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Allison Winter

Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington D.C. correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Virginia Mercury.

New federal programs offer Virginia households a subsidy for affordable high-speed internet  

By: - May 17, 2022

Federal and state officials are rolling out a fleet of new programs in an expansive effort to bring faster and less expensive internet to all Virginians, especially those who have had trouble connecting in the past. The Biden administration announced last week an agreement with internet providers that will effectively offer free internet access to […]

State Supreme Court vacancies remain unfilled during political standoff

By: - May 9, 2022

Two vacant seats in the Virginia Supreme Court hang in the balance in the political standoff in the Virginia Assembly.  State lawmakers said in interviews this week that their negotiations over the justices continue but indicated they are no closer to resolution. “We do not have an agreement on how to proceed with the Senate,” […]

Navy, lawmakers investigate after suicides among crew at carrier in Newport News

By: - May 4, 2022

The Navy is investigating three apparent suicides that happened last month among the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, currently docked for an extensive maintenance and overhaul in Newport News. The recent spate of suicides, which happened within one week in April, add to the tragic toll of the ship. Nine crew members […]

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

By: - March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University the nation’s oldest private university and the University of […]

Cabinet pick to ‘change the trajectory of the commonwealth’

By: - January 15, 2022

Kay Coles James, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s new secretary of the commonwealth, is a staunch conservative with an unconventional origin story in Virginia.  James was born in Portsmouth, grew up in public housing with a family she has described as “dysfunctional” and was eventually raised by her aunt and uncle. As a seventh grader, she was […]

Thousands of Afghan refugees still living in temporary housing on Virginia military bases 

By: - December 23, 2021

More than 5,000 evacuees from Afghanistan are still living on military bases in Virginia, as they await paperwork or housing to start their new lives in the United States. They are among the 29,000 Afghanis who are in limbo at seven different military installations across the country, according to a count from the Department of […]

Youngkin promises to ‘slash regulations’ on day one for business growth

By: - December 3, 2021

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin promised business leaders Friday he would slash “job-killing regulations” and implement policies to “start winning big time” in the race to lure businesses and jobs to the region — laying out educational choice, diverse energy investments and lower taxes as top agenda items in his early days in office.  Youngkin’s remarks […]

Domestic ship operators question offshore wind project’s use of foreign ship

By: - November 19, 2021

A group of American ship operators filed a complaint this week against a foreign vessel working on Virginia’s new offshore wind development project — a move motivated by  concern, it says, that the offshore wind industry might not stay true to its promise to buoy American workers.  The Offshore Marine Service Association, a trade group, […]

Offshore wind industry leaders ask Congress to back long-term plans to increase production

By: - October 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making a significant push for new offshore wind development to meet ambitious climate goals, but industry leaders say they also need long-term commitments and support from Congress to reach their potential. Leaders of the burgeoning U.S. offshore wind industry called on Congress to invest in renewables at a hearing […]

Biden banks on offshore wind to help curb climate change

By: - April 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two wind turbines, each as tall as the Washington Monument, stand sentinel 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, the nation’s first offshore wind installation in federal waters. The pilot project began producing power last October but it is just the beginning for an industry poised for massive growth over the next decade. […]

Cuccinelli vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from violent protests

By: - August 5, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s number two at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers  that federal agents could exert force in […]

Vaccine makers deny political pressure in race for safe, effective shot

By: - July 22, 2020

Leaders of the companies working on some of the top candidates for COVID-19 vaccines predict they should have shots available by early 2021, but said they will rely on the federal government to determine how to distribute them. The heads of five biopharmaceutical companies with promising vaccine candidates told members of Congress Tuesday that they […]