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Mass shooting at Chesapeake Walmart kills seven and more Va. headlines

By: - November 23, 2022

• Seven people are dead after a shooter opened fire in a Walmart in Chesapeake late Tuesday. The shooting comes just over a week after a University of Virginia student shot five former football teammates, killing three.—Associated Press, Virginian-Pilot • Democratic Del. Sam Rasoul of Roanoke is renewing a push to let 16-year-olds register to vote and […]

First Black superintendent of VMI faces backlash and more Va. headlines

By: - November 22, 2022

• The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the Fairfax County School Board arguing it couldn’t be held liable for an alleged sexual assault on a school band trip. The case, now going to trial in Alexandria, hinges on whether a school system can be held at fault for a “single alleged assault when […]

Board of Ed rebuffs emergency accreditation overhaul and more Va. headlines

By: - November 21, 2022

• The motive behind the University of Virginia shooting remains unclear, and families of both the suspect and the victims are struggling to find answers.—Washington Post • Virginia’s Board of Education rebuffed an effort by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration to enact an emergency overhaul of the state’s school accreditation standards in time for the next academic year.—Richmond […]

Another try at getting rid of same-sex marriage ban and more Va. headlines

By: - November 18, 2022

• A special counsel appointed by the Virginia attorney general’s office will lead an outside review of how the University of Virginia handled Sunday’s shooting that killed three football players.—Washington Post • The attorney for a family of one of the shooting victims is raising questions about whether UVA did enough to investigate warning signs before the […]

Suspected UVA shooter appears in court and more Va. headlines

By: - November 17, 2022

• The University of Virginia canceled its final home football game of the season as the community continues to mourn the deaths of three players killed in Sunday’s shooting. The school has not made a decision yet about its Nov. 26 game against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.—Washington Post • The suspected shooter was denied bond in his […]

Silver Line to Dulles opens and more Va. headlines

By: - November 16, 2022

• A University of Virginia student who witnessed Sunday’s shooting that left three football players dead said the alleged gunman mostly stayed to himself during the field trip to see a play in D.C. as part of an African American theater class. On the bus ride home to Charlottesville, she said, he sat alone in the […]

A shooting at UVA and more Va. headlines

By: - November 15, 2022

• Three University of Virginia football players were killed in a shooting Sunday night allegedly committed by a former member of the team. The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was taken into custody Monday morning outside Richmond and charged with murder. Two other victims remain hospitalized.—Washington Post • The Richmond Times-Dispatch published a profile of Jones when […]

Little payoff from state-funded Martinsville institute and more Va. headlines

By: - November 14, 2022

• Martinsville’s state-funded New College Institute is supposed to improve the economic prospects of people in one of the state’s poorest regions. An investigation by the Martinsville Bulletin found the educational facility “spent millions on salaries and programs that offered little payoff.” —Martinsville Bulletin • New history and social science standards rolled out by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s […]

Youngkin ‘cautiously optimistic’ about 15-week abortion ban and more Va. headlines

By: - November 11, 2022

• D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a consumer protection lawsuit accusing the Washington Commanders, franchise owner Dan Snyder, the NFL and league Commissioner Roger Goodell of misleading the public to protect profits.—Washington Post • In an appearance on Fox Business, Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Earle-Sears said it’s time for Republicans to move on from Donald Trump. […]

Youngkin dodges questions about Trump run and more Va. headlines

By: - November 10, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s winning formula in Virginia’s governor’s race mostly didn’t transfer to the 15 GOP gubernatorial candidates he campaigned with ahead of the midterms. Just four had clear victories as of Wednesday. A Youngkin advisor said “every state is different, every candidate is different.”—Washington Post • Youngkin said the midterm results show a “divided country” […]

Dems sweep Roanoke council races while Rs sweep Lynchburg and more Va. headlines

By: - November 9, 2022

• Democrats swept the Roanoke City Council races, ending GOP hopes of electing the first Republican to the body since 2004.—Roanoke Times • Republicans swept Lynchburg City Council elections.—News & Advance • A Republican-backed slate of six candidates swept elections for the Chesapeake School Board.—Virginian-Pilot • Two Virginia Beach School Board members appeared to be in danger of losing […]

Virginia Election Day 2022: Updates

By: - November 8, 2022

As Virginians head to the polls today, Mercury staff are covering how the election unfolds across the commonwealth. On the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot: all 11 Virginia seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The big ones to watch: 2nd Congressional District: Democratic incumbent Elaine Luria v. Republican challenger Jen Kiggans 7th Congressional District: Democratic […]