Kilgore anti-pollution initiatives pass panel
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RICHMOND - Two anti-pollution initiatives sponsored by Delegate Terry G. Kilgore, 1st â€“ Gate City, chairman of the House Majority Caucus, have passed the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources. House Bills 1715 and 1758 will be considered by the entire House of Delegates in the coming weeks. This legislation will strengthen Virginia's laws to keep state waters clean. "I am pleased that the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources saw fit to report this important legislation so that the General Assembly can consider it. Our laws must have teeth in them so that those who contaminate our community rivers and streams will be either deterred or punished. Picking up our trash is not a partisan issue, it's all of our responsibility to keep our Commonwealth clean," said Kilgore. "These bills will give the courts the ability to assess stiffer penalties for those who do not respect our natural treasures. I think it's time to strenghen our pollution laws and I'm encouraged that they passed by such overwhelming margins." House Bill 1715 increases the fine for dumping garbage into the waters of the state from a maximum of $100 to $2,500. This bill passed 17-4. House Bill 1758 increases the fine for obstructing or contaminating state waters to a Class 1 misdemeanor. As it now stands, Virginia law stipulates the penalty is a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 or confinement in jail for not more than 12 months, or both. This bill passed 18-3.
NSTCC scholarship deadline is March 1
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BLOUNTVILLE - Looking for a way to afford college? The Northeast State Technical Community College Foundation may have the answer. March 1 is the deadline for Northeast State Foundation Scholarships awarded for the academic year beginning August 2007. Students applying for scholarships must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 1. The foundation offers dozens of academic scholarships to qualifying students. Scholarships are awarded following a competitive review process. An applicant should meet the stipulations set forth in each scholarship. The scholarship application qualifies a student only for a Foundation Scholarship. The application does not qualify students for other sources of state or federal financial aid. Academic scholarships cover a portion of tuition costs for a full academic year for a full-time student working toward an associate degree or certificate. The foundation provides scholarship awards that fund the purchase of textbooks. For a listing of available foundation scholarships, go to www.northeaststate.edu, follow the Foundation and Foundation Scholarship links and complete a scholarship application. For more information, contact Greg Walters at (423) 354-5120 or Megan Horn at (423) 279-7637.