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Massive Lego plant coming to Chesterfield and more Virginia headlines

By: - June 16, 2022

• Dr. Colin Greene, Virginia’s new health commissioner, has repeatedly downplayed the role of racism in health disparities, leaving some staff at the state’s Department of Health fearful for their jobs. “If you say racism, you’re blaming White people,” he said.— Washington Post • “Lego plans to invest at least $1 billion to construct its only […]

Notorious beagle breeding center shutting down and more headlines

By: - June 15, 2022

• A beagle breeding facility in Cumberland is closing amid a federal investigation that uncovered hundreds of animal rights violations.—WRIC • Rep. Don Beyer, D-Alexandria, introduced new Congressional legislation that would impose a 1,000 percent tax on assault-style weapons.—Washington Post • Virginia’s community college board is restarting its search for a new chancellor after Gov. Glenn Youngkin criticized […]

Unsuccessful state science and tech incentives and more Va. headlines

By: - June 14, 2022

• Authorities say a Virginia man has been identified as a “central” conspirator in the Jan. 6 insurrection after video showed him meeting with top leaders of two far-right extremist groups the day before the attack on the Capitol.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginia home-schooling advocates have been leaders in a national movement to strengthen “parental rights” in state […]

County decides against reinstating Confederate names and more headlines

By: - June 13, 2022

 The U.S. Justice Department announced it will not reopen a federal investigation of the 2017 shooting death of Virginia resident Bijan Ghaisar by two U.S. Park Police officers in Fairfax County.—Washington Post • Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, who ousted former Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn as Virginia’s top Democrat, had a turbocharged rise to power after spending seven […]

State budget hits Youngkin’s desk and more Virginia headlines

By: - June 10, 2022

• The General Assembly is giving up on a bill related to a Washington Commanders stadium in Virginia after a coach called the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol “a dust-up.”—Associated Press; Washington Post • The budget has hit Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s desk and he now has seven days to make changes.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • Two suspects […]

Key Dems say no to Washington Commanders stadium in Va. and more headlines

By: - June 9, 2022

• Key Democratic senators say they’re a no on legislation that would help bring a Washington Commanders stadium to Virginia after the team’s defensive coordinator characterized the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a “dust-up” and wondered why the same scrutiny wasn’t being applied to Black Lives Matter protests.—Richmond Times-Dispatch; Inside Nova • Virginia’s new Parole […]

Serving on Jan. 6 investigation committee could be ‘liability’ for Luria and more Va. headlines

By: - June 8, 2022

• U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Norfolk, says if she loses what’s expected to be a tough campaign for reelection this year because she’s serving on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, “that’s OK.”—New York Times • “A virtual committee meeting of the Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board in May was interrupted […]

New editor to lead Virginia Mercury

By: - June 8, 2022

Sarah Vogelsong, an award-winning energy and environment reporter, has been named the next editor in chief of the Virginia Mercury, a nonprofit news outlet in Richmond covering Virginia government, politics and policy. Robert Zullo, who oversaw the site’s launch in 2018, is leaving the helm at the end of the summer for a new national […]

Youngkin hints at planned state budget amendments and more Virginia headlines

By: - June 7, 2022

• During a visit to Bristol, Gov. Glenn Youngkin “hinted that he’ll tinker with the state budget to push for ‘lab schools’ and cut the gas tax.”—Washington Post • Common Good Virginia, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s PAC, has raised $2 million for Democrats running in races this cycle.—The Hill • Former U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, […]

Fentanyl still driving overdose deaths and more Va. headlines

By: - June 6, 2022

• Fentanyl is still driving drug overdose deaths up in Virginia, with a new record set for a second year in a row.—Virginian-Pilot • Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration has blown its own deadline to review state employees’ requests for remote work.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • A 20-year-old man was killed and seven others were injured after gunfire erupted during a […]

Scott denies rumor he won’t seek reelection and more headlines

By: - June 3, 2022

• U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, a Newport News Democrat who has represented his southeastern Virginia district since 1993, denied rumors that he will not seek reelection. “I am running.”—Politico • Virginia lawmakers are still arguing over plans for a legal recreational marijuana market, but the budget approved by the General Assembly this week will allow […]

Jury sides with Depp; Hinckley freed from oversight and more headlines

By: - June 2, 2022

• In approving the state’s biennial budget Wednesday, lawmakers signed off on the creation of a new misdemeanor crime for the possession of four ounces of marijuana in public.—Richmond Times-Dispatch • State employees, teachers, college faculty and state-supported local employees would get a 10 percent raise over the next two years under the budget passed […]