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Spanberger Leads Push to Prevent Offshore Drilling in Virginia
Congress
Spanberger Leads Push to Prevent Offshore Drilling in Virginia
2023-01-26 23:10:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — As House Republicans move closer to a vote on a bill intended to curb the president’s ability to sell oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., is pushing for an amendment to prevent her state’s... Read More

Elections
McClellan Wins Democratic Nomination in Virginia’s 4th CD
2022-12-22 16:53:27
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination to succeed the late A. Donald McEachin in Congress, garnering 84.81% of the vote, party officials announced early Thursday morning. McClellan far outdistanced her chief rival for... Read More

Elections
It’s All Over but the Vote Counting in ‘Firehouse’ Primary in Va.
2022-12-21 14:50:23
by Dan McCue

RICHMOND, Va. — More than 26,400 people turned out to vote in a “firehouse” Democratic primary held in Virginia's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday — so many that the party had to reportedly print as many as 10,000 additional ballots... Read More

Elections
Four Democrats Vying to Win Virginia ‘Firehouse Primary’
2022-12-16 21:16:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Virginia Democratic Party is holding a “firehouse primary” on Tuesday to determine who will fill the 4th Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of newly reelected Rep. A. Donald McEachin. Virginia’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin... Read More

Civil Rights
Opposition Grows to Virginia Policy on Transgender Student Rights
2022-10-11 20:17:51
by Tom Ramstack

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The City of Alexandria is telling Virginia’s state leadership its schools will not comply with the proposed Model Policies denying special accommodations for transgender students that face a final deadline this month. A letter Mayor Justin Wilson... Read More

In The States
Youngkin Releases ‘All-of-the-Above’ State Energy Plan for Virginia
2022-10-03 21:01:03
by Dan McCue

LYNCHBURG, Va. — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin unveiled his “2022 Energy Plan” for the state on Monday, adopting an “all-of-the-above” approach that includes natural gas, renewable energy, hydrogen and, most notably, nuclear power to meet the state's current and future... Read More

In The States
Virginia Attorney General Establishes Unit to Enforce Election Laws
2022-09-19 15:30:23
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s attorney general is setting up an Election Integrity Unit to give advice and to prosecute violations of the state’s election laws. The unit will operate with more than 20 attorneys, investigators and paralegals. They are supposed... Read More

Education
School Requirements on COVID-19 Protections Vary Widely
2022-08-09 20:11:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The new school year starts within weeks with questions about what protections against COVID-19 will be required of students still unresolved in many states and counties. Most states have eliminated vaccine requirements but some cling to masks, either as... Read More

Infrastructure
Northern Section of GW Memorial Parkway to Undergo $161M Renovation
2022-07-19 23:03:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was among the officials who took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the $161 million renovation of the northern section of George Washington Memorial Parkway. The project is one of the largest infrastructure... Read More

Elections
The Choice in Virginia and DC: Stay the Course or Embrace Change
2022-06-18 16:47:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the 2021 gubernatorial contest has Republicans dreaming of pulling the state’s congressional delegation solidly back into the red column. This year the smart money says both Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who currently represents the... Read More

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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