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Northam declares state of emergency as second winter storm approaches and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 6, 2022

• Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency as a second winter storm heads toward Virginia.—WTOP • The declaration came as calls mount for an investigation into the “catastrophe” that trapped drivers on Interstate 95 overnight.—Washington Post • To help those stuck on the frozen interstate, a Baltimore bakery gave the go-ahead to open […]

Snowstorm fallout continues and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 5, 2022

• Sen. Tim Kaine’s commute from Richmond to D.C. took 27 hours this week thanks to the snowy shutdown of I-95. “It was cold. It was very cold.”—Washington Post • An Amtrak train from Atlanta got stuck in Virginia for more than a day and a half. Passengers reported a depleted snack bar and backed-up toilets.—Atlanta Journal […]

Senior staff picks for Youngkin admin and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 4, 2022

• Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced more senior staff hires, including the appointment of McGuireWoods heavy-hitter Richard Cullen as counselor.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post • Attorney General Mark Herring is re-upping his legal push to force federal authorities to respond to Virginia’s 2020 vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.—Associated Press • Republican Sen. Amanda Chase says she’s no longer […]

Youngkin discusses post-inauguration priorities and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 3, 2022

• In an interview with Virginia Business magazine, Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin discusses his top post-inauguration priorities, his relationships with Democrats, the pandemic and the future of legal marijuana.—Virginia Business • The fate of the Confederate statues that previously stood in Richmond could be decided by a pair of local museums under a tentative deal announced […]

As COVID-19 cases surge, officials urge against unnecessary ER visits

By: - December 30, 2021

State health officials and the association representing Virginia hospitals are urging against unnecessary emergency room visits as COVID-19 cases spike across the commonwealth in the final days of 2021. “Hospitals across Virginia have recently experienced an influx of patients seeking emergency department care for asymptomatic or relatively mild COVID-19 infections as well as cases of […]

Additional Youngkin cabinet appointees and more Virginia headlines

By: - December 23, 2021

• A time capsule was indeed recovered from the pedestal of the Robert E. Lee monument, but its contents underwhelmed slightly, raising questions of what happened to the other time capsule that period sources recorded being inserted into the 19th-century structure. “I think it’s still in the foundation,” one historian said.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Former U.S. senator and […]

Elusive Lee statue time capsule to be opened and more Virginia headlines

By: - December 22, 2021

• The 130-year-old time capsule extracted from the base of the pedestal that held the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond will be opened today at a lab at the Department of Historic Resources. Gov. Ralph Northam will be there to watch.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin named as his commerce secretary a Northern Virginia businesswoman who […]

SCOVA chief justice steps down and more Virginia headlines

By: - December 21, 2021

• Donald Lemons is stepping down as chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court. He will be replaced by former Chesapeake judge and current Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn.—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian-Pilot • Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin named an education consultant with a long background in employing data in education policy and testing as his education secretary. “This is a great sign […]

Democrats spar over action on abortion rights and more Virginia headlines

By: - December 20, 2021

• Virginia House and Senate Democrats are sparring over a push by some activists to bring the legislature back to Richmond to take action on abortion rights before Republicans take control of the governor’s mansion and House of Delegates.—Washington Post, New York Times • Just days after his spokesman told a reporter Gov. Ralph Northam “does not micromanage […]

Delegate stepping down, police union wants Richmond chief out and more headlines

By: - December 17, 2021

• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has unveiled his full outgoing budget plan largely ignores the state’s overburdened unemployment system.—Associated Press • Former attorney general candidate and two-term Del. Jay Jones, D-Norfolk, announced he’s resigning his seat at the end of 2021 to focus on family, though he didn’t rule out the possibility of future campaigns. “Let me […]

Budgeting and accounting errors, a ‘toothless punishment’ for Henrico and more headlines

By: - December 16, 2021

• Proposed redistricting maps under consideration by the Virginia Supreme Court would significantly reduce the number of majority Black districts in the state’s General Assembly.”—Associated Press • The Northam administration fired 14 employees responsible for monitoring drinking water systems across the state, citing a $1.4 million “budgeting error.” A previous study recommended hiring more staff for the […]

Another cyber attack on state govt.; Northam backs grocery tax repeal and more headlines

By: - December 15, 2021

• A second ransomware attack on state government IT systems has “paralyzed” payroll and time sheet software for the agency that oversees Virginia’s state-run mental hospitals.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • “The Chesapeake School Board voted Monday night to rescind mask requirements for all students, making it the first board in the Hampton Roads region to defy Gov. Ralph Northam’s universal […]