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New poll gives Youngkin slight edge among likely voters and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 23, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • A University of Mary Washington poll gives Republican Glenn Youngkin an edge over McAuliffe among likely voters. McAuliffe retains a slight lead among all registered voters surveyed, which could signal GOP voters are more enthusiastic about the race than Democrats.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • […]

Winchester judge rules against anti-vax nurses and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 22, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Beekeepers are divided over a state lottery that aims to boost pollinator population by giving away free hives, with some worrying that giving the equipment to inexperienced keepers doesn’t do much good. “If you’re going to get bees and let them die off, […]

Newport News school shooting and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 21, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Dominion Energy earned more than $1.1 billion above a fair profit from its Virginia customers in four years, according to State Corporation Commission staff testimony filed in an ongoing review of the monopoly utility’s books.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Maps drawn by the Democratic advisor to […]

Mondelez workers’ strike ends with agreement and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 20, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • “Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a tight race for Virginia governor, with McAuliffe standing at 50 percent to 47 percent for Youngkin among likely voters in a Washington Post-Schar School poll.”—Washington Post • In a shift from recent election […]

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More children hospitalized with COVID-19 than ever before and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 17, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • More kids are hospitalized with COVID-19 than at any point during the pandemic, with at least 252 confirmed or suspected cases reported by hospitals last week. “Now we’re seeing children who are coming in with pneumonia and the need for oxygen. It’s […]

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McAuliffe and Youngkin to meet for their first debate and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 16, 2021

• “Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin had raised a combined $66 million through August, more than double the previous record at this point in Virginia’s gubernatorial campaign.”—VPAP • McAuliffe and Youngkin meet tonight in Grundy for the first of two planned gubernatorial debates.—Associated Press • “A historically Black town stood in the way […]

Dominion to run coal plant through 2045 and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 15, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • In some areas, demand for COVID-19 tests is again outstripping supply.—Free Lance-Star • Four weeks into the school year in Chesterfield County, 2,231 of the district’s 60,000 children were in quarantine.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Ahead of their first debate Thursday, gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn […]

Curbside composting in Arlington and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 14, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • The Nature Conservancy is partnering with Dominion Energy to develop the first utility-scale solar project on a former strip-mine.—Bristol Herald Courier • After a surge of students in Franklin County claimed vague religious and medical reasons prevented them from wearing masks, the local school […]

Marijuana arrests plummet and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 13, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Virginia counted its 800,000th COVID-19 infection and its 12,000th death since the pandemic began.—Roanoke Times • Large employers say they plan to comply with President Biden’s vaccine mandate, though some say they worry about losing key employees in difficult-to-fill positions.—Virginian-Pilot • “Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) […]

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Lost time capsule under Lee statue and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 10, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Crews were unable to find a 134-year-old time capsule believed to be buried in the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, giving up after about 12 hours of searching.—Associated Press • Glenn Youngkin, the GOP’s nominee for governor, and […]

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Lee removed from Monument Ave and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 9, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Hundreds came out to watch the removal of the Robert E. Lee memorial from Monument Avenue in Richmond. “It’s very difficult to imagine, certainly, even two years ago that the statues on Monument Avenue would actually be removed,” said Ana Edwards, a […]

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Afghan evacuees flood NoVa hospitals and more Virginia headlines

By: - September 8, 2021

NEWS TO KNOW Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere. • Crews begin work this morning removing Richmond’s Lee statue, one of the country’s largest remaining monuments to the Confederacy. The work will be live-streamed by VPM beginning at 8 a.m.—Associated Press, VPM • Workers will also replace a Confederate time capsule with an array of […]