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ACA health plan costs to drop sharply in Virginia and more headlines

By: - August 16, 2022

• The cost of individual Affordable Care Act health insurance plans is set to decline sharply in Virginia due to changes in state and federal policy.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Uber driver whose car plowed into an Arlington bar didn’t intentionally crash and alcohol wasn’t a factor, according to authorities.—Washington Post • A dispute over a historical exhibit on […]

A review of Virginia’s I-95 snowstorm debacle and more Va. headlines

By: - August 15, 2022

• An audit of Virginia’s response to a January snowstorm that left drivers stranded on I-95 found the state failed to adapt and learn from a similar incident on I-81 a few years ago.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Episcopal Diocese voted to spend $10 million on reparations. Now its leaders have to figure out what that means.—Washington […]

Ex-cop sentenced over Jan. 6 and more Va. headlines

By: - August 12, 2022

• A former Rocky Mount police officer who participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol was sentenced to more than seven years in prison, one of the harshest punishments yet for a Jan. 6 defendant.—Roanoke Times • An author who set out to write a book about former Gov. Ralph Northam’s blackface scandal was […]

Lawsuit over Youngkin, Carlyle tax-free stock payouts and more Va. headlines

By: - August 11, 2022

• A Pittsburgh pension fund that holds shares in the Carlyle Group filed a lawsuit claiming Gov. Glenn Youngkin and other Carlyle executives unfairly enriched themselves with tax-free stock payouts. A spokesperson for Youngkin, who left the private equity firm in 2020, called the lawsuit “baseless.”—NBC News • U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said he was “most disturbed” […]

Youngkin says parents should be informed of LGBTQ student identity and more Va. headlines

By: - August 10, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin indicated he supports requiring schools to inform parents about their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity.“Parents should be at the forefront of all of these discussions,” the governor said. “And I firmly believe that teachers and schools have an obligation to make sure that parents are well informed about what’s happening in […]

What changed after Unite the Right and more Va. headlines

By: - August 9, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration says more workers have joined state government than have left after its new, stricter telework policy was announced.—Virginian-Pilot • The governor is facing a second lawsuit over his office’s refusal to release records related to the tipline he touted as a way to stop critical race theory in schools.—Washington Post • “Black Charlottesville […]

Marine commission member lobbying on pipeline and more Va. headlines

By: - August 8, 2022

• A member of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission lobbied other officials to support a natural gas pipeline extension project near Petersburg his board will vote on. But he won’t say if he was paid for his advocacy.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A former doctor who murdered his father after suffering a traumatic brain injury was pardoned last year […]

Body camera footage of Fairfax police shooting and more Va. headlines

By: - August 5, 2022

• Body camera footage shows Fairfax County police shooting a man suffering a mental health crisis after he rushed toward officers with a wine bottle. “We believe that the three police officers … could have, and should have, handled this far differently,” the man’s parents said.—Washington Post • State Police are investigating a potential scheme to use […]

Holes in alleged Richmond mass shooting plot claims and more Va. headlines

By: - August 4, 2022

• Under questioning from a judge, a Richmond prosecutor said he had no evidence two Guatemalan men charged with gun crimes were planning a mass shooting at a Fourth of July celebration held in a city park, contradicting earlier claims from city officials that made national news.—Axios Richmond • At a news conference, Richmond Police Chief Gerald […]

Feds sharply criticize organ sharing nonprofit and more Va. headlines

By: - August 2, 2022

• A special prosecutor concluded a town of Windsor police officer involved in a controversial 2020 traffic stop didn’t break any state laws but should be investigated by federal authorities for possible civil rights violations.—Virginian-Pilot • A federal review found the Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that oversees organ donations across the country, “relies […]

Rep. Good calls for cameras in classrooms and more Va. headlines

By: - August 1, 2022

• “Facing tough political head winds and inflation,” Democrats in Virginia are “advocating for abortion rights, and for others, same-sex marriage and contraception, as a key message in a midterm election cycle expected to favor Republicans.”—Washington Post • “Thirty Virginia legislators called on the Biden administration Saturday to take action on behalf of Asim Ghafoor, a friend […]

White supremacist propaganda incidents and more Va. headlines

By: - July 29, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed onto a letter accusing the Biden administration of holding money for school meals hostage to leverage protections for LGBTQ+ students.—WRIC • “Virginia had the second-highest number of incidents involving white supremacist propaganda in the nation last year. And it has steadily increased in the last few years.”—Virginian-Pilot • Torrential rains have caused flooding […]