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Petersburg tightens curfew for minors and more Va. headlines

By: - May 19, 2022

• An investigation is underway after a police officer allegedly left a minor at the door of a state-run mental health facility in Staunton without waiting for an employee. “Just told the child to stay, like you would do with a dog,” said Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath. “It’s unacceptable.”—WRIC • Norfolk police made an arrest in connection […]

Tight used car market driving up personal property taxes and more Va. headlines

By: - May 18, 2022

• The tight supply of used cars is causing some Virginians to take a hit on personal property taxes due to big increases in vehicles’ assessed value.—VPM • Gov. Glenn Youngkin is trying to make it easier for people with disabilities to join the state workforce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • After the district seemed to go solidly blue, 11 […]

A sharp reversal in Montpelier conflict and more Va. headlines

By: - May 17, 2022

• In a sharp reversal after months of conflict, the board that oversees James Madison’s Montpelier chose 11 new members recommended by a group of descendants of enslaved workers at the estate.—Washington Post • The chairman of the Spotsylvania County School Board approved members’ funding requests to attend a conference sponsored by a conservative political group but […]

A mysterious Air Board document and more Virginia headlines

By: - May 16, 2022

• A mysterious Virginia State Air Pollution Control Board document reportedly undercuts Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s assertion he has the power to pull out of a multi-state greenhouse gas reduction program.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Former Gov. Doug Wilder accused a VCU provost of racism for not taking disciplinary action against a university employee who sent Wilder a crude text […]

Cville’s Bodo’s Bagels workers want to unionize and more Va. headlines

By: - May 13, 2022

• State agencies are still trying to sort out the ramifications of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s new policy scaling back telework.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia ABC is sticking with a more lenient telework policy than the one Youngkin outlined.—Virginia Business • Youngkin told higher ed leaders he wants them to hire faculty with “diverse political perspectives.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A study that […]

Wildlife officials: Leave the fawns alone

By: - May 12, 2022

Spring is in full swing, and that means Virginians might be tempted to aid white-tailed deer fawns that appear to have been abandoned. Don’t do it, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources says. “Concerned people sometimes pick up animals that they think are orphaned. Most such ‘orphans’ that good-intentioned citizens ‘rescue’ every spring should have […]

A settlement in Liberty sexual misconduct case and more Va. headlines

By: - May 12, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan asked the Justice Department to enforce a federal law that appears to ban protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes. Fairfax County officials also rejected Youngkin’s request for a secure perimeter around the home of Justice Samuel Alito.—Washington Post • Democratic Sen. Joe Morrissey lashed out at a producer […]

DMV hire cancelled after Indiana controversy and more Va. headlines

By: - May 11, 2022

An Indiana official who was in line to be Virginia’s next DMV commissioner had his job offer rescinded by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration after the Indianapolis Star published a story on the official’s “history of allegedly inappropriate behavior.”—IndyStar Youngkin is under fire from some right-wing commentators for not taking more forceful action against abortion rights […]

Protests outside Justice Alito’s home and more Va. headlines

By: - May 10, 2022

• Pro-abortion protesters gathered outside the Northern Virginia home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, prompting Gov. Glenn Youngkin to say state police are “monitoring” the situation.—WTOP • Students at several Virginia schools staged walkouts Monday in support of continued abortion access.—WUSA9, WTOP • Democratic Del. Danica Roem announced a run for a newly drawn state Senate seat […]

Unhappiness over new state telework policy and more Va. headlines

By: - May 9, 2022

• Some government employees and Richmond-area lawmakers aren’t too happy about Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s plan to significantly tighten teleworking policies for the state workforce.—Richmond Times-Dispatch\ • Questions are swirling in Norfolk over whether Police Chief Larry Boone willingly retired or was forced out.—Virginian-Pilot • “A data error triggered during the Virginia Employment Commission’s long-delayed transition to a new […]

Boeing moves headquarters to Arlington and more headlines

By: - May 6, 2022

• Aerospace giant Boeing is planning to move its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, joining other defense contractors in close proximity to D.C.—Washington Post, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal •  The Caesars casino planned for Danville is now expected to open in 2024, not 2023.—Danville Register & Bee • Transfers from community colleges to top […]

Body cam video shows local deputies slamming 77-year-old to ground and other Va. headlines

By: - May 5, 2022

• Body camera video shows Warren County deputies slammed a 77-year-old man to the ground 13 days before he died of an apparent head injury. The local sheriff’s office had originally said the man had fallen over the trailer hitch on his truck and had non-life threatening injuries.—NBC4 Washington • Seven members of Congress, including several from […]