next, largely the result of sluggish job growth, stagnant incomes and a weak housing market, state officials reported Wednesday.
Five years after the official end of the...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 3:38 PM
There is a rhetorical infestation loose in Washington, and left untreated, it will devour what little remains of honest communication in the nation's capital.
It is the f-word. No, not that one. The other one — the one that, in either its...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 5:38 PM
Members of Congress and the White House anticipated a peace dividend by winding down America's foreign wars, closing bases and shedding tens of thousands of troops.
But President Obama's new, open-ended strategy to confront Islamic State fighters in...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 6:26 AM
In Hampton Roads, the word "drone" has usually referred to unmanned military aircraft. But given shrinking defense budgets, local companies would like to take this technology to U.S. commercial markets.
Businesses want to use drones — unmanned...
| May 1, 2014
| 3:32 AM
When it comes to economic uncertainty, 2013 was the worst year for Hampton Roads, the director of Old Dominion University's economic forecasting team said after a Wednesday presentation in Newport News. This year should be better for both business and...