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Student walkouts to protest new transgender policies and more Va. headlines

By: - September 27, 2022

• Students across Virginia are planning to walk out of class today to protest Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed rollback of transgender-inclusive K-12 policies.—WUSA9, Washington Post • Surveillance video from a Republican fundraiser doesn’t show a clear view of the altercation that led Del. Marie March to pursue an assault charge against Del. Wren Williams, her likely opponent […]

Big Bon Secours profits from a bare-bones Richmond hospital and more Va. headlines

By: - September 26, 2022

• A bare-bones community hospital in one of Richmond’s poorest neighborhoods has the highest profit margin of any hospital in Virginia. Its profitability comes from a drug program aimed at helping impoverished communities, but nonprofit health system Bon Secours isn’t reinvesting the money back into the facility.—New York Times • An election fight between two Republican lawmakers […]

Repeated fake threats to Roanoke schools and more Va. headlines

By: - September 23, 2022

• A fiery exchange between Virginia Reps. Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat, and Bob Good, a Republican, reportedly started during a discussion of suicides by transgender teenagers.—Washington Post • Gov. Glenn Youngkin told Kansans to “pick up the surf board” and ride the red wave during a campaign appearance for Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.—Kansas City Star • The […]

Spanberger and Good clash over transgender kids and more Va. headlines

By: - September 22, 2022

• A meeting between Virginia’s congressional delegation and Gov. Glenn Youngkin turned heated over the topic of transgender kids. Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger reportedly cursed at  Rep. Bob Good, a hard-right Republican who’s co-sponsoring a bill to ban “gender affirming care” for minors.—Punchbowl News • Experts and advocates say some aspects of Youngkin’s new policies on transgender […]

Three NoVa school districts say they’ll resist new transgender policies and more Va. headlines

By: - September 21, 2022

• Three Northern Virginia school districts indicated they’ll resist Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed policies for transgender students.—Washington Post • Georgia is the next announced stop on Youngkin’s out-of-state political tour to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidates. Kansas, New Mexico and Oregon are also on the schedule, according to aides.—CBS News • A decertified Hanover County sheriff’s deputy is […]

A politically connected Portsmouth HOA and more Va. headlines

By: - September 20, 2022

• Del. Danica Roem, D-Prince William, said she expects lawsuits against Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to change how transgender students are treated in public schools. “There’s a world of legal issues with this.”—WTOP • The governor is traveling to Arizona next month to campaign for GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, “the highest-profile, most MAGA-aligned candidate Youngkin has […]

LGBTQ students push back on new transgender policy and more Va. headlines

By: - September 19, 2022

• A judge threw out a lawsuit claiming Virginia’s reliance on fossil fuels violates the rights of young people by contributing to climate change.—Virginian-Pilot • Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s out-of-state trips on personal business have led to more than $18,300 in travel costs for his Virginia State Police bodyguards. The number does not include costs related to political […]

A UVA rebate for undergrads and more Va. headlines

By: - September 16, 2022

• To meet Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s request to keep tuition level, the University of Virginia is expected to approve a rebate for in-state undergraduates worth $690 per student.—Washington Post • In a split vote, the Virginia Board of Education approved licensure for a man hired to run Spotsylvania County’s schools despite having no background in education and […]

A state traffic death spike and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 15, 2022

• The White House announced a tentative deal to avoid a railroad strike that could’ve caused major economic disruption.—Washington Post • A member of the Hanover County School Board could face discipline for sending sensitive student information to a conservative legal group that opposes LGBTQ-friendly policies.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Speaking at Liberty University, former Vice President Mike Pence talked […]

Preparations underway for potential rail strike and more Va. headlines

By: - September 14, 2022

• A possible rail strike that might start Friday could mean a full shutdown of Virginia Railway Express, the Northern Virginia commuter service.—InsideNoVa • Norfolk Southern and the Virginia Port Authority were also taking steps to prepare for possible freight rail disruptions in Hampton Roads.—Virginian-Pilot • Gov. Glenn Youngkin said Virginia might miss its 2025 deadline to cut […]

Lunenburg’s abrupt school system closure and more Va. headlines

By: - September 13, 2022

• Insisting he has the power to pull Virginia out of the RGGI carbon market, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said the anti-climate change bill Democrats approved in 2020 was discretionary, not mandatory.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A Facebook message deemed threatening led Lunenburg County to abruptly shut down its entire school system on Monday with little explanation, frustrating some parents […]

Kiggans trying to reset campaign narrative and more Va. headlines

By: - September 12, 2022

• Republican state Sen. Jen. Kiggans is trying to reset the narrative of her congressional campaign by convincing Hampton Roads-area voters she’s “not an extremist.”—Washington Post • After last week’s failure to pick a new judge for the State Corporation Commission, several lawmakers say they’re upset by what appears to be an increasingly politicized approach to filling […]