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Early Voting Gets Underway in Virginia Primary
In The States
Early Voting Gets Underway in Virginia Primary
2022-05-06 18:07:52
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — Early voting began in Virginia on Friday ahead of the commonwealth’s June 21 primaries. Early voting will continue through June 18 at 5 p.m. Those wishing to vote in person can do so at their local register’s... Read More

Dominion Seeks Proposals for Acquisition of Renewable Energy Projects in Virginia
Renewable Energy
Dominion Seeks Proposals for Acquisition of Renewable Energy Projects in Virginia
2022-05-03 20:14:41
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — Dominion Energy is soliciting proposals for the acquisition of up to 1,200 MW of new solar and onshore wind projects, and 125 MW of energy storage. The request for proposal for the acquisitions is here and an... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With High School Accused of Excluding Asian Americans
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Sides With High School Accused of Excluding Asian Americans
2022-04-26 19:32:51
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn an elite Virginia high school's policies intended to make the student population more demographically diverse in the latest uproar over school admission rules. The parents of applicants to Thomas Jefferson... Read More

Judge Says Schools Can Require Masks Despite Different Virginia Law
In The States
Judge Says Schools Can Require Masks Despite Different Virginia Law
2022-03-25 21:06:11
by Tom Ramstack

LYNCHBURG, Va. — A federal judge’s ruling this week modifies a Virginia law abolishing mask mandates in public schools. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon ruled that schools with 12 students who have health conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19... Read More

Reporter, 25, Caught in Crossfire, Killed Leaving Virginia Restaurant
Crime
Reporter, 25, Caught in Crossfire, Killed Leaving Virginia Restaurant
2022-03-21 19:50:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A 25-year-old newspaper reporter was one of two people killed after a shooting early Saturday morning in Norfolk, Virginia. Sierra Jenkins, who covered education for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, was caught in the crossfire as she was leaving Chicho’s... Read More

Virginia to Consider Gas Tax Suspension
In The States
Virginia to Consider Gas Tax Suspension
2022-03-16 23:08:24
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is sending a bill to the general assembly during its upcoming special session to suspend that state's gas tax for three months. According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular... Read More

Appeal Claims Tennessee Elections Director Wrongly Violating Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights
In The States
Appeal Claims Tennessee Elections Director Wrongly Violating Ex-Felon’s Voting Rights
2022-02-24 17:16:35
by Dan McCue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s elections director is wrongly violating an ex-felon’s voting rights, preventing him from registering despite having served his sentence and being granted clemency in another state, a newly filed appeal claims. Ernest Falls was convicted of involuntary... Read More

<strong>Biden Travels to Virginia to Talk Health Care</strong>
Prescription Drugs
Biden Travels to Virginia to Talk Health Care
2022-02-10 20:17:35
by Alexa Hornbeck

CULPEPER COUNTY, Va. — President Joe Biden traveled to Culpeper County, Virginia, Thursday delivering remarks intended to revive provisions of his now moribund Build Back Better agenda related to lowering health care costs and, particularly, prescription drug prices. Mindful of... Read More

Virginia Attorney General Sues Over School Mask Mandates
In The States
Virginia Attorney General Sues Over School Mask Mandates
2022-01-21 21:08:19
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Virginia’s new attorney general continued a hard turn to the right Thursday when he filed documents in the state Supreme Court asking for a dismissal of a lawsuit against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order overturning mask mandates. Youngkin’s executive... Read More

Luria to Seek Reelection in Virginia’s Revised 2nd District
Political News
Luria to Seek Reelection in Virginia’s Revised 2nd District
2022-01-06 22:39:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., a Navy veteran currently serving her second term in Congress said Thursday she’s going to battle for a third term, despite a redrawing of her district that is more favorable to a Republican candidate.... Read More

Drivers Snowed-In All Night as I-95 Shuts Down in Virginia
Weather
Drivers Snowed-In All Night as I-95 Shuts Down in Virginia

RUTHER GLEN, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of motorists were stranded all night in snow and freezing temperatures along a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 after a crash involving six tractor-trailers in Virginia, where authorities were struggling Tuesday to reach them.... Read More

New Laws Take Effect Nationwide
In The States
New Laws Take Effect Nationwide
2022-01-03 21:12:37
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — New laws added to the books around the country during last year’s legislative sessions have now gone into effect with the arrival of the new year. Measures governing redistricting, police reforms, minimum wage increases and more with... Read More

Spanberger to Seek Reelection in Virginia’s New 7th Congressional District
Political News
Spanberger to Seek Reelection in Virginia’s New 7th Congressional District
2021-12-29 20:27:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A day after the Virginia Supreme Court approved a new House district map that substantially redefines the area she represents, Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger announced she’s all in for a reelection bid in 2022. “Nearly 200,000 Virginians in... Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Rejects GOP Redistricting Nominees
Redistricting
Virginia Supreme Court Rejects GOP Redistricting Nominees
2021-11-13 16:18:55
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — In a unanimous ruling, the Virginia Supreme Court on Friday rejected all three Republicans nominated to help it draw new legislative district maps based on 2020 census data. The move is the latest development since a bipartisan... Read More

Youngkin Wins In Virginia; In Stunner, NJ Remains Too Close to Call
Political News
Youngkin Wins In Virginia; In Stunner, NJ Remains Too Close to Call
2021-11-03 17:42:22
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a race widely seen as an early referendum on the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats. As of Wednesday morning, with... Read More

Virginia Gives Democrats a Test of Black Turnout Before 2022
In The States
Virginia Gives Democrats a Test of Black Turnout Before 2022

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University's homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote. "Everybody I talked... Read More

Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays
In The States
Poll Shows Youngkin Gaining in Virginia Governor’s Race, Redistricting Delays
2021-10-20 23:18:55
by Dan McCue

With just two critical weeks to go before Election Day, Republican Glenn Youngkin has pulled into a statistical dead heat with Democrat Terry McAuliffe. A widening partisan gap in voter engagement and an apparent shift in issue priorities are bolstering... Read More

Top Democrats Woo Black Voters in Virginia Governor’s Race
In The States
Top Democrats Woo Black Voters in Virginia Governor's Race

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams on Sunday urged Black churchgoers to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in next month's Virginia governor's election, saying that what happens in the most watched race this year will "show... Read More

Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit
Social Media
Family of Slain Journalist Claims Facebook Exploited Tragedy for Profit
2021-10-12 18:40:45
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON -- Imagine knowing your daughter’s moment of death has been immortalized in a video online. Now imagine that it keeps popping up over and over again on Facebook, Instagram, and Google’s YouTube for six years and counting, despite your... Read More

Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls
In The States
Virginia Voters Begin Heading to the Polls
2021-09-17 21:12:41
by Dan McCue

Early in-person voting in Virginia’s general election began Friday morning, the start of a 45-day period in which those registered to do so can cast ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, the House of Delegates and in local races.... Read More

Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee Removed in Virginia Capital
In The States
Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee Removed in Virginia Capital
2021-09-08 20:33:39
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. -- A statue of General Robert E. Lee that has held a prominent place in the former Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, for 131 years was taken down Wednesday morning. Disputes over whether the statue is a symbol... Read More

Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
Law
Virginia Supreme Court Reinstates Teacher Opposed to Transgender Policy
2021-09-02 20:34:36
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled this week that a public school teacher must be reinstated after he was suspended for refusing to use transgender students’ preferred names and pronouns. The teacher, physical education instructor Tanner Cross, cited... Read More

Port of Virginia, Dominion Energy Reach Deal to Propel Offshore Wind Industry
Energy
Port of Virginia, Dominion Energy Reach Deal to Propel Offshore Wind Industry
2021-08-26 15:55:20
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - The Port of Virginia says it will lease a portion of its Portsmouth Marine Terminal to Dominion Energy in a bid to accelerate construction of the largest commercial offshore wind farm in the United States, and ensure... Read More

Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
Education
Virginia Mandates Face Masks for all K-12 Schools
2021-08-12 19:16:45
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed an emergency order last Thursday requiring that face masks be worn in all indoor settings in the state's K-12 schools. The move comes after a handful of school districts in recent days... Read More

Virginia to Honor Asian American Pacific Islanders With Historical Markers
In The States
Virginia to Honor Asian American Pacific Islanders With Historical Markers
2021-08-03 14:46:26
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND -- The state of Virginia will erect five new state historical highway markers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander history in the Commonwealth, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday. The markers were submitted by Virginia students through the inaugural AAPI Heritage... Read More

Half of Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals Forced to Close to New Patients Due to Overcrowding
Mental Health
Half of Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals Forced to Close to New Patients Due to Overcrowding
2021-08-03 14:31:55
by Alexa Hornbeck

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services has struggled for years with patient overcrowding in state mental health hospitals. Then, on July 9, five out of the eight state psychiatric hospitals were forced to temporarily close to new... Read More

Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
In The States
Virginia to Invest $700 Million to Provide Universal Broadband by 2024
2021-07-16 21:17:07
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that the commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to provide universal broadband to its residents by 2024. “It’s time to close the digital divide in our Commonwealth and treat... Read More

Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
In The States
Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
2021-07-11 12:08:24
by Dan McCue

While states across the country have been grappling with a delay in the reporting of U.S. Census Bureau data as they contemplate drawing new election district maps, the pandemic-caused slowing of the information could impact Virginia House of Delegates races... Read More

GOP Candidate’s Private Equity Resume Draws Scrutiny in Va.
In The States
GOP Candidate's Private Equity Resume Draws Scrutiny in Va.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Newly retired, Judy Pavlick was among hundreds of seniors who enjoyed the low cost-of-living and friendly atmosphere at Plaza Del Rey, a sprawling mobile home park in Sunnyvale, California. Then the Carlyle Group acquired the property... Read More

Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
In The States
Ciattarelli and McAuliffe Winners in Gubernatorial Primaries
2021-06-09 18:19:03
by Brock Blasdell

Jack Ciattarelli, a moderate Republican from New Jersey, and Terry McAuliffe, an establishment Democrat from Virginia, both had strong victories in last night's gubernatorial primaries against their respective party’s political competition. Now in the last stretch of a race to... Read More

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