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Obscene gesture violated Mattaponi chief’s protective order, court finds

By: - February 4, 2022

A member of Virginia’s Mattaponi tribe who has protested tribal government was convicted Thursday of violating a court-issued  protective order by giving the tribal chief the finger in December. Steven “Wahoo” Custalow was sentenced to five days in jail and fined $200 plus court costs by King William County General District Court Judge Stephen A. […]

No rulings yet in lawsuits over Youngkin’s mask order and more Virginia headlines

By: - February 3, 2022

• An Arlington judge says she plans to issue a ruling soon on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order overturning mask mandates. Cases on the issue are also pending in Loudoun County and the Supreme Court of Virginia. “I haven’t decided,” the judge said.—Washington Post • The 27-year-old former student accused of a double shooting at […]

Gunman kills campus officers at Bridgewater and more Va. headlines

By: - February 2, 2022

• A gunman shot and killed two campus officers at Bridgewater College, a small Christian school in Rockingham County. The suspect, a 27-year-old who attended the school, has been charged with two counts of capital murder, among other charges. The two slain officers were close friends, “known to many of us as the ‘dynamic duo,’” said […]

Virginia universities end vaccine mandates and more headlines

By: - February 1, 2022

• At least four state universities — VCU, UVA, Virginia Tech and George Mason — announced they are ending COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students in line with an opinion issued by Attorney General Jason Miyares.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • The Virginia Department of Taxation sent thousands of people in Virginia Beach their neighbors’ tax forms. “It’s just wrong,” one […]

A tussle over VMI’s equity efforts and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 31, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he plans to serve four years, but his aggressive start is fueling speculation he could run for higher office.—Associated Press • The first Black superintendent of VMI took to Facebook to blast critics of the military school’s diversity and equity efforts.—Washington Post • Youngkin went for a face-to-face meeting last week with a […]

Investigation into I-95 fiasco finds flaws in Va.’s emergency response and more headlines

By: - January 28, 2022

• An investigation into the snowstorm fiasco on I-95 found “internal miscommunications, botched public messaging and holes in the state’s emergency response added to the confusion, raising questions about Virginia’s preparedness for this and future disasters.”—Washington Post • University leaders appeared alongside Gov. Glenn Youngkin to support his pitch for new K-12 charter schools run […]

More than half of Virginia school districts defying Youngkin’s masking order and more headlines

By: - January 27, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he’s “having a ball” and is “surprised that so many are surprised” by his early executive actions on critical race theory and masks in schools.—Washington Post • More than half of Virginia’s school districts were still requiring masks despite Youngkin’s order telling parents they can opt out.—Washington Post • Youngkin […]

Youngkin touts tipline for reporting ‘divisive’ concepts in school and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 26, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin wants parents to use an email tipline to report “divisive” concepts in schools.—Virginian-Pilot • In a new magazine profile, former Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. self-analyzes his recent fall from power. “Because of my last name, people think I’m a religious person. But I’m not. My goal was to make […]

More school districts sue over Youngkin mask order and more Va. headlines

By: - January 25, 2022

• As his ban on school mask mandates drew another legal challenge from a coalition of local school officials, Gov. Glenn Youngkin said school districts resisting his order “aren’t recognizing the rights of parents.”—Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch • Youngkin has proposed $3.5 billion in budget amendments, without specifying how he would pay for them.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Some congressional […]

Evaluating Youngkin’s first week in office and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 24, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s assertive first week in office pleased some in the GOP and left other allies worried. “He really started with the culture wars.”—Washington Post • School officials around the state braced for protest today as Youngkin’s executive order to end mask mandates goes into effect. “The governor [is] throwing jet fuel on an already […]

Big corporate donations to Youngkin and more Virginia headlines

By: - January 21, 2022

• New Attorney General Jason Miyares is going to bat in court to try to defend Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s order making masks optional in public schools.—Richmond Times-Dispach • School systems are still wrestling with how to respond to the mask order. Chesterfield County, Stafford County and Portsmouth are keeping their mask mandates. Chesapeake and Virginia Beach are […]

New Virginia diversity officer will serve as ‘ambassador for the unborn’ and more headlines

By: - January 20, 2022

• Gov. Glenn Youngkin is overhauling the role of the state’s diversity, equity and inclusion officer, naming a critical race theory critic to the job who will also serve as an “ambassador for the unborn.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch • More than 750 workers at Ballad Health, which serves Southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, missed work Wednesday after […]